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Madisonville School Reunion a great success

The Madisonville School reunion, held Nov. 30, was a huge success. Approximately 100 people, or about the number that ever attended that small community school at any one time, attended the event, which was held at Madisonville Presbyterian Church. Those attending brought in many wonderful photos and artifacts. Among the artifacts were hats owned by Allie Marshall, long time teacher at the school, and a 48 star flag attached to a tobacco stick that had for decades hung in the classroom of Verliner Crawley, who taught for many years at the school. From the early 1920s, there was both a Madisonville High School class ring as well as a high school diploma.

After a bountiful lunch, there were prizes. The oldest person in attendance started first grade at Madisonville in 1932, and the youngest person was a first grader in 1958-59, the last school term before Madisonville was closed.

Cora St. John, daughter of a Madisonville School attendee and director of the Charlotte County APVA, presented information on early public education with emphasis on the founding of Madisonville School. Memories were shared with much laughter resulting. The reunion was a joyful occasion with many people asking that another be held in the near future.