School: Merryvale  (1912 Class Reunion - 1973)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Pietenpol, Wierenzenski, Frischman, Krejci, David, Manley, Dorst, Shellman, Hales, Davis, Carlson, Hubing, Trewartha, Garvoille, Anderson, Eibergen, Hales, Curtiss, Grabe, Alton, Wright, Osgood, Krause, Dankemyer, Morris, Haskins

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 8/30/1973

Merryvale School (1912 Class Reunion - 26 August 1973)

‘We received a very good education in the little red brick school house!’

That was the consensus of opinion at the August 26 reunion of members of the eighth grade class of 1912 and several others who attended District No. 3 (later named the Merryvale School) in the Town of York.

It was the first such get-together, and many of the group had not seen one another since before World War I. A noon potluck dinner was served at the York town hall.

The eighth graders who gathered were Ruth Pietenpol and Frieda (Wierenzenski) Frischman of Granton, Estelle Krejci and Bernard Pietenpol of Neillsville, Sara Mae (David) Manley of Minneapolis, Mn, and Nell (Dorst) Shellman of Suring.

Schoolmates present were Verla Rose Hales, Granton; Ursula (Davis) Carlson, Minneapolis; Lila (Davis) Hubing, Eldred Davis and Marjorie (Pietenpol) Trewartha, Neillsville.

Guests included: O. T. Carlson, E. J. Shellman, Isabel Pietenpol, Mrs. Helen Garvoille and Mrs. Lottie Anderson of Clearwater, Fl., Harold Trewartha and Will Eibergen, husband of the late Ella (Hales) Eibergen, a class member. (Other deceased class members were DeWitt Curtiss and Kenneth Grabe.)

The Merryvale Alumni not only went to school together, but as friends and neighbors grew up in the last really peaceful era the world has known. They did a lot of remembering, and concluded that while integration has without doubt given the youth of today a broader education, the basic and more classic lessons of the first decade of the 20th century have been used to excellent advantage by their generation.

Mrs. Hales, whose late husband, Loren, also attended the school, brought some old pictures which brought to mind the teachers: Ethel Alton, Bessie (Wright) Osgood, Elsie (Krause) Dankemyer, Ors Davis and Blanche (Morris) Haskins. The latter, lives in Neillsville and a card of remembrance was sent to her, signed by her former pupils.

Mrs. Hales, Miss Pietenpol and Mrs. Frischman assumed the responsibility for details of the reunion. Mrs. Shellman provided an appropriate table decoration incorporating pine boughs and a red school building. Small booklets were distributed to serve as souvenirs of a happy reunion.



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