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Mt. Pleasant News – June 14, 1950
OF 1943 HAS REUNION
reunion of the Mount Pleasant High School Class of ’43 was held Sunday June
11, at McMillan park.
present for the basket dinner were: Louis Long, Keith Smith, Mrs. Helen Bouge
and Terry, Albert English and Deanna, Mr. and Mrs. James Green, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Welcher, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nihart, Mr. and Mrs. Louis White and Johnny, Mr.
and Mrs. Edward Simkin and Judy, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Long, Dean, Diana, and
Jerry Jo. Mrs. Florence Messer was present for a short time.
It was decided that Louis Long, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Simkin, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nihart will have charge of the reunion to be held the second Sunday in June of next year. It is regretted that many were not contacted for the reunion this year but are hopeful for a better turn out next year.
Submitted by A.M.W. Apr 2006
Mt. Pleasant News – July 12, 1955
of 1921 Holds Reunion
class of 1921 of Mt. Pleasant High School enjoyed a small reunion in the home of
Lydia M. Wright 2 ½ miles south of Mt. Pleasant. The following were present for
a pleasant afternoon spent in reviving old times: Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Shook, Dr.
Frank Coles, Att’y and Mrs. Harold McLeran, Mr. and Mrs. Warner Russell, and
the hostess, Lydia M. Wright.
Frozen home grown strawberries, ice cream, and a cold drink were served.
Submitted by A.M.W.
Mt. Pleasant News – September 15, 1955
HISTORY READ AT
MT. PLEASANT ACADEMY PICNIC
According to former records, the 14th annual reunion of the students of the Mt.
Pleasant Academy was the largest that has ever been held with 43 registered. By
soon after 11 a.m., former students were assembling at the cabin in Saunders
park, Sunday, Sept. 11.
Submitted by C.J.L., April 2006
Winfield Beacon/Wayland News – Thursday July 13, 2000
Wayland Class of ’46 Holds Reunion
Wayland High School Class of 1946, along with spouses and classmates, met for a
reunion Tuesday, July 4 for a 10 A.M. brunch at the Sugar Creek Fellowship Haal.
Schoool colors of purple and white were carried out on the tables’
decorations, along with fresh flower arrangements. Graduates’ pictures were
displayed on the name tags.
member, Lucille Swartzendruber hosted the event and was assisted by daughter,
Donna Swartzendruber and granddaughter, Amy Meyer.
the meal, Duaine Hirschy shared some of his favorite poetry and each
class member gave an update of themselves and their family A letter was
read from classmate Marilyn (Nicola) Randall, Columbus Junction, who was unable
to attend. We played a couple of games and spent a lot of time viewing old
pictures, memorabilia, and reminiscing.
attending were Ruth (Eigsti) Miller of Lakewood, Colorado; Gene and Doris Meyer,
Alna, Michigan; Orion and Anna Mae (Graber) Huffer of Ames, Iowa; Don and Rozena
(Christner) Wyse, Washington, Iowa; Warren and Connie (Stacy) Lewis, Columbus
Junction, Iowa; Mary (Tschantz) Robertson, Iowa City; Roger and Phyllis Richard,
Fairfield, Iowa; Max and Phyllis Graber, Lois Nebel, Duwaine and Bonnie Hirschy,
and Audrey Kauffman all of Wayland, Iowa; Edwin and Lucille (Roth)
Swartzendruber, Olds, Iowa; Donna Swartzendruber, Wellman, Iowa; and Amy Meyer,
Wayland, Iowa. Two class members, Edwin Conrad and Dean Kauffman are deceased
and four other members were unable to attend.
Submitted by A.M.W.
Submitted by A.M.W. Mar 2006
Winfield Beacon/Wayland News – July 4, 2002
CLASS OF 1952 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
1952 Wayland High School Class held a 50th year anniversary
celebration the weekend of June 22, 23, and 24, 2002. The festivities began on
Saturday evening with a delicious meal catered by Connie Freyenberger at the
Sugar Creek Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Forty-two attended including
twenty-five class members and seventeen spouses and guests. A good evening of
fellowship and an entertaining program were enjoyed by all. A drawing was held
for the silk floral table centerpieces and were won by Ardith Brunk, Marion
Leichty, Janet Moninger, Mathena Nebel, Arline Roth, and Roberta Wyse.
Sunday morning, June 23, 17 class members and 12 spouses and guests began a
beautiful two day Mississippi River Cruise from LeClair to Galena, Illinois on
the riverboat Twilight They enjoyed an overnight stay at the Chestnut Mountain
Resort near Galena, including a ride on the ski lift from the river level to the
motel. Monday the group enjoyed a tour of the former President U.S. Grant’s
home, a trolley car tour of Galena, and shopping time in downtown Galena before
returning to the cruise ship for their return to LeClair, arriving at 6:30 P.M.
