Linked over generations by the Bison
Margia Rogers and Hanna Galusha are generations apart, but have a common thread — blood of the Bison.
Rogers, 99, and her great-great niece Galusha both attended High Point Central and came together on the campus of the school on Wednesday.
Rogers graduated Central in 1931. Galusha graduates this school year.
“I can’t get over how cool this day is,” Galusha said. “I don’t get to see her that much. I’ve seen her (Margia) maybe once or twice.”
Rogers attended Central while they were still called the Black Bison and during the Great Depression. Her home stood where the Blue Zucchini is in a part of town then called Mechanicsville.
Rogers said her time at Central wasn’t that different than her great-great niece’s.
“We didn’t have buses,” she said. “I had to walk from Mechanicsville all the way here. I remember when it was cold, I’d walk here and stand next to the radiator. My knees would just jingle ’cause I was so cold. I remember eating lunch with Marietta Rutledge, and they gave me this little cup of chocolate milk and I’d bring a sandwich of peanut butter.”
Galusha said she believes high school basically doesn’t change.
When she was 2, her family owned the only car in Anson County and her father died in it, leaving her mother to care for four children and a fifth on the way. Rogers’ mother moved them to High Point because she heard there was plenty of work in mills and factories. When they arrived to High Point, Rogers and her younger sister Jenny went to school while the rest of the family went to work.
“Y’all don’t understand how hard it was back then,” Rogers said. “There was no Social Security or help for my mother. During the Depression, they worked. At that age, I wasn’t too concerned, just as long as I had my peanut butter sandwich.”
Galusha said she could empathize with her great-great aunt.
“We have it so much easier than they did,” Galusha said. “High school is hard enough. I can’t imagine how hard it would be during the Depression.”
“We have the same basic core classes,” Galusha said. “She had to walk, and I get to drive, but other than that, I think high school is the same for everybody.”
One difference is that Rogers didn’t participate much in athletic events.
“I didn’t have any way to get to them,” she said. “I would’ve had to walk, and they were far.”
Rogers admired the state of the 85-year-old Central school building.
“I’m older than it is,” she said with a laugh. “I can’t imagine a building built in 1928 that’s still in such great condition. It looks just like I remember.”
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