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Bloomer Girls keep in contact after nearly 70 years

Published: May 4, 2017 12:00 AM
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After graduating from Minerva High School in 1948, a group of friends vowed to keep in touch.

Known as the "Bloomer Girls," they have kept in contact even though some moved out of state or the area.

The Bloomer Girls have kept a round robin letter going from one person to the next and have met around the 4th of July for a picnic at one of the homes or an area park, and also met for a New Year's Eve celebration at one of the member's homes.

The group has traveled together with husbands or other friends on a Caribbean cruise, a Hawaiian trip and an European adventure.

The girls featured in the photo are Nancy (Raley VanFossen) Johnson of Venice, Fla., and Monticello, Ind.; Vivian (Johnston Coombes) Hershey of Valley City, Ohio; Donna (Walters) Barber of Venice, Fla. (1949 grad); Joan (Lotz) Miller of Canton; Mary Jane (Noble) Bair of Longwood, Fla.; Anna Mae (McCloskey) Gross of Bay Village; Jo Ann (McHenry) Swope of Canton. Another group member, Lottie (Lippincot) Leatherberry, passed away in 1986 due to cancer.

"All of us girls never forgot growing up in the Minerva area and have enjoyed our time together since," said Jo Ann Swope. "I still receive The News Leader and have put photos and news of interest in our round robin letters."


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