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Page 11 text:
The main building of the MIDLAND school was com-
pleted in 1914, and the school was commissioned in 1921.
The gym was completed in 1925. A music room and cafe-
teria were added in 1946.
The first organizational meeting was held in 1950. Mr.
A. I. Messick, the principal, acted as chairman. The
first group was called the Alumni Banquet. In the early
years, the senior class president was also president of the
Alumni Banquet. In 1958, the name was changed to
M.H.S. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, and the officers elected
thereafter were alumni. The Association meets the Satur-
day night before Easter.
The present officers are William D. Michael, presidentg
Nathan Z. Bridwell, treasurer, Karl Keller, vice-presi-
dentg and Edward Ayers, secretary. Ayers has served as
secretary since first elected in 1958.
The JASONVILLE school on South Meridian was com-
pleted in 1904. The high school was commissioned and the
first class was graduated in 1908. In 1910 the building was
overcrowded and an additional grade building was com-
pleted on South Park Avenue. The gym was added in
At the 3rd annual Homecoming, which was sponsored by
the Lions Club, there were 17 graduates and 17 guests
present at the dinner. It was at that dinner that the
IASONVILLE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION was organized. Rob-
ert Corbin was the first president. Present officers are
Michael Orman, president, Hazel Gassman, treasurer, and
Judy Taylor, Ian Enstrom, and Ailsa Corbin, secretaries.
Homecoming and banquet are held late in September,
with a parade, pancake breakfast, and dances as part of
the festivities .
The first graduating class of
the MSD OP SHAKAMAK was in
1964. The first phase of the build-
ing program, the high school, was
complete for the 1966-67 school
year. The second phase, high
school east wing, gymnasium, and
elementary was in use the 1969-70
The third phase, the west wing of
the elementary, was completed for
The MIDDLE SCHOOL at Coalmont
houses the sixth and seventh grades.
Page 10 text:
Our School Heritage
Early schools in the area in the late 1830's were built of logs, a huge
fireplace with stick and clay chimney, one window, and one door. Floors
were of split logs, and the roof was clapboards. In the early 1900's, one
and two-room wood and brick school houses began to appear.
The Letsinger school Crightj , on South Meridian Street Road , is one of the
wood structures still standing. These high school boys illustrate that though
the school is obsolete in 1976 , beards and mustaches are back in style.
Latta's Creek school Ccenter lefty is located on the Shanklin Street East
road in Wright Township. It was named for John Latta, Greene County's
first settler. Margaret Wasnidge, one of our oldest retired teachers, is pic-
tured with some Shakamak Elementary students.
Bogle school fcenter rightj is located on State Road 59 in Lewis Town-
ship. Pictured are several retired teachers. ROW 1, Left to Right: Frances
Birdsong, Nell Heath, Margaret Brannon, Mable Walraven, Wilburn Rowe,
Juanita Rowe, John Liston. ROW 2: Lome Smith, Agnes Smith, and Wayne
The "old" COALMONT High School Qrightb was com-
pleted in 1911 and was used until 1936 when the present
building was built. The gym was completed in 1950 .
The first meeting of the Lewis Township Alumni was
planned by a committee consisting of LaDonna Marsh,
Frances Birdsong, Margaret Samm, Ressie Bigger, and
Dean Stark. It meets the Saturday night before Mother's
Day each year. The Coalmont Alumni Association has a
mailing list of '700 people. Officers for the 1976 meeting
were: Bill Cochran, presidentg Richard Keller, vice-presi-
dent: Norma Bemis and Martha Hardesty, secretaries: and
Bernadine Richey , treasurer.
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