LIMA — Time marches on and the class of 1954 from Lima Central High School is faced with the possibility that Saturday night’s 65th class reunion may be its last.
The number of graduates from that year is becoming fewer for every year that passes.
“We have 103 still living. We have 89 deceased and six we can not locate, making 198. The list keeps changing daily at our age,” said Marjorie White.
The remaining class members that were able to come out to the Milano Cafe, Saturday night were taken on a trip back. One of the members made a video featuring pictures of them from grade school through high school. It was first shown at the reunion 10 years ago.
“It’s fun to look back and see all of these people back in grade school and on up,” said Ron Cook, reunion chairman.
Mary Wolfe drove down from Toledo to check on old friends and remember the days at Lima Central High School.
“Oh my goodness, football games and being involved in the choir, the musical section, just the group that ran around together. The tradition was that we went to the football game at the stadium and afterward we walked into the Kewpee and had our treat there and dispersed from there. Another one we had was the Yacht Club down at the ‘Y.’ It was open on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and if wanted someplace to go we went down there and met people from Central, from South the Catholic schools — St. Rose, St. Johns, St. Gerards. We were able to meet with other people from the other schools,” said Wolfe.
“There were a lot of good memories,” said Cook. “I was involved in sports, football, wrestling and we just had a good class everybody worked together and some of the memories are of the high school football games we had. It was just a good time. A lot of good memories.”
One question they hoped to address is when the next class reunion will be.
“We’re going to have a discussion on that. In five years, we’ll be 88. Some of the people raised their hand, ‘Let’s go five more years’. Well, we may go for one year, two years or three years and scale it down. My feeling was, let’s have it every five years until the last man or woman is standing,” said Cook.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.