Big Timber class of 1957 reunites

Sixteen members of the Big Timber graduating class of 1957 returned on Sept. 8 and 9 to reminisce about the past and catch up with what’s happening now. 

Fred Olness, who attended the reunion, said there are 30 members of the class left and 16 of them were able to attend this year. Members gathered at the American Legion and The Grand during the weekend to catch up with one another. 

Olness said his favorite part about the whole reunion was catching up with some classmates he hadn’t seen in five to 10 years because they hadn’t been able to make the last reunion. 

“We had 36, with two who couldn’t make it. So we would’ve had 38,” Olness said. “And here we’re talking about students who passed away and their spouses and husbands and wives.”

With more than half the class coming back, Olness said it was rather the perfect weekend to get together and spend time with one another and folks who they hadn’t seen in some time. 

Olness said one classmate who couldn’t make it sent some of his classmates on a scavenger hunt for an old school house in a photo he left behind, after coming to Big Timber just a couple weeks before the reunion. 

“We had a good time, a lot of visitation,” Olness said. “And we had a nice memorial service for the 10 [students] we had lost, and we had lost some other relatives there, too. The extended family was a really good turnout.”

The last reunion was five years ago and the class of ‘57 spent their time at The Dugout, but moved over to the Legion and Grand this year.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Class of 1957 (front row, left-to-right): Joyce Eppens Nitschke, Kathryn Norman Stebbens, Lucille Fessenden Noble, Katrinka Bly Bourne, Donna Green McKay, Connie Malcolm Bradbury. Back row: Fred Olness, Dick Gibson, Dean Gilbert, Lyla Westerfelt West, Marilyn Fraser Iversen, Delbert Sell, Larry Rule, Roger Hauge, Louis Goosey, Dave Haas (Contributed photo from Dave Haas).

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