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Eldridge Schoolhouse Singing

Lynd Schoolhouse, Orleans, Indiana

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The 13th annual Eldridge Schoolhouse Singing was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Adrian Eldridge leading 32t and offering the opening prayer. Song selections were generally from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Adrian Eldridge 111b; Katherine Eldridge 112, 274t; Virginia Eldridge 87, 300; James Eldridge 186, 312b; Tim Gregg 102, 101t; Tim Morton 384, 196; Anthony D’Agostino 282, 178; Beth Garfinkel 273, 91; Shannon Tibbs 42, 86; Erin Fulton 101b, 185; Keith Seidel 569b, 122.

RECESS

James Eldridge called the class back to order by leading 153. Leaders: Laura Kathleen Morton 294, 49t; Caleb Cranton 457, 299; Tom Morton 496, 313b; Patrick Weatherington and Troy Allen 146, 34b; Bill Hayes 268, 131b; Sarah Lynne Gershon 436 (in honor of the birthday today of her son, Iver Gershon), 117; Joy R. Dunn 81t, 334; Shannon Tibbs 56b, 63; Adrian Eldridge 461, 279; Anthony D’Agostino 223, 368; Tim Morton 30t, 31t; Keith Seidel 148, 213t; Tim Gregg 371, 81b. Virginia Eldridge led 512, and asked a blessing before the meal.

LUNCH

James Eldridge called the class back to order by leading 59. Adrian Eldridge led 568, and then, by request, he outlined the history of the 1874 Lynd Schoolhouse, now the only one-room school left in Indiana. Leaders: Tom Morton 145b; Patrick Weatherington and Troy Allen 480; Caleb Cranton 455; Katherine Eldridge 556; Beth Garfinkel 504; Erin Fulton 214; Joy R. Dunn 128; Sarah Lynne Gershon 306; Shannon Tibbs 28b; Anthony D’Agostino 361; Keith Seidel 162; Tim Gregg 492; Tom Morton 209; Laura Kathleen Morton 163b; Virginia Eldridge 208 (in memory of Darrell Swarens).

RECESS

James Eldridge and Virginia Eldridge called the class back to order by leading 35. Leaders: Patrick Weatherington and Troy Allen 47b; Caleb Cranton 335; Bill Hayes and Katherine Eldridge 16 (SoH); Joy R. Dunn 47t; Adrian Eldridge and Shannon Tibbs 277 (which Adrian reported he had sung while dragging himself to safety from a serious tractor accident last autumn); Beth Garfinkel 200; Janice Harrell 215; Erin Fulton 323t; Sarah Lynne Gershon 70b; Annaliza Cull 203; Tim Morton, Marsha Dunleavy, and Ivy Jackson 448t; Keith Seidel 229; Tim Gregg and Michelle Cull 378t; Beth Garfinkel 201; Tom Morton, Bryce Shell, and Emily Cranton 155; Rebecca Daugherty and Adrian Eldridge 441; Anthony D’Agostino, Janice Harrell, and Amanda D’Agostino 493; Caleb Cranton 183.

Announcements were made. The class, including twenty-eight leaders from Indiana, Kansas, and Kentucky, had sung eighty-seven songs. Adrian Eldridge led 347 as the class took the parting hand. He offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Adrian Eldridge; Vice Chairman—James Eldridge; Secretary—Erin Fulton