All-School Reunion success

All over town, exclamations of joy and an abundance of hugs were heard and seen as classmates from the past 90 years gathered at the All-School Reunion.

Bringing the reunion together with the Centennial Celebration made both events bigger and more enjoyable for those attending.

Marcia West, reunion coordinator, said she had 1,300 preregistered alumni before June 14, the first day of registration. Alumni were able to register at the high school gym Friday and Saturday. About 200 people registered during that time. Alumni from the Cottonwood High School were included in Philip's reunion festivities.

Each registered alumni received a packet that included lanyards with name tags attached, information about the reunion, the town, businesses, and a Scottie Happenings newspaper.

Alumni were also encouraged to have a display for their class in the Fine Arts Building and the elementary gym.

Alumni were able to gather at locations around town or in classmates homes for a social Friday evening. The Senechal Hotel hosted the 1920s and 30s. The 1940s took over the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center while the 1950s were at the ambulance hall. The fire hall hosted the 1970s and the 1980s and 90s were at the golf course's clubhouse. The newest graduates, those from the 2000s, were under the tent on Oak Street.

Many of the classes either grouped together or stayed as individual classes and had floats in the parade Saturday morning. The alumni association recognized the classes of 1957, 1966 and 1973 as having the best parade entries.

Saturday evening was the big banquet at the school. West noted that 1,453 people were served by two catering businesses. She said she was concerned that there would not be enough chairs and food for all those that came, because so many had not registered until after the caters had received the final number of preregistered alumni. But she admits, it all worked out just fine.

West noted that the decade of the 1960s had the biggest return of classmates. They were followed by the 1970s and then the 1950s. She noted that three individuals were recognized for being the oldest alumni to attend the reunion. They were Loleta Jacobson, Class of 1928, and Laura Morgan and Vera Stahl, Class of 1929.