Reflections: The Class of 1936 at Cardington High School

I recently wrote an updated history of Cardington School and in that story is an interview I did in 1991 with retired Cardington School Superintendent Lowell Patterson and Milton Klingel , graduated from Cardington in 1924.

The old Union School was completely renovated in 1991 and this renovation recalled the long construction phase of 1924-25 years.

Patterson who was a senior in 1924-25 and Klingel who had graduated in 1924 but had worked with the construction company during the summer of 1924, shared many memories and the one that stood out to me was that more than half of the Union Building is still enclosed in the present building. Patterson said construction, which began in the spring of 1924, continued into the fall, so classes were held at various business locations in the downtown business district.

This brings me to the Cardonian, a school newspaper I hadn’t heard of until I was recently given a copy. This edition was a tribute to the Class of 1936 as they prepared to graduate. It is noted in the edition dated May 26, 1936, edited by Hazel Markley, that this class began first grade in 1924 attending Shaw’s Mission School on Second Street, due to construction.

The original class members were Dale Lowther, Kenneth Wallace, Merle Margot, Delmar Dixon, Kenneth Cook, Virginia Kehrwecker, Josh Gandee, Gwen Benson, Martha Kreis, Eilene Bailey, Winifred McCabe, Thelma Sage, and Miss Markley. The story goes that other students have joined the class over the years – Wayne Snyder, Lloyd Shaw, Doyle Jones, Victor Eichorn, Inez Rollins, Helen Haas, Elmira Heimlich, Pete Williams and Lula Linstedt.

Dorothy and Opal Young, Miriam Worthington, Horace Francis, Robert Briggs, Miriam Shaw and Ruth Shank also joined the class. Many of these students came from one-room schools in the area. This story was written from an artist’s perspective using artistic terms.

Others in this class were Pauline Camp, Betty Gandee, Salo Geckley, Virgil; Harris, Ruth Jewell, Buford Kehrwecker, Mary Kehrwecker, Eileen Smiley, and Paul Sprang, Jr. This was the first class to complete 12 years in the Nichols Street building.

50 years ago, February 1972: The heaviest snowfall of the 1971-72 winter season occurred on February 6. Among the snow sculptures was a dinosaur in the courtyard of the James Ullom residence on Third Street.

Personal note: For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of writing stories and this column under the direction of Anthony Conchel, who leaves that post on February 8. I will miss you, Anthony.

I learned a lot about writing for a journal, including your advice – keep it short. We will miss you and I send you my best wishes for good health and future achievements in your life and career.

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