200 years of memories: Class of '30 reunites to reminisce about life


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Friends and family gathered in Seymour to recognize an amazing century’s worth of life.

Charlotte “Lottie” Mitchell was the guest of honor. The woman was celebrating her 100th birthday, delighted to be surrounded by dozens of people at her home at the Covered Bridge Health Campus.

But it wasn’t until the party started that the real surprise came. A fellow centenarian and former Franklin High School classmate Harold Thompson walked in to the celebration, leaving Mitchell with a look of shock on her face.

“That was about the highlight of the party,” said Claude Mitchell, Charlotte’s son.

For both Thompson and Mitchell, the occasion was a demonstration of the bond that existed between the friends and former classmates. Their lives had moved them away from Franklin to different parts of Indiana, but they never lost the connection that was formed as graduates of the Class of 1930.

Every year, the class would meet for a one-day reunion. They kept gathering until 2000. Now, Thompson and Mitchell are the only ones left from their class.

“We always tried to stay in contact. Girls always have to be the ones to organize that because boys never get around to that,” Thompson said, laughing.

In 1930, Frankin’s high school was located in a hulking brick building on Jefferson Street. The country was struggling through the early stages of the Great Depression, and many graduates of the class faced bleak job prospects.

The class grew up in hard times, which explains why they were so close, Lottie Mitchell said.

‘The Lord has blessed me’

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