MHS Class of 1955 holds reunion

Friday, November 8, 2019

25 travel back for day of visiting, sightseeing

On Oct. 2-4, the Monett High School Class of 1955 came together in Monett to celebrate the 64th year of their graduation and share many memories.

Classmates had much to relive and details to share about their lives. Activities included a social time at the home of Gale and Rose Huffmaster, Monett, on Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon, the class met at the Dairy Queen to remember this favorite hang-out of the class. It was Marsha (Moseley) Wolfersberger, a classmate, whose family owned the Dairy Queen in those days.

Thursday evening’s banquet was catered by the Brown Bag Restaurant and was held in the Event Center of the Monett Museum. Special guests included Dorothea Miller-Elliott, 99, who guided many of the class through her fourth grade. Dr. Ralph Scott, retired superintendent of Monett schools, and his wife, Mary K., were welcome guests.

Darlene (Scotvold) Nowak reviewed the classmates that have passed away. Betty (Bradford) Hoover announced “awards” for most distance travelled, Jim and Judie Bradley from Wyoming; most grandchildren, Steve and Kay Jenkins; Georgia (Tucker) Denny with the most great-grandchildren along with several other awards.

The Monett Museum provided a memorable showing of numerous photographs of Monett from the earliest days to current scenes. From a significant railroad center in the beginning, to an important processor of agricultural products today. This show included several photographs of Monett’s numerous floods, and a photo tour of most of the school buildings – memories galore.

After breakfast on Friday morning at the Angus Branch Steakhouse, the class headed home, looking forward to their 65th year celebration next year.

Class members and spouses attending this year’s celebration from Monett were: Mary Sue (Brandt) Davidson, Gale and Rose Huffmaster, Jim Bass, Helen (Johnson) and Wayne Fritz; Darlene (Scotvold) and Stan Nowak.

Also from Missouri were: Betty Jane (Parmalee) Scott, Washington; Mike and MaryBelle (Squibb) Eggers, Lake Saint Louis; Betty (Bradford) and Jerry Hoover, Chesterfield; John and Peggy Scott, Aurora; Sue (Pryor) and Hank Armstrong, Springfield; and Georgia (Tucker) Denny, Purdy.

More distant visitors were: Jim and Judie Bradley, Wheatland, Wyo.; Steve and Kay Jenkins, Ada, Mich.; Frank Kerr, Fayetteville, Ark; Bill Koeneman and Diane Elkins, Memphis, Tenn.

Other friends of the class attending included Ruth Ann (Brown) Richardson, Monett, and Carol Davidson, Jefferson City.