Jarbalo High School celebrates alumni reunion
Members and friends of the Jarbalo High School Alumni had their annual dinner and meeting Oct. 12 in the Jarbalo United Methodist Fellowship Hall.
The tables were covered in the JHS school colors of purple and gold. Colorful fall decorations and purple and gold balloons also graced the tables.
Virginia Seymour gave the blessing before everyone enjoyed the meal and much reminiscing.
President Helen Bell Lohman welcomed the guests and gave some background on how Jarbalo came to be named.
Secretary Ann Wager Matthews read the roll from 1918 to 1966. Students who attended Jarbalo but transferred to Tonganoxie High School because of consolidation, as well as former teachers, also were recognized.
Sharon Eastridge Sample and Edith Marcotte Mongold represented the 50-year class, Jeannie West Brenneman the 60-year class and Frank Burwell, Maxine Flinner Laskey and Thamar Rose Barnett the 70-year class. Bernard Edmonds represented the 75-year class of 1938.
Minutes and the treasurer’s report were read and approved. Officers also were re-elected: Lohman as president, Matthews as secretary, Joyce Wager Terry as vice president and Joy Dean Waters Porter as treasurer.
Alumni who died during the past year were Esther Hitzeman Wacker, Charlotte Medill Powell, Maxine Mason Sparks, Joann Blaser Luper, Jackie Blaser and George Nussbaum.
Donations were received to help pay expenses and aid in continuing future reunions. The group closed the meeting singing the school song, “The Purple and Gold,” led by Virginia Seymour.
Also attending from Kansas were Loleta Schultz Hartley, Iris Schultz Budenowski, Frances Jeannin, Vernon Waters, JW Evans and Ferry New Evans, Jeannie West Brenneman, Scarlett Martens O’Hara, Charlotte Hughes Milroy, Kenny and Chris Gast Thompson and Gary and Brenda Large. Alumni from Missouri were Leonard and Grace Wake, Kitty Schultz Steinmetz, former teacher Eldon Prawl and wife, Connie. Bernard Edmonds and his son, Jeff, came from Minnesota. And Glenda West Dickinson visited from Australia.