Together Once Again The Slater Alumni 60 Year Reunion
Slater High School ceased to exist in 1958 when it was consolidated into the Ballard School District with Huxley, Kelley and Cambridge. Time stopped for the school and since then, those who graduated from Slater High have reunited on a regular basis. This July 1 there will be another reunion, with fewer and fewer attending as the years went by. This year marks the 60th year since Slater High heard the sound of footsteps.
One hundred fifty-seven invitations were sent out and 56 have responded as attending. The earliest class represented is 1934 - its alum is 101 years old. Memories abound and familiar faces renew a camaraderie that never faded. Growing up in a small town is a special experience, where everyone knows each other’s friends, family, parents, old beaus and all the stories they may not want to be repeated!
The Slater Area Historical Association has mounted a display, “Good Old Slater School Days,” for the alumni to view at Heritage Hall Museum. On display are the big trophy, photos, scrapbooks and memorabilia of the winning Slater team from the 1950 girls’ state basketball tournament. Remarkably, three of the team’s members will attend the reunion – Marlys Daggett Fox, Janice Schaudt Roxberg and Elaine Twit Weeks.
The exhibit is full of photos, stories and artifacts, all now over 60 years old. Each decade is represented, and the museum also has the class yearbooks and original class photos on hand. Viewing the exhibit brings out the memories and the stories. It also educates the following generations about what life was like in the first part of the last century.
Also on exhibit is “The Country School,” a display that amazes the children who visit. The last Iowa country school closed in 1967. In the Museum’s new wing is the exhibit, “The Great War- Slater and Story County in World War One.”
Special Fourth of July hours at Heritage Hall are 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 1; Tuesday, July 3; and Wednesday, July 4. Regular open hours are Thursday from 10-2 or call 515-480-9789 for a visit.
Heritage Hall Museum is at 318 First Ave., Slater.