Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School
Closed 2017

A few yearbooks from 1959 to 1979 were scanned and complete copies have been placed here to commemorate that time.
All pictures have been placed into ZIP files so they can be downloaded more easily.

Anyone who has other years that would like to have theirs added to this group can email us at:  guys@redrag.org


45th Anniversary Party

After 45 years we were able to find enough
Red Rag members still mobile enough to come to a party.

    A Night Out for the Old Folks

     In 1971, the establishment of the Red Rag began in the garage of Dale Sider's home.
       Ma Sider has decided to retire from babysitting all those who entered into this dwelling.
   Sadly, the old premises have been sold and we must vacate the property.

Last call at the Red Rag was held June 18, 2016.

See the last party held to celebrate 45 years of fun.

Last Call at the Red Rag

40th Anniversary Celebrations
Saturday August 6, 2011
All the old farts showed up.

See all the action:   40th Party Night Pictures

Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School
100th Anniversay has ended.


Unfortunately, a fight broke out.  
It was a battle of the hair folicals.

We put together some pictures from
the Rag Party
that went on the whole weekend.

The Red Rag Reunion Party

There are also some shots from the reunion itself.

RCBHS Reunion 2009

We have collected over 200
pictures from years 1971 & 1972.
Remember the days?

Ridgeway High in 1971

We also have a few snapshots of a
rehearsal for a play performed in 1970



Returns To

Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School

The History of the Bobby Fox Trophy

Zone 3 Football

Bob Fox Trophy

June 20, 2014

a ceremony was held to induct notable coaches for both
Ridgeway Crystal Beach High School and Fort Erie Secondary School
into the Greater Fort Erie Area Sports Wall of Fame.

Wall of Fame

Last Season for Blue Devils Teams

Football 2016 Highlights

50 Years Late but Championship Trophy
finally presented to RCBHS

Team Captain Jim MacDonald, Bobby Fox and Pat Hudak
Read the full story here:

50 Years in the Making

Football 2015 Highlights

Football 2014 Highlights

Football 2013 Highlights

Football 2012 Highlights

Football 2011 Highlights

For those who want to see what the old days looked like

Football in 1970

We even have a few pictures from the beginning of the Blue Devils

Early Blue Devils 1956 - 1963




      The Rag would come to be home for those with a special thirst.  


 Pictures from the Beginning

 Early Reunion Parties


The Rag

There is only one Red Rag.
At the beginning, it was only stag.

Today, it serves anyone in pink.
Please, pour me yet, another drink.

Placed near a store that gives us beer,
it brings to our old eyes, a tear.

It's still run by that old gent Sid,
though he's lost some of his lid.

There's a serious card shark that goes by Fred,
who's being eye-balled by a hawk named Head.

Hanging around is our fellow Bags,
holding out for a shiny shag.

Doug was always our man of attitude,
though he's no longer allowed to be nude.

Over time, everyone got old,
but there are plenty of stories to be retold.

The guys no longer need a comb,
but still call the Red Rag home.

Author:   Webmaster & The Bags

35th Anniversary Party

35 Years of
Fermented Consumption

Saturday, July 29, 2006

It was another congregation of old time party people, coming together to celebrate the survival of ordinary life.

Many thanks to all of the boys at the Red Rag for putting on another great assembly.

See all the old faces ( no pun intended ) at

Geezers at Play

If you have pictures that you would like to have posted here,
send them to the Webmaster at guys@redrag.org


  Santa in the off season at the Rag.

In November 2003 a milestone was achieved

by two (now) senior members of the Red Rag.

Doug Jarvie and Dale Sider reached the half century mark.
They celebrated their 50th birthdays together.

A party was held in their honour.   Well at least a party was held!

This link will take you to the carnage itself. 
Click on an image to see the destruction up close.

The Old Fart's Party


  The 30th Anniversary Celebrations

 Party  July 28, 2001

Check Out the Party !

       Victoria Plaskett  (nee Schmidt)
has opened her own blog.

Full of opinion pieces, creative memoir,
excerpts from her first novel, and photography.

