WARRENSBURG It was June 1957, and the graduating class had 30 hopeful students. What they were hoping for was as different as they were, but 50 years later, the 17 members of that class gathered for a reunion.
They are mostly retired now, and many have returned to the town they grew up in and love. Some live locally, some travelled many miles for the event. Five member of the class are known to have died.
Organized by Catherine Kaki (Maltbie) Bolton, the group met at the Merrill Magee House last Friday night.
Bolton described growing up in Warrensburg as a wonderful experience. When she graduated, she wanted to get married and have children, which is exactly what she did.
I raised four children, Bolton said. I had some jobs, real estate, and being a Maltbie, I sold a few cars. She said one of her children died of diabetes, but the other three were happy and successful.
One is a pharmacist, another a U.S. attorney and the other a college professor, she said. She and her husband moved to Brant Lake, and he couldnt attend for medical reasons.
The class member that traveled the farthest for the reunion was Mary (Geraghty) Langdon, who lives in Puyallup, a small town outside of Seattle, WA, on Puget Sound.
Its smaller than Warrensburg, she said.
Fifty years ago, she wanted to become a teacher, which she did.
I taught 2nd grade for 22 years in Reno, NV, she said. She has three grown children and six grandchildren, and she and her husband, Bob, are retired.
I grew up in my grandparents living room, reading National Geographic, she said. Now Im traveling the world, seeing the places Ive always wanted to see. They have been to Ayers Rock in Australia, Sicily, Russia, Poland and many other countries and are planning a trip to Africa next spring.
Harry Robinson said life in Warrensburg in 1957 was much slower and much more rural than today.
The school mimicked the culture and lifestyle, he said. I had no idea at graduation what I wanted to do, but I went to college because my friends did. He decided on a career in law and attended Albany Law School and practiced law in Cohoes for 25 years before he retired. Robinson was also a bank president for 12 years until the bank went public and was sold in 2001.
Thats when I retired and we moved to our summer place in Brant Lake, he said. Robinson was active in many civic groups, giving back to his community and was chairman of the board at Albany Law. He was also chairman of the board of the Albany Airport Authority when the airport was built. He is now on the board of Hudson Headwaters, and he enjoys golf and reading history.
Bob Wilsey wanted to be a high school basketball coach in the summer of 57, and thats exactly what he did.
I taught physical education and coached basketball at Hoosic Valley High School for 33 years, Wilsey said. Wilsey was reportedly a star athlete in high school, and now plays a lot of golf and enjoys flying. He and his wife Marsha have been married for 48 years.
Steve Parisi spent his elementary and early high school years in Warrensburg, but his family moved back to Brooklyn after he started high school.
It was a big adjustment going from a class of 30 to a class of 1,300, Parisi said. He studied industrial design, and worked in that field for awhile.
I bailed my real career in my mid 30s, he said. He moved back to Warrensburg in 1976 and he and his wife Sandi run the Country Road Bed and Breakfast.
Rita (Skizinski) Flynn also left town before graduation.
My father was transferred to Glens Falls when I was a sophomore, she said. But I still have friends here. She went to college and had a career as a public health nurse in Warren County. Retired now, she enjoys swimming, partying and playing with her grandchildren.
Liz (Osborne) Sebald went on to college to study nursing and was a school nurse for two years. She married and left her job when she started having children, returning to work in Orange County when her children reached junior high school. She and her husband of 45 years, Jerry, live in lake Luzerne.
Sandy (MacRae) Mars wanted to become a teacher, and she spent six years teaching first and second grade in Keeseville and 24 years teaching in Indiana.
Mars said her husband had died, and she lives in Vernon, Ind., where she does a lot of volunteer work for the local VFW and enjoys traveling.