Top row, left to right: Fred Hann, Cedar Rapids; Kate Travis Penn, Mount Vernon; Ella Wiley Tallman, Cedar Rapids; Ellen Gongwer Stewart, Cedar Rapids; Essie Johnson, Cedar Rapids; Effie Coenan Reimers, Cedar Rapids.
Second row: Dr. A. E. Crew, Marion; Flora Goodhue Fishel, Mount Vernon; Carrie Davis Reichert, Marion; Minnie Burns Wright, Des Moines; Roy Todd, Marion; Frank Straley, Marion.
Third row: Bertha Ives Crew, Marion; Ruby Mills Drake, Palo; Myrtle Rundall Coquillette, Cedar Rapids; Charlotte Reichard Holloway, Ames; Ethel Crew Booth, Marion; Alice Borton Roller, Green Forks, Ind.
The "forty-fours of '94" celebrated their fourth reunion here May 25. This class of 1894 of Marion high school was at that time the largest ever to be graduated from the school. The course then was of three years, and Supt. Dofflemeyer was in charge. The alumni organization was formed fifteen years ago, and plans were made to hold a reunion every five years.
Eighteen members of the class attended this year's reunion, held at the home of Miss Sophie Coenan, sister of Mrs. Effie Coenan Reimers, president of the class.
A seven o'clock dinner was served to twenty-five by the first division of the Presbyterian Ladies Aid society. Mrs. Reimers presided, giving the address of welcome, and calling the roll, to which members responded with letters from absent members as follows: Mary White Adams, Long Beach, Calif.; Blanche Kerr, Pasadena; Amanda Baughman Goudy, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Will Lathrop, Norton, Kan.; Warren Yates, Monrovia, Calif.; Mary Reichard Louellen, Lincoln, Neb.; Alice Willard of Dakota, and Mary Buzza, Minneapolis.
Following the report of the nominating committee, Mrs. A. E. Crew was elected president of the class, Ella Wiley Talman, vice-president, and Roy Todd, secretary and treasurer.
Several issues of the "Class Critic," the high school publication of 1894 and the commencement program were shown. Mrs. Flora Fishel read the class prophecy, written by Will Bell. It was noted that only one of the prophecies -- the marriage of "Art" Crew and Bertha Ives, had been fulfilled. Eight members of the class are dead so that one-half the number living attended the reunion.
Members present were Minnie Burns Wingert, Des Moines; Flora Goodhue Fishel, Kate Travis Penn, Mount Vernon; Ruby Mills Drake, Palo; Esther Johnson, Fred Hann, Myrtle Rundall Coquillette, Ella Wiley Tallman, Effie Coenan Reimers, Cedar Rapids; Lottie Reichard Holloway, Ames; Alice Borton Roller, Green Forks, Ind.; Frank Straley, Roy Todd, Ethel Crew Booth, Carrie Davis Reichert, Bertha Ives Crew, Dr. Arthur Crew, all of Marion. Other guests were Mrs. Fred Hann, Mrs. Frank Straley, Mr. Wingert, Mr. Fishel, Mr. Penn, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Drake.