A family affair— Four generations attend EHS all-school reunion

ESCANABA – Four generations of the Richard “Dick” Schmeltzer attended the recent Escanaba High School All-Class Reunion held in conjunction with the Escanaba Sesquicentennial.

Patriarch Richard Schmeltzer is a member of EHS Class of 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from November 1942 to January 1946. He was employed in the press room of the Escanaba Daily Press for 44 years, retiring as a foreman.

The father of six children, his fondest memory of his high school years is when their football team went undefeated and also a dance when all the boys stood on one side of gym and the girls on the other. “And when you did dance, the boys held the girls to dance,” he said.

His daughter, Sue Hansen, is a member of the EHS Class of 1969 and a graduate of Bay de Noc Community College School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for 20 years in the clinic of the late Dr. James Dehlin in Gladstone.

Her fondest memories are having to wear a dress to school, having a closed campus and pep rallies, complete with bonfires.

A graduate of the EHS Class of 1992, Janette Hansen, Schmeltzer’s granddaughter, later graduated from Bay College in 2010 with two degrees – office systems medical and administrative assistant. The single mother of three is employed as a vault supervisor at the Island Resort and Casino.

Janette recalls the creative writing class of Douglas Fix and going to band festivals

Great-granddaughter Dashana Rathbun, 18, graduated with the EHS Class of 2013. She will attend Bay College for one year beginning in the fall and later transfer to Northern Michigan University where she will pursue a career in the medical field.