MINOT – The Minot Historical Society met on Oct. 10, holding a “Round Robin” program of their remembrances about Hebron Academy during their lifetime.

Hebron Academy was built in 1806. Don Verrill remembered swimming in the pool at the academy as a teenager. He also played basketball in the gym, skating and hockey in the winter. He told of the two skating rinks that collapsed from heavy snow on the roof. Another rink was built across the street and is still in use today. Mrs. Verrill noted her daughters went swimming there and played softball on the fields.

Nancy Conant said her husband, Bruce, graduated from Hebron Academy in 1955 and went to his 50-year class reunion in 2005.

Horace Moody of Turner said he graduated in 1942 and remembered a Sunday in December 1941 when he was studying in the dorm with his window open and could hear people talking about Pearl Harbor being bombed. Moody also remembered that it was required that everybody had to go to chapel everyday and had to wear a jacket and tie in order to be allowed in the dining hall.

Nancy Johnson remembered that in order to attend the academy, one had to play a sport for every season. There was also a rule that academy students were not allowed to play with town children. Sometimes the rule was broken and when caught by the headmaster, the students got in trouble.

Eleanor Thayer said her son and grandson graduated from Hebron Academy and at present another grandson is a junior there. Hester Gilpatric noted that the church on the grounds was at one time a part of the academy. It is now the Community Baptist Church.

Beverly Spofford said her grandfather graduated from the academy in 1902 and she went to vacation Bible school as a young child.

The society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Minot Town Office. The program will be on “Rug Hooking” with Eleanor Thayer, Nancy Conant, Ruth Gammon and Frank Berry. Refreshments will follow and everyone is invited.

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