Independent School District 131 - a two room school, three grades to a classroom. Nine of us started out together in 1951. By the time we left the little school in '57 we were down to seven.
Ruth Ann DeRaad, Desk 1, Row 2 was with us through graduation and beyond. She was a sweet kid who seemed driven to live her life at a hellish pace. Eventually it killed her. She was 43 years old when she died in a car accident that took four lives - speeding over gravel roads through the black night with no headlights. Blind thrill running one last time.