Those meetings are also a time the Class of ’51 collects money. For many years that fund has been used to buy flowers. Talk about a new purpose began two years ago, according to class member Dorothy Rose.
“When we met we would ask if anybody wanted to donate to the flower fund,” Rose said. “We would do flowers in the Boones Creek colors and put it there at their funeral.”
The money will now help provide a path to college for a student in need.
Rose and fellow graduate Karl Winkle donated more than $1,000 on behalf of the Class of ’51 to Tim Campbell, principal of Daniel Boone High School. The money will be awarded as a scholarship to a deserving student.
Winkle attends the meetings when his health allows. Rose says he was instrumental during the transfer of the funds. It was a logical action for Winkle.
“As a group we got down to a small number of us still alive,” Winkle said. Fifteen of the 44 graduates are still living.
“We agreed instead of using the money for flowers, or wondering what was going to happen to it when we were all gone; we wanted to do something with it to memorialize the class,” he said.
Both Rose and Winkle speak fondly of their time at BCHS, now Boones Creek Middle School. Rose says the Class of ’51 was a mischievous bunch. With a chuckle and a smile, stories are renewed to memory.
She tells one such story of a time when the “quietest” student of the class placed a live bird in a drawer, only to be set free by an unsuspecting teacher.
Winkle has similar stories and memories, admitting it was a long time ago. He was a football player, Future Farmers of America officer and was active in other clubs.
Rose went on to be an English teacher, coach and writer. She taught in Sulphur Springs and at Daniel Boone High School, where her grandson attended. She has not slowed in her elder years. She sews lap throws, makes “click scarfs,” writes and makes greeting cards and writes.
Rose said, “For two years we talked about doing it. You talk, but it did not materialize, so I went to the bank and withdrew that money. I took it to Daniel Boone for a scholarship.”
Winkle affirms it was a pretty straightforward decision and process.
Now, the only decision left will be made by Campbell, who was unavailable for comment. The group did not place stipulations on the scholarship, only that it should go to a needy student.