All that came to an end when the city's retail center moved a few blocks west to the flashy new mall at Town Center. The Diamond Building now is home to the state Department of Health & Human Resources.
In earlier days, reunions were often held at Coonskin Park, where picnic shelters used to be in such demand people waited in line to reserve them at the beginning of each season.
"I've been at Coonskin Park as early as 3 in the morning," said Fletcher, who has taken over reunion organization duties from others.
"When we first started we'd have close to 200 people, sometimes more."
Numbers are down considerably, she said. "A lot of them have passed away. Last year I think we had 38."
For the final bash, scheduled at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Rand Community Center on Church Drive, Rand, Fletcher is hoping for a larger turnout. She urged anyone planning to come to bring a covered dish.
For information on the reunion, call Danny Proctor at 304-925-7401.
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.