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50 Years Ago They Graduated From High School

WARRENSBURG It was June 1957, and the graduating class had 30 hopeful students. What they were hoping for was as different as they were, but 50 years later, the 17 members of that class gathered for a reunion.

They are mostly retired now, and many have returned to the town they grew up in and love. Some live locally, some travelled many miles for the event. Five member of the class are known to have died.

Organized by Catherine Kaki (Maltbie) Bolton, the group met at the Merrill Magee House last Friday night.

Bolton described growing up in Warrensburg as a wonderful experience. When she graduated, she wanted to get married and have children, which is exactly what she did.

I raised four children, Bolton said. I had some jobs, real estate, and being a Maltbie, I sold a few cars. She said one of her children died of diabetes, but the other three were happy and successful.

One is a pharmacist, another a U.S. attorney and the other a college professor, she said. She and her husband moved to Brant Lake, and he couldnt attend for medical reasons.

The class member that traveled the farthest for the reunion was Mary (Geraghty) Langdon, who lives in Puyallup, a small town outside of Seattle, WA, on Puget Sound.

Its smaller than Warrensburg, she said.

Fifty years ago, she wanted to become a teacher, which she did.

I taught 2nd grade for 22 years in Reno, NV, she said. She has three grown children and six grandchildren, and she and her husband, Bob, are retired.

I grew up in my grandparents living room, reading National Geographic, she said. Now Im traveling the world, seeing the places Ive always wanted to see. They have been to Ayers Rock in Australia, Sicily, Russia, Poland and many other countries and are planning a trip to Africa next spring.

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