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By GEORGENE CETAK
BLUE SPRINGS - The floor is strewn with
hay and only a few crumbled chalk boards remain to remind strangers
that during its earlier years, the Union Center School was a
From 1917 until 1952, the school was
the center of activity in the Blue Springs area
In August, the old school gang will
be coming back to remember. Aug. 6 will be the fourth reunion
of the Union School, which closed in 1952.
The reunion will be a covered dish noon
meal at the American Legion Hall in Wymore. All former Union
School students, graduates, their parents teachers, school personnel
and Union Center residents and their families are invited.
Union Center was a community that covered
about 17 sections, with the school being the pivot point, according
to Robert Morris, a 1928 graduate.
Morris is the only student who started
a the school, graduated there and still is living in the area.
"At one time, Union Center was
on the map", according to Charles Trump, a 1950 graduate
of the school, ''probably because gas was sold there."
Union Center School was one of the first,
if not the first, consolidated schools in the state, according
to Trump. The highest enrollment was 135; the lowest was 40.
The first reunion was in 1969. It attracted
more than 300 people.
"A lady in Lincoln (former student)
go the idea," Trump said. "Everybody liked it so well,
they decided to have more."
The first two years that the school
was in operation, it had only grades one through ten. From 1919
until the time it closed, it went through twelfth grade. kindergarten
was added in the 1930s.
Out of about 127 graduates, 116 still
are living, according to Trump.
Trump said he began with a list of 740
to locate for this year's reunion. He has 80 names yet to locate.
Many of the students 270 are living
in Nebraska. Sixty are in California, he said He has located
38 former teachers so far.
Trump said that there was a country
store across the road from the school that closed about the time
the school did. The entire community shopped there, he said Trump
said he remembered buying two doughnuts for a nickel and soda
pop for a nickel at the store.