Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the Oct. 18, 1945 edition of The Gardner News. The 81st annual Gardner Edgerton High School all-school reunion will be at 11:30 a.m. on May 17 at GEHS.
About 65 former students of district number 11, Gardner, many of whom have grown gray with age yet have stayed young in spirit and maintained keen appetites met at Gardner City Auditorium Sunday afternoon and indulged in a bit of reminiscence.
Many of them came and attended church before coming to the meeting, participating, as of yore, in the services of the churches. So it was well past noon hour when friends had renewed acquaintances and were ready to be served at a long table especially prepared in the hall by Bert Atwood and Elmer Ford, who had assumed that responsibility.
Bert and Elmer had been to the reunions before, and their knowledge of the amount of food brought in by the ladies stood them well in hand.
Strong tables, well constructed, they were; and it Is well they were, for there was food galore – chickens, beans, salads of many kinds, meat loaf, sandwiches, cakes pies, coffe, etc. Truman Goresline of Kansas City brought a beautiful cake bearing the date 1885-1945, the former date being the year he enrolled in Gardner school.
Dr. Will Ott, came from Gresham, Oregon, to be present for the occasion and will visit relatives before returning home. Dr. Ott commented on the neat appearance of his old hometown, the new buildings that have replaced old ones until h e sat in his car and was uncertain about the directions when he saw the bank housed on the south side of the street instead of the north as it was in his childhood days in Gardner.
Under the supervision of D.R. Ott community singing was enjoyed, everyone singing lustily, and Mr. Ott responded to requests for a number of cornet solos, which were very much enjoyed.
At the conclusion of the business and social session, election of officers for the following year was held. Nelson Todd of Olathe being elected President, and Ray L. McIntire, Gardner, Vice President. Mrs. Gertrude McCreary was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Mrs. McCreary was not at the meeting, however, owing to the fact that she and Clarence are at present visiting in California. Miss Rachel Foster acted as secretary in her absence, reading cards or letters from the following persons who rememberd the date, and expressed regrets that they could not be present: Georgia Groves-Sawmiller, Anna Todd-Pearce, Lizzie Quinn, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Turner, Clarence and Gertrude McCreary, Will and Edith Murray, Grace Gage and Ellen and Freda Halstrom.
Mildred Bigelow acted as pianist for the occasion, and Rev. J.P. Sinclair returned thanks for the blessings bestowed in the way of refreshments, both spiritual and physical.
The writer is of the opinion that people who have not attended one of these school reunions do not know what they are missing. There are many people in the community who are eligible to attend who have never done so. Unfortunately, there are always more persons in attendance from a distance than there are from the old hometown, and some folks who come annually from distance have expressed disappointment that they did not find more of their old school mates in attendance.
The committee in charge will make a special effort to obtain a larger attendance next year, so bear in mind the date when it is set and come and have fun.