|Friends at 50
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THE MANCHESTER FRIENDS first gathered on
Sunday, Aug. 30, 1964, to welcome Herbert ’62 and
Diane Hand ’62 Eveland home from Brethren
Volunteer Service (BVS) in Germany. Hosts for the
day in Berne, Ind., were Kenneth ’62 and Linda
Barkman ’62 Fuller.
They had such a great time, they decided to reunite
annually in summertime (many were teachers),
rotating hosting. In the beginning, members were
the core group of friends from the Manchester
College classes of 1961 and 1962, but through the
years, they adopted friends from other colleges.
Two have died.
Families grew, and the annual event became a
family affair. In the beginning, the hosts set the
table. Today, they “eat out” or use a caterer, leaving
more time for everybody to enjoy their time
They gather for one, two or three days in the hosts’
cities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where the old
friends tour local attractions. They’ve steadfastly
met, through the troughs and the triumphs.
Every family made it to celebrate their 25th reunion
in 1987 with a weekend in Michigan. In 1992, at
Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Warsaw, Ind., they sat in
seats the theatre acquired from the Old Auditorium
at Manchester College. (Those also were the Chapel
seats in the 1950s and 1960s.)
Fifteen returned in July 2012 to celebrate the 50th
gathering of The Manchester Friends. They checked
out the coed dorms, recalled dress codes, 10 p.m.
curfews and sign-out sheets of their school days. No
dancing on campus then. They had plenty of
observations, all proud of their Manchester roots.
“It’s a privilege” to be a Manchester grad, said Daniel
McRoberts ’62x of Caledonia, Mich.
“Every tall oak tree comes from a small nut,” cracked
Dale Wenger ’61 of Upland, Ind. He probably wasn’t
talking about trees.
BY CHAZ BELLMAN ’13
The Friends for 50
David ’62 and JoLynn
Reinoehl ’64 Brumbaugh of Sharpsville, Ind. (David
died in 2007)
Donald ’63 and Esther Lantis ’64
Crabill of Fort Wayne, Ind.
(Donald died in 1999)
Herbert ’62 and Diane
Hand ’62 Eveland of
Featherstone of Plymouth, Ind.
Kenneth ’62 and Linda Barkman ’62 Fuller of Springfield, Ohio
Goodman of Canton, Ohio
Kathryn Hiatt ’62 of
Kidwell ’62 of Canton,
Ramon and Merna
Smith ’62x Llorens of
South Haven, Mich.
McRoberts ’62x of
Dale ’61 and Martha Royer ’62 Wenger of Upland, Ind.