The program — the history of Wellsville — was presented by Donna Romstedt, who was born and raised in the area and has lived most of her adult life here. She also had compiled and edited a history of Wellsville 1776-1976 for the bicentennial celebration. Since a revised version of Romstedt’s book has been published by the Wellsville Historical Society and is available for sale by the society.
Romstedt chose to recount anecdotes from her own personal experiences growing up in the ’40s and ’50s. She attended a first- through eighth-grade country school, where she was advanced twice to a higher grade when she was the only pupil in her class. Many activities besides academic work took place, not only for the students but also for parents and patrons in the area. She recalled collecting metal scraps, sewing flannel quilt squares and experiencing blackout practice during WWII. Romstedt’s high school years were in town and included classes in the old high school building and activities in the old City Hall. Other memories included dress codes, freshman initiation and proms.
Fifteen members answered roll call with assigned subjects. Sandra Hausler reported sending yellow roses to the memorial services for lifetime member, Carol Fleming and her husband, Don. A motion was made, seconded and passed to add Renata Watts to the club’s lifetime membership list. A card also was sent to her in the nursing home.
The meeting adjourned for refreshments served by the hostess and co-hostess. The Oct. 15 meeting is scheduled for the Wellsville Retirement Community with a tour of the new facilities by owner Scott Averill.
— Submitted by
Carol Cramer, reporter