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UNION MEMORIES Stout enjoyed Union so much she asked to return By Josie Sellers WARSAW - Susie Stout started her teach- ing career at Union and is planning on ending it there. “I was actually hired (for a job at Union) through the Coshocton County Educational Service Center’s Superin- tendent Roger Ames,” she said. “Because of the closing of Pleasant Valley, I was moved to Keene Elementary for one year. Th e next year the intervention specialist at Union was getting married and mov- ing away, so I asked Mr. Ames if I could go back to Union. He said nobody asks to go to Union. We both laughed, and he let me go back. I’ve been there ever since.” Stout has taught at Union for 30 years. She was the fi rst through sixth grade intervention specialist for 12 years. Th en she moved to fourth grade, where she is still currently teaching language arts, math, science, and social studies. How- ever, she does more than teach. Stout is known for her Monday morning TV show called “Monday Morning Mania!” “We have sixth graders come on the air and give the morning announcements and lead us in saying the Pledge of Alle- giance and our Black Bear Pledge,” she said. “Th en we sing some crazy songs or I Layman recalls time as principal at Union By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON – Larry Layman can remem- ber when there were more than 400 kids at Union Elementary School. “When I was a principal there in the 1970s, we had two classes of every grade kindergarten through sixth grade,” he said. “We probably had 16 full-time teachers.” Layman started teaching at Union in 1959, when it was a fi rst through 12th grade building. When the River View Local School District was created in 1965 and the older students were sent to other buildings, he became the principal at Union. Layman held that job until the early 1980s. “It was kind of the joke that we were the country school that a lot of River View teachers got their start at,” he said. “Th ey’d be at Union for a year and then move on to Keene, Conesville, or War- saw. We’d have new teachers every year.” Layman however, loved Union’s set- ting. “It was just like a home,” he said. “Ev- eryone knew everyone. We were in the country and had nothing around us but the school. We had a really active PTO that had fall and spring festivals. Fami- lies really supported the school.” Staff also knew the families. “As principals, we were required to ride the school bus one time a year in the fall,” Layman said. “We knew where each bus driver went and who they picked up. I learned where all the kids lived.” He added that everyone from the cooks to the custodians cared about the school and the students. “We were family,” Layman said. “I think what made us diff erent was that we weren’t in a town like Warsaw is. We were completely out there alone in the country.” A good example of their togetherness was when a big blizzard hit in the late 1970s. “We closed the big building and moved everyone to the six room lower building that was heated by electric,” Layman said. “Teachers who had 25 kids in their room now had 50 with only two teachers. It was like that for at least two weeks. We couldn’t use the cafeteria either so everyone brought brown bag lunches. We didn’t think we could oper- ate that way, but we did.” Union was a fun place to work and Layman said he still remembers every- one that was in his fi rst class there. “I remember their names and every- thing,” he said. “Th ey always invite me back for their class reunions even their 50th. We were very much an old fash- ioned school and focused on reading, writing and arithmetic. It was important to get kids to love reading and writing at an early age. We focused on the basics that are the foundation of school. I think that helped a lot of kids.” 6-B THE BEACON tell some jokes or something. When I see kids who have left Union or graduated, they always ask if I’m still doing ‘Monday Morning Mania’ and they tell me how much they loved it.” While Union is currently known for its small class sizes, that wasn’t always the case. “I haven’t always had a small class at Union,” Stout said. “I remember having 34 kids at one point. Th at was way too many. I love the rural setting and our family-like atmosphere at Union.” Over the years, she also has seen the role Union played in the lives of families. “I have seen generations of families come through Union,” Stout said. “I currently have two students who have a parent or parents who attended Union. It is pretty neat, but makes me feel old! I don’t think I’ve had any grandchildren of former students.” She plans to retire this year and do some subbing and maybe some volun- teer work in the elementary schools. “I will miss the small, community school atmosphere,” Stout said. “I will miss my ‘family.’ Union has been home to me for many great years. I’m thankful for all the people who made it that way.” Union Sports Trivia • Union High School athletes were known as the Trojans and the school colors were blue and gold. • Union led the league in the 1939-40 season for attendance at games • Th e fi rst player to score in double fi gures was Barney Mikesell with 12 against Plainfi eld on Jan. 24, 1941. • Don Lee holds the single game scoring record with 51 points against Clark on Nov. 14, 1953. • Th e fi rst team to win a sectional tournament game was on March 2, 1955, with a 113 to 89 point win over Deavertown. Th is set a sectional record. • Union played in the fi rst game of the week by WTNS radio on Dec. 1, 1956. Union School Song “Oh hail old Union High Our school so dear We’ll be loyal, yes, forever Every student cheer, Rah! Rah! Rah! March on to victory, our blue and gold We’re here to cheer you on With praises from our heart so true and bold.” UNION SCHOOL PRINCIPALS 1939  2019 Harris Giffi n Paul C. Hayes Alfred Hagelbarger William Bucklew Wayne Matthews Keith Harris Larry Layman Mildred Wright 1939-1948 1948-1951 1951-1953 1953-1958 1958-1962 1962-1965 1965-1982 1982-1984 Wade Schuler Dennis Blanford Wade Schuler Nancy Lowery Vicki Johnson Sherri Lawrence Jarred Renner Sheri Fortune 1984-1985 1985-1990 1990-1992 1992-1995 1995-2013 2013-2016 2016-2018 2018-2019 May 1, 2019