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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

BASKETBALL TEAM — Pictured is the Whitesburg High School 1938 basketball team, which was coached by Millard Tolliver. In the back row (left to right) are Manager Durward Banks, Estill Blair, Edison Holbrook, Amos Cook, Craney Brush, Clay Stallard, Ted Cook, and Coach Millard Tolliver. In the front row are Kermit Lucas, Bill Tolliver, Walker Pigman, Herman Bates, Floyd Mercer, and Warren Reynolds. BASKETBALL TEAM — Pictured is the Whitesburg High School 1938 basketball team, which was coached by Millard Tolliver. In the back row (left to right) are Manager Durward Banks, Estill Blair, Edison Holbrook, Amos Cook, Craney Brush, Clay Stallard, Ted Cook, and Coach Millard Tolliver. In the front row are Kermit Lucas, Bill Tolliver, Walker Pigman, Herman Bates, Floyd Mercer, and Warren Reynolds. All Letcher County Schools to start Monday, Sept. 5 170 freshmen enroll at WHS

All members of the freshmen class of Whitesburg High School enrolled on Monday, Aug. 29, 170 students enrolling on this date.

Teachers for the WHS are: R. Dean Squires, Principal; June Fields, Secretary to the Principal; Mrs. Rosa H. Jones, Music; E.B. Hale, Assistant Principal of the High School; Edgar Banks, Science; Henry Addington, English and assistant coach; Millard Tolliver, Algebra and coach; Sanford Adams, Biology; W.C. Montgomery, Agriculture; Herbert Haynes, Mathematics; Isaac Hogg, General Science; W.L. Stallard, Penmanship, History, Government; Miss Ann Dugan, Domestic Science; Miss Pansy Webb, Economics; Miss Viola Cook, French; Mrs. Dalna H. Hale, English Literature; Miss Eunice Combs, History; Miss Maxine Frazier, Commercial; and Mr. Edison Lewis, Geometry.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle Sept. 1, 1938)

Large crowd attends

basketball banquet

Tuesday night, March 22, 101 people attended the Whitesburg High School basketball banquet at the Presbyterian Church.

This banquet was served by the Ladies' Auxiliary. The food was delicious and splendidly served by the girls of the church.

The basketball boys were each given the privilege of inviting a high school girl to accompany them and they were also escorted by some ardent basketball supporter, their meal being paid by him.

Professor R. Dean Squires acted as toastmaster, introducing the team and escorts. Music was furnished by Mrs. Albert Jones at the piano and Mr. LeRoy Fields on the saxophone and was greatly enjoyed by all. A humorous reading was given by Mrs. Jones. Two trios, "Mah Lindy Lou" and "My Curly Headed Baby", were sung by Mesdames Miles Moore and R. Dean Squires.

This was followed by a splendid speech by Coach Ed Diddle of Western Teachers College, who was also an honored guest.

The banquet came to a close by singing of 'Auld Lang Syne,' each guest departed expressing what a happy occasion it had been, and this recorded another memory in the history of Whitesburg High School.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle March 24, 1938)

Whitesburg High wins 56th District Tournament

The 56th District Tournament was played in the Whitesburg gym, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, March 3, 4, and 5.

Thursday night, Jenkins played Kingdom Come. Jenkins won 43-15. At 7:30, Fleming played Eolia, Fleming winning 35-15. Whitesburg and Stuart Robinson drew a bye for Thursday night.

Friday night Whitesburg played Jenkins and won in a close game, by the score of 20-19. Fleming played Stuart Robinson, winning by a score of 22-18. These two close and exciting games were attended by the largest crowds that have ever attended any ball game in the Whitesburg gymnasium.

Saturday night at 7:30, Whitesburg played Fleming and won with a score of 38- 23. Mayor Bill Collins presented trophies to allcounty players. They were as follows: Bill Kincer, Ted Cook and Audrey Pigman from Whitesburg High School, Milton Ticco from Jenkins High School, Harold Jenkins and Dee Conley from Fleming, Parsons from Eolia, and McIntyre from Stuart Robinson. These players received gold basketballs. Whitesburg was District Champions and Fleming was runner-up.

14th Regional

Tournament

The drawing for the Regional Tournament was held in Jackson. Coach Tolliver, R.D. Squires and Vincent Vaugh represented the district.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle March 10, 1938)

69 graduates from WHS

Friday night

Commencement exercises were held Friday night at the high school for the largest class of seniors to ever graduate from Whitesburg High School. Sixty-nine students completed their high school studies at this time.

The Baccalaureate services were held at the Baptist church last Sunday, at which Rev. L. O. Griffith delivered the message to the class and a large congregation.

Lieutenant Governor Keen Johnson will deliver the commencement address on the program, which was arranged by Prof. R. Dean Squires.

The graduates were: John Adams, Foister Collins, Lillian Mae Moretz, Geneva Adams, Wm. Fred Cornett, Gladys Potter, Helen Amburgey, Warren H. Creech, Ray Pigman, Robert Asher, Sarah Ellen Caudill, Ruby Lee Pendleton, Ogden Blair, Warren Davis, Lela Mae Picklesimer, Arnold Boggs, Maureen Day, Julia Ann Pugh, Hazel Banks, Ruth Edmiston, Leah Sturgill, Louise Blair, Norma Lee Fields, Yarlet Swisher, Van Breeding, Lee Frazier, Jr., Berkley Sizemore, Charles Ray Blair, Ira Frazier, Ison Sergent, Ernette Blair, Carolyn Fields, Pruda Webb, Gertrude Brown, Gladys B. Gish, Estelle Smallwood Blevins, James Berlin Brown, Wayne Hoffman, Archie Sergent, Kermit Baker, Marie Holbrook, Chester Webb, Verdell Bach, Patsy Lou Hall, Benjamin Webb, Elizabeth Combs, Blanche Hubbard, Paul Winstead, Beulah Combs, Inis Hall, Amos Whitaker, Garrett Craft, Lulu Holbrook, Elmer Smith, Helen Craft, Carl Ison, Delmer Smith, Grace Combs, Margaret King, Gene Miller Tomlinson, Bernice Combs, Robert Kelly, Kenton Sturgill, Bernice Collins, Thomas Morton, Raymond R. Hammonds, Astor Collins, Francis Lee Marcum, and Otto Parsons.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle May 19, 1938)

The annual Junior-Senior Banquet was held on May 14, 1938 at the Presbyterian church. The menu consisted of fruit nectar cocktail, baked chicken with dressing, green beans, buttered beets, creamed potatoes, butterfly salad, celery, pickles, olives, buttered rolls, strawberry shortcake, nuts, coffee and mints.

The toastmaster was William Fred Gibson, invocation by R. Dean Squires, music by the orchestra, welcome address was given by Bill Kincer, the response was delivered by Verdell Back, and to close out the evening, the song 'Auld Lang Syne' was sung by all.

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