The memories refilled even quicker than the coffee cups.

Someone would mention a name — maybe the custodian, Clarence Wolle, or the longtime secretary, Burdelle Lloyd — and one of the six would say, “Oh, oh, I remember when ...”

And the laughter and memories would follow.

Years ago, this gathering was much larger with dozens of teachers in attendance. But 25 years of time and age (as well as the usual number of folks who couldn’t make it or couldn’t be found) have dwindled the numbers to a fraction of its former size.

This year, just six of the former teachers at Union School — the birthplace of what is now Mankato Area Public Schools — gathered to recall bygone days at a restaurant in downtown Mankato.

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