The annual "Down Home Days" picnic was
Friday & Saturday,
July 5 & 6, 2002.
Friday evening - Bill Morgan days
1940's & 50's Bill Morgan's Soda Fountain Store
Those that attended the "Parma Down Home Days" July 4th
celebrations spent Friday evening in the school cafeteria which was
beautifully decorated in the memory of the good ole soda fountain
days. Each of us traveled back in time on a road of earlier
years and special memories growing up in Parma surrounded by the
different people that influenced each of our lives.
The businesses and the people who worked in them may
be gone but their memory shall live on as long as we can continue to
pass on a story about something we hold dear in our hearts in regard
to those wonderful times growing up in our hometown of Parma.
The Time Capsule
The Time Capsule waiting to be
opened. Ted Morgan Opening
the Time Capsule.
The Time Capsule is opened and two of
the earlier Parma Graduates look at the contents:
Harold Norman (Class of 38), Ted Morgan, Mayor Ramsey (on trailer), Wayne McKinsey
and Martin Reinbott (Class of 38). Note: Harold and Martin
were listed in the Time Capsule as being sophomores in 1936 when
the capsule was sealed.
The crowd of hundreds have come to participate in the
"Down Home Days" and are thrilled to watch as the Time
Capsule is opened and items of history are held up for all to
see. Then comes the picnic!!
The Down Home Days Picnic
Parma resident, Rev. Dean Medlin introduces Rev. John
Girdley, the new pastor of the Parma First Baptist Church. Rev.
Girdley the asks the blessing for the food and fellowship at the
"Down Home Days" picnic. After the blessing Rev.
Girdley took his place on the serving line right beside the head of
the line, Parma VFW Smokey Johnson. What a team!!!
Rev. Medlin & Rev. Girdley
The picnic was really great with Boston Butts cooked
all night long to perfection by Tommy Daniels and his crew. Over
400 people went through the serving line and enjoyed the
big helpings of Bar-B-Que on large buns, superb Boston baked beans and cole
slaw, along with many different kinds of soft drinks. The
estimates were that between 600 and 800 people were at the celebration
because many people just came to visit.
The Parma Jets
Far left is Mayor Ramsey making the introductions, then Left to right is Delano
Brown, Tom Parkman, Bob Owens, Claude Mize and Wayne Brannon.
The Photo is from Clause Mize and he writes "I sure do enjoy
coming to the reunion each year. It is great to se every
one. The Bill Morgan setup brings back a lot of memories.
I was in the class of 52".
(More photos to follow)
The Down Home Days History Room
The History Room had many photographs, news papers and
other documents from the City of Parma and especially items about the
Parma School and students. It would have been good to spend
hours and hours there reminiscing over the displays as well as
visiting with other history buffs (buff - a devotee of some activity
The Parma High School Class of '52 Reunion Saturday
Front row left to right:
Jessie Teel Kovaleski, Bobbie Ballard Becorest, Nelda Mills Whitaker,
Arvilla Murphy Palmer and Betty Young Beaird.
Second row left to right:
Wayne Brannon, Kermit Blair, Harlin Love, Helen Hart McClintick,
Bud Blankenship, Leon Parker and Claude Mize
The 50th Reunion
This Year's Down Home Days Contributors:
The History Room will have displays again
this year. The Committee would Like for people to bring old
photographs, papers, etc. on July 6 so they can be copied and