Blast from the Past / 1954: Orchards Elementary sixth graders

The 34 sixth graders at Orchards Elementary School in Lewiston assembled outside their school for this group photo taken in 1954. Many students in this class went on to graduate from Lewiston High School in 1960 and they will be gathering again in September for their 61st class reunion. They were supposed to get together last year for their 60th class reunion, according to member Judy (Wolf) Hendrickson of Lewiston, but the COVID-19 pandemic required them to delay their celebration by a year. The man on the left is Mr. Haines, school principal, and the woman at right is Mrs. Isaman, the teacher. Full names of some of the students pictured, in no particular order, are Beverly Nowling, Larry Young, Luella Mosher, Sandy Banks, Kathy Arave, Robert Reynolds, Annette Thompson, Mary Ann Braley, Arthur Schwab, Dinah Kiele, Harold Breeden, Dorothy Rae, Sharon Callahan, Linda Abbott, Robert Darrington, Marla Miller, Janice Byers, Bernard Schatz, Elsie Sewell, Dean Rynearson, Craig Ulrich, Frank Geis, Evelyn Steiger and June Edwards. Hendrickson is pictured in the front row, fourth from right. Readers who would like to share their historical photos (20 years or older) from throughout the region may do so by emailing them to or submitting them to: Blast from the Past, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. Questions? Call Jeanne M. DePaul at (208) 848-2221.