Not only did former students from four rural schools (Cave Springs, Cedar Creek, Oak Grove and Spurgeon) come to the second annual reunion of the schools, but so did a former teacher, Flora Cogbill.
The event was held Saturday at Oak Grove Community Building, Highway NN and Foliage Road, south of Joplin.
Cogbill taught at Oak Grove, Round Prairie and Redings Mill schools.
"I am glad to be able to be here," said Cogbill, who stopped teaching in 1967.
Asked how she got interested in teaching, she said, "my mother was a teacher, my mother's sisters were teachers, it was just part of the life."
At Oak Grove and Round Prairie, she taught in one-room schoolhouses. At Redings Mill, it was a divided room. She taught students all the way up to eighth grade.
She stated she enjoyed teaching.
"Oh my, yes. I like to think that I helped somebody know something that they didn't know," Cogbill said.
One of her fondest memories after she got out of teaching was when former students would come up to her and thank her.
"When one of the older ones come and say, 'you know, I didn't realize how important my teaching was until I got out into the world and begin to use it,'" she said.
Former students enjoyed the day with a potluck luncheon, talking about the past and looking at old photographs from their respective schools. Various displays were set up with not only photographs, but also class items.
Last year, the reunion saw 125 people.