Members of the Morgan High School class of 1946 have traveled the world, held a variety of jobs from working in the United States State Department to skilled farm work, and lived fascinating lives. While they have lived many eventful years, they always enjoy reuniting.
Seventy years after the 58 members of the class ventured into the world, they came together for the landmark reunion. Seven decades have claimed half of their classmates; however, roughly 25 remain. Twelve of the classmates were in good enough health and spirits to join together in the significant gathering. Laurel Nelson, who currently resides in Spanish Fork, traveled the farthest for this fun event. Most of the attendees currently live in our county. Several classmates live outside of the state and were unable to attend.
“It’s the best class that’s ever graduated Morgan High!” Val Carter said, adding that the statement includes any class before or since. He joined the group at the reunion and fondly recalled being part of such a great group. He explained that they were ‘war orphans.’ They grew up in time of war and they looked after each other. He doesn’t recall seeing any fights and remembers students having fun and helping each other. While they lived during a rough time of our history enduring rationing, family members away at war and other hard times, the group looks back happily at this time they spent together.
“We were a good bunch of kids, no we were an excellent bunch of kids,” Cordell Scott remembers.
The classmates met at the Spring Chicken Inn and had a wonderful afternoon downstairs in the restaurant. From the welcome sign to the tables of photos, the group had a wonderful reception. The committee Barbara Rhodes, Betty Rose, and Ivan Carter decided to forgo a formal program and instead welcomed the group with a memory of something those in their grade shared. Then nearly every one of the attendees shared a memory. The photos on display helped to jog memories as they visited as a group and individually about long-ago happy memories.
When this group began elementary school, they were each in their own little communities. For example, students in Milton went to school where the Milton LDS church now stands. The bell that rang out for the children to come now has a monument across the street at the Milton Park. Each of the small areas of Morgan had its own small school. Some of the schools required students to bring a lunch from home, while others recall purchasing soup, probably made by one of the student’s mothers, for a whopping 3 cents a bowl! Great friendships were made in these one-room schools. Half way through their third grade year the schools were combined into one school where those friendships continued as they made new friendships.
The band helped Morgan celebrate VJ Day as they rode around Morgan County in the back of a truck playing the National Anthem, as well as other patriotic songs. That was the summer before their senior year. The band also played at Como every Sunday night during the summer and the students were paid in a free pass to swim.
They enjoyed hanging out at Hopkins Confectionary on Commercial Street. Deb’s Spicy Pie now stands in the place on Commercial Street where Hopkins Confectionary once stood. Deb has followed in her father’s footsteps of providing good food and a fun place to hang out. “Jay Hopkin was really good to us,” Rhodes happily remembered. She recalls hanging out at Jay’s after dances or other events. The group of friends that age also had summer parties and hayrides down. “We were a very close class,” Rhodes stated.
The class of 1946 was the first class in many years to have the luxury of a yearbook, probably due to the depression and World War II. Barbara Rhodes was the editor and Val Carter was the business manager. They, along with other classmates, worked hard on the yearbook. Since Morgan High had been without a yearbook for many years, the teachers and students didn’t have experience on how to put one together. They recall fondly working their way through the project.
Forty-nine of the students received their high school diplomas that year, while a handful of their class were inducted right into the army. Upon returning from war they received their GEDs.
Many of those who belong to this class have attended the reunions regularly. They had a reunion every five years and then for many years they had a reunion every year. Last year the class skipped a reunion for various reasons, but they knew they needed to do something this year to mark an amazing 70 years after graduation.
The class was grateful for the Spring Chicken Inn hosting the event. While many similar events regularly take place upstairs in the banquet area, Larry and his staff made it possible for the group to meet downstairs, which made it easier on the aging group.
Congratulation class of 1946 on your 70th class reunion and your contribution to the world ever since. Oh the places you’ve been and the places you’ll go!