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Contributor – Marsha Eppley
We mostly grew up with each other since 1st Grade. More students moved in & joined us later on. We shared so many wonderful experiences from the classroom to basketball games to dating to our Senior Trip (to Lake of the Ozarks…we even had one in a cast! Needless to say, THAT surely DIDN’T STOP US!). We always seemed to be the “Best Class”, no matter the season. We’ve attended each others weddings and even funerals, where we sat together as a class, once again. There’s just something that “pulls” us together!
DON’T BLINK!! HOW???… has it actually been fifty (50) years?!!? We’ve gotten shorter, fatter, balder, gray headed, vision impaired, survived illnesses, lost spouses, lost 15 classmates, lost muscles (that once was firm and athletic), or some can’t drive after dark, etc., etc. but WE SHOWED UP!!!
With each class reunion, the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45th, we got together and reminisced our about our “Hay days”. BUT!!! This 50th reunion, will go down in the books for having the MOST FUN EVER!!! We had two classmates attend, that we hadn’t seen in 50 years, and once we figured out who they were, we hit it off like we just got out of the high school! Friday night, Aug. 18th, we met at The Hammermill in Downing. There were approx. 18 classmates (& some spouses) who came and started the weekend celebration. On Saturday, Aug. 19th, we decorated the Glenwood Community Room before we were the “Grand Marshalls” for the Glenwood Reunion Parade. The weather was extremely HOT, but, there were 13 classmates that braved the sweat & rode the flatbed donated by Doug Bowling (& his son, Kyle, was our dedicated driver)… followed by the Schuyler Co. Ambulance talking on their microphone reminding us not to fall off, since we were old! ha Immediately following the parade, we went to Lancaster to tour the Schuyler Co. Hall Museum hosted by Sandra Redding. She graciously had refreshments waiting for us to enjoy. We also toured the log cabin, one room school house and the updated summer kitchen.
We took a quick photo in front on the front steps. After quickly returning to our hotels, showering & redressed we returned to the Glenwood Community Room. Several classmates had brought old pictures, yearbooks & memorabilia.
Cindy Hayes had prepared a big, colorful banner to put on the wall for our group picture. As we signed in at the door, Pam Lusher had beautiful, handmade “smooth rock” keychains & bracelets for each of us. David Fountain (& Melissa) brought each class member a bottle of wine from California & chocolates.
We were blessed to have three of our school teachers attend: Sue Jane Brewer, Debbie Gorham & Randall Roberts. Each spoke of their memories of our class in days gone by.
The delicious, catered meal was provided by Jeff McGoldrick. Annette West, Donna Harrelson & Marsha Eppley brought cheese cakes, cupcakes or deviled eggs. Big thank you to Marcia Martin for volunteering to work in the kitchen. Class members stood and talked about their families, work & hobbies, that we are lucky to enjoy. A slide show, prepared by Debe Barnhart, was shown and there were lots of laughs seeing those pictures! How we have changed!
A short business meeting was led by Donna Harrelson and several volunteered to help with the 55th reunion. A collection was taken up for the Schuyler Co. Library, as they opened their doors for our perparation meetings, as a thank you. There also was a “Trivia” game played. The classmates that have gained their “angel wings”were honored on a table with their pictures & obits. prepared by Debe Barnhart. A big group picture was taken with our school teachers.
After 9 p.m., several met at the Hampton Inn (Truman room) in Kirksville, for an after party hosted by David & Melissa Fountain & Betty Jo Purvis. Refreshments were provided & even a cake! Therewere approx. 13 that attended, savoring the last few minutes for visiting, before saying our “goodbyes & see you at our 55th!” You know the next five years will go by….in a flash! So… DON’T BLINK!!!