Tiger Tracker: John Polhemus
John PolhemusCurrent career: Summit County Road & Bridge directorYear graduated: 1972John Polhemus graduated from Summit High School in 1972, and after a few miscellaneous jobs, landed a position with Summit County Road and Bridge in 1973.Polhemus was a heavy equipment operator with the department until 1997 before being promoted to his current position: director. In his almost 38 years with the county, Polhemus counts the different people he has met over the years as one of the best parts of the job.Polhemus has been married to his high school sweetheart, Linda, for 40 years. Linda also graduated from Summit High, two years earlier than her husband. The couple has two daughters, also Summit High graduates, and three grandchildren – two girls and a boy. Polhemus’ granddaughters attend Summit Middle and High schools.In his spare time, Polhemus enjoys spending time outside; he has a snowmobile, a mountain bike, an ATV and a recently-purchased camper trailer.”We love spending time with the grand kids. The oldest ones are in sports, so we go watch them,” he said.Polhemus started his school career in the old town of Dillon, and when the Dillon Reservoir was built, was sent to class in the building now known as the Frisco Historic Park and Museum’s Schoolhouse Museum. The county was still putting the final touches on its new school – now the middle school – so children were sent wherever there was space until the build was finished.”They put the kids wherever they could find a building. I was a Frisco kid, so I got to go to the chapel.”Polhemus wrestled for years. He especially enjoyed woodshop class, and said those skills came in handy later in life, like a remodel he did on his house. Another class that sticks out in his mind: boys home economics, later renamed bachelor’s survival. The 10 boys in Polhemus’ class learned things like how to sew, cook and arrange flowers. And while he doesn’t do any sewing anymore, Polhemus does like to cook “anything you can burn on a grill,” he said.Polhemus liked his school’s small size, and all of “the friendships you acquire in high school.” “I believe we had 38 kids in my graduating class, so you really knew everybody at that time,” he said.
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