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Hagerstown High class of 1943 holds 68th reunion

November 01, 2011

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Hagerstown High School Class of 1943 gathered at Fountain Head Country Club for another "Sentimental Journey" for their 68th anniversary reunion.

Including classmates from the local area, members came from Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

As master of ceremonies, Wayne Kiser welcomed the group. Charles Kershner led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation given by Becky Bowers Elgin, which included a moment of silence in respect to the 11 known deceased classmates since last September.

The following reunion committee members were recognized: Jack Berkson, Ed Cushen, Dottie Dansberger Cochrane, Bill and Becky Bowers Elgin, Tess Grogan Summers, Charles Kershner (treasurer), Wayne Kiser, Dot Martin Smith, Dotty Poffenberger Wallace, (unable to be present), Hazel Stonesifer Chilcote and Eloise Troupe Shaffer (secretary).

Memorial books of known deceased classmates were on display. Ed Cushen explained that upon completion of the new Washington County Free Library, the books will be housed in the Western Maryland Room of the library where they will be available to the general public as well as to the class of 1943 for display at reunions.

At the recommendation of the reunion committee and acceptance by the group, there will not be a 69th reunion in 2012; the reunion committee will expend all their efforts planning the 70th anniversary, which is presently scheduled to be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The reunion committee is looking for classmates to fill vacancies on the committee. If interested, call Wayne Kiser at 301-223-6833 or any other reunion committee member.

In conclusion, a program issued and recently aired by Maryland Public Television titled "Our Town ... Hagerstown" was obtained by Hazel Stonesifer Chilcote and was shown to the group. The DVD depicted Hagerstown industry, manufactured products, its places and its people.

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