By Keith Knepp
MILFORD — Nearly 100 graduates, attendees, family and friends came together at Milford School Saturday evening to be part of the Milford Alumni Association’s annual banquet. While it was the 96th iteration of the gathering, the evening’s host and the association’s president, Ron Baumgartner, joked that it could no longer be considered an annual event since last year’s scheduled gathering was cancelled because of COVID concerns.
Regardless, those in attendance picked up where they left off two years ago when the last reunion occurred. Five classes were honored, including those of 1941, 1950, 1951, 1960 and 1961. The 1950 and 1960 classes were added to the ledger since they were not able to receive their just recognition during last year’s cancelled event.
During his opening remarks, Baumgartner noted that there were 107 alumni of Milford High School and guests in attendance this evening.. A list of those alumni who died since 2019 was later read, by Dan Brown, which included 36 names.
Following Baumgartner’s welcoming remarks, an invocation was given by Nelson Beer. The group was then led in the Milford High School song, with many of those in attendance not having to even sneak a glance at the words that were printed in the evening’s program.
Everyone seemingly enjoyed the catered meal that included chicken, green beans and scalloped potatoes, which was catered by Penguin Point. Following the dinner, the evening’s program began, which featured “Milford families with three or more daughters who attended Milford Schools.” Baumgartner and Mary (Hollar) Duncan took turns reading the names of the families, including parents and children. After the list was read, several families were added to the roster by people in attendance.
The reunion was adjourned shortly after 7:30 p.m., with a hopeful promise to regroup in one year, on June 11, 2022.