The entire cruise was made in beautiful summer weather, without one drop of
rain. There was much visiting and reminiscing among all who were able to make
the trip. Meals and snacks were served on board and professional performers
and Mathena (Nebel) Barta, Don and Eldora (Roth) Boshart, Royce and Ardith (Freyenberger)
Brunk, Herb and Billie Jo Ericks, Evelyn Garrett (Boyd), Jack and Geneva
(Turner) Genkinger, Marlene (Tschantz) Hesseltine, Richard and Kathy Hulme, Dr.
Robert Elmer and Ellen Krabill, Marion and Marlene Leichty, Rachel Leichty and
guest, Sue Crumrine, Richard and Frances Magdefrau, Janet (McMullen) Moninger,
Dr. Lester and Shirley (Rubey) Reschly, Don and Arline (Roth).
attending the reunion were Frank and Lorene Allred, Jean Roth (Ron), Rex and
Corrine Sinn, Dareld and Joannita (Hirschy) Stauffer, Dale and Beaulah Mae
(Graber) Swartzendruber, Elizabeth (Arbogast) Troutman, George and Virginia (Boshart)
VanWyngarden, John and Virginia Wenger, and Roberta (Shaffer) Wyse.
of the class unable to attend were Mary (Bower) McCormic, Dorothy (Leichty)
Pforts, Marianna (Gerig) Roth, Maxine (Gingerich) Burden, Jean (Davison) Hertig
and Bertha (Hesser) Hill.
members of the class are David Neff, Aldine Roth, Boyd Garrett, and Ronald Roth.
and Mrs. Elmer Krabill, Uniontown, Ohio and Dr. and Mrs. Lester Reschly,
Columbia Missouri were in charge of the arrangements for the special 50th
anniversary celebration. Frank Allred, Janet Moninger, and Virginia VanWyngarden
were named to make plans for the next reunion in 2004 to be held in conjunction
with the Wayland High School Alumni Reunion.
TRANSCRIPTIONIST’S NOTE: I have typed this verbatim from the newspaper. The significance of the names in paragraph #3 are not known to me. My assumption is they were among those attending ??
Submitted by A.M.W.
SWAN SCHOOL REUNION
Talks and Letters
During the reunion August 7, short talks were made by visiting pupils and former teachers. Peter Wilson opened the school in the morning. Miss Mae Gau, Henry county superintendent of schools spoke briefly. Letters were received from Emma Bonar Nichols Chamberlain and Blance Knickerbocker Parrott. Peter Wilson remarked that in his class of 47 pupils there were 25 in the first reader.
"The Country School"
Excerpts from the above poem was sent in by Mrs. James Chandler.
A large number of our
There is a freedom about the rural school
Large schools have
their complete equipment
Paper Read on Lincoln at Swan Reunion
Lincoln historians and biographers disagree whether Abe Lincoln ever
taught school. But here is authentic proof that he did and also an
incident which has never been published about his experiences as a
The boys inside informed the new teacher he could come in if he would
promise a treat the next day. Lincoln made no answer. A noise was heard
and down came a lanky, soot-begrimmed form through the chimney, but no
promise of treat.
Among the teachers present in addition to Peter Wilson, who taught school there 60 years ago, were: Maggie Kelly Seymour, Phyllis Wagner, R.A. Parrott, Mrs. W.J. Riepe, Mrs. Jennie Bonar Chandler, Lotta I. Neu.
James Chandler, Petty Jean Heibner, Wm. Chandler, Stephen Williams, Linnie Williams Duke, Flossie Williams Bolick, Frank H. Seaton, Wm. Hebner, Naomi Williams, Velma Williams Wagner, Robert Wagner, Stanley Wagner, Gilbert Wagner, Ralph Heibner, Russell, Wendell and Naomi Williams, George W. Grinstead, Nancy Miller Jaggar, Mayme Chandler Kelly, Frank Chandler, Sue Gill DeLong, Kate M. Philpott Welch, Ethel Head Heibner, Fay Grinstead Riepe, Frank B. Williams, Lenore Hutchinson Rowe, Guy New, Merton Williams, Ora Hutchinson Williams, Mason Rowe.
Friends at Reunion
Mrs. Frank Chandler, Birdie B. Mathews, E. Mae Grau, Mrs. Ida Wilson, Mrs. Fred Wagner, Mary Parrott, W.A. Heibner, T.L. Turley, Mr. and Mrs. Ed L. Mix, Belle C. Chandler, Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Johnston, Mrs. Thelma Baker, Mrs. Nellie Williams, Mrs. Wilma Grinstead, Edward Grinstead, Helen Medefesser, L.L. Medefesser, E.E. Wessel, Clinton Bolick, J.W. Duke, Georgetta Duke, Mrs. Ralph Heibner, J.W. Grinstead, Myrtle Gaines, Claude Gaines, Mrs. Corliss Williams, Mrs. J.W. Grinstead, Stella Grinstead, Marion Bonar, Rollin Bonar.
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