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Pine River High School class of '63 recalls many memories

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Thirty-one members of the Pine River High School class of 1963, plus their spouses and guests, held their 50th class reunion recently in Pine River.

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Among those special guests was Mrs. Elsie Gibbs, who started teaching in 1946 and began teaching at the Mildred School in 1948.

She taught some of the members of the class of ’63 in 1951. She retired from teaching in 1986 and lives in Mildred with her husband, Orville. Gibbs herself attended the Mildred School in first grade.

Classmates were seen reading the Class Commemorative Book over coffee and rolls at the social gathering at the Black Bear Golf Course, as they tried to catch up on the life histories of 39 classmates who submitted stories for the book.

Seventeen classmates and friends took the Main Street walking tour, guided by Alison Amy Stephan of Heritage Group North (HGN). They reminisced about what they could buy for a quarter at Pfeiffer Drug; the cold, frosty root beer mugs from the A&W stand across from the swimming hole; and the many hours spent at Marlow movies.

A number of members of other classes from the 1960s joined the classmates of ’63 at the Pine River American Legion for pizza and to share stories about the good ol’ days.

The newly produced 30-minute Marlow Matinee was enjoyed by a full house at the Depot. The old, blue neon clock that hung next to the screen in the Marlow was hung by the screen in the Depot and popcorn was served for this special premier.

Following the movie, the group remained for another 90 minutes, reviewing other old movie footage from John Rohr’s Recent Happenings Collection to help HGN put names with many of the faces in the old films of the Pine River area.

Forty-nine people attended the class dinner at Bites Grill & Bar. The Memory Table featured newspaper articles, old PRHS yearbooks, the ’63 graduating class photo and other old photos.

Charlene Davidson Dabill won the drawing for the unique “Tiger” quilt that was created by classmate Walter Weiss.

By a class vote, future reunions of the class of ’63 will take place as part of Pine River’s SummerFest every summer.

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