The Picher-Cardin Reunion Committee have been approached by many people about the possibility of creating a historical monument for the Picher-Cardin area.

PICHER – This year the alumni and faculty of Picher High School will be celebrating and sharing 100 years of Picher High School memories. The town has closed, but the Gorilla spirit remains.

The 17th Annual Picher-Cardin All School Reunion is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Student Activity Center.

Picher High School was established in the once thriving mining town in 1917 and closed in 2009 graduating its final class of 11 students that year.

In Picher's most prosperous mining times in the 1920s, the town's population grew to 20,000 people before ceasing municipal operations in 2009 after the EPA declared the town and surrounding area a federal Superfund hazardous mining waste site. Picher was also hit by a devastating tornado.

The Picher-Cardin Reunion Committee comprised of Donna Reeves, Susie Stone, Sue Sigle, Shirley Sharbutt, Debra Bunce, Paula Suman, Tish Freeman, Sherri Mills, Stacey Koger and Tammy Roberts have been approached by many people about the possibility of creating a historical monument for the Picher-Cardin area.

“We are making plans now to bring this to life,” Mills said. “We have set up a special account just for this purpose. If anyone would like to contribute to this cause it would be very much appreciated. There is no amount too small or too large.”

Mills said final plans for the design or location of a monument have not been completed. The Reunion Committee is considering placing the monument near the Gary Building, the former Ole Miner's Pharmacy, which now houses the Picher-Cardin Reunion Committee's headquarters across the street at the town's old post office where a concrete slab still exists.

Ideas for the design of the monument include the possibility of a statue of a miner to commemorate the mining history the town was founded upon.

Contributions can be made at the Picher-Cardin All School Reunion, or by mailing them to Picher/Cardin Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 84, Quapaw, Ok. 74363 or by contacting Sherri Mills at 918-541-5805 or any committee member.

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at mstotts@miaminewsrecord.com or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.