Saturday, July 17

Lehigh School Alumnae Banquet

Wow, this past week went fast! Seems like it was only yesterday that I joined my mother at the Lehigh School Alumnae Banquet that was held last Saturday evening. She had a great time and so did I!! My mom graduated with the class of 1947 and five members of her class returned for the reunion. There were just twelve in her class ..... I think that's the right number, I could be wrong so I better check with her. :-) Anyway, here are the members that came from her class........
That's my mother, Mary Linn, on the left and sitting next to her is long-time friend, Pat Trueblood whose husband is across the table and is the actual class member. Then next to Pat is classmate Charlotte Holstrom, who is also my second cousin. And the gentleman at the end is husband to Rosemary who is under the 1947 pennant in the photo below..........

Rosemary had not been back for a reunion in a long time so her classmates were very glad to see her. Next to Rosemary is Don, husband of Charlotte and next to him is the lone guy who showed up from the class of '47, Dick Trueblood. And next to him, is Beverly Williams. My mother, Beverly and Rosemary were very close friends in high school. Come to think of it, I should have posted a photo of them from back then. Sometimes good ideas come too late. :-) I posted these photos so that all you friends in Lehigh can see the class of '47. :-) There were schoolmates from the classes of 1937 up through 1960 so the banquet was really well attended. And the food was reallllllllllly good! :-)

One of the things that surprised me was the singing of the old school song. Something about hearing those voices sing it and knowing they were recalling the good old days of high school, almost made me cry. Ah, but that wasn't the only moment that brought me near to tears. With their voices warmed up, the crowd of almost two hundred were led in song by Beth Hay at the keyboard as she played "God Bless America". Wow, did it sound wonderful! I would have called for an encore if they had all been onstage. Seriously, there was something about the voices, so sweet and yet strong that just sounded beautiful! I was so glad I got to join my mother and think I would like to go again. I was privileged to go along because I went to school at the Lehigh Public School although I did not graduate from high school in Lehigh. The last high school graduating class was in 1960. Then, as happened in so many small towns, Lehigh consolidated with other communities, Burnside and Harcourt, to become Central Webster. The high school was located in Burnside and the schools in Lehigh and Harcourt became elementary/junior high schools. I graduated from eighth grade in Lehigh and I remember it very well. That's because my mom and dad took me shopping to buy a special dress. I still have it and got it out to show my mom when she was here visiting. I really should take a photo and share as it's soooooo cute, so 1960's. The only thing that would have made the alumnae banquet better would have been a tour of the old school but sadly the school is long gone. Several years ago it was torn down ........ lovely old brick school.......and replaced with senior apartments. I'm not the only one that wishes the school had been preserved for some other use. Memories are still there and no one can take those away!

So that's the story on the alumnae banquet and now ........ how about that heat? Whoa, is it hot here in Minnesota or what?!! Summer is definitely in bloom! It's going to be even hotter here on Saturday and that means thunderstorms this evening (so the weatherman says). I'll be fine if I can stay in air-conditioned comfort. Got plenty of things to do so I will avoid the outdoors. I just don't do well in the hot, hot weather. See ya tomorrow with pictures from last Sunday's family reunion and then it's back to quilts on the line on Monday!

Have a great Saturday!

Sandi

7 comments:

Kaye said...

Sandi, thanks for sharing your school alumni with us, I would love to see some of my classmates. One Phyllis and I have been friends since 10th grade. She recently moved a block away from me in Delaware and our Husbands were on the Fire Department together. Wow, about 55 years.

Pat said...

What a nice trip down memory lane for all involved. A friend's high school is no longer in use as a school (now it is some kind of art center) but they were allowed to have a big, catered breakfast there on their reunion weekend, which was nice for all of them.

Crispy said...

We have our Cow Town Hoe Down today....I get to miss it because I'm working...bummer. Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the parade is the floats of different classes.

Crispy

W. Latane Barton said...

Good Morning, Sandi. Nice post on your moms high school reunion. She's a lovely lady and the two of you made memories of a fun time together.

Needled Mom said...

What a fun reunion it must have been, Sandi. I can imagine the emotional feeling with the voices raised up together like that.

My mom's old brick school was also torn down, but they sold the bricks and it helped to build the new school. My mom proudly displays her brick in her home.

quiltingnana said...

sounds like a good time...I don't like the heat either

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