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Troy school homecoming packs hall for afternoon program of reminiscing

The third Troy School Homecoming was held Saturday at St. Pius Parish Hall. It is the only remaining school building left in Troy. The crowd filled the room to overflowing with alumni, family members and friends.

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The day’s registration showed 64 graduates and a total of 135 people attending. During registration, refreshments were served and tables displayed school photos, yearbooks, a school sweater, Troy High School jackets and other memorabilia.

The first Troy High School class graduated in 1913 and the last class to graduate was in 1959, when the high school closed.

The program opened with the national anthem, led by Ruth (Purviance) Weber and Lois (Purviance) Thomas. The invocation was given by Vince Luecke in memory of his father, Class of 1958 graduate John Paul Luecke. The welcome was given by Charles Weaver from the Class of 1954. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colo. His welcome included a comedy routine.

Bill Eberle (Class of 1959) was master of ceremonies. The planning committee dedicated the homecoming to Lillian Laflin from the Class of 1934. She is the oldest living female graduate of Troy High School. Beecher Scott from the Class of 1937 was honored as the oldest male graduate. They were each presented plaques.

The next two oldest graduates were Viola (Wright) Gerlach from the Class of 1939 and Leona (Huebschman) Kleaving from the Class of 1943. They were given hanging planters. A roll call of each class followed with each remaining class having at least one graduate present. The Class of 1948 had nine of their 12 living members on hand and the Class of 1954 had 10 of its 16 living members present. Alumni traveled from as far away as Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Texas to attend the reunion.

All former students and teachers were recognized. The school history from the last 160 years was given by John Robert Little of the Class of 1954.

The audience was given an opportunity to participate. Comments were offered by Bob Masterson, Paul Scott, Bill Eberly and former teacher Ralph Kessans.

Past valedictorians and salutatorians were recognized as well as athletes, cheerleaders and student managers.

A cheer was led by former cheerleaders and the school song was led by Lois Thomas and Ruth Weber. Bill Eberle led the closing benediction and there was a moment of silence for deceased members.

At the close of the program, balloons containing the names of deceased alumni were released. It was suggested to have another school homecoming in five years.

Submitted by Marietta (Brinksneader) Dauby, Class of 1954.


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