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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Former classmates to gather for reunion

  • FAIRVIEW — Organizers with the annual Fairview All School Reunion are asking former classmates to come to the reunion on Saturday, Aug. 16.
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  • FAIRVIEW — Organizers with the annual Fairview All School Reunion are asking former classmates to come to the reunion on Saturday, Aug. 16.
    The reunion will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at the John Q. Hammons Community Center, Fairview, with lunch at noon.
    “It is way to catch up on peoples’ lives,” said Mary Ann Hill, co-coordinator for the event. “(The classmates) are a close bunch of people. A lot of them meet during the year.”
    The master of ceremonies will be Dean Gentry. The center has a lot of photographs from the school days in Fairview, along with other memorabilia, for those to look at.
    “We encourage them to bring memorabilia, rings, pins, anything that they have got,” she said.
    Fairview School held its first graduating class back in 1923 and the last graduating class was held in 1964, prior to Fairview consolidating with the East Newton School District.
    During the Fairview school days, there were two school buildings on the campus, one of which burnt in 1939 and the other one still stands, about a block south of the current community center. The Fairview School had grades first through the 12th grades, with various class sizes.
    Each year, the class that is celebrating their 50th class reunion will be on the stage of the center.
    The noon meal is prepared by a few women in the community. Hill said the cost should be “around $10 per meal.”
    Later on that night, Hill said that there would be a dinner for those who graduated in the 1950s. That dinner will be held at 6 p.m., also at the Hammons Community Center.
    For more information on the evening dinner, call Mary Huffman at 638-5368. Huffman needs a head
    count on the evening dinner.
    “We encourage everybody to come to the reunion,” Hill said.
    For more information on the all school reunion, call Hill at 632-4362.

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