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Carol Perkins: Would anybody come? Edmonton School Reunion
The Old Edmonton School Reunion drew hundreds, despite the downpour on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Edmonton's 200th Birthday party was a huge event with thousands of people coming to town. From the opening ceremony to the last event (the reunion) I will be recapping each moment for weeks to come. I was reminded of the prom and when Monday morning came: you prepare for months and then in a flash, it is over. However, no one ever forgets that night.
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By Carol Perkins
Would anyone come?
If so, how many? Would there be fifty? I was hoping for a hundred. Sunday, September 9th was the Old Edmonton School reunion that you likely saw advertised in connection to the Bicentennial. Susan Chambers, Mary Alice Yokley, Freeda Reece and I planned the day to be relaxed and entertaining.
Even though the event didn't begin until three, I was so uptight I went down to the Old School Cafe at one thirty. Susan and I were selling our books about Edmonton, so I set them up and moved them around a few times-waiting. By two fifteen, people began to arrive. By three o'clock or thereafter, the Cafe was overflowing and chairs had to be brought from the stage. We estimate approximately 200 people came, even though the rain poured.
The earliest graduate to attend was from the class of 1946: Miss Jennie Hodges from the north end of the county. Each year was represented up to the closing of the school (totally) in 1970. Like all schools back then, the high school and grade schools were on the same premises. Gradually, new high schools, then middle schools, and consolidated elementary schools replaced them. Edmonton High School became Metcalfe Co. High and Edmonton Grade School has now become Metcalfe County Elementary.
One of the best ways to pay tribute to our school was to recognize the teachers. We may forget our social security number and our bank pin, but we can name every elementary teacher we had! Mary Alice framed 8x10 photographs of every teacher from as far back as she could get up to 1970. (Those who taught in the Edmonton Schools.) There were fifty familiar faces lining the counter in the Cafe, which she left for others to enjoy. Of those fifty, two were present: Ruth Butler and Mildred Jean Sparks, both who addressed the crowd. Ms. Butler (age 95) recalled a story that brought the house down! The other two, Marguerite Reece Sullivan and Roberta Bell Temple, could not attend.
When an event such is this is planned and it rains, you never know how much punch and how many cookies you'll be drinking and eating for a week! (The Edmonton State Bank sponsored the event!) One special touch to the decorations were bricks from the Old School (now torn down). Freeda had secured bricks from the owner and used them and other decorations as centerpieces. When we announced that these bricks could be taken, I was afraid a brawl might break out! Everyone wanted a brick (I did, too).
Edmonton's 200th Birthday party was a huge event with thousands of people coming to town. From the opening ceremony to the last event (the reunion) I will be recapping each moment for weeks to come. I was reminded of the prom and when Monday morning came: you prepare for months and then in a flash, it is over. However, no one ever forgets that night.
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