EHS class of 1956 fills weekend with festivities
The Eudora High School Class of 1956 enjoyed a fun-filled weekend Sept. 15 to 17 celebrating its 50th class reunion.
Classmates from Texas, Washington, Wichita, Topeka, Ozawkie, Baldwin City, Assaria, Lawrence and Eudora were present. Organizers of the event were Phyllis Baecker Young and Emily Rinke Dahlem.
The weekend began with a day trip Friday to Jamesport, Mo, when 19 boarded the school bus and headed out for a full day of shopping and a guided tour of various places of interest. Many bought crafts, candles, cookbooks and other items to keep as remembrances of their trip.
The Eudora-De Soto Technical Education culinary arts class, under the supervision of instructor Jason Gray, prepared dinner on Saturday. The students are from Eudora, De Soto and Lawrence.
Preparation was going well, when suddenly Eudora suffered a power outage.
"The ironic thing about this was that on the night of our graduation, Eudora was in the dark from a power outage, and we received our diplomas in candlelight and flashlights," Dahlem said.
Fortunately, the power returned and the dinner was served to 26 present.
Eudora Board of Education president and Douglas County Undersheriff Ken Massey was the guest speaker. He told about what was happening in 1956 and also about the school system.
The rest of the evening was spent reminiscing, looking at memorabilia and taking photos.
Classmate Jim Sparkes hosted a cookout Sunday at his Lawrence home.
A decor of the school colors filled the room and a cake was decorated with the same colors.
The culmination of the three-day weekend finalized at the home of Emily Dahlem Sunday evening with a sleepover for the female classmates -- a total of 10.
The highlight of the evening was celebrating Nancy Leek's birthday with cake, candles and birthday cards from those present.
Dahlem said the class planned to have another reunion in five years.