Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, 1 June 1978
Old Sunny Side School, its doors closed since the 1945-46 term ended, was well remembered as seven former teachers and 28 pupils attended a get-together Saturday, May 27, at Post Rock Restaurant. One teacher, Dr. G.A. Gabelman of Radnor, Penn., came more than a thousand miles to attend the day’s events. Other out of state pupils came from Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.
These are a few of the Sunny Side highlights talked about by the teachers, former students, spouses and friends attending the weekend event:
Sunny Side School opened in a dugout in 1876. The first teacher was Florence Baker, and she was paid $10 per month. (She was the daughter of Congressman Baker who served two years under President Grover Cleveland.)
G.M. Anderson taught a school term there in 1892-93. His grand salary was $30 a month, and the term was only 5 1/2 months.
Sophie Wolting taught the final term at Sunny Side when there were only four pupils, three Peppers and one Rees.
In 1929 and ’30 there were eight Louder children in attendance.
From time to time church services were held in the schoolhouse; hot lunches were served now and then.
At the reunion were seven former teachers: Dorothy Wild Simpson (who taught seven years), Alice O’Neill Shirley, Ruby Loy Bird, Rita Oetting, Gustave Gabeman, Ruth Rose and Myrtle Jordan (once a pupil, she returned in the 1920s as teacher, and also helped plan the reunion).
Attending the reunion were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bird, Ruby Loy, Lex and Sylvia Jellison, Keith and Jeanice Mullen and Charlie H. Rash, Salina;
Clark and Marie Louder, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Gustave and Louise Gabelman, Radnor, Pa.; Seth Louder and Jefferson and Ester Louder, Russell; Mrs. Lois (Oetting) James, Mentor; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Schmidt, Harrisonville, Mo.; Bob and Norma (Brown) Chard, Manhattan: Guy and Josie Jellison, Sylvan Grove;
Ivan and Clovis (Rees) Adams, Tescott; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oetting, Assaria; John Pepper, Cawker City; Glen and Velma Louder, Burr Oak; John and Dorotha (Louder) Lowder, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; David and Wilma Jellison, Lyndon; Leo and Mary Shirley, Wichita; Ola (Lander) Wilbeck, Mankato; La Vaughn (Black) Kubick, Ellsworth; Dorothy Simpson, Vernon and Bette Hickman and Dean Hickman, Barnard;
Everett and Ramona Rees, Beverly; Myrtle Titsworth Jordan, Ruth Rose, Joe and Ina Couse, Mrs. Tomas (Alice O’Neill) Shirley, Mrs. Keith (Gladys Brown) Mason, Ella (Ackerman) Fitzgerald and Hans and Carrie (Louder) Larsen, all Lincoln. Afternoon visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Herman Adams of Simpson and Jennie Curtis, Lincoln.
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