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>Richfield High School 50 Year Reunions

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High School
Alumni Page
RHS 50 Year Anniversary RHS 50 Year
October 2004
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RHS ca 1955, 1973 and 2004

The RHS 50th Anniversary Celebration was awesome!

Richfield High School 1973 About 150 people attended the Prom on Saturday, October 9th. Several alumni went to the school on Monday, October 11th to speak to the current students.

Alumni at RHS on Oct 11

Scores of alumni were in attendance at the Homecoming Game on Friday, October 15th to watch the Spartans trounce St. Paul Harding 42-14.

RHS Football Team 1955-1973-2003

About 5,000 people attended the celebration at the school on Saturday, October 16th and about 1,500 people attended the reception at the VFW later on that evening.

Crowded halls at the school

Celebration at the VFW followed

All classes had a room in the school for mini reunions, displaying their memorabilia, playing music from their era and whatever else they wanted to do with it.

1974 class room at the celebration

The program in the auditorium on the 16th was highlighted by the surprise appearance of Mr. Miles Lundahl, retired band director who was at RHS from day one until the mid-1980’s. The ovation that he received will echo in the memories of those of us who were there for years to come. The program was aired on Richfield Time Warner Cable, Channel 17

Miles Lundahl speaks at the program in the auditorium

Much needed dollars were raised for the RPS Fund and the Spartan Foundation from the sale of school lunches in the cafeteria, t-shirts, magnets, hats, buttons, and lapel pins commemorating the occasion.

Crowds around the memorabilia booths

Pizza burgers and hamburger gravy in the cafeteria

Thousands of alumni signed the “birthday card” that we made for the school.

Alumni birthday card presented to the school

Thanks to everyone who helped to put the event together and to the thousands who attended. See you again at the 75th!

Lucy (Reiter) Kender at the end of the day

NOTE: Some of the items (t-shirts, cups, pins, lapel pins, hats, magnets and other things) that were for sale at the 50th Anniversary celebration are still available for purchase at the DECA office at RHS. Contact RHS at 612-798-6106 for more info.

50th Anniversary Commemorative books are available at the high school’s Paying and Receiving area. Contact Marie Abele at 612-798-6289 for more info.

Copies of the 50th Anniversary Program (video) are also available. Contact Ross Solomonson, RHS Media Specialist, at 612-798-6335.

RHS Buttons (click for larger image)50 Year Anniversary Links

Sea of Red and White

4th of July Parade Photos

RHS Alumni participate in the Richfield 4th of July Parade to get the word out

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Class of 1962 50 Year Reunion Pix

Class of 1962 Room Photos

Class of ’62 Room at the 50th Anniversary Celebration

1976 Room at the 50th

Class of 1976 Room Photos

Bicentennial Class Room at the 50th Anniversary Celebration

RHS Mosaic (click for larger image)


RHS Plaque (click for larger image)

Richfield Visitor's Guide

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1974 Richfield grad and creator of The Woodshed and The MINNESOTA Page
Last modified on Friday, June 19, 2009


>Launching Christensen/White Family History

>May 28, 2008
5136 Tildens Grove Blvd.
Windermere, FL 34786

We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now living in Windermere, Florida. If you would like to establish a family history relationship (or just want to say hello), please add your comments on the bottom of this article. Our goal for this blog is to generate comments and an exchange of family history data so that we can fill up the “Family Trees.”

My image-maker is on the fritz right now, so maybe in a future blog we can attach pictures of Carolyn and Don and their four children, Michael, Patrick, Jennifer, and Marcus.

Here’s a little history. We started out–that is, Carolyn and Don, in marriage July 16, 1965. We were married in the Manti Temple attended only by Don’s brother Robert and his then wife Dwala. We had a wonderful reception in the backyard of the bride’s parents home, Orin and Jean Christensen, in Richfield, Utah. People came all the way from Salt Lake City, including our White family.

Our first child came into the world a year and a half later, Michael Donald White, born November 29, 1966 in Salt Lake City. Next came Patrick, when we were living at our Monarch Way home on the east bench just below Mt. Olympus Cove in Salt Lake City. Patrick was born April 16, 1969. We moved to Fortuna Way, in the lower “Mt. Olympus Cove” across the street from our wardhouse. Then we sold both houses and bought a 14-unit apartment house half a block from Don’s ancestral home, home of David and Etta White. The apartment building was on 2nd East and Crestone Avenue. Don’s parents lived at 169 East 3200 South in Salt Lake County. We bought the rental units on contract from one Paul Frampton and sold it after making voluminous improvements including new parking lot, fence, roof, carpets, and paint in almost every unit. We then bought a small duplex home on Emerson Avenue and began building our Chaucer Place Home in the Neighborhood Subdivision a block west of the foothills in the Monument Park 12th Ward, Monument Park Stake.

That was a glorious home and area and a wonderful time of our lives. Jennifer and Marcus both were born while we lived in the Emerson Avenue Home (for four or five years). It was there that Don was elder’s quorum president and Carolyn was a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. Carolyn still works with the R.S. and Don as HPGL now in the Windermere Ward. We have fond memories of the Monument Park 9th Ward and of the people living there. But we lived in the Monument Park 12th Ward for more than 15 years and that’s the home our children recall the best. We loved that home and the people surrounding it. We ended up putting in a swimming pool, a 30-foot garden and all kinds of fruit trees. What a time we had.

It was from there that our children attended elementary school down the hill nearby, Indian Hills Elementary, and Clayton Junior High School just below Foothill Boulevard, and later East High School down on 13th East and 8th South.

What great memories we built while living in those places, developing friendships and taking on new church and job opportunities.

Carolyn and Don also have fond memories of Richfield, Utah where she grew up and lived until entering the University of Utah, in four years taking a BS Degree in Nursing and becoming a registered nurse. Don’t first recollection of Carolyn was standing in the back of the Sunday School room of the University 3rd Ward (Morris Kjar, bishop). She was standing there talking to Barbara Dayton (now wife of Elder L. Tom Perry). Carolyn worked in the LDS Hospital for many years as head nurse on Floor Four-West, and also taught nursing in the BYU program at that hospital.

Don got a BS degree also at the University of Utah, and later a Juris Doctor during spare moments over several years at night from William Howard Taft University, Santa Ana, CA. He worked for four insurance companies in Salt Lake and later became president/CEO of Western National Mutual Insurance Company in Minneapolis. (more later) from 1991 to 1999 before the family moved to Sarasota, Florida and in 2004 to Orlando to be nearer the temple.

Go to and look up the David V. White and Orin J. Christensen families. We’d like to find people for whom we can do temple work. There are a lot of names out there, we just have to be diligent and find those who haven’t had the work done for them.

By the way, today, May 28, 2008, is a banner day for us. Marcus, Carolyn, and Don launched the publishing of their new book on as a PDF manuscript. SELLING FAST: We Sold Our House in One Day And You Can Too is a fast moving 247-page book on selling homes from the experience of Don and Carolyn, primarily. We became so proficient at selling our homes fast that we started documenting it. If you have an interest, please let us know. Also check out one of Don’s web sites:
As you may recall, for many years Carolyn was a real estate and an insurance agent while we lived in Salt Lake City. Don and Marcus are the primary writers of the book, utilizing all of our talents and skills.