School: Meadow View (Reunion - 1978)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Matousek, Tichy, Richmond, Rennack, Boson, Ferguson, Hallock, Schoenherr, Nicolai, Cernik, Mosiman, Swift, Woodford, Hantke, Walker, VandeBerg, Morgan, Palmer, Hugins, Angle, Sears, Johnson, Sebesta, Zapp, Pfefferkorn, Halle, Subke, Shramek, Krumpeck, Shawhan, Gibbons, Genteman, Pettera, Check, Ignace, Wagner, Volz, Weeks, Meyer, Pscheidt, Neubecker, Ritter, Clark, Zocher, Piech, Kurasz, Ignatz, Dasko, Wagner, Edwards, Maton, Billings, Schmidt, Madsen, Kallas, Stankiewicz, Mazola, Correll, Paepcke, Gall, Hagen, Bush, St. John, Karlovsky, Kotty, Holub, Strangfeld, Meier, Sitzman, Kalina, Kaczor, Davis

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/08/1978

Meadow View School (Reunion – 28 May 1978)

They came from all over the U.S. to ‘remember’ Meadow View years!

The ringing of the Meadow View’s school bell summoned over 160 former students, teachers and visitors to a reunion held at the Neillsville High School, May 28.

“A friendship formed in childhood, in youth, becomes the genius that rules the rest of life,” was the theme for the reunion. The thrill of seeing and visiting with many former scholars and teachers was evident as the reunion room became a beehive.

Charles Matousek opened the afternoon program by introducing the Master of Ceremonies, Steve Tichy, who continued the program with the introduction of the teachers present. They included Mrs. Julius (Lulu Richmond) Rennack; Emma Boson, Marshfield; Esther Ferguson, Amery; and Percy Hallock, Rockland. Each teacher received a corsage.

A Clap of thunder broke into the memorial pause silence as the skies were either threatening or raining all day. However, that did not dampen the spirit of the group as was noted by the height of music in the songs that were sung, “America,” “Long, Long Ago” and “Auld Lang Syne,” accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Richard (Beverly) Schoenherr) Nicolai.

Letters of regret were read from Charles Cernik, Eugene, Or.; Mrs. Rita (Mosiman) Swift, Madrid, Spain; Mrs. Douglas (Opal Woodford) Hantke, St. Paul, Mn.; Mrs. Lloyd (Ethyl Walker) VandeBerg, Cheney, Wa.; Mrs. Marjory (Morgan) Palmer, Thorp; Mrs. George (Evelyn Richmond) Hugins, Alamosa, Co.; Mrs. Jerry (Dora Richmond) Angle, Phoenix, Az.; Robert Eldon Johnson, Marshfield; Thomas Sears, Ca., and on the move to Tex.; and Gladys (Sebesta) Zapp, Ill.

Jeffrey Nicolai, 8, and Jeannine Nicolai 5, children of Mr./Mrs. Richard Nicolai and grandchildren of Mr./Mrs. Herbert Schoenherr, Sr., presented a skit, “Billy Boy.”

Mrs. Arnold (Elsie Pfefferkorn) Halle was the guest speaker. A former superintendent of Clark County Schools, Mrs. Halle reviewed the role of persons in her profession in the era of rural school elementary education. Education of youth had to be stressed and some schools of the county had to be held in line, so the fundamentals could be taught, she said.

She recalled one school whose teacher knew not where the children were. They had not arrived at school; so, the teacher whiled away the hours of the day by herself instead of trying to find out the reason for this unusual circumstance. Upon another occasion, when the supervisory teacher arrived at a school it was found that the teacher and pupils had abandoned it for a “field trip” of fishing. When the school board members were approached on the subject, they thought it was a fine idea because the children had caught a mess of fish for the supper table, Mrs. Halle recalled.

Education is only as good as applied and consummated, she said. It is there for a purpose and should be used a such. There is a time and a place for everything and for everything in its season. Meadow View was one of the better schools of the county, where parents and students took the role of education seriously, she remembered.

The two oldest living scholars honored at the occasion were Fred Subke, Sr., 86, and Charles Shramek, Jr., 84. Both were presented gifts. Other prizes were awarded to Mrs. Harry (Helen Krumpeck) Shawhan, San Luis Obispo, Ca., and Marie (Krumpeck) Gibbons of Cave Junction, Ore., for coming the longest distance. The prize for the most grandchildren, a count of 19, was won by Mary Genteman, Rt. 3 Neillsville. Mrs. Clarence (Irene Petera) Check won the prize for promptness in answering the reunion call. Thomas Ignace, Melrose Park, Ill., and Charles Tichy, Jr., Mount Holly, N.J., won fish stringers for being the last to send in their reservations. Door prizes were won by Mrs. Harry (Lorraine Wagner) Volz, Edward Schoenherr, Mrs. Fred (Ella Weeks) Subke, Mrs. Julius (Lulu Richmond) Rennack, Mrs. Wilhelm Meyer and Mrs. Roman Pscheidt, Sr.

