Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Excitement filled the Forest City Threshers' building Saturday, Sept. 25, as 75 former Meeker County District 74/1131 students and family attended a reunion of their beloved country school.
The tables were covered with colorful tablecloths and adorned with centerpieces Ð baskets and old-style metal lunchboxes filled with apples or mum plants decorated with crayons and a pencil. Also, on each table were pictures of students from bygone days.
As the former students filed in, they signed a guest register, completed a nametag (including the dates they attended District 74/1131) and registered to win a door prize.
Much memorabilia was brought to share, including old school pictures, textbooks, songbooks, letters, valentines, art projects, scrapbooks, weekly readers, and movies which provided lots of good conversation, memories and laughs.
After a delicious catered meal, a program began with our emcee Sandy Meline DeSua ringing the old school handbell, and then leading us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Mary Lou Erickson, the only former teacher attending, shared her memories as a teacher at the country school.
Dorothy Meline Kersten entertained us with a trivia game of history questions about District 74/1131 school days.
There was also a time for sharing memories. The program concluded with Deb Carlson Holtz leading us in singing "America," and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
After the program, everyone walked to the old school house, looked inside, reminisced and gathered for a group picture in front of the building.
Then there was more eating Ð fruit, cookies, apple crisp, rootbeer floats, and chocolate sundaes Ð provided by attendees.
The mum plants were given away as door prizes and also to the person who came the farthest Ð Ann Hallberg of Chicago, and to the oldest person attending Ð Roger Carlson.
After a fun-filled day, it was decided to not wait another 24 years before the next reunion.
Jeanette Hermann Thompson
Editor's note: The school was located in Kingston Township, near where J-Craft was located. It has been moved to the Forest City Threshers complex and is being restored.