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Christine Sherman Herzog

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2014 Bio: Leon and I celebrated 47 years of marriage last Feb. 3, 2014, and wrapped into those years are way too many tales to tell you at this time.

We still live in lakeside, in Chris’s family home on Westhill Road. Many years ago we sold our home in Flinn Springs and moved in with Mom as care giver until her death in 2004.

After 37 ½ years teaching PE, track coaching, biology, math, and whatever else they threw at him, Leon retired in 2006 from public education; mainly in the Grossmont Union High School District. Simultaneously with teaching, in 2000, we bought the historic Barrett Junction Café in Dulzura (Hiway 94 at Barrett Lake Rd.) and that occupies most of our time now. To our credit, in 2009 the Café was selected as California Small Business of the Year for District 40.

Our son, Leo is career ARMY, stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; married, two daughters, one in high school, one in college. And our daughter Joann teaches science at Valhalla High School in the Grossmont High School District (a chip off the old block), and busy raising a son and daughter in high school.

We are blessed to have raised two wonderful children who have turned into thriving, stable adults who still like us…and our grandkids actually want to be around us!

Mostly I am “domestic” traffic controller, keeping everything together; family, property, the business, community volunteer, and majorly Leon. In June I started my 2-year term as the President of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, a huge women’s volunteer organization consisting of hundreds of community service clubs throughout California. I travel a lot within California and the U.S. interfacing with other state federations. I am also very involved with the Woman’s Club of Lakeside, and the Lakeside Historical Society. So please any time, share your family histories and send photos of the class reunion attendees, a memory CD, and any other information pertaining to the Class of ’64 for the Lakeside Historical Society archives: Lakeside Historical Society 9906 Maine Avenue, Lakeside, CA 92040. It’s a great asset for our community of Lakeside.

Leon had coronary bypass surgery in January, 2013, and I am very glad to report that everything is almost perfect at this time. When we are not shackled to the café, we tick items off our “bucket list” for travel; seem to be constantly cleaning out and giving away accumulated “stuff”; raise tomatoes and avocados for ourselves; pull the cats tail; hike the trails of San Diego County; and watch old movies on TV.

El Cap news to share:

Glenn Cook passed away April, 2012. His wife Rebecca, told me he had a heart attack at his home in Carlsbad, California. Glenn had a career as a railway conductor, with his main route from Salt Lake to Colorado Springs. He had no children.

We talk to Ron Vavra (track coach for El Cap and Grossmont College) yearly. Gail and Ron live in El Cajon and are doing fine. Also, it was good to see Jim Erkenbeck (football coach at El Cap) a few years ago at Ron Vavra’s induction to the El Cap Athletic Hall of Fame sponsored by the El Capitan Stadium Association. He looks great and was living at the La Costa Resort, North County.

Clark Staples (coach at El Cap and Santana High School) Passed away July, 2012. He had a long, distinguished teaching career in the Grossmont Union High School District, as well as his professional wrestling career. Shortly before his death, Clark wrote and published a book titled “Carpenter: A Personal Look at Professional Wrestling”, stories about his Pro wrestling escapades as alter ego Don Savage. Clark was a good friend, we spent a lot of time together and we think of him often.

Working at the Barrett Junction Café is a venue for us to see many El Cap classmates of all ages that are still roaming around the back country of San Diego on their Harley’s, or showing off their classic cars while stopping by the Café for a fish taco and beer—highway 94 is a favorite drive for car clubs.

Special thanks to the committee who worked on the class of ’64 -50 year reunion—I know it will be a fun and memorable event. It’s a lot of work and bless those who step up to the job.

Thanks for keeping the communication lines open—I will look forward to getting the memory CD and hear about what you all are doing.
Happy Trails,
Leon and Chris Herzog