Alumni Events

Class of 1967 50-year reunion

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:58 AM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 AM ]

Photo by Amy Anderson Johnson 

Front: Becky Lindsey Taff, Beverly Cramer Gould, Virginia Bloomer Roberson, Madeline Wells Miller, Thelma McCall Grout, Johnnie Mitchem, Glenda Hunt, Linda Taff Vandivort

Middle: Chris Davidson Portell, Donna Walls Farmer, Carolyn Emack Beck, Patsy Bucholtz Moore, Ellen Baker Brown, Karin Stapp Rader, Sherry Bennett Boyce, Karon Surby, Norma Jean West, Floydean Young Carroll

Back: Larry Taff, Lyle Frisbee, Eddie Plummer, Steve Roberson, Roy Carson, Craig Millham, John Barker, David Sullivan, Jerry Killion, Mike Rust, Lloyd Van Ellis, Amy Anderson Johnson. Also present at the reunion but not pictured were Karen Cox Brown and Dale Coble.

Plans for the 50th reunion of the Cabool High School Class of 1967 began with a meeting of a dozen classmates a year and a half ago. By the second meeting the majority favored a weekend reunion near Branson. As plans progressed excitement grew for the three day reunion at Rock Lane Resort, Indian Point, Missouri on September 22-24, 2017. The Table Rock Lake site provided beautiful and ample space for the gathering with the weekend weather cooperating for lakeside relaxation and visiting.

Thirty two classmates with guests totaling forty nine enjoyed a Friday evening “meet and greet” with a light supper being served by the resort. Saturday the classmates enjoyed a poolside breakfast and continued to visit renewing friendships and enjoying the lake setting and Branson activity. The formal and official 50th reunion class meeting was held in the resort pavilion Saturday evening with a buffet supper, visiting and music provided by James and Lisa Tarver of Rockaway Beach Missouri. Sixties music and dancing were enjoyed by many. It was decided by the class to have another reunion in five years and to join activities at the all school reunion next year in June. The class held a candlelight memorial service for those who have passed away. Gary Cox, Dale Shaw, Don Loughridge, Russell Lee, Doug Carroll, Carla Davis, Yvonne Etter, Ronnie Peabody, and Nancy Darter were honored and remembered with a lighted candle.

Sunday morning the classmates gathered in the resort’s outdoor pavilion for breakfast and a praise and worship service. Becky Taff led songs and sang “If We Never Meet Again”. Steve Roberson and John Barker each gave a Gospel message encouraging the class to be prepared for the final reunion. The class held hands in a friendship circle and ended the reunion with prayer and singing Amazing Grace.

Class of 1977 40-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 2:00 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:01 AM ]

The Cabool High School Class of 1977 held a 40-year reunion on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Roberts Park. Shown here are, front row from left, Patsy (Wood) Sigman, Wes Murray, Billy Reed, and Mark Harvey; middle row, Terry White, Dorothy (Rich) Halfaker, Jan (Glover) Fugitt, Cora (Evans) Clay, Judy (Ellis) Murray, Lisa Whitney Middleton, Michael Jacks, Regina (Sponsler) Williamson, Lynn Stringer, and Tonya (Dale) Lancaster; back row, Clay Sullivan, Mark Speake, Jeff Walker, Kenny Beltz, Brad Roberts, Joe Stark, Mike Harmon, James McGeary, and Jane Vonallmen Gittinger. Not pictured is Sherry (Dennis) Walker.

Class of 1972 45-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:59 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:01 AM ]

The Cabool High School Class of 1974 held a 45-year reunion in July 2017. Shown are, front row from left, Deb Gaw Palis, Clara Evans, Dixie White Beller, Nancy Fogerson Draper, Janet Vonallmen Atchison, Martha Quinton Crabtree, Rita Johnson Freeman, Paula Graven Moore, Janice Hunt Garrison, and Joyce Hurley Brooks; second row, Ed Brewer, Cheryl Smith Simms, Steve Welton, Everett Beller, Dan Penner, Charles Stafford, George Busse, Jerry Bucholz, Linda Dixon Ferguson and Jeanne Murr Dixon; back row, Amos Freeman, Hank Flageolle, Carl Crabtree, Joe Coney, Tom Spitser, John Williams and Jerry Hood.

Class of 1967 reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:57 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Jan 15, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

By Liz Durham

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, some classmates from the Cabool High School class of 1967 and their friends gathered at El Imperial in Cabool. This was a time of remembering the memories of yesterdays past and making new memories.

