Recalling commencement memories
June 18, 2008
A few months ago I wrote about the class of 1936 of which Margaret Farley, Mary Jean Bishop Lane and I are the only remaining members. While browsing through Bess Reed's scrapbook of "Almont News'' I saw the headline, "23 Seniors Finish June 18'' and that was 1931. Baccalaureate services were scheduled for Sunday, June 14 and Commencement Thursday evening June 18, the same as our class of 24.
Bess reported, "Members of the Senior Class of the Almont High School started their program by spending a very enjoyable day at Belle Isle Tuesday, June 2. Following the cooperative dinner on the island, they attended the theater.
"Baccalaureate service will be a union church service in the congregational church Sunday, June 14.
"Commencement will be Thursday evening, June 18, at the high school auditorium with George E. Gullen, assistant procecuting attorney of Detroit, delivering the address.
"The class members are: (see if you remember any of them, I remember all of them) Anna Bischak, Donald Bowman, Frank Brooks, Mary Bryce, Donald Cochrane, Ruth Foe, Elizabeth Kaiser, Fanny Loeffler, Loretha LeParde, Loretta Mow, Elaine Scully, Cameron Spangler, Clarabelle Smith, Bruce Turner, Ellis Storey, Donald Storey, A.J. Thomas, Jean Thurston, Raymond Torrey, Helen Waytko, Mary Waytko, Hilda Waltz, Maurice Will.
"Highest honors of the class are valedictorian, Donald Bowman and sal- utatorian, Maurice Will.'' And so it was in 1931. When I saw the class picture in the Tri-City Times of the class of 2008, I could hardly believe my eyes. Lots of 'water-under-the-bridge' in 77 years.
A few of the "Almont Local News'' items that you might enjoy...
"Frank Hamilton is driving a new Chevrolet coach.
"Mrs. Earle Cochrane is substituting the past week for Miss Hobson who has been ill in her home at Marlette. (Miss Hobson was my teacher.)
"Maurice Braidwood is taking William Hamilton's mail route for a few days while Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton and little daughter are enjoying an outing at Rifle Lake. (That little daughter is now Wilma Milan, how time does fly!)
"A social item: Miss Bowman Feted.
"Quantities of valley lilies, iris and other garden flowers decorated the rooms for the miscellaneous shower and bridge with which Mrs. Bruce Chapman of Rochester complimented Miss Nina Bowman of Almont, Thursday. Included among the company were Mrs. Bruce Bowman and Miss Olive Bowman of Almont. Miss Bowman's marriage to Thomas C. Taylor of Detroit will be celebrated the last of the month."
Thank you Bess Reed's scrapbook...such fun reminiscences.
— Country Cousin