 Check it out at:


Ever wonder what happened to:

Carroll Swayze

See her on the world wide web.

 Yes, we did steal these pictures from Carroll's website and Facebook.  
What else can you expect from the Red Rag.

Thoughts On Aging

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.

There are three signs of old age. The first is your loss of memory. I forget the other two.

You're getting old when you don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.

Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.

Statistics show that at the age of seventy, there are five women to every man. Isn't that a bad time for a guy to get those odds?

You know you're getting on in years when the girls at the office start confiding in you.

Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.

Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have begun to grow in the middle.

A man has reached middle age when he is cautioned to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police.

You know you're into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.

The aging process could be slowed down if it had to work its way through Congress.

You're getting old when you're sitting in a rocker and you can't get it started.

You're getting old when you wake up with that morning-after feeling, and you didn't do anything the night before.

The cardiologist's diet: if it tastes good, spit it out.

Doctor to patient: I have good news and bad news: the good news is that you are not a hypochondriac.

It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything.

You know you're getting old when you stop buying green bananas.

Last Will and Testament: Being of sound mind, I spent all my money.

When you lean over to pick something up off the floor, you ask yourself if there is anything else you need to do while you are down there.

You find yourself in the middle of the stairway, and you can't remember if you were downstairs going up or upstairs going down.


The Committee 
of the
Red Rag







    After many years of fundraising the guys are proud to present some new upgrades to the Red Rag. Yes, indoor plumbing is now available.  We understand the concerns of some members,  but in keeping with the tradition of the Rag the men will be allowed to kill trees according to their individual ability (in other words, how well they can aim).   Just remember to stay out of Ma Sider's flower garden.  And if any ladies are feeling nostalgic, there are designated areas to squat.  Of course this new site has not been tested under winter conditions, but does come with rustic seat designs and a holder for all the latest catalogues.  If there are particular preferences for reading material please contact one of our committee members to see if our subscriptions are up todate.  Reservations will not be honoured, but service will continue on a first come, first served basis. 

Thank you,
The Management


Anyone wanting to know more about the history of toilets?


The founding members of the Red Rag
Dale Sider
Neil Raymond

Can you believe this was 1971.   They almost look good..........


              Greg "Baggs" Bailey

Baggs offered some of his prized memories for us to share.

Memory Lane

Concerts Link 1

Concerts Link 2

Can't Believe We Made It !!!!


Our Favourite Subject In School

Beer Trivia
Beer Quotes
Beer Jokes

The History of Alcohol

Our Favourite Poems


"Brown Sugar," the first release on the Rolling Stones' own records label, went to #1 on the charts in May 1971. 
Mick and Bianca Jagger married on May 12. 

A Salute to the Great Pinups of the Past...





Do you have a  Phobia ?

We are in the process of getting a petition together to have the Buffalo television stations
release these shows for syndication. 
Everyone has missed these classic and cheaply made programs.
Write to the New York State Governor as well as
the Congressional representative. 
We want television like it used to be!

Rocketship 7



Commander Tom



Gumby and Pokey

Dialing for Dollars


Gone but not forgotten members of the Red Rag

 The High School Link

Our Best Jokes About School

The Top 20 Television Shows of 1971:

        1.  All in the Family
        2.  The Flip Wilson Show 
        3.  Marcus Welby, M.D.
        4.  Gunsmoke 
        5.  The ABC Movie of the Week 
        6.  Sanford and Son
        7.  Mannix
        8.  Funny Face 
        9.  Adam 12 
       10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show 
       11. Here's Lucy
       12. Hawaii Five-0 
       13. Medical Center 
       14. The NBC Mystery Movie 
       15. Ironside 
       16. The Partridge Family 
       17. The F.B.I. 
       18. The New Dick Van Dyke Show 
       19. The Wonderful World of Disney 
       20. Bonanza 


The Grey Cup Game
 was played on artificial turf for first time in Vancouver.

Calgary defeated Toronto 14-11.

Still the man  

Old Man Time has nothing on
our members.

Even after 40 years Doug is
still in great shape.   Time has
been very good to him.

