Fernald alumni and friends gather

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Anyone is welcome to come on Saturday, June 4, to Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th St. in Nevada, to enjoy social hour beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner, starting at noon. A catered dinner will be served for $17.

The Fernald school began in July of 1908 with a new two-story brick building at a cost of $6,500, replacing four one-room schoolhouses. Teachers with first class certificates received $40/month. Students rode in three-horse buses, leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning home by 5:30 p.m.

In 1939, a one-story high school addition was added and was occupied until 1957. During its 48-year history, 284 students graduated, with classes ranging in size from one in 1922 to 15 in 1934.

Please send your check and reservation to Jo Ann Wilkerson, 1210 K Ave., Nevada, or call Karen Selby, 515-382-2492 for information. Bring photos and stories to share. “We are proud of our school and the good education it provided,” organizers said.