The Norris City Omaha Senior Class of 1956 had their annual reunion at the Indian Creek Township Building on Sunday afternoon, May 26, 2019. When this class started as freshmen, the high school was just Norris City High School. By the time the class graduated 63 years ago in 1956, the high school had become Norris City Omaha High School.
Attending this reunion were 18 classmates and seven spouses for a total of 25 at the reunion. The classmate who traveled the farthest to attend was David Shaw from Charleston, South Carolina.
The last Junior-Senior Prom was held in 1954. The first graduating class to take a Senior Trip was the Class of 1955, and they went to New Orleans. The Class of 1956 was the first senior class from Norris City to make the trip to Washington, D.C. Our class gleaned corn, sold magazine subscriptions, operated the concessions at basketball games, and such to raise money to make the trip. Our class raised enough money to cover the students’ share of the cost of the trip, except for $20 that each of us had to pay. The price included two meals a day
The Senior Trip was made by school bus to Flora, Ill. on a Tuesday morning, where we boarded a B & O Streamliner train to Washington, D.C. The class returned the same way on Saturday. The class made trips by bus to various sites in Washington, D.C., the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and to Mt. Vernon, Arlington, and Alexandria, Virginia. This was a trip we have never forgotten.
The classmates who attended the reunion this year were:
Seated below, (lt. to rt.) are: Carole Harlow Anderson, Juanita Awalt Short, Shirley Seagraves Farmer, Jane DeBoard Turpin, JoAnn Bryant Maynard, Yvonne Hafford Ward, Juanita Riley Riplinger, and Isabel Aud Feges. Standing (lt. to rt.) are: Ronald Austin, Gary Anderson, Edward Douglas, Edward Oliver, Ivan Mills, Lowell McArthy, David Shaw, Joe Kinsall, Kenneth Hunt, and Jerry Turpin.
Classmates unable to attend the reunion this year were: Sally Lou Blacker Griffith, Judith Delap Partain, Charles “Corky” Clark, Donna Dixon Grant, Patsy Talley Edwards, Violet Floyd Lasater, Lenora Graves Schulte, Carl Dean Hughes, James Leonberger, Elaine Hoskins Levy, George Tompkins, Sibyl Wilson Brooks, C. E. Dale, Fred Doerner, Jerry Buttry, Paul Whitsell, Esther Midkiff Coupal, and Edward Mobley.
1956 classmates who are deceased include Florence Wilson (1958), Carl Eugene McKenzie (1962), John Bertis Tyler (1965), Carolyn Sue Harrolle Earnest (1988), Dean Cullison (1992), Carolyn McMurtry O’Dell (1997), Charles Rush, Beverly Millspaugh Clark (1999), James Luther Aud (2001), Naomi Veatch Winfrey (2001), Patsy Douglas Travis (2001), Charles Miner (2001), Phyllis Smith (2002), Ralph Garlick (2004), Harold Dean Edwards (2004), Arnold Ray Douglas (2007), Shirley Slinker Young (2010), Carl Short (2011), Reba Barker Walker (2013), Charles Denzil Morehead (2013), Carrie Cullison, Harold Eugene “Sonny” Wardlow (2015), Earl Bertis Shain (2015), Donald Henson (2016), Aubrey Catlin (2017), Patricia Rodger Sabatke (2018), and Mary Agnes Millspaugh Clark (2018).
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