It really is too bad he didn't
look this good in school.


The Buffalo Braves Basketball Team
1970 - 1978

Now they are the L.A. Clippers

Map of Ridgeway

Jim Morrison, 27, died in the bathtub of his Paris hotel room on July 3, 1971.

Link to the Town of Ridgeway


On January 25, 1971 Charles Manson was convicted of first degree murder for the Tate/La Bianca killings, and on March 29 was sentenced to the death penalty. The death sentence was later automatically commuted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court's People v. Anderson decision resulted in the invalidation of all death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972.

Classic Movies from the Year 1971


The Oscars of 1971

Best Picture

A Clockwork Orange

Fiddler on the Roof

Nicholas and Alexandra

The French Connection

The Last Picture Show

Best Director

John Schlesinger for
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Norman Jewison for
Fiddler on the Roof

Peter Bogdanovich for
The Last Picture Show

Stanley Kubrick for
A Clockwork Orange

William Friedkin for
The French Connection

Best Actor

Gene Hackman for
The French Connection

George C. Scott for
The Hospital

Peter Finch for
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Topol for
Fiddler on the Roof

Walter Matthau for

Best Actress

Glenda Jackson for
Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Jane Fonda for

Janet Suzman for
Nicholas and Alexandra

Julie Christie for
McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Vanessa Redgrave for
Mary, Queen of Scots

Best Supporting Actor

Ben Johnson for
The Last Picture Show

Jeff Bridges for
The Last Picture Show

Leonard Frey for
Fiddler on the Roof

Richard Jaeckel for
Sometimes a Great Notion

Roy Scheider for
The French Connectio

Best Supporting Actress

Ann-Margret for
Carnal Knowledge

Barbara Harris for
Who Is Harry Kellerman, and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?

Cloris Leachman for
The Last Picture Show

Ellen Burstyn for
The Last Picture Show

Margaret Leighton for
The Go-Between


  Take the Redneck Test

1971 Computer News

Hogan's Heroes

went off the air in April 1971

One great show ends and another begins with the opening of the
Red Rag.


Check out the Weather in Fort Erie

1971:            Top 10 Songs 

     Top 10 Singles in the U.S. for 1971. Number one songs are indicated with an asterisk (*). 

     Also included is each song's highest postition on the charts and the month it was achieved. 

      Three Dog Night (#1, April)

      Rod Stewart (#1, Oct)

      Carole King (#1, June)

      The Osmonds (#1 Feb)

      The Bee Gees (#1, Aug)

(The Lament Of the Cherokee Resevation Indian)
      The Raiders (#1, July)

      Donny Osmond (#1, Sept)

      John Denver with Fat City (#2, Aug)

(Running Away With Me)
      The Temptations (#1, April)

      Dawn (#1, Jan)


The Rolling Stones release their album "Sticky Fingers"
April 23, 1971


Rolling Stones - Sister Morphine Lyrics
Here I lie in my hospital bed
Tell me, Sister Morphine, when are you coming round again?
Oh, I don't think I can wait that long
Oh you see that I'm not that strong

The scream of the ambulance is sounding in my ears
Tell me, Sister Morphine, how long have
I been lying here? What am I doing in this place?
Why does the doctor have no face?

Oh, I can't crawl across the floor Ah,

Can't you see, Sister Morphine, I'm trying to score.

Well it just goes to show things are not what they seem
Please, Sister Morphine, turn my nightmares into dreams.
Oh can't you see I'm fading fast? And that this shot will be my last.

Sweet cousin cocaine, lay your cool cool hands on my head
Ah come on, Sister Morphine, you better make up my bed
'Cause you know and I know in the morning I'll be dead
You can sit around and you can watch all the clean white sheets stained red.

Some Old History of The Crystal Beach Park


Ever Wonder What Happened to the Comet Roller Coaster?

  More History of the Comet


     The worst prison riot in U. S. history takes place in Western NY.

   On September 9th, inmates at Attica Correctional Facility capture a section of the prison setting the stage for a four-day stalemate.
On September 13th, under orders from Governor Nelson Rockefeller,
the National Guard recapture the prison in a hail of gunfire.
When the shooting stops, 43 persons - inmates and hostages alike - are dead.


