Pomeroy has a parade, a game and a dance

POMEROY – Pomeroy sang with town pride Saturday as the community came together for its fourth annual homecoming celebration.

The event was started by Leonard Olson.

“It was an old fraternity brother from Muscatine was up here three years ago in April and he was talking to some people They do a lot of stuff in Muscatine. And I listened to him and I was just bothered. I couldn’t sleep, and I never have a problem sleeping,” Olson said. “It was 4 in the morning when the idea came: We need a homecoming.”

The idea came after the town had lost its school, Olson said.

“That just tears a town up,” he said. “And what an absurd idea and what a great idea. It’s a big loss of a tie. And if you lose the tie, it’s going to continue to go downhill. I thought, you’ve got to have a parade, and a dance and a game. That’s all you need for a homecoming.”

Leading the day’s parade was Robert Anderson, of Palmer Sons of the American Legion, and his sons Chris, Jeremy and Eric Anderson.

“It’s an enjoyable time,” Anderson said. “We’re presenting the color guard for the parade as a support group for the Legion. We’re here for the tribute to the Legion, and the veterans we’re supporting here. It’s a good deal to have going.”

Anderson said it was an added pleasure to be standing with his sons in the parade.

“It’s really special,” he said. “We were supposed to have a few more, but they didn’t show up. It’s a great honor to have them here to support everyone.”

Eileen Lundeen, Pomeroy High School Class of 1956, joined her classmates to participate in the parade. Hers was one of several reunion floats in the parade.

Lundeen said she was excited to participate in the event Saturday.

“I have my granddaughter riding with me, and our grandson will be riding in the tractor with my husband Larry,” she said.

Getting the class together again, Lundeen said, is always fun.

“We were together two years ago for our 55th reunion and this is number 57,” she said. “So it’s going to be a fun day.”

The reunion doesn’t stop with the parade, though.

“We always have an organ recital,” she said. “That’s when you talk about your health issues.”

Olson said creating something that has inspired so much town pride has been “wonderful.”

“What a cool thing,” he said. “And it’s been growing, that’s what’s so much fun. You start these things, and you kind of wonder. It’s difficult to get people to move. And now look at what they do. It’s taken on a life of its own. And that’s the key. You cannot tell people what to do.”