Class of '34 celebrates major milestone

By Gary Brode |

Published 06/25 2014 11:55AM

Updated 06/25 2014 12:00PM

WINDSOR -- Four students remember great times at Windsor High School. What's amazing is, they graduated eight decades ago. Four members of the Class of 1934 are still alive and still close friends. WCIA-3's Gary Brode finds out, the older they get, the closer they become.

"I can't see very good. I can't hear very good and I can't walk very good, but I'm here."

And so are two of the three other living graduates of Windsor High's 1934 class, taking a trip down "memory lane."

"We had a lot of experiences which would take you quite a long time to tell you about."

The group grew up during the worst economic time in the nation's history. Despite the hardships, they made the best of it.

"We had a good time. We didn't have any money, so we would go over to our friends and have parties and play games and our mothers would fix popcorn or candy or whatever."

The good times, as well as the bad, brought the group closer together. Dean Bennett recalls a time when his dear friend, Clarice Swain, stood by his side.

"She's done so much for me. I went through a bad time when I lost my wife. She will give you courage when you think you can't find it anywhere else."

Being friends for so long makes their bond even more special.

"They're great friends. They're just great friends. You just know that they are there for you and would do anything you ask them to."

34 students graduated from the Class of '34. Over the years, former classmates have passed on. The ones who remain, stay in touch.

"Every year, we would try to get together. It just brings back good memories. I had good memories in my high school days."

The group enjoyed growing up in a small town; everyone living right around the corner.

"If you know people and you like people, it's nice to be around them. People are kind of like candy M&M's. You get through the crust and it tastes good all the way through."

How are they celebrating the 80-year milestone?

"We can't walk anywhere to do anything, so I guess we'll just stay home."

The fourth living member of the Class of 1934, Lola Belle, was taken to the hospital last week. She's doing better and should be back home soon.

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