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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Moments to Remember

(Class song)

To BHS we sing your praise

With you we spent our happy days

We will have these moments to remember.

You've shared our joys

You've shared our tears

Our inspiration through the years

We will have these moments to remember.

And now we go our separate ways

For it is to part

The memories of our high school days

Will linger in our hearts.

We've reached our goal;

Our work is done;

And it has been a lot of fun;

We will keep these memories forever.

The Brazil High School Class of 1957 held a 50th reunion at the YMCA on Sept. 22,2007.

Words can not express the joy this first time attendee felt being in the company of so many old friends and former classmates again. All who attended had a wonderful time. It was an affectionate scene!

Our class gives much credit to the reunion planning committee: Jerry Anderson, Larry & Nancy Crabb, Virginia Strong Downing, Janice Dressler, Joyce Emmert, Judy Hane, Wagne Kitch and Charlotte Pickett. They truly did serve-up more precious moments to remember.

After we enjoyed a delicious dinner, Larry Crabb presented a nice program. We watched our keepsake video, titled BHS Class Of 1957!

Approximately fifty class members, spouses and other guests enjoyed a delightful evening.

A time of prayerful silence was observed for the classmates who are deceased. Each holds a special place in our memory banks.

I feel the need to honor them again; Connie Biggs Relk, Jon Brackney, Charles Brannen, Una Britton Butcher, Don Chaney, Larry Cooper, Rolland Craig, Tom Cummins, Annette Dalton Anderson, Ruth Hamilton, Pierce, Don Hayes, John Hapenny, Ronald Hunter, Clayton Hull, Jane Ardice Jones Richards, Larry Joyner, Shirley King, Clayton Knight, Dixie Lewis Green, Mary Lou McVey Aker, Verna Lee Mills Hill,

Bonnie Modesitt Kowitz, Linda Lea Nicosin Gregg, Louella Penman Butler, Kenneth Pitman, John Reese,

Beverly Rogers Britton, Margaret Shattuck, Roy Stewart, Don Tucker, Sharon Wolff Penry and Annetta Lee Young. Two of our former teachers, Mr. Ralph Egloff and Mr. Herbert Galbraith were in the house. James Risk was unable to join us in celebration this time. He lives in Valparaiso.

I had known some of the attendees since first grade in Alabama Street School. This is a good place to begin telling you what I found out about my grade school/ high school friends and classmates.

I experience a senior moment during registration and failed to recognize Julia Jean (Judy) Byers Gallagher.

I felt sad about the fact that; I drew a blank. Why could I not recognize my childhood friend and long time classmate or her voice? It's true, 50 years is a long time. I remember my first hopscotch rock, used on the school yard floor, puzzle pages, wheat paste and our first grade teacher, the late Dorothy Killion and yes; I remember the shine on little Judy's thick dark braids, eating cookies that her sweet mother, Maxine (Hudson) Byers baked for her kids; Judy often shared some with me and more; Judy, the teenager, is still vivid in my mind, but on that special evening and, in that instance, my register temporarily malfunctioned.

Judy has lived in Marietta, Georgia for 30 years. She was married to Ed Gallahger for 38 years. She is the mother of three children and is the grandmother of two granddaughters.

They owned five Subways sandwich shops. Ed died 10 years ago. The lovely lady sold the businesses and now works part time at Stein Mart.

Sandra Baysinger Thompson taught elementary school 40.5 years. She is retired. Sandra does volunteer tutoring for the Clay County Literacy Coalition. She lives in Brazil.

Charlotte Raybould Pickett has been married to Jim Pickett for 46 years, Oct. 27th. She teaches elementary music at Eastside and Meridian in Brazil.

The busy lady will retire at the end of this school year. The Pickett's daughter, Larissa Goshen, is also a teacher. She and her husband Andy are the parents of Benjamin.

Virginia Strong Downing is another classmate that I have known since 1945. She lives in Lafayette. Ginny retired from Alcoa five years ago. The grandmother of six is involved with charity work. It was such a good feeling seeing her again.

Janice Haverkamp Dressler is married to Jim. They are the parents of five children. She has worked in the legal field since 1981.

Ed Modesitt married Fredia Hill (Class of 1958). He is a retired machinist. He enjoys many hobbies. Our classmate is active in the Clay County Historical Society and serves on the Board of Directors.

James Wylie is a machinist. He is married to the former Joan Selby.

Carl Cox could not be with us this time, but he sent us a warm message. He is married to Gayle Alexander and has one married daughter.

In 1970 he left teaching and coaching. He has been associated with State Farm Insurance for 37 years. Carl has done well in this world and gives a lot of credit to the fact that he had a solid educational experience at BHS.

Now you know about my classmates at Alabama. If, in another senior moment, I left anyone out, please refresh my memory.

The committee was the vehicle that went the extra mile to bring us together, in a grand reunion and made it possible to revisit those happy carefree days at BHS, when ALL of the original class of 117 were alive and present.

If only for a little while, we stepped back into our yesterdays and became that group of kids again.

Next week I will pick up a few friends at the old Meridian Street School and take them beyond the doors of BHS!

I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line to 613 N. Elm St.. Brazil, Ind., or pmlsartor@aol.com.