2010 Whitesburg High School All-Class Reunion Moments and Memories of WHS
I had the privilege of attending the reunion of all of the classes of the old Whitesburg High School during the weekend of June 25-26 at the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Lexington. I really enjoyed meeting a lot of individuals that I have been writing about in this column for the past 18 months.
Two very special ladies attending were 99-year old Mabel Blair Burklow (class of 1929) and Elizabeth “Dot” Combs Webb (class of 1938).
There were more than 300 graduates, former students and friends, includ- ing several from California, Florida and other distant states registered for the event. Six members of the Hobart and Nola Combs family from around the country combined a minireunion with the WHS event. The largest number in attendance was members of classes of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The weekend activities included a Friday night social, a large banquet and dance on Saturday night. Door prizes were given by several of the alums, including gift baskets, a country ham, fresh Florida fruit boxes, as well as a UK basketball, UK football and tickets to a game in both sports. The weekend ended with a breakfast on Sunday morning before those proud alumni returned to their homes.
Another such event is now being planned for 2015.
In Honor of Mabel
Burklow, Class of 1929
Annual banquet for the seniors (May, 1929)
The annual banquet given by the juniors was held in the gymnasium on Tuesday evening, May 7. The gym was beautifully decorated with spring flowers changing it into a “Garden of Enchantment.”
An interesting program was given by the juniors. Those attending the banquet were: Geneva Gibson, Evelyn Back, Mabel Blair (Burklow), Nassaretta Hays, Ruby Burton, Viola Combs, Rosa Hale, Eva Dean Squires, Myrtle Hammock, Hazel Fields, Vessie Jones, Virginia Vermillion, Alta Logan, Helen Combs, Clara Polichetti, Draxie Smallwood, Fay Collins, Lola Campbell, