"Dinsdale Remembered" is the title of a book recently written and published by Dave McMillan. Several years of research led up to the completion of this historical look back at the life and times of the Dinsdale Consolidated School.
The Dinsdale School was opened in 1921 and operated for over forty years until further consolidation gobbled it up in 1963. During that forty-year period, 385 young people graduated from DHS and hundreds more attended at one time or another. The school was the focal point of a wonderful community that really no longer exists. The building still stands but is a useless derelict held hostage by the high cost of asbestos removal.
Dave's book covers the entire life of the Dinsdale School, from the dreams of area residents who looked for something better than eight grade country school houses, and tedious trips to local towns for high school, to the painful days of economic reality that caused its closure.
The book is hard-bound, contains over 200 pages, is graced with scores of pictures and countless facts and stories. Numerous Dinsdale alumni contributed to this book, and many are quoted within its pages. While the book is historical in nature, the author inserts generous doses of humor, nostalgia and melancholy in order to make this an enjoyable read.
McMillan identifies hundreds of individuals who attended, graduated, taught, cooked, coached, served on the school board, etc. There are humorous accounts of "the Big Chemistry Experiment That Went Wrong" and "The Potty Bomb!" Profiles of some of the people that worked and taught at DHS over the years are included, as well as personal biographies and pictures. There is one chapter devoted to the successes of the basketball teams of the 1950s.
Anyone with any sort of connection to the Dinsdale community and its school will be interested in a copy of this offering. It can be purchased from the author or at a couple of local sites. In Traer, the book is for sale at Reuman's Clothing Store, and it Reinbeck it can be found at the Fountain on Main.