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KEENE STATE TODAY VOLUME XIX NUMBER 1 Fall 2003
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When she turned 105 last June, Mildred Runnells Battey was crowned queen at the carnival held at the Odd Fellows Home in Concord and was photographed for both the Concord Monitor and the Union Leader, according to her daughter, Shirley Gowing. Her birthday was also announced on TV.


1924

80th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004

Cassie Haven Sweet celebrated her 99th birthday on July 14. She received many cards and messages from family and friends and had a phone call from Norma Wright Walker '51. Cassie passed away on Sept. 8, 2003, in Claremont. She taught grade school in Charlestown and Plainfield and was assistant librarian at New Britain Public Library for 26 years.

Catherine L. Moore, of Hancock, is no longer driving but is still active gardening, reading, doing crosswords, and baking.

IN MEMORIAM: Cassie Haven Sweet '24 died on Sept. 8, 2003.


1926

Eleanor Rowell Shaw attended the Golden Circle luncheon, along with 70 other alumni and guests, at the Cat 'n' Fiddle restaurant in Concord. She received a pot of miniature roses for being the earliest graduate present. Eleanor has attended all the alumni luncheons for the past seven years, thanks to her son Carl, who brings her. It is always a pleasure to have both of them with us.

Mildred Byrne of Milton, Mass., writes, "Hi to Norma Wright Walker '51. Love all the College magazines and College news."


1927

Rosetta Brown Lowe keeps active regardless of the weather. If it's bad, she just stays in her home and does her daily walks in the halls. Rosetta recently entertained a niece and family who brought a delicious supper to share with her. She always enjoys having family around.

She was honored to be the grand marshal in the 250th Anniversary Parade in Hinsdale on Sept. 6, 2003. She was asked by the select board in June. She carried nine beautiful red roses and rode in a 1930 Ford driven by the man who sold Rosetta her first electric stove. The most exciting part of the day for her was being greeted by many of her former students. Rosetta is considered the town historian because she has kept scrapbooks documenting local events. In 1953, she served as secretary of the executive committee for Hinsdale's bicentennial celebration. Keene State is proud of this 95-year-old alum who has given so much to her hometown. Rosetta said that even at 95 she likes to learn new information about her hometown.

Margaret Grover Colburn invited Norma Wright Walker '51 for a visit and lunch. Margaret shared her stories about teaching in a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades. She shared her photo album of pictures from Keene Normal School in 1925-27, several of which she gave to Norma for the Alumni Album. Margaret had Dean Dwight Carle as a teacher at her high school. He convinced her to attend Keene Normal School, and she's glad she did.


1928

Elizabeth Welch always enjoys a visit from Norma Wright Walker '51. Miss Elizabeth proudly explained that her farm in Hancock is being used to demonstrate old-fashioned farming in New England. Norma's grandchildren enjoyed a visit to the farm with their school groups.

Ethel Gates Anderson passed away on July 17, 2003, at the age of 102. She lived independently until the age of 100, when she broke a hip and moved to a nursing home.

Norma received an informative letter from Odetta Flint Hardy's daughter, Louise, who wrote that her mother still lives in Henniker. She is determined to stay there as long as possible, even though her eyesight is poor.

IN MEMORIAM: Ethel Gates Anderson '28 passed away on July 17, 2003, at the age of 102.


1929

75th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004

Always look forward to letters from Evelyn Warren Bailey. She and Norma Wright Walker '51 are comparing their lives growing up on farms in New England. Evelyn shared memories of teaching with Nellie Lang '27 at Groveton High School. They kept in contact until Nellie passed away. Evelyn attended a 51st wedding anniversary of family members, and it turned out to be a birthday party for Evelyn also. Her busy summer included two graduations and eight birthday parties. Evelyn wrote about gypsies she encountered as a child. It was an interesting story. She still chases rabbits out of her vegetable garden. Photos of the lawns and gardens that surround her home in Wayland, Mass., look like pictures from Home & Garden magazine.



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