Memories of our school years make attending these reunions special. I’m so lucky to have more memories of the years driving my school bus. I remember Pete Bailey as my principal. I also recall him as a friend and customer at my family’s service station on Madison Avenue and later at our auto/school bus repair garage in Southport.
On one occasion at the garage, Mr. Bailey dropped off his car. Later that afternoon he picked it up. I visited with him and then we walked out to his car. I was getting ready to close his trunk lid when I noticed our favorite neighborhood dog curled up inside the trunk. I encouraged the dog to hop out, and Mr. Bailey was on his way. I often wondered if that dog had been a bulldog (that was our school mascot), would Mr. Bailey have just closed the trunk and adopted it?
I remember attending Edgewood basketball games, where Joe Simpson and Jesse Blackwell played together. They were a few grades ahead of me. It was so much fun to attend their games and watch the team toss the basketball to Jesse (I think he had grown to his total height by the time he was in the seventh grade) and he would make an easy layup. Some of the scores were like 48-7.
Edgewood School’s annual fish fry was amazing. There were lots of games for the children to play. My parents were involved with the fish fry a couple of times. I recall cars being lined up on Shelby Street from almost Thompson Road to purchase dinners from the drive-through.
I have reconnected with several of the students who rode my bus to and from Edgewood. I’m sure I’ll see some of them at the reunion. I drove Bus No. 34 for about five years before switching to Bus No. 44.
A few weeks ago I was talking with some former classmates about Edgewood and the different things that we remembered. One of the things was our walks to Edgewood Methodist Church during school time for a weekly Bible class. That was also the church where Boy Scout Troupe 96 held its weekly meetings. That has not changed.
We also learned about music. I did an article about my experience with a flutophone. I believe we were exposed to the plastic whistle in the fourth grade. I ended up in the “special select expert flutophone concert group” that played during parents night.
I was given a new flutophone a few years ago. Maybe I’ll bring it to the reunion ... but just to show it.
Hope to see you there!
Shonk is a 1960 graduate of Southport High School, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools.