Five members of the Monticello High School Class of 1952 recently returned to town for a special 60th reunion celebration at the Monticello Pizza Ranch.
Harvey Lindstrom organized the gathering of former classmates. Thirty students graduated from MHS on Wednesday, May 28. Gov. C. Elmer Anderson provided the main address at commencement. After the reunion, Lindstrom stopped off at the Monticello Times offices and provided a 60th reunion update.
“The last time most of us got together, it was at the 50th reunion,” Lindstrom said. Some classmates did attend the last Monticello all-school reunion event.
Lindstrom said that the Class of 1952 wants to schedule annual reunions. That’s why he called and invited the local newspaper to come out to snap a photo.
“Some of them who live around here, but they don’t come,” he said. Other classmates, such as Keith Garlid, class valedictorian, have been harder to locate.
“I tried getting a hold of him about 10 years ago,” Lindstrom said. “It was just one of those deals.” Lindstrom said he’s trying to contact his former classmates.
According to Lindstrom, his primary form of communication with classmates has been the written word. Mailing out cards is his primary way of staying in touch.
“Maybe we all should get our heads together and use that as well as email,” Lindstrom said during his visit. “Of course, not everybody has email. Most do.”
Some of former classmates couldn’t attend the Oct. 10 reunion because they were still working and couldn’t get someone to replace them, Lindstrom said.
Lindstrom and his wife, Lilyan, have been married 48 years. They didn’t meet in high school, but the couple’s three children graduated from Monticello High School.