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Hancock Class of 1936 grads reunite

Delores Rose, left, and Lucile Jordan are the two surviving members of the Hancock High School Class of 1936. Rose, 100, and Jordan, 101, reunited this month. Rose lives in Morris. Jordan lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Submitted photo

The two remaining 1936 graduates of Hancock High School recently met to talk over old times.

Lucile (Weidler) Jordan and Delores (Agar) Rose both said "I will remember this day as long as I live," Jordan's niece Karen DeVita said.

Jordan, 101, lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Rose, 100, lives in Morris.

"We were good friends in school together," Jordan said in a Sept. 27 interview.

Jordan said when she, Rose and Bernice (Weise) Barsness were the only three living graduates, she wanted to make the trip to Minnesota to visit them. Barsness died two weeks before Jordan and her family members arrived in Minnesota.

"That was sad," Jordan said. Despite the sadness at the loss of a fellow graduate, she and Rose enjoyed their time together, Jordan said.

"We had a wonderful time," Jordan said. "We spent an afternoon together and it was just truly wonderful."

"They started talking and within 10 minutes they were talking about old times. They were reminiscing like crazy," DeVita said.

They talked about teachers and school. "We talked about anything and everything," Jordan said.

Jordan had completed country school when she started high school in Hancock. She and her sister Irene lived in house in Hancock so they could get to school each day, which was common for many farm children at the time.

A teacher in the high school knew Jordan had a good singing voice and asked her to join the music program. "I was in a trio and in my first or second year, we won first place in (a contest) in Minneapolis-St. Paul at the college. It was a wonderful time."

The trio was invited to sing at a supper club after the contest but did not because the mother of one of the trio members objected, Jordan said.

"After that, we sort of broke up," Jordan said. "We were really very good. We were blessed with voices that were compatible."

Jordan traveled in a three-vehicle caravan of family members from Idaho to Minnesota. The family included her son Donald and daughters Margaret and Lyndel.

The family spent two weeks on the road visiting relatives. At 101, Jordan said she's "very blessed to have good health."Anybody (at her age) that can take a two-week car trip to Minnesota has to feel pretty good."