Former first-grade sweethearts reteam to plan reunion

Prospect Point Elementary School fifth-graders line up in 1949. Front row, from left: Terry Williams, Nancy Gallo, Don Warwick, Steve Benzel, Dean Longgood, Ken Frazier, Gene Longgood. Second row: Jerry Duff, Marjorie Lewis, Patty Buchanan, Janet Sasser, Sharon Worth, Becky Burkhardt, Linda Marbut. Third row: Fred Davenport, Bruce Granquist, Doug Redfield, Biff Brotherton, Larry Conrad, Kay McKay, Sally Christopher. Back row: Lynn Depping, unknown, Barry VanDonge, Lawrence Angel, Doug Gallo, Dan Clark, Mr. Bradshaw.

Prospect Point Elementary School fifth-graders line up in 1949. Front row, from left: Terry Williams, Nancy Gallo, Don Warwick, Steve Benzel, Dean Longgood, Ken Frazier, Gene Longgood. Second row: Jerry Duff, Marjorie Lewis, Patty Buchanan, Janet Sasser, Sharon Worth, Becky Burkhardt, Linda Marbut. Third row: Fred Davenport, Bruce Granquist, Doug Redfield, Biff Brotherton, Larry Conrad, Kay McKay, Sally Christopher. Back row: Lynn Depping, unknown, Barry VanDonge, Lawrence Angel, Doug Gallo, Dan Clark, Mr. Bradshaw.

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Prospect Point Elementary first-grade sweethearts Daniel N. “Dan” Clark and Jerry Duff Taylor reconnected to bring about a reunion of fellow first-graders from the classes of 1947-1951, Dan said.

He added that “We’re all used to high school reunions, but a first-grade reunion is pretty rare.”

With the assistance of other Prospect Pointers, they plan to reunite from April 4-7, the 65th gathering for the Class of 1949.

Dan and Jerry have teamed with co-organizers Carol Jean Schneidmiller Osborn and Raleigh Little, Class of 1948, and Dean Morrison and Bob VanDonge, Class of 1950. Janice Rogers Heilbrun, Class of 1951, has been a big help, too, Jerry said. Representatives from the class of 1947 are also needed.

Anyone who was part of these classes at any time from first grade until eighth-grade graduation are encouraged to attend, they said.

Events include an opening reception on the evening of April 4 at Dean Morrison’s winery that will feature live music from classmates.

Activities the morning of April 5 will be at the new Prospect Point Fire District 4 Station next to the school grounds, with a display of memorabilia, a talk on the history of Prospect Point School and introductions to help those attending get reacquainted after more than 60 years. Lunch will be at the school cafeteria, and will include reminiscences of teachers.

Afterward, the group will tour the school grounds and identify the locations of original buildings. Prospect Point began as its own school district in a two-room building in 1904, Dan said. A large two-story brick building with a spiral fire escape was constructed in 1910. Torn down in 1970, it was replaced by the current school, after consolidation with the Walla Walla Public School District.

The group will also visit teachers’ graves in the cemetery across the street and tour wineries south of town.

The reunion dinner that evening will be at Prospect Point School followed by a Fifties Music and Dance Party in the gymnasium. The final activity of the weekend will be a no-host breakfast at Clarette’s the morning of April 6.

For more information, contact Dan at 522-0399 or clarkdn@charter.net or Jerry at 301-1157 or jt2618@centurylink.net.

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