Bobcats come home for yearly gathering
Saturday was the 65th annual Orangefield Homecoming that is held each year on the second Saturday in June.
Attendance was lower than most years with only around 80 former students, faculty and family members at the event. It was held in the Orangefield Elementary. Students as far back as 1939 attended the homecoming this year.
It gives everyone a chance to catch up with old classmates and relive past experiences.
The committee provides brisket, drinks and utensils, while attendees supply side dishes and desserts.
An added treat each year is the opening of the Orangefield Cormier Museum that was started by Orangefield oil man, Paul Cormier. When Cormier’s health failed, his children gifted the museum to the Orangefield Independent School District. It is a wonderful look at life from a bygone era, tucked away into two very large metal buildings. The outside gives no clue of the amazing displays held within. The museum committee works continually to improve the public’s enjoyment of the facility. Recently they were gifted many pieces of large farm equipment. Plans are being made for the centennial of the first oil producing well in the Orange Oil Field on Aug. 17.
This year, the Class of 1958 used the Homecoming to kick off their 55th class reunion. They moved to the Orangefield Fire Station after the morning event to continue their celebration with music by one of their classmates.
With only 33 students in their graduating class, 11 are now deceased. Out of the remaining 22, 16 showed up with their spouses.
Pictured above: The Orangefield High School Class of 1958 held their 55th class reunion Saturday beginning with the Orangefield Homecoming. Pictured left to right in the front row are: Emma Lou Cormier Salter, Marilyn Williams Smith, Bill Ogg, Francis Jordan Macafee, Sarah Thornton Scales and Mildred Stewart Gilbreath. Back row left to right: George Fox, Jackie Granger, Mark McCabe, John Fox, Charles Rigby, Bee LaPointe, Woodrow “Woody” Willett and Jennie Baxter. RECORD PHOTO: Penny LeLeux