September 19, 2007 Edition

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Events planned for Rails to Roots

The students and administration of Hoxie School invite community members to celebrate the history of the town with them during a two day event on Nov. 2 and 3.

Faculty and students are still searching for several things to help make this event a thorough representation of the history of the town from its earliest days.

Bill Hackworth, history teacher at Hoxie, is planning a Military Wall of Fame and is asking community members to bring photos of their loved ones in uniform along with a brief description of the time period and the war/conflict or peace time in which that person served. Hackworth would like to have all wars and time periods represented on the Wall of Fame. Photos will be copied at the school and returned promptly or they may be left at the office.

Additionally the school is requesting photos from the various time periods in Hoxie's history along with photos of landmarks in the community that may or may not be present today. The planning committee is requesting pictures of the Pink Castle and the Green Lantern to show the students the hang outs of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Anyone who knows of other hang outs of these periods or others can contact the school.

Photos of anything related to the railroad industry in Hoxie through the years are also needed. Several have been found on the Internet but the school would like to have photos that are related to families of the community. Faculty members would also like to have memorabilia from businesses that were once present to demonstrate to the students what a booming town Hoxie was at one time.

"Additionally, we will be looking for photographs of the school desegregation in 1955. There is a wealth of information available online about this time period but the school is looking for the personal touch to make the celebration meaningful for the students and community members," said Susie Jones, Hoxie High School Librarian. "Again, you may bring photos by the school to have them copied or you may drop off copies, along with description of what is in the photo and the date of the photo."

Along with the celebration, the school is planning a museum. Anyone who would like to loan memorabilia for the museum can contact the school at 886-4254.

Teachers and community members are meeting on Tuesdays in the high school library to plan this celebration. All volunteers are welcome.

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