Former Lemasters High graduates meet for banquet

November 14, 2011

LEMASTERS, Pa. — Graduates of the former Lemasters High School met Oct. 15 for the annual alumni banquet at the Lemasters Community Center.

The Peters Township high school began in 1907 and continued until 1954, when students joined James Buchanan High School.

Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by the Kitchen Band from Waynesboro, Pa.

Pauline Cordell Harrison of Fort Loudon, Pa., from the class of 1933, and the Rev. Garnet L. Zimmerman of Harrisburg, Pa., from the class of 1934, were recognized for being the oldest alumni present. Other graduates presented with floral vases were Harold and Jean Kriner, Mae Meyers Mummert, Grace Tarner Byers and Alma Niswander Goetz.

All of the graduates present were recognized by Shirley Ommert Lanman, alumni secretary, in the roll call of classes.

President John C. Brake presided at the meeting and Vice President Paul Martin gave the invocation.

Sunnyway Diner of Greencastle, Pa., catered the dinner.

Paul Martin of Mercersburg, Pa., will serve as president for the next two years. John R. Stoner was elected vice president. Other officers of the alumni association are Shirley Lanman, secretary; Corrine Locke Mackley, assistant secretary; and Harry F. Fritz, treasurer.

James Buchanan High School graduates who were recipients of the L.H.S. Scholarship awards of $1,000 were Taylor Amsley, granddaughter of Joseph L. Rotz, and Charles Timmons, grandson of Charles Baer, who is deceased.

The meeting closed with the singing of the Lemasters School alma mater, which was written in 1931 by Grace Brake, who lives at the Penn Hall retirement complex in Chambersburg, Pa.

Approximately 100 people attended. The next reunion will be held the second Saturday of October in 2012.

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