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Rindge’s 250th: Not your typical class reunion

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • People who attended one room school houses in Rindge assembled for a reunion on Saturday at the town meetinghouse. There were a total of 13 school houses in town, with the last closing in 1951. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 10:21AM

About a dozen alumni of Rindge’s old one-room schoolhouses gathered at the town meetinghouse on Saturday to share memories and photos of their youth.

The town of Rindge at one point had as many as 13 school houses in town, Rindge Historical Society President Karla MacLeod said Saturday, with the last one closing in 1951.

The group spent much of their time going through old photographs from the era – many of which were school portraits – trying to point out the people they knew and any memories they had associated with that period of their lives.

Rindge resident Raymond Hughgill said he didn’t have any specific memories of his time in school in Rindge, but he does fondly remember having boxing matches in the meetinghouse while he was a member of the Boy Scouts.

Hughgill also remembers playing baseball on the common and having to be careful not to hit the ball into neighboring properties.

“I’ve lived in Rindge my whole life,” Hughgill said. “I’ve never had any reason to leave.”

Many yelled in excitement when they were able to point out a student or two from the photos. Some time was spent speculating where the photos were taken, as many didn’t have dates associated with them.

“I see Billy Raymond with his arms crossed!” exclaimed one of the former students in attendance, upon seeing one of the old class photos.

“I think that’s my sister next to her – that’s Lauren,” another alumnus said.

“We went to Provincetown that year – it was very exciting to go.”

A number of pieces of memorabilia were also present at the meetinghouse to examine.

Items included a school desk and chair from school house #3 in West Rindge, the bylaws from school house #10, and a bell from one of the schools – which was rung to start the event.

The reunion was one of many events scheduled this year to celebrate the town of Rindge’s 250th anniversary.

The event scheduled directly after the reunion – the exhumation of a coffin/time capsule buried 50 years ago on the meetinghouse property was postponed due to the weather.

MacLeod said the exhumation could be scheduled this fall, adding the event could be scheduled along side another great crate race.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.