AUGUST 13, 2005
annual gathering of the Oakland Alumni Association was held on
Aug 13 at John Martin's Manor in Waterville. A total of 220 alumni
and friends enjoyed a social hour and buffet, followed by the
business meeting conducted by President Dana Wrigley.
(Morton) Jones gave the blessings, Alan Charles of the 50-year
class (1955), extended a welcome to the group, reminiscing about
Oakland in the 1940's, especially during World War II.
discussion was held on the Alumni Victory Bell, presently at Messalonskee
High School and in bad shape. It originally hung in the old Oakland
High School from 1901-1925 and after many years was purchased
by the Oakland Alumni Association and presented to SAD 47. Mike
Marston will bring the issue of repair work before the school
board. Work is hoped to be completed by the start of spring sports.
Ellis presented the sixth annual Eagle Award to Edward "Bud"
King, class of 1940, recognizing his many years of dedicated community
service, especially funding and organizing the free Thanksgiving
dinners at Messalonskee High School for 30 plus years. Other recipients
to date have been Grace (Grady) LaBonte, J. Hobart Pierce, Harland
"Hardy" Taylor, Selma Pulsifur and Adelbert "Deke"
were handled by Alice and Beverly Wrigley. Hostess for the event
was Betty (Lewis) Pellerin who also thanked Helen (Bucknam) Bridges
for catering our previous banquets. Two teachers were present,
Artie Clark and Helen Gallagher, who is also a Williams High School
to attend were Alfred and Barbara Wheeler, who are residing at
Goudreau's Retirement Home, Thena Gilbert, who is at Mount St.
Joseph's and Max Ward, 94, a former principal. Largest class groups
were those from 1950, 1951, 1956 and 1957.
officers in attendance were Julia Brown, Margaret Bowen, Hobie
Pierce, Hilda Bickford, Francis Monahan, Madeline Boudreau, Elaine
Burton, Linda and Dan Grady and Grace LaBonte. Youngest class
represented was 1987 and the oldest, 1929, with one member Dwight
Taylor. He was also given a fond "roasting" by Linda
Grady, in honor of being OAA's most faithful alumnus.
Barbara T. Marston door prize, given in her memory by her family,
was won by Walter Wood of South Portland, husband of Lenora (Brewer)
Wood, class of 1931.
present slate of officers was re-elected: President Dana Wrigley,
Vice President Alice Wrigley, Secretary Fran King and Treasurer
next banquet will be held on Aug. 12.