Caribou High School Class of 1965
Graduation Day
June 18, 1965

Valedictorian: Ned Rasmussen

Salutatorian: Barbara Foote

Class Advisor: Mr. Byers

Class Officers:

President: Hayes Gahagan
Vice President: Barbara Foote
Secretary: Toni Disy
Treasurer: Gerry Grindle



       Your spring of life is rapidly drawing to a close: the weeks, days, hours, minutes, yes, even the seconds are flying; and with youthful impatience you heedlessly toss the last golden moments away.  Toss them, Seniors, toss them far and wide!  Too soon comes the summer and with its coming goes the gaiety, frivolity, and security of friends and youth.  Faltering, as does an infant, you will take a few steps.  Doubt, indecision, and anxiety will make you stumble, perhaps fall; but surely, steadily, you will overcome these obstacles and start down the road of life.  But what road?


       Robert Frost once wrote:


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


       You have the opportunity to take the less traveled road.  Take it.  Enjoy the difference.  Do not be satisfied with mediocrity; be satisfied only with the best.  Stride down that less traveled road proudly; keep your goals high; do not become complacent; strive always for improvement and enrichment.


       “The best-laid schemes o’mice an’ men” do not always materialize.  If adversity strikes and you find yourself down, get up and begin with new determination.  Meet all challenges head-on.  Life is not supplied with buffers.


       Take your time along the road.  Stop once in a while and look around you.  Question those things you see but do not understand.  Meditate often.  When problems confront you or decisions have to be made, think carefully and weigh the matters pro and con.  Travel your road happily, Seniors.  If once in a while you look back down your road and nostalgia overtakes you, it is good; for your remembered past was the beginning that makes your future possible; and youthful happiness can be remembered. 

       As you journey down the less traveled road, remember Shakespeare’s


This above all; to thine own self be true

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.




*This farewell message was published in our Senior newsletter edition. It was written by Mr. Haskell, and I’m sure that many of us did not even read it in our haste to graduate.  I recommend you read it now, 50 years later and if you haven’t taken a less traveled road, there’s still time to do it!  Enjoy……Diane J