We had three coming from out of state. Bobby Bauer and wife from California, Susie (Morris) and Raymond Altis from Sedalia, Missouri, and her sister, Cathy (Morris) and husband Ralph Bauer from Florida. Both Cathy and Ralph are graduates from the Cabool school system.

We also had Billy Bowen and wife from Willow Springs come and join us. Billy went to Cabool Schools for years and then graduated from Willow Springs High School.

We also had Wendy (Honeycutt) and husband Frank Brown from Irondale, Missouri. Wendy also attended the Cabool school system.

We had Karen (Odom) and husband Terry Brown from Mtn. Grove. Karen also attended and graduated from Cabool.

Others from Cabool were Liz (Jarrett) Durham, Linda (Rhoads) Glenn, Edwin Neher and wife, Clinton Reed, Roy Carson, Donna (Walls) Farmer, and friends Gary and Leona Day.

The award was given to Bobby Bauer for coming the farthest, Karen Odom Brown for doing the most daring thing (zip lining) in her older years, Linda Rhoads Glenn for having the most kids, Wendy Honeycutt Brown for having the most grandkids, and Liz Jarrett Durham for being married to the same man for the longest, 50 years.

The get-together was to honor Gary Aldridge, but he was unable to attend due to being taken to the hospital. Pictures were made and a copy will be given to him.

Classmates from CHS gathering September 23 in Cabool were, from left, Bobby Bauer, Clinton Reed, Donna Farmer, Karen Brown, Susie Altis, Liz Durham, Linda Glenn, Billy Bowen, Wendy Brown, Roy Carson and Edwin Neher.

Class of 1965 50/51-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:54 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:02 AM ]

50-year reunion in 2016

Who could imagine that a bunch of 68-year-old people could pack so much fun into one weekend? But the Class of 1966 knows how.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the class met at the Pine Avenue shelters of Roberts Park for the opening of the weekend of Cabool High School's Class of 1966 50th reunion. Jim Kile cooked 70 pounds of pork (he would tell you it was “road kill”) for pulled pork sandwiches. Classmates brought sides, salads and desserts, and it was a feast.

As people arrived, “Who is that Is it? Oh, my goodness, it is ____” was heard over and over as classmates grabbed each other for long hugs and kisses on the cheek. It was wonderful seeing how old cliques of friends dissolved and everyone was excited to meet each classmate as they arrived, like they were their long lost best friend. It was heartwarming.

After a luscious meal, Jim Kile, Roger Lindsey and Patty Parker conducted a tribute to deceased classmates and released 20 brightly colored helium balloons into the air, as classmates remembered their friends and honored their memory. After lots more visiting, the evening ended with updates on the next day's four events.

Saturday morning the Class of 1966 met at the commuter parking lot at the “Y” junction and proceeded to Bonnie Davis Lincoln's farm on Malberg Road in the Pleasant Grove community for brunch. The entire kitchen was covered with the most wonderful breakfast foods which included quiche, various breakfast casseroles, biscuits and gravy, cherry tarts, fresh fruit trays, fresh veggie trays, coconut bread pudding, homemade cinnamon rolls the size of a saucer, and many, many other treats. Some sat on the back porch that overlooks Bonnie's beautiful yard, koi pond, dove aviary, flower and vegetables gardens, cow fields and lake. Others picked a spot under the enormous shade tree in the front yard or the front porch itself. Still others a bit less adventurous chose to stay in the air conditioning. But everyone mingled from place to place and greeted still more classmates that were just arriving in Cabool and hadn't made it to the opening picnic at Roberts Park. Pleasant Grove Elementary School classmates, no doubt, felt very at home on Malberg Road, not far from their old elementary school.

Later in the afternoon, the group met again at the commuter parking lot and made a caravan out to Jim Kiles' man cave/hunting cabin in Elk Creek. Many of our classmates attended school in Elk Creek through the eighth grade and we passed right by their old school setting on the way to Jim's cabin. Thirty acres of beautiful fields, covered with white daisies, black-eyed susans and purple wild flowers, a giant catfish pond and trails that winded past deer stands and gorgeous nature were the setting for many of the ‘66ers who chose to use the ATVs and golf carts to take a cruise through the woods. It was so much fun. Others found a cozy place under shade trees to visit or tour the cabin that is air-conditioned. It was a wonderful afternoon of adventure and visiting with old friends about what they've been up to in the past 50 years since they graduated.

