MHS Class of 1949 holds final reunion

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Members of the Monett High School Class of 1949 held their reunion at the Monett Museum. Pictured, front row from left, are: Frances (Drake) Thomas, Dolores (Huffmaster) Bertalot, Ruth (Jackson) Carter, Mary (Reynaud) Fox, David Turner, Ada (Rutherford) Smith, Emma (Burton) McCormick, Mary (Birkenbach) Patrick. Second row: John Eden, Bob McCormick and Sam Birkenbach. Contributed photo

Classmates entertained by vintage skits

The Monett High School Class of 1949 held its 70th anniversary reunion on Saturday, May 25, at the Monett Museum.

Classmates enjoyed a catered meal followed by an evening of visiting and reminiscing. The group decided this would be their last reunion, prompting mixed feelings.

Entertainment included two humorous skits. "Abbott and Costello Computer Conversation" was presented by Margaret Orona and Dorothy Ross. "You Can't Outsmart an Old Geezer" was given by Sam Birkenbach and Charles Bertalot, with Dolores Bertalot serving as speaker.

The class received an anonymous gift to pay for the catered meal and rental. In turn, the class agreed to give the donation to the Monett Historical Society.

Attending were: John Eden, Paragould, Ark., and his daughter, Margaret Orona, Morrilton Ark., and sister Dorothy Ross, Shawnee, Kan.; Mary (Birkenbach) Patrick and son, John, Fayetteville, Ark.; David Turner, Eagle Rock; Ruth (Jackson) Carter and grandson, Drew Lankford, Loma Linda; Dolores (Huffmaster) Bertalot and husband, Charles, Tulsa, Okla.; Frances (Drake) Thomas and daughter, Kathy Marshall; Mary (Reynaud) Fox and husband, Jack; Ada (Rutherford) Smith and daughter, Debbie Branches; Bob and Emma (Burton) McCormick; Sam Birkenbach and wife, Dolores, all of Monett.