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Share our heritage | Members of the 1959 State College High School graduating class

Left: Members of the 1959 class of State College Area High School shortly before graduation. Right: Members of the 1959 graduating class 50 years later.
Left: Members of the 1959 class of State College Area High School shortly before graduation. Right: Members of the 1959 graduating class 50 years later. Photo provided

Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Brenda Whiteside Smith, of Mechanicsburg.

Smith wrote: “In the spring of 1959, Betsy Breon invited this group of State College High School classmate friends to have their photo taken just before graduation. It was taken at her Uncle Bob Breon’s photography studio, located on College Avenue. Bob Breon was a very gifted and popular photographer. He was so pleased with the photo (that) he had it on display in the studio’s window all that summer.”

Fifty years later, another photo was taken. Smith wrote: “This photo is some of the same State College High School 1959 graduating class friends in the Bob Breon photo. They gathered 50 years later for a special girls luncheon at Kelly’s restaurant in Boalsburg. They have done so every year since 2009 and have enjoyed including others not appearing in the original 1959 photo, but from the same graduating class. It’s a special, special time for everyone attending.”

Friends in the 1959 photo are, seated, from left: Virginia Roach, Deborah Charmberry, Patricia Werner, Letitia Shawley, Barbara Petnick, Patricia Smith and Lynda Gauss.

Standing, from left: Betsy Breon, Christine Richer, Cynthia Rogers, Irene Scott, Sandra Farrell, Brenda Whiteside, Helen Droege, Carol Watrous and Sandra Bathurst.

Friends in the 2009 photo are, seated, from left: Daphne Dills Hoffman, Letitia Shawley Slagle, Patricia Smith Hauser, Lynda Gauss Cockran and Eleanor Homan Staley.

Standing, from left: Betsy Breon Williams, Irene Scott Morrison, Brenda Whiteside Smith, Carol Watrous Napinski, Donna Litke and Sandra Bathurst Lee.

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos.

Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Audience Engagement Editor Laurie Jones at ljones@centredaily.com.

Provide as much information as you can.

All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at CentreDaily.com.

If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.

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