FAIRVIEW — Carolyn Kelly, class of 1953 and her husband, Dallas Kelly, were busy Saturday looking over photos from Fairview School back in the day.

FAIRVIEW — Carolyn Kelly, class of 1953 and her husband, Dallas Kelly, were busy Saturday looking over photos from Fairview School back in the day.

Saturday was the annual Fairview All-School Reunion held at the John Q. Hammons Community Center in Fairview with a luncheon and a time for the former classmates to talk about their days at the school.

"I went all 12 years here at Fairview," she said. "My fond memories were the friends that we made, and being a small school, we all knew each other. A lot of the activities revolved around sports - I was not a good athlete."

Background

Fairview held its first graduating class in 1923 and the last one in 1964. It consolidated with 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.

Carolyn looked over a photograph of the first school in Fairview.

"My mother was in the first graduating class here in 1923," she said.

Carolyn's husband, Dallas, was a year behind her in school.

"We went through school together, I am the oldest, a year ahead of him," she said. "We just knew each other over the years. We got married a couple of years after high school graduation and we have been married 62 years this year."

Carolyn remembered there were various businesses in Fairview including some grocery stores. For date nights, Carolyn said they would travel to the Orpheum Theatre in Neosho.

"Some people would go to Cassville," she added.

Her favorite class in school was speech and English, taught by Prudy Carter.

"She was here for a number of years, everyone did pretty well in her class," said Carolyn. "She lived in Wheaton, taught here for many years... Even though we were limited in our curriculum, I think that we did pretty well for a small school."

After graduation, Carolyn became a secretary at a business in Springfield. When her and Dallas moved back to Neosho, she worked a couple of places including at McGinty's on the Neosho Square.

Asked how important these reunions are, Carolyn said, "We enjoy seeing old friends again, but we have lost so many of our class this year. We would like for them to continue."