By Peggy Brandenburg
Hi! What a lovely fall day this is! Leaves are turning and falling off the trees (I don’t relish the thought of the falling leaves, however.) Our place doesn’t look too bad in the summer – green leaves and bushes can hide a lot of “stuff,” the “naked” branches reveal everything and that’s not so beautiful. We can only look forward to snow, which looks so wonderful covering everything once again!
Speaking of stuff, too much stuff of a different sort was happening this weekend. One couldn’t get around to everything! There was the Powwow going on at Battlefield Park, which is always so very interesting and beautiful! There was the celebration at Waco Elementary. One hundred only comes around once. The next time we have a celebration of a hundred years passing, it will be a 200-year celebration! Then there was the Joe and Rettie Smith Family and Friends Reunion. This occurs every year, but only one 2012 reunion!
The 100-Year Celebration was indeed a success!
Folks worked hard to create the perfect celebration. There were old-timey games like Jacks,; there were inflatables; memorabilia prepared to peruse, like old pictures and yearbooks; tours conducted throughout the school; treats like cotton candy and popcorn to arouse the taste buds; and, of course, there were returning alumni from Waco Elementary. I know there were others, but I’d like to give a shout out to a few retirees I saw: Coach Turner; chapter teacher Sharleen Power; music teacher Mildred Webb; fifth/sixth grade teacher Patsy Chenault; third-grade teacher/chapter Judy Foley; and fifth- grade teacher Martha Bogard. Like I said, these were the ones I saw, but I’m sure there were others there.
People attending also got a kick out of seeing pictures of people they now know and what they were doing at Waco School “back then.” I didn’t know MaryLee Webb was a Waco cheerleader, did you?
There were lots and lots of people at the Joe and Rettie Smith Family and Friends Reunion. I do not have an exact count, but I know there were more people at this year’s reunion than in times before. Every child of Joe and Rettie’s union were present and/or accounted for, like Christine (Leon) Smith Centers; Juanita (Gene) Smith; and Barbara (Orbin, deceased) Moberly were present, as well as most, if not all, of their children, present.
Children of Robert Smith, Carlos Smith, Eliga Smith, Ellen Smith Durham and Martha Brown Smith were there to represent their deceased parents (children of Joe and Rettie Smith). Geraldine (Durham) and Robert Settles (mayor of Millville,) as well as their daughter, Tracey Lynn and her family, traveled from Millville, Ohio, to be at this reunion.
James and Mae Durham, along with their daughter, Robin and her family, also represented the family of Ellen (Smith) Durham who traveled the farthest (from Hamilton, Ohio) to be with family and friends here in Madison County.
Barbara (Smith) Moberly had all her children present (Duane, Gregory and Tina) and most of their families present. Barbara’s children were part of the entertainment provided (Ricky Horn, Sheila May, Chloe, Deana Brandenburg, Jay Brown and the some members of the audience sang along with “the band.”)
Henrietta (Mrs Eliga) Smith had all her children present (James and his daughter Leah; Henrietta and Eliga’s other child, Margie is deceased). Christine (and Leon) Smith Centers had all her children present, as well as Bradley and his family, the child of deceased Patsy Darleen Centers Stewart. Those who were not present, just wanted you to know we missed you! (Robert’s children, Wanda and Linda; Carlos’s children, Garney, Terry (deceased Elvin C. had Elvin to represent him) thanks to Mom Barbara, Loretta, Carlos Earl and their representatives for being with us. Where were you Marilyn, Garney, Miyoka and family, Terry and Family? We missed you! We also missed the other family members like Aunt Agnes’s children in Berea, the children of Aunt Sarah Ellen, the children of Aunt Marg, etc.; and the other relatives of Joe and Rettie that were not present, for one reason or another. We hope to see you next year.
Happy birthday wishes to: Lois Easterling, who had Flatwoods Christian Church declare Sunday, Sept. 30, as Lois Easterling Day! Birthday wishes also go out to Monica Rose Edwards, Oct. 2; Angie Ray (Brandenburg) on Sept. 23; Tina Moberly Horn; Emily Madison Edwards; and Duane Moberly! Sa..a..a.lute!
That’s about all I can think of this week. Have a great one! Let me know what’s going on with you and yours and we’ll put you in the news.
Some of my favorite church marquee signs around Waco – “God answers knee-mail” and “a dose of the son keeps one from burning” (or something to that effect.) Your signs do get attention from passersby. Keep them coming!