At 6:00 on Saturday evening, the class met at Drury University's banquet room where our class president, Jim Adkins, acted as master of ceremonies. Lyn Gayer offered the blessing for a wonderful meal prepared by the culinary arts class from Gentry Residential Treatment Center and chef Brian Cody. The four courses of wonderful food included an appetizer of colossial shrimp on a spicy corn cake, with green avocado sauce drizzled on the plate and fresh pico de gallo. The second course was a wonderful fresh green salad with a cheesy bread stick. The main course was a four-ounce grilled salmon steak and six-ounce filet mignon over a bed of mashed potatoes with veggies on the side. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and a caramel drizzle. The food was wonderful and the young men who prepared and served the food were just amazing. Some heavy tipping by the Class of 1966 insured that they would have several pizza parties or other rewards for their hard work and wonderful personalities.

A chef and servers' parade introduced the class to the wonderful program Cabool is blessed to have in the Gentry Center. Roger Lindsey and some of the people from Gentry spoke about the facility and the great work they are doing. The Class of ‘66 felt good in being able to give back to the community they all loved so much as students at Cabool High School. Seventy people attended the Saturday evening event.

The banquet room had been decorated with white tablecloths with gold tablescapes with three mini bouquets of fresh flowers in fishbowls and various blue and white containers. The flowers were arranged by Colleen Dorsey, daughter of Patty Stark Parker. The welcome table had three pictures of the class and nametags and more beautiful flowers. One picture was the graduation composite, another was a picture of the fourth grade class of Mrs. Beulah Ferguson, and the last picture of Mrs. Hallie Neff's fifth grade class.

A tribute to the class members who were wives of servicemen and the classmates and spouses of classmates who served our country was a very moving part of the evening. The women were asked to stand for recognition, then be seated, and the servicemen were asked to stand while the song “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood was played. By the end of the song, everyone as standing to thank everyone for their service. Three of our classmates gave their lives during the Vietnam War. They were Charles Rich, Floyd Thoman and Eugene Miller. No other class from CHS paid a price higher than that. One of our classmates, Ward Montgomery, also lost his brother, Jackie Montgomery, in the Vietnam War. Our class is very proud of the dozens who served during that time from the Class of 1966.

A memorial tree with pictures of our deceased classmates was the focal point of the room. Twenty of the 79 classmates have already passed. Roger Lindsey and Patty Parker took turns reading a short biography of each one as Jim Kile lit a candle that was around the memory tree for each one.

Geraldine Grose (now Gerri Priest), who was the valedictorian of Cabool High School's Class of 1966, and Suzanne Grant (now Suzie Pyke), who was salutorian of the Class of 1966, and Judy Kelley (now Judy Lindblom) helped the class divide into teams for a “Class of ‘66 Not So Trivial Pursuit Game.” Thirty questions about the class and things that were happening at CHS were pondered while the entertainers prepared to perform.

Judy Kaye Salisbury (now Judy Polito) introduced the three acts of entertainment. First act was “Sonny and Cher” singing “I’ve Got You Babe.” “Sonny” was played by Glenda Nipper (now Glenda Malam) and “Cher” was played by Jim Kile. The second act was “Patsy Cline,” singing “She's Got You!” Patty Stark (now Patty Parker) played Patsy Cline. The final act was “Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” sung by five brave men from the class. Roger Lindsey was the lead singer, Ward Montgomery was the Yellow Polka Dot Bikini who was afraid to come out of the locker, and Jim Adkins, Terry Geisler and Roger Rader were the chorus girls. Needless to say, the Class of 1966 had a lot of laughs and fun watching these three groups of entertainers.

A lovely book of biographies of classmates and contact information and the valedictorian's address from graduation night was given to each of the people attending and will be mailed to classmates who couldn't attend if they contact Bonnie Ray Daniels, who created them.

Closing remarks from Jim Adkins about the after party and Sunday activities were given and the main event was over.

The after party was held on Patty Parker's deck just a couple of blocks north of the Drury University campus. Who would have thought that 68-year-old people could make it through such a busy day and still have energy to have one more get together that lasted into the wee hours of Sunday morning? There was lots of time for great conversations between all the classmates.

Sunday morning, June 12, the Class of 1966 met at Cabool Senior Center for a private church service. Roger Lindsey was the songleader of old hymns. Glenda Nipper Malam had created a great little hymnbook for each person attending. Bonnie Davis Lincoln accompanied the group singing on the piano. Lyn Gayer preached a sermon that was very meaningful. The closing prayer was given by Aaron Remington, husband of Mary Beth Unger Remington.

