The School Consolidation

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by Gary Wonning

The inevitable finally came to pass, there had been talk all the while  I was in school of consolidating with our arch enemies, Osgood.

Napoleon and Osgood were both small schools and as such our academic resources were limited.

Rumors of consolidation surfaced for many years and neither side wanted to give in, each wanted the school in their town and bragging rights that went with it, and because they were our fierce enemies on the basketball court, there wasn’t anyone on either side willing to give an inch.

Finally, Osgood won out only because water was available there and not in Napoleon.

The new school was soon built on the edge of Osgood, and many advantages came of it, not only on the basketball court but in academics as well.

Some minor animosity exists even today, minor grumblings are still heard at every class reunion.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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