September 2, 2018

2018 Champion School Reunion


Those attending the 34th Champion School Reunion on September 1, 2018: Richard Johnston, Kaye Johnston, Kalyssa Wiseman, Karen F. Krider, Tanna Krider Wiseman, Betty Henson, Elsie Curtis, Debbie Massey, Robert Brown, Connie Brown, Paul Brown , Harold and Eva Phillips, J.R. and Janet Johnston, Charles Lambert, Lonnie Mears, Vivian Floyd, Beverly Keller Dooms, David Dooms, Irene Dooms, Robert Graham, Larry and Teresa Wrinkles, Foster Wiseman, Darrell Hutchison, Royce and Jody Henson, Alex Mills and Alexis, Tom and Valli Mills, Wilda Moses, Wilma Hutchison, Vaughn and Cara Henson, Taryn Henson, Wayne and Frances Sutherland, Laine Sutherland, Robert Upshaw, Dean Brixey.

















September 4, 2017

2017 Champion School Reunion


It was a beautiful day for the 33rd annual Champion School Reunion. Those enjoying a pot luck lunch and the pleasure of each other’s company were: Elsie Curtis, Debra Massey, Kaye and Elizabeth Johnston, Ruth Daharsh, Ethel Anderson, Robert Brown, Connie Brown, Lee Brown, Paul Brown, Louise Rinebold, Fae Krider, Tanna and Kalyssa Wiseman, Robert Graham, Tommy and Barbara Sutherland, Wayne and FrancesSutherland, Irene Dooms and Beverly, Larry Floyd, Vivian Floyd, Harley and Barbara Krider, J.R. and Janet Johnston, Alvie Dooms and Garret, Wes and Pat Smith, Doug and Sami Hutchison, Delmar Dooms, Modeen McGowan, Benton Hutchison, Darrell Hutchison, Royce and Jo Henson, Tom and Valli Mills, Alex Mils and Alexis Berks, Vaugh and Cara Henson, Whitaker and Larissa Henson, Linda Watts, David, Mindy and Chase Cauthron, Roger and Foster Wiseman, Amy Hicks Collins, Pete Proctor Wilda Moses and Betty Henson.

Some of the Henson bunch on the road to Champion.

Sisters Ruth Daharsh and Louise Rinebolt walked down to Clever Creek just for the fun of it.

Ruth and Louise came with their mother Ethel Anderson from Kansas for the Champion School Reunion.

Taegan Krider, Kalyssa Wiseman and Luxe Krider enjoyed visiting with a horsewoman from Drury and her horse.

There were ten of them in the Henson Bunch: Royce and Jody Henson, Valli and Tom Mills, Alex Mills and Alexis Berks, Vaughn and Cara Henson, and Whitaker and Larissa Henson.

Darrell Hutchison, Wes Smith, Benton Hutchison and Harley Krider had things to talk about.

Frances Sutherland, Amy Hicks Collins and Barbara Sutherland enjoy a visit.

Champion School Alumni…(standing L to R) Vivian Krider Floyd, Irene Keller Dooms, Darrell Hutchison, Doug Hutchison, Janet Johnston (not a student but very photogenic), Harley Krider, J.R. Johnston, Benton Hutchison, Frances Sutherland, Alvie Dooms (seated L to R) Royce Henson, Tommy Sutherland, Wayne Sutherland. Also attending, but not pictured are students, Amy Hicks Collins, Elsie Curtis, and Ethel Anderson.

September 9, 2016

2016 Champion School Reunion



Seated: Tommy Sutherland, Wayne Sutherland, Royce Henson, J.R. Johnston, Delmar Dooms, Ethel (LuAllen) Anderson, Elsie Curtis.

Standing: Billy Joe Lambert, Larry Wrinkles, Benton Hutchison, Glenna (Lambert) Henson, Doug Hutchison, Vivian (Krider) Floyd, Irene (Keller) Dooms, Connie Hicks, Frances (Cooley)Sutherland, Modean (Dooms) McGownan, Kenneth Henson, Wes Lambert, Harley Krider, Eva (Henson) Phillips, Lonnie Curtis, Alvie Dooms, Darrell Hutchison, Robert Brown, Ivel Brown, Lee Brown, Charles Lambert.

Not pictured: Paul Brown


July 11, 2016

Perfect Attendance

At the Champion school you got a silver dollar for perfect attendance–fifty cents if you missed because the creeks were up.

Front row, left to right:

Elsa Hancock, Wava Hicks, Duane Henson, Benton Hutchinson

Back row:

Eva Henson, Patty Proctor, Royce Henson
Champion School Perfect Attendees

September 10, 2015

2015 Champion School Reunion


Champion School Reunion 2015
Seated left to right: Wayne Sutherland, Vivian Krider Floyd, Irene Keller Dooms, Royce Henson, Ethel Luellen Anderson, Elsie Hick Curtis.  Standing left to right: Jerry Smith, Benton Hutchison, Frances Cooley Sutherland, Kenneth Henson, J.R. Johnston, Doug Hutchison, Eva Lois Henson Phillips, Wes Lambert, Modeen Dooms McGowan, Alvie Dooms, Elvie Hancock Ragland and Darrell Hutchison.

