Growing up in Grand County made for happy, productive adults
March 18, 2008
To the Editor:
I, too, grew up in Grand County (Reference to the letters by teens in the
Feb. 28 issue of the Middle Park Times). I attended eight years grade school in the old school building, with teachers, Miss Klausen, Miss Swearingen, Miss Ostergard (later Mrs. Yust) and Mr. Reed. High School in the then new High School building.
Four of us went through all 12 grades together graduating from Kremmling Union High School The graduating class had 15 students.
Then, as now, we were very isolated from the wide world, though our freshman year was marred by the start of World War II. We lived through gas rationing, sugar rationing, and shoe rationing; though we weren’t much affected, I guess our parents insulated us from most of the worst of it. Two of our classmates were killed in action as were others from earlier classes. We knew them all and wrote sad obituaries for them published in the school paper.
Growing up on a ranch 12 miles northwest of Kremmling was a great way to learn about life, We had everlasting chores to do both before school and after. We weren’t able to participate in after-school activities (basketball, softball, class plays, etc.) because of our need to ride the school bus.
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All of these drawbacks (as we thought of them then) were really very much a part of making us into productive, happy members of the wider world.
I wouldn’t trade that experience for any other.
C. W. Mason, Jr. (Class of 1945)