Left to right
Front Row: Yvonne Shannon Unger, Beverly Lay Matherly, Coach Ralph Scott, Carol Deeds, Patty Cullison Hood, Zella Fulk Mackey, Barbara Emack Sanders
Row Two: Gene Melton, Lee Gerean, Robert Skyles, John Unger, Kaye Skirvin Elliot, Frank Maczuk, Janice Wood Lowe, Roy Jones
Row Three: Claude Kitchen, Bob (Buzan) Sheperd, Joe Roberts, John Hanebrink, Doug Burgess, Neil Hamilton, Beverely Preston Wilson, John Cherry, Jenny Carmack Rader, Vernon Bay, Laura Kilpatrick Vaughn, George Ice, Terry Matherly, Ron Maness, Dennis Malberg, Glen Laffoon, John Elliott
Not shown, but attending our gathering in the park were: Bob Crowe, Doc Johnson, and John Hern.
On September 8th 2007, the Cabool High School class of 1957 gathered to celebrate its 50th year reunion.
Gathering that morning at the Alumni Park on the CHS campus the class braved damp and potentially rainy weather to greet one another and begin the reminiscing. An exceptionally fine turnout allowed animated interaction among the classmates, many who had not seen each other for years and years. Multiple simultaneous conversations rotated around the park throughout the morning. Special guests Coach Ralph Scott and his wife Mary were the center of many prolonged conversations with all the graduates.
Organizers of the reunion had planned the reunion to coincide the the Cabool Bulldogs home football game with Galena Kansas football team. So at two o'clock the class gathered at the specially designated section of Mitch Carmack stadium to cheer on their bulldogs. Unfortunately by now even the presence of the renowned class of 1957 could not hold off the rain which began in earnest and lasted until well into the fourth quarter. The class wishes to express its thanks to Mr. Chappell CHS principal and Coach McCrosky for their kind reception of the class and for allowing the public announcer to recognize the presence of the class and its members of the 1956 SCA champion football team that were in attendance. Not to be outdone, the CHS Bulldogs fashioned an exciting game, winning 13 to 0, much to the delight of the '57 class. It was a great afternoon.
Following the game the class gathered at the Christian church that evening to continue the good times. The graduates that could not attend the earlier activities joined the class to set off further conversation regarding class antics while in school along with exchanges of family including children and grandchildren. During the initial social hour classmates spent considerable time viewing memorabilia displays that had been lovingly prepared for the evening. Following an official class photo and memorial to those of the class that have passed on, the class enjoyed a delicious catered dinner. Following dinner, Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Roy Jones 1956/57 Student Council President led the class down memory lane. Keynote speaker, Coach Scott noted what the class had meant to him while sharing his sharing his observations of the class and its accomplishment during and subsequent to its graduation. Urged on by Roy, several classmates shared their recollections of highlights of the classes' four years at CHS. All evening laughter and applause resounded throughout the hall as the stories revealed the serious and not so serious aspect of the years at CHS.
All classmates had a great day and many were reluctant to depart as the evening came to a close with the singing of the school song. Since we can only have a 50th reunion once, all in attendance expressed their appreciation to the organizers for a job well done. It it believed that all had a great time and will now have even more good memories to go along with those taken from the four years spent in the halls of CHS.