The Behemoth Bee Tree did not provide much shade,
but it is still thought of as first base to Champion alumni.

Vaughn Henson takes a moment and his lunch to a quiet place for reflection.

From high atop Mt. Champion the reunion spread out over the banks of Old Fox Creek.

Robert Upshaw, Tom Cooley and Dale Thomas all have their hands on their hips talking things over.

Ethel Luellen and Irene Keller walked to school together and have memories to share.


September 7, 2010

2010 Champion School Reunion

The first Champion School Reunion was held in 1984.  They have been going strong ever since.  Attending this year:  Robert and Connie Brown, Ivel Brown, Pete Proctor, Eva Henson Phillips, Tommy and Barbara Sutherland, Jerry and Shauna Smith, Fae Krider, Charles Lambert, Hanna Faith Jensen, Ruby Proctor, Barbara Proctor Cooper, Darrell Cooper, Elsie Curtis, Debbie Massey, Lonnie Curtis, Tom and Arlene Cooley, Robert Graham, Mary Graham, Gary Hutchison and Phyllis Long, Vivian Floyd, Irene Dooms, Verla and Lonnie Mears, Betty Henson, Carolyn and Darrell Hutchison, Jordan Hutchison, Esther Wrinkles, Elva Ragland, Larry and Teresa Wrinkles, Amy Collins, Sheila Collins, Pete Robertson, Maxine Grote, Darrell Cooley, Eric Arnall, Sue Arnall, Leola Bell, Modeen Dooms McGown, Royce Henson, Carol Coats Barnhart, Peggy Hancock Carreras, Randy Henson, Wayne and Fances Sutherland, Laine Sutherland, Greta Cope, Russell, Sue and Dean Upshaw, Leslee Krider, Staci and Dustin Cline, Kenneth and Dawn Henson, Dale and Betty Thomas, Kenneth and Barbara Anderson and Barbara’s daughter Jonna.  There were others who asked not to be named and some who came made only a cameo appearance.

Long tables of homemade pot-luck dishes were spread out under the trees by the Champion School on Saturday.¬† Champions feasted on the¬†delicious¬†food and on the excellent opportunity to get together for some good old fashioned visiting and reminiscing.¬† The framework of the Replica of Henson’s Store is seen in the background.
Three sisters
Three daughters of John and Goldie Hicks who attended the Champion School together enjoyed the School Reunion on Saturday.  They are Elsie Curtis of Norwood, and Ruby Proctor and Amy Collins both of Mountain Grove.  Their sister, Sharon Smith, also lives in Mountain Grove and they have a brother, Ray Hicks, who lives in Bluegrass, Iowa.  Their older brother, Gene Hicks, lives in Baker City, Oregon.  He is in poor health at this time and his siblings are all thinking about him.  John and Goldie had ten children and lived just up Fox Creek from Champion.  Some of the younger ones attended the Bakersfield School, but the older ones were all Champions.  The School Reunion is always high point in the year for them.
Prize Winners
Arlene Cooley won this painted gourd birdhouse as a door prize at the Champion School Reunion on Saturday.  It was painted by Charlene Dupree of The Gift Corner in Norwood and was presented to her by Miss Hannah Faith Jansen, visiting granddaughter of Champion Charles Lambert.  Hannah will be five years old in December and this was the first Champion School Reunion that she has attended.  Arlene never misses one.  She is a Champion.
Vivian Krider Floyd and Jerry Smith are shown here with the treasure chest that Jerry made from the recycled lumber of the Old Store.  He donated the piece to help perpetuate the Champion School Reunion and Vivian bought it in a lively auction conducted by classmate, Kenneth (Hovie) Henson.  Jerry planed the old lumber and made the box as well as a number of picture frames in his shop in Seymour.  The inside lid of the box features a picture of the Old Store and Jerry had a number of requests for pictures of the store framed in its own wood.  Champions treasure a good memento.
Four Hensons
The children of Ezra and Sylvia Henson all attended the Champion School and the Champion School Reunion this year.  They are Royce Henson, of Springfield, MO, Eva Henson Phillips of Bellavista, AR, Kenneth Henson, of Houston, TX, and Randy Henson of Columbia, MO.  This is the first time they have all been together at the School Reunion and there were many stories told and much laughter.
Ms. Leola Bell of Stoutland, MO taught school in Champion in 1953.  This year she was the only teacher attending the Champion School Reunion who taught there.  Ms. Bell began teaching when she graduated high shcool and taught in rural schools while she finished her tcollege degree.  She taught for forty five years and retired from the Waynesville School District.  Her grandddaughter, who attended the reunion with her, said that she is still substitute teaching.  She was presented with a gift by the Reunion Committee and enjoyed reminiscing with many of her students.

September 12, 2008

2008 Champion School Reunion

Champion School Reunion 2008
 The 26th Annual Champion School Reunion was held August 30th, 2008.  More than fifty attended this year.

Lonnie and Wayne