|It was a reunion for two near the site of the old Beech Grove two-room
school along Nicut Road, not far from the original Willie Bourne store and
post office. Roscoe McCune came in his motor home to visit old classmates
last Saturday to find but one, Clay Arnold.|
The Beech Grove two-room school on Nicut
Roscoe McCune "This will be the last reunion"
McCune said a reunion held in 1989 drew over 200 people. "All the
Chenoweths came, but now there is just one left," he said. Also showing to
entertain the crowd was "Tubecheck" Parsons. "He went back home," said
McCune, who once lived nearby, attended the school in the 1930's until he
was about 14. He had to drop out to take care of farm work because his
father "took to bed" with a chronic illness. He remembered the hickory
switch in the corner of the school building. "It was an important part of my
life," he said.
The two-room school at one time had about 100 students. It had a basement
for playing volleyball and a kitchen to prepare meals.
McCune recalled some of the teachers, including Roscoe Summers, Wesley
Chenoweth, Casto Farrar, Chauncey Engleke, Etta Chenoweth, Mae Bourne,
Roy Arnold, Glen Arnold, Opal Arnold, Geraldine Arnold and Elizabeth
The reunion of two actually took place at the Beech Grove Church, around
the hill from the school. The school building still stands, used for storage of
McCune, the son of Sam McCune of Hur, was married twice he said. First to
Esther White, daughter of Frank White of Orma and more recently to his
second wife, Betty Harris, who passed away more recently.
McCune recalls school days on Nicut
Reunion held at Beech Grove Church on Nicut
Church services still held at Beech Grove