May 26 06:10 PM

Memories of Homecoming 1965

June 30, 2010
Homecoming! Homecoming! Homecoming! That is the big every-five-year event that Almont is preparing for and anticipating, August 13-15. Homecoming has been a big part of my life ever since 1925 when I saw my first two-winged, open-air cockpit airplane doing loopity-loops over Almont.

Someone, can't remember who, maybe Shirley Deitlin at our morning Kaffee Klatch with Mickey D, asked if I would write something about the Homecomings in the '60s and '70s. So, off I went to our wonderful Henry Stephens Library. With the help of our great library staff, who took me by the hand to their wonderful micro-filmer, I found an Almont Times Herald film of July and August of 1965. So, here we go.

The July 29th issue of the Herald has headlines. "Almont Homecoming Plans Shaping Up." Under that, "Lions Club Members Will Be Busy With Air Show, Barbecue Events." Stating that the Lions would be sponsoring a Chicken-In-A-Basket on both the 14th and 15th. On Saturday the barbeque would be in Almont, where a carnival, concessions, parades and dances would be held. On Sunday, the barbeque would be at the Almont Airport where the club had scheduled an air show featuring skydivers, a balloon ascension and a high speed low-level aerobatic demonstration by a 500 mph. F-51-D Mustang, said to be the greatest fighter of World War II.

Children's Parade Entries were announced with Mrs. Kathleen Ebeling as chairman. The parade would begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, The Floral Parade would be Saturday afternoon. The Brownies were to meet at the home of Mrs. Joann Powell to help decorate the Brownie Homecoming float. Band Booster Club officer Norm Hamilton urged all parents of band children to attend an important meeting to plan for fund-raising events during Homecoming celebration . . . and . . . this year Norm is our Grand Marshall! Congratulations!!

The Homecoming Schedule for Friday was Flag Raising, Memorial Park on South Main St., Registration of Visitors on Main Street, Children's Games on West St. Clair Street, Little League Ball Game, Athletic field, Pony Weight Pulling Contest, Ball Game . . . Almont Merchants. Ball Game . . . Almont Recreation league. Friday night was a teen dance on W. St. Clair St. Acting disc jockey was Rick Liblong.

Saturday was Flag Raising, Children's Parade, Floral Parade, Reunion on the school grounds with a buffet-style affair at 6 p.m. in a large tent. Ball games, Rec. League Playoffs, program at tent on school grounds, dance at tent on school grounds.

Sunday was Flag Raising, Church Services, Air Show & Bar-B-Q at Almont Airport, Ball Games - Rec. League Playoffs.

And that was Homecoming 1965. May we all cooperate and make Homecoming 2010 a memorable one.

The Homecoming Committee is looking for someone to build their float which they hope to be a replica of our famous Liberty Pole which was raised on July 4th, 1865. It stood on the corner of N. Main and E. St. Clair Streets. We Almonters would be so appreciative and honored to have a group reconstruct our Liberty Pole . . . just think . . . 145 years ago!! A fine project for the Boy Scouts -- or 4-H'ers! I have the 'recipe' for it . . . of course, the original consisted of two white pine trees. I'm sure someone would donate two smaller trees from their woods . . . just a hint.

— Country Cousin

P.S. Put Ice Cream Social on your calendar, July 8th, 2010 (Thursday) 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. West Berlin United Methodist Church.

Gertie Brooks is a lifelong Almont area resident. A 'farm girl,' Gertie is the premier historian for the Almont area, and frequently offers her memories and first-hand accounts in her 'Country Cousin' columns.
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