A warm friendship has re-blossomed following an unexpected meeting at the CHS Alumni Banquet in May.
Dale Holzworth and Donna Kay Rigsby, grew up with only an alley separating their homes in Crothersville. “We were friends throughout our childhood years,” said Donna Rigsby of the two families including Dale’s sister, Margaret (Holzworth) Street who still lives in Crothersville, his brothers, Jimmy who lives in Scottsburg and the late John Holzworth; and Rigsby’s brothers Bill Rigsby of South Carolina, the late Bob and Jimmy Rigsby and late sister, Wanda (Rigsby) Drake.
After completing high school, Dale’s career took him to the Navy for four years and eventually settling in Boston. Donna’s career took her to Cummins and living in Columbus.
“Dale and I both attended the Crothersville High School Alumni Banquet, held May 15, and we were reunited as those ‘hometown kids’ after not seeing each other for 50 years,” said Donna. “We decided to stay in touch so after many phone calls and renewing our childhood friendship, Dale invited me to share with him the 4th of July celebrations in Boston.”
We stayed at his home in Brookline for a couple of days and Dale gave me the grand tour of Boston and all the historical sites there.
We then drove to his summer residence in Chatham (Cape Cod) Massachusetts for the 4th of July and a few days on the beach. The ocean, the ships, the sail boats, the light houses, the quaint town of Chatham and Dale’s summer residence were all very beautiful, she said.
From those two Crothersville childhood kids walking down the alley together to sell our pop bottles to be able to get a coke at Buck Cutshaw’s station, Dale made my 4th of July celebration with him at his Brookline home and Chatham summer residence as magical as our childhood Days in Crothersville.
“And we both still call Crothersville ‘home’ said Rigsby.