End of Era - Athens - Ionia alumni association

In 1950, the Athens Rural High School Alumni began to gather annually. The meeting was sometimes called the “Athens School Reunion” but whatever the name, the group met continually for 42 years. At the 1992 meeting, faced with dwindling attendance, it was decided to look into the possibility of meeting with the Ionia Alumni Association.

The earliest known record of an Ionia Alumni Association, gathering, reunion or community picnic is found in a May 1967 Jewell County Record. This group also continued to meet. But in 1993, the two groups, the Ionia Alumni and the Athens Alumni, began joint mee...


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