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Pettisville Class of ’52 Celebrates Town History




The Pettisville Class of 1952 held its 55th reunion the weekend of Sept. 22. Front row, from left: Evelyn Wyse, Marcile Nofziger, Clemma Stuckey, Irma Kauffman, Shirley Short. Second row: Glenda Mast, Marilyn Kay, Wes Wyse, Merle Frey, Ralph Bruner, Mary Clair, Rosetta Gorsuch. Third row: Ralph Gasche, Ervin Miller, Orville Sauder, Marlin Miller, John Rychener, Dale Klopfenstein.- courtesy     photo

The Pettisville Class of 1952 held its 55th reunion the weekend of Sept. 22. Front row, from left: Evelyn Wyse, Marcile Nofziger, Clemma Stuckey, Irma Kauffman, Shirley Short. Second row: Glenda Mast, Marilyn Kay, Wes Wyse, Merle Frey, Ralph Bruner, Mary Clair, Rosetta Gorsuch. Third row: Ralph Gasche, Ervin Miller, Orville Sauder, Marlin Miller, John Rychener, Dale Klopfenstein.- courtesy photo

The Pettisville Class of 1952 celebrated its 55th reunion at the Pettisville Park Pavilion, Sunday, Sept. 23.

The theme for the weekend was “The Early History of Pettisville.” A wagon tour of the town was the highlight of the Saturday gathering for the 18 classmates and 14 spouses.

Merrill Nofziger pulled the wagon with his antique tractor.

Shirley Wyse, well known as the expert on the history of Pettisville, described the town’s development from its beginnings as a railroad fueling stop with saloons and brothels to its present form as a friendly residential community.

A buffet dinner was prepared and served after the tour by the children of Merle Frey.

The history theme was carried on with a luncheon and memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the old Union Church, home of the Missionary Church for many years. The building is owned by Scott Wyse and is now a cultural center.

A candle lighting service with the ringing of the old church bell and “Amazing Grace” played on the harmonica by Ralph Gasche helped classmates honor Garold Nafziger and Lowell Mellor, who had died.

A walk to the old Sunday’s Market and Ice Cream Parlor provided a nostalgic ending. Everyone enjoyed the oversized sundaes with their favorite toppings.

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