A potluck picnic for dinner and supper was enjoyed, consisting of ham sandwiches, potato salads, a variety of vegetable salads, hot dishes, Jello, Bohemian Kolaches, apple slices and cakes. A large cake, decorated in a replica of the booklet cover of the school’s history, was donated by Mr/Mrs. Steve Tichy. Lemonade and coffee were the traditional beverages for the occasion.

Those from away attending were Mrs. Clarence (Irene Pettera) Check, Eastman; Dora (Pettera) Straka, Boscobel; Matt Pettera, Wauzeka; Mr./Mrs. John Genteman & Lisa, and Emma Boson, of Marshfield; Mr./Mrs. Richard Schoenherr and sons, Rockford, Ill.; Mrs. B. Neubecker & Wayne, Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Elsie (Genteman) Neubecker, Mr./Mrs. Gordon (Kathleen Neubecker) Ritter & family, Kenosha: Hermine Shramek and Mr./Mrs. Ladd Shramek, Benton Harbor, Mi.; Mrs. Jessie (Piech) Clark, Mrs. Sylvia (Piech) Zocher, Mrs. Ben Piech, John Kurasz and Joe Ignatz, all of Chicago; and Charles Tichy, Jr. Mount Holly. N.J.

Joining them were Mr./Mrs. Harry (Lorraine Wagner) Volz, Wis. Rapids; Mr./Mrs. Louis Tichy, Valparaiso, Ind.; Mr./ Mrs. Andy (Helen Tichy) Dasko, Berwyn, Ill.; Mrs. Helen (Krumpeck) Shawhan, San Louis Obispo, Ca.; Mrs. Marie (Krumpeck) Gibbons, Cave Junction, Ore.; Mrs. Lillian (Shramek) Krumpeck, Paris, Ill.; Mrs. Violet (Wagner) Edwards, Alma Center; Mr./Mrs. Louis Matousek, Lewisville, Tex.; Esther Ferguson and Cleone (Ferguson) Maton, both of Amery; and Mr./Mrs. Verlyn Wagner, Springfield, Ore.; Mr./Mrs. Leroy Billings, East Point, Ga.; Mr./Mrs. Charles Tichy, Sr., La Crosse; Mr./Mrs. William Shramek, Bensenville, Ill.; David Meyer, Lester, Ia.; Mr./Mrs. Louie Schmidt, Mrs. Herbert (Doris Madsen) Kallas and John Madsen, all of Eau Claire; Roman & John Stankiewicz both of Milwaukee; Thomas Ignace, Melrose Park, Ill.; and Mrs. Janet (Mazola) Correll, Onalaska.

Completing the list were Mr./Mrs. Ron (Joyce Mazola) Paepcke, Valerie Gall, Mrs. LeRoy (Anna Madsen) Hagen and Mrs. Carrie Madsen, all of Osseo; Mr./Mrs. Roman Pscheidt, Sr., Manhattan, Mt.; Roman Pscheidt, Jr., Milwaukee; Mrs. George (Mabel Bush) St. John, Mrs. Ann (Matousek) Karlovsky & Mary Ann & Rosalie, of Riverside, Ill.; Mr/Mrs. George (Rose Matousek) Kotty, Cicero, Ill; Mr./Mrs. Adrian Madsen, Mauston; Mr./Mrs. Terry Holub and twin daughters; Mr./mrs. Arnold Strangfeld, Nekoosa; George Sebesta, Broadview, Ill.; Mr/Mrs. John Sebesta, Bolingbrook, Ill.; Mr./Mrs. Jerry Shramek, Des Plaines, Ill.; Mr./Mrs. Roy (Delores Meier) Sitzman, Beaver Dam; Mrs. Martin (Dorothy Subke) Kalina, Merrillan; George Holub, Greenwood; Cary Kaczor, Schaumburg, Ill.; Diane Davis, Berlin; and Frank Matousek.

The editor of the school’s book of history, Mrs. Herbert (Eleanor Genteman) Schoenherr summed it up, “Ah me, those joyous days are gone, I little dreamt ‘til they had flown, how fleeting were the hours.”

Meadow View School will become a museum soon, housing much of its own furniture, books and records. The owners are hoping to receive items of record, etc., from the other five schools of the township if co-operation and donations are available.

(There were 5 photos showing many former students that attended the Meadow View School. Dmk)



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