MT. VERNON — Friends and classmates gathered the weekend of Oct. 11, 12 and 13 to celebrate the 55th reunion of the MVTHS Class of 1958.
The weekend of activities started Friday evening at Genkota Winery where 86 classmates, spouses and friends of the classes of 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1959 gathered for hor d’oeuvres, lots of hellos, hugs and renewed friendships. The fun of senior pictures on the name tags added to the joy of the meetings. The casual event set the stage for a full weekend of good times.
Saturday afternoon, several classmates took a tour through the high school, realizing this would be their last chance to see the old school campus. The reality of B building being over 100 years old, and the ground breaking for a new school in a few months, made this a bittersweet moment. A tour of the new campus will be a part of the next reunion. Also included in the afternoon was an invitation to visit classmate Mark Marlow’s pumpkin patch.
One hundred four classmates and spouses gathered Saturday evening at the Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge for a gala dinner and dance. Orange and black balloons were the highlight of the many decorations. After cheese and vegetable hor d’oeuvres, a class picture was taken by Fotoz. The master of ceremonies was classmate Jack Kotter. Classmate Roger Irvin read the names of deceased classmates since the reunion of 2010. Classmate Harriet Rosenberger Koch introduced Tom Jackson, president of the Mt. Vernon Township High School Foundation, who shared what the foundation has been doing and its goals. The class of 1958 donated and presented $1,530 to the foundation. A panel board with architect drawings of the proposed new high school was on display for viewing. Mr. Jackson said there will be a list of “gifts” and “naming rights” for items available soon. Special recognition and gifts were presented to Diane Dunham Turkington and Judy Lang Kutcher for their dedicated work in preparing the bi-monthly newsletters which keep classmates in touch.
A buffet dinner, followed with music by Triple Trouble, entertained attendees for the evening. The trio began with the singing of Proud to be an American as veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces were recognized. The veterans received a standing ovation. The singing of the Mt. Vernon Loyalty was led by three former cheerleaders, Caroline Thompson Crocker, Judy Purdy Richardson and Mary Ellen Wood Martin. A special moment was classmate Jack Parker singing Frank Sinatra’s signature song, My Way.
On Sunday morning, classmates gathered at the Holiday Inn for coffee and rolls.
They had traveled from Washington, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Florida, Indiana and of course from all over Illinois. As those out-of-town classmates headed home, they received good-byes and wishes for safe travel.