PS duPont Class of '59

Wilmington, Delaware

Where’s our class tree?

Phylis Simione Williams, Cynthia Jobling, Ron Horseman posed as tree branches after 45th Reunion, October 2004.

November 2009, Gretchen Gravell Broadwater suggests we get together sometime with Lincoln Hohler, the current school principal, about searching for the tree and/or marker.  If we can’t locate and have extra funds, perhaps we could plant another tree.  Thoughts?

November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Memories |


  1. Bob [Hamilton], if we get to the school sometime to look for our tree plaque, could you join us to show where to look and tell us where to dig?

    Joe Cloud, Jr.

    Comment by Joe Cloud, Jr. | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. It should be easy to find the ’59 class tree with the plaque. I believe it will be the one just north of ours on the east end of the field past Barrett street. Give me a call some time and we can drive over to look for it. I can’t remember if we found yours when we were looking for ours. It will probably be under the ground and embedded in the root system of the tree just like the 57,58 markers were.

    Bob, Class of ’58

    Comment by Bob Hamilton | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Great idea to recruit Bob in our search. We should set a date soon while it’s on our mind and our school spirit is on high.


    Comment by Gretchen Gravell Broadwater | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. That’s a great photo of you two [Phylis Simione Williams and Cynthia Jobling] and a guy whose name I don’t know on the website measuring up our missing class tree. On visits to Wilmington over the years, I would always walk along the row of trees and check on ours which sat at the head of Barrett Street. But when I was in Wilmington four years ago I couldn’t find the tree because the marker is gone. The trees and their root systems have grown so large that they’ve either buried the markers or pushed them out of the ground.

    Although I didn’t have time on this visit, I was driven past the trees a few times and noticed that most are still there and they are even larger. Gretchen mentioned that she and some classmates think the markers may be buried and plan on digging around the trees soon. I wish I lived closer to Wilmington to join all of you in pursuit of our tree.

    Good luck, and please keep me posted on what you find.


    Comment by Marlene Taub Reinschmidt | November 20, 2009 | Reply

    • It was Ron Horseman who did not attend the reunion. The photo was taken at the 45th while our first hunt for the tree. They were posing as tree branches.

      Comment by Gretchen Gravell Broadwater | November 22, 2009 | Reply

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