Indianapolis 500

The 1971 winner is Al Unser in his car Johnny Lightning,
running at an average speed of 157.735 miles per hour.


First Round


National Hockey

League Draft

  Drafted By           Player
1 Montreal            Guy Lafleur 
2 Detroit                Marcel Dionne
3 Vancouver          Jocelyn Guevremont
4 St. Louis             Gene Carr
5 Buffalo                Rick Martin
6 Boston                Ron Jones 
7 Montreal            Chuck Arnason 
8 Philadelphia        Larry Wright 
9 Philadelphia        Pierre Plante
10 NY Rangers      Steve Vickers 
11 Montreal           Murray Wilson 
12 Chicago             Dan Spring 
13 NY Rangers      Steve Durbano 
14 Boston               Terry O'Reilly


Check out some of your old friends at 

Surprise Link to a Favourite Site


Space for Nude Photos

                  In keeping with Rag Tradition we have kept a place for our pornography.
 Unfortunately, censorship by our wives has meant that our best art work will remain within our private collection.  
Please feel free to use your imagination.

 You should see what you are missing!

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige

February 9, 1971 - becomes the first Negro League player to become voted
 into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Everything You Didn't Care To Know About Niagara Falls

Fashion Statements of 1971
Platform Shoes
The Nike Swhoosh created
Hot Pants
Classic Muscle Cars of 1971

Dodge Challenger
 Chevelle Super Sport

In 1971
Buffalo's Shirley M. Suber is the first African American woman
 to be hired as a pilot at United Airlines.

Playboy Playmate Data Statistics For 1971
JAN/71 Liv Lindeland 36 C 22.5  34 25 108 5' 7.5 " Dec 07, 1945
FEB/71 Willy Rey 34 23 34 21 108 5' 4" Aug 25, 1949
MAR/71 Cynthia Hall 37 25 36 19 120 5' 3" Apr 01, 1951
APR/71 Chris Cranston 35.5  24 35.5  24 126 5' 7.5 " Sep 14, 1946
MAY/71 Janice Pennington 35.5  23 35.5 28 123 5' 8" Jul 08, 1945
JUN/71 Lieko English 35.5  23 35.5  23 117 5' 5.5 " Jun 03, 1947
JUL/71 Heather Van Every 32 23 33.5  19 103 5' 4" Sep 14, 1951
AUG/71 Cathy Lynn Rowland 35 23 35 21 110 5' 5.5 " Mar 11, 1950
SEP/71 Crystal K. Smith 37 22 35 20 118 5' 7" Aug 02, 1951
OCT/71 Claire Rambeau 36 24 36 20 133 5'11" May 08, 1951
NOV/71 Danielle de Vabre 36 25 34 21 120 5' 4.5 " Nov 19, 1949
DEC/71 Karen Christy 37 24 36 20 120 5' 6" Mar 11, 1951
12 Playmates
5' 6.1"
May 13, 1949
In 1971 Texas Instruments introduced
the first electronic calculator. 
It was portable but not small enough
to be a pocket calculator.

          1971 News Headlines

  • Priest Danial Berrigan Is Charged With Conspiracy to Kidnap Henry  Kissinger

  • Apollo XIV Lands On Moon 

  • Lieutenant William Calley Is Found Guilty In My Lai Massacre 

  • Supreme Court Upholds Busing For Desegregation 

  • Joe Frazier Beats Muhammad Ali in 15 Rounds, Each Receive $3.5 Million 

  • Mount Etna Erupts After 43 Years 
                 In The News

  • First legalized off track betting begins in New York 

  • New York Times prints Pentagon Papers, Danial Ellsberg is arrested for disclosure 

  • Nixon institutes price wage control 

  • Nixon ends 21 year trade embargo with China 

  • 26th Amendment is passed lowering voting age to 18 

  • Mariner IX orbits Mars 

  • Hot Pants are in 

  • Military look becomes popular, patches and insignias on everything 

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