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All-Class Reunion: Rutledge looks back at Kimball's booming days


Jeri Rutledge

Jeri Hays (Halstead) Rutledge graduated from Kimball High School on a Thursday, she recalled, as was customary at the time.

Rutledge, a 1975 graduate in a class of around 90, said that students were required to attend the baccalaureate, offered the Sunday prior to graduation.

Before graduation, Rutledge recalls her school experience, different in many ways but still so familiar.

Rutledge remembers that not only was the oil field booming, but Boeing was also in town during her school years.

"I remember we had split shifts. My brother did, when he was in fourth and fifth grade, because there...

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