|Thursday, July 25, 1974
1924 EHS Class Reunion
The El Dorado Springs high school class of 1924 held its 50-year
reunion at the country home of Marvin and Virginia Tough on Friday, July
A large crowd was in attendance to meet and visit with old classmates
and friends. With much pleasure many greeted old classmates for the
first time in many years. Some of them came a long distance on this
sentimental journey to again enjoy a visit with friends they made young
In the afternoon, cake and punch were served. A beautiful anniversary
cake, decorated in white and gold was baked by Carlos Thatch. Macie
Merle Jennings Bowen served at the punch bowl. Fred Crawford made
easy-to-read name tags for each guest. Gerald Cook and many others spent
many hours helping to make this a successful party. Each old grad told a
short story of his life over the last 50 years.
This class had been great participants in music, athletics, and other
fields. There was much interest shown in the athletic track to be built
for the El Dorado Springs high school. Donations of $357 were given for
Later in the evening a buffet dinner, furnished by the ladies, was
served ______ pleasant and golden day was ended.
The old grads and guests: Dr. R. Burns Lewis and Mrs. Lewis, Chicago,
Ill.; Charles Hunt, San Clementa, Calif.; Marion Neely and Mrs. Neely,
Tucson, Ariz.; Edna McKnight Bishop, Kimball Bishop, Bloomington, Ill.;
Bernard Ryan and Dorothy Ryan, Geneseo, Kas.; George Luca, Dallas,
Texas; Virginia Lasley Reed and Mr. Reed, Kansas City, Mo.
Don Remer, Millie Remer, Danville, Ark.; Nellie Purtle Byrne, Kansas
City, Mo.; Della Purtle Brewer, Independence, Mo.; Mable Hopkins
Montgomery, Stockton; Grace Banta and Kathy Banta, Colorado; George
Logan, Marianna Logan, Nevada; Florence Creighton Ross, Mr. Ross,
Cabool, Mo.; Mildred Tough Phipps, George Phipps, Jefferson City, Mo.
Ruth Rountree Bacon, Stockton; Carlos Thatch and Harriett Thatch,
Kansas City, Mo.; Lela Simmons Stockwood, Kansas City, Kas.; Helen
Swangle Good, Andrew Good, Paola, Kas.; Anna McKnight Ward, Glavis Ward,
Kansas City, o.
Fred Crawford, Gerald Cook, Meda Cook, Lila Stamps Cowan, Sylvia
Boundy Bacon, Parks Bacon, Katherine Thatch Dodds, Murrell Dodds, Joy
Messick, Virgie Robison Messick, Virginia Ryan Strain, Ruby Gayle Estes
Wilson, Ed Wilson, Mable Coale Bryce, Macie Merle Bowen, Glenn Bowen,
John D. Smith, Marvin Tough, and Virginia Tough, all of El Dorado
In the photo, taken in the living room at the Tough home, are the
1924 graduates present for the reunion. The ____ trophies of 1924 are on
the table. Seated, Ruth Rountree Bacon and Macie Merle Bowen. Standing,
left to right, Mable Coale Bryce, Fred Crawford, Lila Stamps Cowan,
Marvin Tough, Mable Montgomery, Charles Hunt, Carlos Thatch, R. Burns
Lewis, Edna McKnight Bishop, Marion Neely, Ruth Swangle Good, Gerald
Cook, Virgie Lasley Reed, Bernard Ryan, Florence Creighton Ross.
[The photo below was included with the