Nelagoney host 69th reunion

Kathryn Swan J-C correspondent

The Nelagoney School may be gone but fond memories continue as alumni met for their 69th annual reunion on June 3 in the Fellowship Hall of Pawhuska’s First Baptist Church. Sixty-three alumni, former students and guests were in attendance.

Harold Craun, class of 1956 and alumni president welcomed everyone. He then asked his brother Jim to introduce class members in attendance. Jim Craun is a 1958 Nelagoney graduate, former Nelagoney teacher and principal.

Special recognition was given to Maxine Patrick Early, class of 1946, and Pauline Jones Alred, class of 1948, as the oldest graduates. Both were presented a bouquet of flowers. Attending his first reunion was Jim Roughton, revivalist from Oklahoma City and class of 1951.

The event celebrated the 60th anniversary for the class of 1957 with graduates Joyce Johnson Reames and Hershel Slinkard. Celebrating their 50th anniversary was the class of 1967 with graduates Vicki Swan Millikin and Robert Marling.

Following a meal consisting of smoked brisket, turkey and all the trimmings — prepared by Charley and Shirley Wadsworth, attendees were treated to a DVD containing the history of their beloved school. Created by Jim Craun, this memorable DVD contained pictures of the Nelagoney community before the 1912 tornado that destroyed most of the town. Also included were pictures of students from the 1920s to 1969 as well as a preview of the 1994 school reunion.

The program concluded with assorted trivia on the school and its activities from 1906 to 1969. The Nelagoney School officially closed in 1969 after providing 63 years of educational opportunities for hundreds of youth.