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Eldridge Schoolhouse Singing

Eldridge Farm, near Orleans, Indiana

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The 1st annual Eldridge Schoolhouse singing was held at the Eldridge farm near Orleans, Indiana on Sunday, October 28, 2007. Virginia Eldridge brought the class to order by leading 84. Adrian Eldridge offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were previously elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Adrian Eldridge; Arranging Committee—Rebecca Eldridge; Secretary—Darrell Swarens.

Leaders: Adrian Eldridge 32t; William Shetter 34b, 572 (CB); Darrell Swarens 312b, 542; Wayne Dell 49b, 47b; Sam Sommers 176t, 24b; Bob Meek 63, 515; James Eldridge 318, 571 (CB); Michael Mosley 168, 503; Katherine Eldridge 85, 117; Joan Aldridge 77b, 535.

RECESS

Rebecca Eldridge called the class back together leading 410t. Leaders: Rebecca Eldridge 74b; Carol Monroe Mosley 171, 66 (in memory of LaRue Allen); Brenda Waters 68b, 40; Virginia Eldridge 274t, 86; Stephanie Fida 31t, 268b (CB); Darrell Swarens 350, 198; Sam Sommers 522, 370; Wayne Dell 277, 159; James Eldridge 512, 36b; Bob Meek 38t (CB), 574 (CB); William Shetter 336t (CB), 228; Michael Mosley 501, 124; Joan Aldridge 573 (CB), 84 (CB). Sam Sommers offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The singing resumed for the afternoon session with Carol Monroe Mosley leading 107 and 481. Leaders: Katherine Eldridge 45t; Eric Schedler 71; Randy Webber “Asylum” from Union Choral Harmony; Adrian Eldridge 101t; David Rust 480; Ruth Dolby 178; Rebecca Eldridge 110; Darrell Swarens 217; Virginia Eldridge 142; Sam Sommers 524; Wayne Dell 282; James Eldridge 448b.

RECESS

The class was brought back by Adrian Eldridge leading 35.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Virginia Eldridge who led 314 for the sick and shut-ins and 28b in memory of the deceased.

Leaders: Stephanie Fida 393 (CB); Carol Monroe Mosley 99; Michelle Cull 236.

Announcements were made. Wayne Dell reported that the Finance Committee had been able to meet the expenses of the singing.

Adrian Eldridge led 62 as the closing song, and the class took the parting hand. The closing prayer was offered by Bob Meek, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Adrian Eldridge; Secretary—Darrell Swarens