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Perham High School Class of 1951, still together 70 years later

Over 70 years after graduating, the Perham High School Class of 1951 came together for a class reunion on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 7. Reunited, 11 members of the 83-person class gathered at the Cactus in Perham for lunch and story-sharing.

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The Perham High School Class of 1951: (Front, left to right) Mary Becker, Alice Gunness, Audrey Fuelling, Jean Schmitz, Ray Schmitz (Back, left to right) Mary Helen Zitzow, Florence "Fuzz" Hammers, Georgian Bachman, Marian Johnson, Vila VonRuden, John Bucholz, Ambrose Zeller (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Over 70 years after graduating, the Perham High School Class of 1951 came together for a class reunion on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Reunited, 11 members of the 83-person class gathered at the Cactus in Perham for lunch and story-sharing in the afternoon.

"We're still the same family after 70 years," Vila (VonRuden) Greiff, one of the class members, said. "We still get together a lot… To find so many of us here — still alive — is amazing, I think."

Greiff said the biggest changes since she graduated 70 years ago are the progression of technology and the increased amount of available school activities. The class Homecoming queen, she also mentioned that only women were voted onto Homecoming court with their classmates, and then they would pick their own escorts.

"My escort just moved here to Perham," she laughed. "It's a round circle! It's really neat to be able to connect with everyone after these years… We always just seem to mesh really good."

For more stories about the lives and successes of the Perham High School Class of 1951, check out next week's Perham Focus.

Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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