By David Knopf/Richmond News
There’s no argument that Jackie O’Dell’s red 1966 Chevy Caprice is a classic.
But at Orrick’s recent homecoming parade, the occupants were the true collector’s items.
Six of the nine surviving members of the OHS Class of 1948, including one from Colorado and another from Springfield, Mo., were in town to celebrate their 65th class reunion.
Piling six adults in the car was nothing, class member Marilyn (Hagman) Woods said, compared to what she and her classmates did in high school.
Recalling life in the late 1940s, Woods said she and her classmates had plenty to do in a thriving town.
“There were a lot more stores for one thing,” said Woods, who still makes Orrick her home. “And there was Teen Town then, too, so the kids had a place to go and hang out.
“We rode around in old cars. There weren’t one or two in there, there’d be six or seven piled in.”
So nothing’s changed. But then again, it has.
Woods said she remembers the good times at Larkin Drug, a traditional pharmacy with tables, a counter and a soda fountain, much like the ones kids in Richmond enjoyed on the courthouse square. And there was Lake Maurer in Excelsior Springs, which had a swimming pool and a boating lake for Orrick kids when school let out.
“We lived there in the summer,” said Woods, who sat in the middle of the backseat during the homecoming parade.