The North Bend Eagle


Retro tees bring memories, smiles to alumni

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/2/20

Eliss Hall is a woman of many talents... and one who has followed many different paths in her 32 years of life.

Throwback T-shirts
Eliss Hall shows some of her retro shirts she has been making in her workroom. She worked on them five months before putting then on social media Nov. 6.

On her most recent adventure, she has brought back many fond memories and strong allegiance to those who attended the NBC feeder schools back in the day. The last feeder school, as a feeder school, closed in 2002. With it went lots of memories of the school districts 8, 91, 92, 93, 14, 54 and 27. These memories were stirred up with Hall’s recent addition to her 36 Apparel line of retro T-shirts. The shirts go back to the days shirts were given to each child in the six feeder schools when they started kindergarten. These shirts were worn with pride, especially at the elementary track and field day held the end of each school year.

“It seems that all of us who grew up at the country schools still have so much pride in them and the memories and education received,” said Cotterell Warrior Beth (Emanuel) Christensen. “This was a great way to honor the memories of our elementary years.”

Hall’s business is now located in a barn on her parents’ place, a barn built in 1923 by her great-grandfather.

“It’s a work in progress,” Hall said. “My dad and I have been working on this a couple of months.”

She has upgraded her equipment and is doing more of the silk screen printing.
How did she come up with the retro shirt idea?

“My mom (31-year NBE teacher Cecilia Hall) was wearing her North Bend Elementary sweatshirt she had from the ‘80s,” Hall said. “Going to Morse Bluff, I had one of those original Cardinal shirts. I thought like, ‘Man, how many people would love to have one of those shirts.’”

She started with the Morse Bluff and North Bend shirts and remastered them. She put it up on Facebook looking for other school shirts and got response from a variety of people.

It all started in June 2020. She got the designs, had to outline and paint to restore the print to what the original looked like.



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