New Castle News


November 30, 2011

Wilmington High: Members of 1956 class celebrate anniversary

NEW CASTLE — Members of the Wilmington High School class of 1956 celebrated their 55th anniversary.

The class of ’56 was the first to include the East Lawrence area in the jointure that exists today.

The two days of planned activities began on a Friday night with the alumni dinner at Wilmington High School, where members met friends from other classes.

On Saturday, Scott Brush took the group on an all-inclusive tour of the middle school and high school, pointing out all the renovations being done. Brush, who is Wilmington’s athletic director, is the son of Bob Brush, who is a member of the class of ’56.

The class of 1956 was one of the last classes to graduate from the Vine Street School and the comparison from 55 years ago with the current facility and opportunities for students was dramatic.

Classmate Tom Shumaker and his wife Syd opened their country home for the class to reminisce in a relaxed atmosphere. The surroundings were familiar to some of the class members because it is where Tom Shumaker grew up.

A dinner at Tuscany Square Ristorante completed the weekend. Prizes were given as classmates jogged their memories with stories and happenings from growing up in the 1940s and ’50s.

Classmates who traveled the farthest were Dixie Barbe Brown from Hot Springs, S.D., Harwood Rowland from Dryden, Mich., Esther Stonebraker Turney from Tampa, Fla., and Bob Smith from Winnetka, Ill.

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