Approximately 84 persons, including 48 former students and their guests, attended the Kinsman Schoolmates Gathering held recently at the Maynard Polish National Alliance Hall.
The little, rural school, which opened in 1925 and closed after the 1954-55 school year, was located between Maynard and Fairpoint in Wheeling Township.
Activities at the gathering began with a potluck dinner, consisting of three tables with a variety of different dishes.
No advance planning had been done concerning the meal, but all sorts of food including main courses, salads and desserts were available.
Beverages, which were yet on another table, consisted of iced tea, lemonade, raspberry iced tea, coffee and water.
According to one committee member, a particularly outstanding dish — in appearance as well as in taste — was a red, white and blue dessert. It was brought by Dorothy (Bundy) Davis and had been prepared by her daughter-in-law, Robin Durante.
Jim Bruno of St. Clairsville was master of ceremonies for the program, and Kathryn (Kasik) Zavacky, also of St. Clairsville, gave the program a humorous tone with her jokes.
Letters were read from those who could not attend this year’s gathering, but they expressed hopes of attending next year. One of the letters was from Bonnie (Haught) Dombroski of Goodyear, Ariz., who had seen The Times Leader article about the event and was surprised to learn that Roger Coveleski, who was graduated from the Kinsman School in 1950, lives in Litchfield Park, Ariz., which is near Goodyear.
The oldest persons attending were Steve and Irene (Oboy) Balog of Canton.
Both are 84 years of age, and second was 83-year-old Kathryn Zavacky.
The youngest present were Skip Gooch and Karin (Mick) Thompson, both of St. Clairsville, and they were first graders the year the Kinsman School closed.
Traveling the farthest to the gathering were Ron Applegarth and his wife, Pamela, of Newfield, N.Y.
John J. Wodarcyk of St. Clairsville was in charge of a 50-50 event, and winners were Kathryn Zavacky, first; Frances (Wodarcyk) Gilli, second; and Carl Brown, third, all of St. Clairsville.
Brown also won the 50-50 event at the St. Clairsville High School Alumni Association’s annual meeting and picnic held the same weekend.
On the planning committee were Mike Maroney, Kathryn Zavacky, Don Henderson, John J. Wodarcyk, Norma (Peck) Rice, Frances (Wodarcyk) Gilli, John J. Kafka, Vickie (Wodarcyk) Dombroski, Jim Bruno and Nancy (McConnell) Gillogly.
Tim Anagnost of Brunswick, Ohio, who brought his father, George, to the gathering, commented that those from his school days certainly didn’t make and keep such good friendships that would last as many, many years as those did from the Kinsman School.
Memories of the Kinsman years will continue to thrive as the date already has been set for next year’s Kinsman Schoolmates Gathering, planned July 25 at the Maynard PNA Hall.
THE COMMITTEE planning the Kinsman gathering included, seated, from left, Mike Maroney, Kathryn Zavacky, Don Henderson and John J. Wodarcyk while standing are Frances (Wodarcyk) Gilli, John J. Kafka, Vickie (Wodarcyk) Dombroski, Jim Bruno and Nancy (McConnell) Gillogly. Also on the committee but not present was Norma (Peck) Rice. Many spouses helped in setting up for the reunion as well as with organization and cleanup.