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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • One-room school reunion Friday at Matt's Steakhouse

  • If you attended a one-room school in Phelps County or even outside the county, you’re invited to an annual school reunion Friday night, May 24, at Matt’s Steakhouse.
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  • If you attended a one-room school in Phelps County or even outside the county, you’re invited to an annual school reunion Friday night, May 24, at Matt’s Steakhouse.
    “We got a nice crowd out last year,” organizer Wallace Havens told the Daily News. “We even had people from New York.”
    Havens said the reunion will begin at 5 p.m.
    If you’re going, call Havens at 608-837-2858 sohe can know how many to expect and which room at Matt’s to reserve.
    You can also bring along your wife and children, no matter their ages, so they can hear stories about going to one-room schools.
    Participants will order from the large-group menu and pay their own way.
    Havens said the menu choices will be as follows:
    • Top sirloin, 10-ounce, $19.
    • Grilled shrimp, $18,
    • Grilled pork chops, $14,
    • Grilled chicken breast, $12,
    • Fettuccine alfredo, $12,
    • Spaghetti with meat sauce, $12.
    All entrees include a baked potato, one side, salad and breadsticks.  For your side dish, you can choose green beans, corn or peas.
    Desserts range from $4.25 to $6, and drinks are $1.99.
    “Tax of 5.1 percent  plus 20 percent gratuity will be added to all food and beverage items,” Havens said.
    Havens has organized several of these reunions, and he sent a flyer out to those who attended before.
    “It is always nice to see old friends and classmates,” Havens wrote in the flyer. “We usually take turns telling a little about our families and lives in general. It is very interesting to hear some of the stories of things that happened in school and in life. We have always enjoyed it.”
    The first reunion was just for the Union School. About 25 people attended. That number dwindled over the years “from old age,” Havens said.
    “We later included Macedonia which was nice as we had about 20,” Havens said in the flyer. “Our group is dwindling fast.”
    Havens said he hopes to have 25-30 attending this reunion, which is open to all one-room schools that operated in the area.
    “Please help us make this one of the best! Most of us later went to high school and met people from other one-room schools in the area. You are sure to see people you haven’t seen for many years,” he said.
    Matt’s Steakhouse is east of Rolla (about half a mile past the Highway V exit) on the South Outer Road of Interstate 44.
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