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South Harrison honors 2 former teachers with tree-planting

Pink and white dogwood trees will be planted at New Middletown Elementary School during a memorial program and reception Sunday, Nov. 13, in honor of two former educators, Leora E. Melton and Burrel R. Ludlow. Together the teachers spent 74 years in the old New Middletown Grade School.
Actually, Ludlow spent part of his 42 years in education as principal at New Middletown and as a coach. He was a 1934 graduate of Laconia High School.
Melton taught first grade for 32 years at the school. She was a 1934 graduate of New Middletown High School. She held a 1958 bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, where she also obtained her master’s in 1962. She died in 2004 at age 87.
Ludlow was a 1934 graduate of Laconia High School. He held a 1938 bachelor’s degree from Central Normal College and a 1951 master’s from Ball State Teachers College. Ludlow died in 2002 at age 85.
The reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at the ‘new’ New Middletown Elementary School. Michael A. McGraw, president of the South Harrison Community School Corp. trustees, will welcome visitors, as will Supt. Dr. Neyland G. Clark. Guest speakers include Jennifer Fessel DePriest, Edmond F. Schneider and James Wolfe. Members of the audience will also be invited to speak.
The program will conclude with planting the trees.