A Baby Boomer's Scrapbook
Ruth Bailey's Page:::
I've noted before, I grew up with Ruth Bailey from the 4th grade on and,
although I sometimes wished that I could be her boyfriend, she seldom seemed to
return my interest in her whenever we would talk or I might try to flirt.
have a few specific memories of Ruth from Meridian High.
belonged to the 4H club and took several classes like woodworking and
electricity, the usual boy stuff. Just for the heck of it, I decided to sign up
for the 4H cooking class. Ruth's taking the class at the same time may have
something to do with my decision to do a traditionally girl's thing but I don't
remember. I probably just wanted to hang out with a bunch of girls instead of a
bunch of boys. That's all I remember about that. We just had a cooking class
together. Oh, and I made sugar cookies for the final project.
thing I remember about Ruth is, on one very cold day, I sat with her on the bus
memory of Ruth had to do with blue jeans as well. On a summer evening, I think between grades 11 and 12, my friend Mike
Kauppi invited Ruth and me over to his parent's house for dinner. We were
standing in the kitchen doing dishes or making ice cream or something when she
looked down at her legs and said something like "What da ya think?". I didn't understand what she meant and
must have looked puzzled because she then pointed at her waist and said "My
pants, what do you think?". Still looking obviously clueless about what she
meant, she finally grabbed the waistband at the right hip of her low cut jeans,
pulled it down until I could see her panties and said (as if I was deaf), "HIPHUGGERS,
do you like my new HIPHUGGERS?". I'm sure I must have finally expressed
some appreciation of her fashionable new pants at that point but the event
probably sticks in my head mostly because pulling her pants down a little was
kind of a sexy thing to do.
the end of our senior year, although they had been going together for a while, I
was shocked when Ruth told me that she and Tom Boman planned to get married soon
after graduation. On one of the last
bus rides home from school, I sat near Ruth and asked her why in the hell she
wanted to get married to Tom after such a short time together and so soon after
we got out into the "real" world. When she said "Well, I'm not
married yet, do you want to make me a better offer?". I don't know if I was
able to answer her question because I sure wasn't ready to get married and was
dumbfounded that she even asked. I can only assume that she was really just
kidding and am glad to know now that Tom and Ruth have been happily married for
1989 Class of 1964
Major Life Events:
Married August 29, 1964 Two children, Tom and
Lisa, Two children married, Grandparents this summer 25th Wedding anniversary,
Tom; working at Dow Chemical, Midland County Fair
Board, Church offices and responsibilities.
Ruth; working at Chemical Bank, Midland County
Fair Board, Church offices and responsibilities.
Tom; riding his Harley Davidson, and spoiling his
new grandson, Jesse.
Ruth; reading, crocheting and crafts.
Retire in ten years, spend eight months in
The incident concerning Tom and Rich Case and
Ronnie Church. Tom got two days off. Ruth called to the office to persuade Tom
to sing in a concert during his suspension. Mr. Nichels was gone for the same
two days, so Tom went to school anyhow.
Classmates Have contact with:
Dave and Sally Schneider and Tom Shauger.
Met in fourth grade, engaged in our senior year. Received my diamond in last hour
Robert Ward; demanded our best.
Ruth Davids; genuine love for students.
Evelyn Peek; sense of humor.
We have always lived in the
We celebrated 25 years of marriage on August 29,
1989. Both of us have worked for the same employer more than 20 years each.