June 24, 2007

The Hagerstown High School Class of 1934 held its 73rd anniversary reunion June 2 at Fountain Head Country Club.

Of the graduating class of 304 students, 68 were living at the time of the reunion.

Following a period of socializing, D. Earl Wolf Jr. began the program with introductions and Mary (Ward) Secor gave the invocation.

After opening remarks by Wolf, the entire group sang "Smiles." The floor was then opened for class members in attendance to speak. Jane (Rohrer) Norman gave the benediction. Music was provided by Andy Hamilton.

Reunion committee members are Mary Ella (Hook) Crossley, Robert S. Martin, Doris Sager, Mary (Ward) Secor, Jeanne (McCauley) Vollmer, Harry Vollmer, Anna C. (Krotzer) Wine and D. Earl Wolf Jr.


The reunion was dedicated to the memory of the faithful members of the reunion commitee since the class's first reunion in 1954 - Doris (Eldridge) Keener, Paul Fitez, Mary C. (Miller) Dysert, Tom Sager, Norma L. "Bunny" (Morin) Foltz, Charlotte Martin, Gladys Wolf and their beloved secretary, Sarah Trammell.

On May 5, Forrest School days were remembered by 18 former students at Garfield United Methodist Church in Garfield, Md.

On Oct. 20, 1882, Wesley Forrest and his wife Rosa, along with several other people, deeded land to the Board of County Commissioners for an elementary school named Forrest School. The proposed school was to be a larger one than "School No. 4" across the road to the east.

In June 1939, the doors of Forrest School closed. The following September, children of the area were transported by bus to the Wolfsville Elementary School to begin classes for the school year.

A portion of the second building in which classes were held still stands at the corner of Forrest School Road and Stottlemyer Road north of Wolfsville, and is the home of Imogene King, who once attended school there.

In May 1995, some of the former students began an annual Forrest School reunion, and each year the returning group becomes smaller and smaller. This year the joy of being together was as great as ever, and the group posed for Ellen Lewis Smith to photograph them.

Next year's reunion will be at the same location on the first Saturday of May. All former students are encouraged to attend.

The Herald-Mail Articles