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Class Notes 1924

Catherine Moore taught grade five and six for many years in Winsted, Conn. One year, there were 44 students enrolled in her classroom. The main problem she had was three boys who were six feet tall, but she managed. Besides supervising the playground and the lunch period, going to PTA, and attending numerous other meetings, she had to be there 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after school. Catherine retired to Hancock, N.H., where she remains active.


Mildred Curtis Byrne taught school in North Weare, N.H., where she had 18 students. One of her responsibilities was to keep the wood fire going so that the one-room school would stay warm. Mildred also had to keep the room clean. One thing she didn't enjoy was boarding at the home of her students.


Once again Rosetta Brown Lowe was glad to have spring arrive in Hinsdale, N.H., so she could walk outside when her boys were available to join her. Rosetta enjoyed her beautiful spring flowers. She responded to a questionnaire sent to her and 20 other alums about their early teaching responsibilities. Rosetta had to build the fire, clean the school, and make soup for lunch with the help of her students.

Margaret Grover Colburn, a close friend of Rosetta's, writes that her eighth-grade girls would arrive at school early to start the fire to heat the school. The boys would bring water to be used by the students.

Stella Redal Randoy taught grades three and four in Osto, Minn., where she had 30 students. She stressed reading, writing, and arithmetic with each class. Stella sent a photo of herself wearing her Golden Circle medallion to Norma Wright Walker '51.

Elizabeth "Betty" Harrison Thomas joined 60 Cheshire County retired teachers for their April luncheon in Swanzey, N.H. Betty began her teaching career at Wallace School in Marlborough, N.H., where she had 12 students in grades one through eight. She was the principal and teacher and planned all the school activities. Betty also taught in the Marlborough Junior/Senior High School for 38 years.


From Roxanne Kreyling '81: A few months ago I sent out a letter to all the alumni of '28 and '29. In it I made a personal appeal for a response to let me know how they were doing. I was thrilled to receive news about 15 members.

Rosamunde Belnap Delano. Her daughter, Joanna Delano Eaton, wrote that her mother passed away in August 2003 at the age of 96.

Julia P. Runnells. Her son, Robert, wrote that his mother passed away October 12, 2003, at the age of 97. Following her graduation from KNS, Julia taught school in Enfield, Lyme, and Boscawen, N.H., and Marblehead, Mass. She furthered her education at Keene State, Boston University, and UNH, then taught at Merrimack Valley High School until she retired in 1971. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

Imogene Barnum Magison wrote from Topsfield, Mass. She is 95 and although she is saddened that so many of her special friends are gone, she has many young relations scattered from one coast to the other. She wrote, "After teaching for over 30 years, I married late in life, and acquired (over the years) 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and this summer, 1 great-great-granddaughter." She no longer pursues her birding hobby, but loves to do crossword puzzles and reading.

In response to an alumni questionnaire, Imogene reports that her first teaching position was in Francestown, N.H., where she had 16 students in grades five through eight. She was responsible for teaching all the subjects but music. At morning and noon recesses she taught basketball skills. Imogene taught there for only two years because the local policy was to hire for only that period to avoid giving salary increases. The town liked to hire new graduates at a cheaper rate.

Margaret Morse passed away in 1989. She taught in Franklin, N.H., where she met classmate Marjorie Sholes. They found an apartment and lived together for almost 50 years.

Marjorie H. Sholes has lived in Franklin, N.H., for the past 75 years. She was recovering from a stroke when severe arthritis caused complications. However, neither poor eyesight nor the inability to walk has dampened her irrepressible sense of humor and her mind is as sharp as ever. From her college days, she remembers Maria Fuller. She had known Maria at Colby Academy in New London, and when they went to register for classes, she asked Miss Estin if they could room together. They were roommates for four years. Marjorie would love to hear from other alumni - Mountain Ridge Center, Room 103, 7 Baldwin Rd., Franklin, NH 03275.

Odetta Hardy's daughter sent news that Odetta has moved to a retirement home in Henniker, N.H. - Pleasant View Center, 239 Pleasant St., Room 222, Concord, NH 03301.

Dorothy Barnaby's new address is a retirement home in Sanbornton, N.H. - 333 Brook Rd., #3, Sanbornton, NH 03269.

Miss Elizabeth Welch taught in Danbury, N.H., where she had grades one through eight. She boarded with a local family who lived a distance from school, and Miss Elizabeth had to walk to school and back home after sweeping the classroom floor. She earned a little extra money for this and for making the fire to warm the room.

IN MEMORIAM: Helen M. Morgan '28 died May 5, 2004, in Harwich, Mass. She was an active volunteer in the many communities in which she lived and taught penmanship in the 1970s while living on the Cape.

IN MEMORIAM: Rosamunde Belnap Delano '28 passed away in August 2003.


The daughter of Evelyn Warren Bailey wrote to Norma Wright Walker '51 with the sad news that her mother passed away March 2, 2004. Evelyn and Norma had developed a strong friendship though the mail. They exchanged monthly letters for several years. Each letter held childhood memories of growing up on farms in small New England towns. Norma misses these wonderful letters.

Phyllis Paine Martin enjoyed receiving a Golden Circle medallion. She had read about them and wished she could return to Keene someday to receive one, but Ohio is too far away from the Keene campus. Phyllis has many happy memories of Keene Normal School. She met and married a wonderful man from Keene. All of their three children were born in Elliot Hospital, now Elliot Hall.

A letter arrived from Viola Davis Horton who lives in Florida. She was anxious for spring to arrive to enjoy the longer days, the bright-colored flowers, and being outside. The Golden Circle medallion she received made her feel like a "winner." She watches a couple of "soaps" and enjoys reading novels. She lived and taught in Charlestown, N.H., for 36 years. When her husband died in 1995, she moved to an apartment next door to Anne Doolan, who lived alone in her little house in Charlestown. Two years later, Viola moved again to be near her son and his family in Panama City, Fla., then four years after that, she moved to be with her daughter and son-in-law in Crescent City, Fla. She gave up her driver's license when she turned 90.Viola has corresponded regularly with Phyllis Martin since graduation. They've never visited one another, but keep each other up-to-date on family and news. Both Viola and Phyllis would love to expand their correspondence.

Marion Nelson wrote about leading a quieter life due to diabetes and arthritis, but likes to recall those long-ago days at school. She lives alone now that her last dog died. She used to keep several dogs; she was especially fond of two cocker spaniels and three Boston Terriers. She trained them and went to dog shows. She is still active in her church and enjoys corresponding with friends -Box 7083, Ocean Park, ME 04063.

Kathleen Davison Jackson completed an information sheet that asked about her teaching experiences. Her first position was in Rindge, N.H., where she taught all subjects for grades five, six, seven, and eight. Kathleen included some interesting memories also.

Muriel Aldrich Lane was interested in music as a student at Keene Normal School, but at that time there wasn't a degree in music. Molly taught music to students in kindergarten through grade 12 and put on concerts and operettas. She also gave violin lessons. Later, she taught at Johnson State College and received her music degree from New York University. Molly was delighted that all her credits from KNS were accepted at NYU.

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