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•   Eugenia (Jean) Hanig (Beckman) (1966)  6/16
•   Gloria Tagtow (Bowar) (1954)  6/4
•   Linda Cullen (Bernhard) (1962)  5/30
•   Myrna Cullen (Bouchard) (1959)  5/26
•   Theron Hodgin (1957)  5/24
•   Kathleen Wagner (Thelen) (1961)  5/4
•   Kirby Warner (1966)  4/30
•   Robert Graves (1964)  12/3
•   Robin Simpson (Ferrin) (1921)  9/15
•   Francis Bukacek (1957)  9/6
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•   Donald Fletcher (1949)  7/7
•   Duane Butt (1958)  7/14
•   Larry Huntsman (1956)  7/19
•   Geneva Bingen (Westergren) (1971)  7/24
•   Sandy Stallman (Foxwell) (1964)  7/24
•   Donald Wagaman (1954)  7/24
•   Frances Stallman (King) (1957)  7/27


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Arizona
1 lives in California
1 lives in Colorado
1 lives in Florida
1 lives in Illinois
4 live in Iowa
1 lives in Massachusetts
2 live in Minnesota
2 live in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
1 lives in New Mexico
2 live in Oklahoma
1 lives in South Carolina
27 live in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
3 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
2 live in Washington
207 location unknown
301 are deceased

Reliance High School
Classes of 1921 - 1971

 Welcome sign on the grounds of RHS


      Hello, and welcome to our website. 
This is a free site, and a very interesting & good walk down memory lane. We would like each graduate to participate.   We have the graduates listed for each year, and ask that you implement your profile, so old friends and classmates can 'catch up' with you, and know what is going on with you today. Go to the index on the left & click on classmate PROFILES then click on the year you graduated. Click on your name & your profile page will appear



ANNOUNCEMENT:  Barbara & I will once again participate in updating this site.  Check back for

new and improved Tools and Information

frances stallman king



36,065 VISITORS AS OF  JULY 5th, 2015

We do not have any photographs from the 2013 reunion.  Anyone willing to share, please email your pictures to:
Gaylord Choal was not a graduate of RHS, however, he loved Reliance and had many, many old friends:
Gaylord Leroy Choal, Sr., 84
Gaylord Leroy Choal, Sr passed away on April 24, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain at the age of 84 years.Funeral services for Gaylord Leroy Choal Sr. of Reliance, SD were held Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Reliance with burial in the Reliance Cemetery at Reliance.Gaylord Leroy Choal was born on September 23, 1929 in Augusta, KS to William Drew and Nellie Louise (Strickland) Choal. Gaylord's father worked in the oil fields in southern Kansas and Gaylord attended grade school and his freshman year of high school in Winfield, KS. The family then moved to a farm near Noel, MO where Gaylord graduated from high school in 1947. In the summer of 1947, Gaylord traveled to South Dakota to work with a farm crew before being hired to teach grades one through eight at a country school north of Reliance near Medicine Butte for two years and then at a country school south of Reliance the third year. He said the pay was terrible, $175 a month the first year; increasing only $25 a year and at that time there were 58 county schools operating in Lyman County.On July 18, 1951, Gaylord was inducted in the US Army serving during the Korean War and being discharged April 21, 1953. When he returned from the military, he began working with Gustafson of Sioux Falls doing road construction which took him south to Kansas where he met his future wife Mary Sue. On November 6, 1955, Gaylord married Mary Sue Tannahill at El Dorado, KS. They returned to South Dakota in 1956 to work on the Oahe Dam Project. Gaylord was present at the dedication of the Oahe Dam given by John F. Kennedy.After building the dam, he worked construction and they also opened the pool hall in Reliance. They moved to California for a few months working in construction before returning to Reliance where he became the first Executive Director of the Lower Brule Housing on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation. Gaylord then began working for Nance Engineering as an inspector in New Town, ND then as superintendent for G.A. Goodwin that built the retirement center in Fall City, NE. He then became the area superintendent for Buckingham Wood Products known as "Midwest Homes". They were in charge of projects in ND, SD, and NE controlling the construction of hundreds of homes. Due to the expanse of his territory, Gaylord purchased a plane and began flying to the job sites. He had a special love for flying, and could identify most planes. This love of flying led him to build his own airplane from scratch.In 1974, he started his own carpentry/construction company, Choal Construction, which his son Leroy now owns and operates. Along with the construction, they purchased the grocery store in Reliance which they operated until retiring in 2002. During his years in construction, Gaylord built the Fellowship Hall addition to the Reliance Methodist Church in Reliance. After retirement, they traveled to various places, spending most of their winters in New Mexico near their daughter, Natalie.Gaylord was a member of the VFW and American Legion and his church life was very important to him. During the summers he took an interest in gardening and cars. His greatest love was the time spent with his family and following his children and grandchildren's activities.Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Mary Sue, sons Leroy (Susan) Choal of Reliance, SD; Tim (Kathleen) Choal of San Luis Obispo, CA; Brad Choal of Laramie, WY; a daughter Natalie (Dave) Choal-Kannon of Belen, NM; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Phyllis Ojeda.

I just spent a couple hours on the YEARBOOKS & ECHO'S page........revisiting many happy memories.




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 GOOD OLD DAYS - From time to time, we will post printed articles and/or links we hopewill be interesting to our classmates. Printed articles will be found on the GOOD OLD DAYS link.       Jan. 4, 2012
This is one of the best 50's video's I've seen. You will enjoy this. But only if you were in our generation or very close. . . . And if you were not in this generation -- listen and eat your hearts out. It was one of the best of times ...  barbara
Alan Jackson sings How Great Thou Art
Thanks for the memories .. Bob Hope and James Cagney
Sorry about the ads ... Couldn't get it to work without them.   barbara
Remembering the Diamonds' "Little Darlin' " 1957 and 2004  Something for everyone! The biggest collection I have ever seen. I bookmarked mine to check out at my leisure.  barbara
Remember Burma Shave signs?  See Good Old Days   Link on left
Old Barns and People
Classic cars of our youth   
Karen Erickson's project  in Africa
Genealogy of Lyman County 
Restoration of Historic double bridges at Chamberlain. Link on left.




     Reliance History Book   1905-2005     Index 



Inner Peace



If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and
 boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and  blame without resentment
If you can resist treating a rich friend  better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension
 without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,  
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,



 Then You Are Probably  
The Family Dog!