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Schoolhouse Singing

Eldridge Farm, near Orleans, Indiana

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The 2nd annual Eldridge Schoolhouse singing was held at the Eldridge farm, near Orleans, Indiana, on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Bob Meek brought the class together by leading 49t. 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; Darrell Swarens 569t; James Eldridge 34b; Wayne Dell 63; Rebecca Eldridge 74b; Stephanie Fida 99; Virginia Eldridge 168; Bob Meek 571 (CB); William Shetter 336t (CB); Carol Munro Mosley 449 (CB); Katherine Eldridge 335; Eric Schedler 236; Eddie Mash 454; Martha Beverly 383.

RECESS

Henry Guthery called the class back together leading 558. Leaders: Bill Beverly 268t (CB); Joan Aldridge 84 (CB); Bea Carnathan 568; Lena Keeton 43; Eric Eliason 426b; John Bealle 200; Don Keeton 112; Bobby Watkins 512; Aubrey Hemminger 350; Katherine Eldridge 354b; Thomas Smith 410t; Katie Zukof 504; Brenda Waters and Doug Trent 68b; James Eldridge 209; Ruth Dolby 117; Rebecca Eldridge and Emily Ashby 49b. Adrian Eldridge offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The singing resumed for the afternoon session with Eddie Mash leading 146. Leaders: David Rust 270; Rebecca Eldridge 507; James Eldridge 133; Randy Webber 66; Mercy Watkins 215; Jimmy Vest and Bob Meek 276.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Adrian Eldridge, who led 314 in memory of the deceased and in honor of the sick and shut-ins.

Leaders: Wayne Dell 45t; April Watkins 282; Bob Meek 511t (CB); Henry Guthery 86 (CB); Virginia Eldridge 108t; Aubrey Hemminger 480; Darrell Swarens and Stephanie Fida 198; Bobby Watkins 277; William Shetter 496; Don Keeton 390.

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Bill Beverly leading 547. Leaders: David Rust 123b; Martha Beverly 546; Thomas Smith 268; Ruth Dolby 40; Michele Cull 475; Lena Keeton 88t; Eric Eliason 518 (CB); Carol Munro Mosley 393t (CB); Stephanie Fida 460; John Bealle 318 (in memory of Pauline Childers).

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