Bonds formed grow stronger for Class of 1950

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Palisade, Nebraska, High School graduates in 1950 included, front row, from left: Owen Lamb, JoAnn Sailors Ward and Leona Potthoff Baxter. Back row, Margaret Fletcher Berger, Dwayne "D.Z." Decker, and Vaden "V.T." Miller. Not shown, Barbara Walker Cumpston, Ena Mae Mason Gunn, Robert Keating, Joan Ferguson Laumann, Norma Carse McCoy and Nelda Bowersox Waugh.

PALISADE, Nebraska -- Theirs was a small school with limited course offerings and faculty, no band or lunch program, but the 15 seniors who graduated from Palisade, Nebraska, High School in 1950 turned out to be a pretty successful group.

All six of the men served in the armed forces, two in Korea, one in Viet Nam. Two were pilots, one a career officer.

All of the nine women were wives and mothers, but also two were nurses, three taught and others were employed in responsible positions.

At least four earned advanced academic degrees. Only three of the original 15 have passed away--two men and one woman. All the men still have their wives but the women have not fared as well. All but two are widows. One remarkable statistic is that there have been no divorces.

The classmates have come together in Palisade on several reunion dates--25th, 50th, and 55th and 60th.

On the latter occasion only one living member was unable to attend.

The 62nd reunion, on April 13-15, 2012, was a bit different in that it was held in California where three members reside.

Senior class President Owen Lamb has retained his leadership role in organizing and hosting all of the reunions.

Over the years the classmates and their spouses have enjoyed maintaining contact and getting together.

The bonds formed in high school have been maintained--and if possible--grown even stronger.

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