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Yale all-school reunion planned July 20-21 at the Crossroads

Modified: Monday, Jun 24th, 2013

The Yale All School Reunion will be held July 20-21 at the Crossroads in Huron, with an evening dinner and Sunday morning breakfast. It will be a time for classmates and many other persons that were involved with the Yale community to come together to reminisce about the old times and get reacquainted with classmates and friends.

This is the eighth reunion for Yale. Other reunions were held in 1976, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and now 2013. The committee has sent out three letters within the last year for the reunion, but some were returned for lack of a current address.

The reunion committee puts together a paper called the “Echo,” which was the name of the weekly paper in Yale in the early days. The Yale mascot was Trojans.

The school in Yale, called Cavour Township School, was built in 1909. When an addition was made to the school in 1922, it was renamed Yale Independent district. In 1915, one high school class was added and the first four-year graduation class was the 1932-1933 class. The last high school graduation was the 1961-1962 class in May of that year. After that, there was grade school and middle school until 1976, when the school was closed.

Yale is also the youngest town in Beadle County, and was plotted in 1889 by Peter J. Sweeney, owner of the land. Yale was home to many businesses including two grocery stores, a hotel, bank, lumber yard, two blacksmith shops, an implement shop, hardware store, furniture store, two cafes, telephone office, bowling alley, drug store, doctor’s office, meat market, creamery, harness and repair shop, train depot, theater, post office, newspaper, four elevators with one still in existence today, pool hall still existing and three gas stations, of which one is still in existence. There were two churches now gone: an Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. There are a number of homes built in the early days still existing, along with homes that were built in the 1970s.

Anyone that would like to be included in this year’s reunion may contact Quentin and Barb Weidner of Crooks, 605-543-6686; this year’s chairperson Howard Bich (Executive Officer) of Sioux Falls, 605-275-6891; Don Boetel (editor of the Echo the last four reunions) of Sioux Falls, 605-261-5410; or Deanna Boetel Lovett (treasurer) of Sioux Falls, 605-376-4356. Lovett has been on the committee seven of the eight times and served as chaiman and treasurer.

A one-of-a-kind queen-size quilt will be auctioned off on July 20 with Matthew Magness as the auctioneer. The quilt is in royal blue and white, the Yale colors. It was made from T-shirts that were sold at different reunions and some new material designed and sewed by Deanna Boetel Lovett.

Leland Kleinsasser will be the emcee and Timothy Stahl will have the invocation. There will be a dinner July 20 and time to get reaquainted with friends and family on July 21.

For the complete article see the 06-23-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 06-23-2013 paper.

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