A short tour of CHS was the next activity. Classmates enjoyed walking through the auditorium, reminiscing about classes that were held in that space, as well as assemblies, special programs, plays, and occasional pep assemblies. It brought back many memories of days at CHS. The band room with wild stories about the practice rooms and enjoying all the composite graduating classes pictures that line the main hall, stories of where classmates were when Mr. Seneker (“Chief”) announced that President Kennedy had been assassinated and many other memories were shared.

The group ended the reunion weekend at El Imperial for a delicious lunch that was enjoyed by all. One last picture and the event was over. Promises were made to get together more often and lots of hugs and goodbyes were shared.
51-year reunion in 2017

Held in September 2017 

Left to right around the table: 
Judy Kelly Lindblom, Fresno, CA 
Bonnie Davis Lincoln, Cabool, MO 
Melvin Geisler, Mtn. Grove, MO 
Ron Hubbell, Springfield, MO 
Richard and Roberta Frame Geisler, Houston, MO 
Cheryl and Jim Kile, Billings, MO 
Lyn and Mary Gayer, Houston, MO 
Dave and Bonnie Ray Daniels, Lebanon, MO 
Roger and Karen Rader, Springfield, MO 
Patty Stark Parker and Steve Parker (taking the picture. 
Classmates not pictured here, but attending Sat. at Jim Kile's farm in Elk Creek, MO: 
Mary Unger and Aaron Remington, Casper, WY 
Charlie and Sharon Points, Winona, MO 
Jeannie Rust Bentley, Cabool, MO

Class of 1965 51-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:49 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:03 AM ]

The Cabool High School Class of 1965 followed up last year’s 50-year reunion with a 51-year reunion last week, meeting for lunch at Shetler’s Café May 4, 2016. Shown are, front row from left, Paula Grisham Walls, Debbie Smith Carman, Judi Wood Rogers, Donna Roberts Lambdin, Susie Schnur Williams, Joyce Martin Perry, Linda Swisher Walls and Marilyn Binder Saler; second row, Sharon Taylor Spurlock, Vicki Davis Woods, Carolyn Boster Pounds, Dianne Eubanks Cook, Mike Peters and Kenneth Sullivan; third row, Gary McDaniel, Marcia West Clifton, Linda McCubbins Moore, Lawrence Wood, Danny White, Hurshel Brown and Gary Walls; back row, Delmar Sigman, Gary Mead, John Fuller, Eckle Peabody, John Cook, Ralph Miller, David Fox and Garry Jarrett. Also attending, but not pictured, are Carolyn Smith Fields Middleton; Linda Everett, widow of classmate Bill Everett; and Ellen Brown, widow of classmate Lonnie Brown.

Class of 1953 63-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:48 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:03 AM ]

By Betty Perry

Cabool High School Class of 1953 celebrated their 63rd reunion on September 17, 2016.

There were 66 students graduating in 1953. Our deceased records number 23 and we have several whose addresses are not correct or available.

Our class has been meeting yearly and will be planning another reunion for 2017.

Shown at their September 17 reunion are, front row from left, Betty Perry, Maxine Queen, Jim Clark, William McDonald and Mary Hutcheson; middle row, Vivian Oaks, Eunice Hines, Freda Kell, Galen Archer, Vera Gladden, Shirley Kittrell and Don Kittrell; back row, Billy Macomber, Mary E. Gann, Delmar Peck, Walter Brake, Glen McKean, Robert Adkison and Jim Queen.

Class of 1952 65-year reunion

posted Jan 15, 2018, 1:45 PM by Cabool Alumni   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 6:00 AM ]

Members of the Cabool High School Class of 1952 met Friday, September 8, 2017 at Shetler’s Restaurant for a 65-year reunion. Attending were, from left, Gary Jones, Betty (Preston) Sigman, Edgar McKinney, Lynn (Ullman) Rust, Marjorie (Goodman) Taylor, Bart Hutcheson and Ronald Bauer.

2001 Alumni Breakfast & Meeting

posted Apr 18, 2017, 2:17 PM by Cabool Alumni

Picture of "The Hill" by Barbara (Grogan) Fish Class of 1955

posted Sep 14, 2016, 11:18 AM by Cabool Alumni

This drawing was created by Barbara (Grogan) Fish (Class of 1955). It was completed in 2005 and shows "The Hill" as it looked in 1955. Thanks Barbara, for sharing your talents with the Cabool Alumni and the community.

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