Beverly Schilb - 1963
Columbia was my hometown. After graduating from Hickman, I attended, what was then, Christian College. I graduated from Christian (Columbia College) in 1965 and transferred to MIZZOU, where I graduated in 1967 with a BS in Ed. My best friend (Linda Page Thornsberry) and I were both hired to teach in the Hickman Mills School District just south of Kansas City, Mo. We had a great year being on our own and a memorable first year teaching. We are still close friends today. Our husbands are golfing buddies. Long-term friendships are so rare in today’s world, I feel very blessed to have remained friends since our kindergarten days.
During my senior year at MIZZOU, I took a class taught by John G. Neihardt (Gail Petri’s grandfather). It was in this class (Twilight of the Sioux) that I met my future husband, Pete Strom, who was an Army brat, and moved a lot but attended Hickman his sophomore year in 1959. We were married in Columbia in August of 1968 and moved immediately to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. After only 11 months of marriage, Pete received his orders to deploy for Viet Nam. I then returned to Columbia and taught 2nd grade in Hallsville, Mo. After a very long and uncertain 364 days, Pete returned home and we were sent to Springfield, Mo., where we spent the next 24 years. Our daughter, Kelly, was born in May of 1970. The next few years were, as many new parents know, a blur. I taught, aided and volunteered during Kelly’s school years. I’m proud to say she is a 3rd generation MIZZOU graduate.
We are now grandparents to 3 delightful grandchildren. We are currently missing them terribly, as they will be spending the next 3 years living in England.
Pete and I moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1996 for his job with the Army Reserve. In 2003, Pete retired with 32 years of service and the rank of Colonel. I’ve enjoyed being an Army wife and am very proud of my husband.
In 2004 we moved to the Kansas City area (Liberty) to be closer to our grandchildren.
Since our retirement we have enjoyed trips to Austria, Germany, England, Scotland and Canada. We recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary and hope an Alaskan cruise is in our future.
For now, we are involved in our church where, incidentally, we discovered Rod Fox and his wife Ellen also attend. Pete and Rod play a lot of golf together. I volunteer with Assistance League of Kansas City which takes up a lot of my time. We enjoy being with new friends here in K.C. but try keeping in touch with our long-term friends. Hopefully in a couple of years we will resume our grandparenting roll when our daughter and grandchildren return to the States. For now we rely on phone calls and Facetime.
Memories from Hickman include time with friends, cheering with Pep Squad, enjoying the tradition of wearing beanies and tragically having them stolen off your head by upper classmen (thank-you very much Dave Holsinger), leaving school grounds to race to the bowling alley for P. E. class, Playboy Drive-In, fun in Mr. Ekern’s biology class, Mr. Stawski’s English class and even a sense of accomplishment and great sense of relief that I survived Mr. Proffer’s Geometry blackboard drills.
Looking back, I realize we were so very fortunate to have such dedicated and caring teachers.