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Hagerstown High Class of 1951 celebrates its 60-year anniversary

September 29, 2011

The Hagerstown High Class of 1951 celebrated the 60th anniversary of its graduation Sept. 23 with a luncheon at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.

Approximately 140 class members and guests attended the event. The class had 348 graduates in 1951. The deceased classmates number 125.

As the members entered the ballroom, music from their high-school years was playing in the background.

A memorial table, decorated with flowers and candles, displayed the deceased members' names, and a book composed by Charles Lumm contained information and pictures of the members.

There was also a memorabilia table containing class letter sweaters, track jerseys, school newspapers, pictures and bricks from the demolished Hagerstown High School.

Bill Knode provided a 1951 cost-of-living list to attendees, noting the cost of a movie ticket was 65 cents, gas was 19 cents a gallon and a postage stamp was 3 cents.

During the social hour, a video of a previous reunion was shown. It was donated by John and Betty Crowe.

Dr. John Ramer, the class president, welcomed everyone and acknowledged the reunion committee members.

Class member the Rev. Doris Thomas Doub gave the invocation before the luncheon.

Master of ceremonies Bob Wantz began the program by noting that Mary Jane Guyton Hamilton traveled the longest distance, from the state of Washington, to attend the event. S. Josephine Detrick Sommerville received the honor of having the most great-grandchildren, a total of 23.

A raffle was held, and the winners were Joyce Silvernail Hassler and Donna Sponseller Souders, who won a framed landscape painted and donated by Bob Wantz and an afghan made and donated by Elizabeth Petre Smith. Table centerpieces were given as door prizes.

A satirical poem titled "The Reunion" was read by Arlene Mose, which noted that at the first reunions we are trying to impress and at the 60th we are trying to exist.

The members and guests who served in the U.S. military were recognized by Wantz, who then read the names of members who had served the country and are now deceased. This was followed by the playing of Taps.

The program for the reunion noted the following recently deceased teachers: John L. Coover, Atlee Kepler, Clyde Roberts, Verlin H. Smaltz and Delbert G. Summerville.

The reunion was arranged by the following committee members: Joyce Artz, Judy Hess, June Hoover, Bonnie Huff, JoAnn Kendall, Charles Lumm, Lois Lumm, Gene Martin, Arlene Mose, Donna Rice, Marilyn Rohrer, Bob Wantz and John Ramer.

The 61st anniversary of the HHS Class of 1951 will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa.

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