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Hancock High class of '58 holds 50th anniversary reunion

October 05, 2008

On Saturday, Aug. 30, the Hancock High School Class of 1958 held its 50th class reunion, in the recreation room of the Hancock Fire Hall.

Joining fellow classmates and their guests were four members of the faculty and their guests: Class adviser Ralph Wachter, Mary Ella Grove Weikle and guest, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lee and Mr and Mrs. Irvin Easterday.

Classmates Edwina Burke Miller and Don Hill presided over the opening ceremony, a remembrance candle lighting service to honor 11 deceased classmates. This was followed by a dinner prayer given by Don Hill.

The theme of the reunion centered around the 1950s, with music from that era. A banner with "Welcome, Class of 1958" enlivened one wall. Small vases of flowers complemented the tables, which were decorated in the school colors of white and blue. A large cutout of a jukebox stood on the floor. The surrounding walls were adorned with imitation 45 rpm records with each class member's picture. The buffet dinner, which included chicken and ham, was catered by Pittman's Deli of Hancock.

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Booklets were issued to each classmate as a remembrance of the reunion, and each person who attended was given a class reunion mug.

Ralph Wachter gave the welcoming speech, expressing his gratitude to one of his favorite classes. He delighted the audience by saying it was the best reunion he'd ever attended. Mary Ella Grove Weikle spoke of her fondness for teaching at Hancock, and cited some mischievous antics of the 1958 classmates. Walter Lee, a native of Cumberland, Md., talked about his years of running the physical education program and of his enjoyment working at Hancock High. Irvin Easterday reminisced about the years of coaching all of the boys' sports, and the great teams that came out of this small school.

The evening activities were orchestrated by classmate Robert Brannon. He spoke about things he remembered from first grade through graduation. Other classmates were called upon to add their thoughts and experiences of the 12 years spent together in school. The evening concluded with a group class picture taken by photographer Danny White.

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