Murdo Girl… MHS fifty years ago? How about eighty?

Take a look back fifty+ years. What do you remember?

It’s nineteen sixty-seven and it’s early in September.

An American lunar lander, landed on the moon.


You were waiting at MHS, for the whistle to blow at noon.


The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was released in the UK.

 Otis Redding recorded, “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.”

We heard the best new movie was, “Guess who’s coming to dinner.”

It took two more years for Murdo to get the academy award winner.

Linda Kerns at Mack’s Cafe. She is still as beautiful as ever.

You could go to Mack’s cafe and buy a pop for just a dime.

 South Dakota voted yes… to daylight savings time.

In May of 1968… you made plans for a celebration.

You were ready to go and spread your wings…right after graduation.

I’m delivering a message… from Marilyn Kinsley Strait,

To the Murdo High School graduates of 1968.

(information below)

Come and join the gathering, and talk about old times.

I just have one more thing to add. (I’m running out of rhymes.)

If you’ll take a moment to stop and think,

You’ll see it’s quite a coinkydink.

Since ’68 you’ve come so far,

 68…is now how old you are.

(My mother, Loretta, graduated 80 years ago. You might recognize the names of others in her class.)


Below you’ll see the info, so be sure and save the date.

Call or email Marilyn or Cheryl. Don’t wait til it’s too late.


MHS Class of 1968  (Others are welcome to stop by)

A get-together is being planned to mark 50 years since our high school graduation.

A buffet evening meal will take place at the Buffalo Lounge and Restaurant Party Room on Saturday evening, August 18, 2018.

Meet us at the Buffalo

We need to have a RSVP from you by June 29th so meal plans can be made.  Please let us know how many will be in your party.

The buffet will be $12 per person.  Ice tea and ice water will be provided with the meal.

Alcoholic beverages may be ordered from the bar.

Social Hour 5:30 to 6:30

Meal 6:30 to ?????

Cheryl (Hoard) McMillan 669-2674

Marilyn (Kinsley) Strait 669-2808

25301 Little White River Road, White River, SD 57579  Also on Face Book

We are making an effort to contact all the graduates, but please pass this on to other classmates.

RSVP  by June 29th


_________Will attend       ________Will not attend

Number attending buffet meal:_________________________________________



Below is a list of all the people in my family who have graduated from MHS/JCHS. The years range from 1926 to 2011. Jeff Sanderson’s wife, Irma Bork Sanderson, also graduated from MHS. Vava Bowers (Robert), and Margaret Anderson Francis (John), taught in Murdo, but were not MHS graduates.

Mom (Loretta Sanderson) was in the Murdo Pep band (kneeling on the right)
  1. Bowers, Margarete, 1926
  2. Bowers, Robert, 1929
  3. Bowers, William (Bev), 1933
  4. Francis, William, 1937
  5. Francis, John, 1934
  6. Francis, Charles, 1942
  7. Francis, William, Billy, 1962
  8. Francis, Mary, 1970
  9. Sanderson, Wayne, 1930
  10. Sanderson, Ella, 1933
  11. Sanderson, Jeff, 1933
  12. Sanderson, Helen, 1935
  13. Sanderson, Loretta, 1938
  14. Sanderson, Elna, 1944
  15. Sanderson, Terry, 1959
  16. Sanderson, Jeff H., 1965
  17. Sanderson, Mark, 1970
  18. Sanderson, Rhon, 1986
  19. Sanderson, Len, 1987
  20. Miller, Andrea, 1967
  21. Miller, Stephanie, 1971
  22. Miller, Greg, 1973
  23. Miller, Renee, 2003
  24. Miller, Jordon, 2007
  25. Miller, Matthew, 2011








6 thoughts on “Murdo Girl… MHS fifty years ago? How about eighty?

  1. sanjuan831 June 15, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Great rhymes and fun times. You do deserve the title of Queen, MG. When’s your next parade?
    The reunion in August sounds good. Agree with Scoper- hope they get a lot of alumni to attend.

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  2. scoper07 June 15, 2018 / 7:40 am

    I believe there were about 20 in my family. That’s quite a few. Really a nice poem MG! Hope the class of 68 can get a lot of it’s members together. I’ll bet they have a story or two to tell.

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  3. countrygirl57 June 14, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Wow! So many from your family. Y’all must have totally paid for Murdo Schools! It’s no wonder that you are the “Queen”!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Mary Francis McNinch June 14, 2018 / 11:16 am

      It’s got to be a record! At least enough to qualify to be a self-appointed Murdo Girl (and queen)

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