Curtis, Stilley inducted into Granite Falls High School Alumni Hall of Fame
George Curtis, Class of 1940, and Arlene Winje Stilley, Class of 1953, were named to the Granite Falls High School Alumni Hall of Fame at the varsity basketball game held January 27. The Hall of Fame was established in 1994 to honor past graduates that were active in school activities that have gone on to become positive role models and productive citizens.
As a Granite Falls High School student, George Curtis played football, was a member of the Torch Society, annual staff and Tiger Rag staff. He was also class president, secretary of the Big “G” Club, and an honor student. After graduation he attended Washington State University (WSU) where he was active in 4-H. George interrupted his college education and enlisted in the Army to serve during WWII. After the war, George finished college earning his Master’s Degree in Farm Management and Agricultural Economics. George started his career with the extension of WSU’s College of Agriculture in 1947. He helped develop the first 4-H certified tree farm in the United States and received many awards and honors during his 35 year career.
Arlene (Winje) Stilley was active in school plays, a member of the Glee Club, Girls Club, Torch Club and student council, and editor of the yearbook. She was also an honor roll student, class president, and Valedictorian of the Class of 1953. A life-long resident of Granite Falls, Arlene was co-founder of Show and Shine Days, a community event that continues today, past President of the Eagles and Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the 100 Year Celebration, a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary, and a current member of the Historical Society and Alumni Association. Arlene was also a Girl Scout and Camp Fire Leader and coached youth softball while raising her five children. Arlene retired after a 30 year career as the manager of the local bank.
A partial list of past winners includes Granite Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Maw (1955); Washington State Board of Education member and Director of University School Partnerships, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University, Dr. Sheila Fox (1963); past Granite Falls Chief of Police Chuck Curtis (1958); Reverend Douglas Lewis (1938); Cascade Preschool co-owner Jody Byron Hillery (1982); current Granite Falls School District School Board member Rick Short (1971); and Snohomish County Fire District #17 Fire Chief Jim Haverfield (1991).