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Bob Lind, Published December 07 2010

Lind: Classmates meet for 70-year reunion

Fifty-year high school class reunions are common.

But 70 years?

Yes, the Barnesville (Minn.) High School class of 1940 held its 70th reunion last August. But its ranks were diminished. Only four of the 54 graduates were there.

Those four who gathered at the Eagles Café, Barnesville, were:

Jerome “Jerry” Specht, Buffalo, Minn., where he had been an agriculture teacher and extension agent.

Jack Evert, Moorhead, an insurance agent.

Cecelia (Butenhoff) Jerde, Britton, S.D., who was a home economics teacher.

OLinda (Lemke) Ludemann, Moorhead, who became a cook in the Moorhead Public Schools.

At least two class members who are still living but couldn’t make the reunion are Lester Miller, Bloomington, Minn., who was a mail carrier in Moorhead, and Norma (Rosing) Roberti, living in California.

OLinda, who sent in this information, says, “We are all 88-plus years old. Most of us were farm kids. We know what a back-breaking job of picking potatoes by hand was all about. We used to get two weeks off from school in the fall to pick potatoes.”

Happily, those spud-picking days are over for this class of ’40. But not the memories.

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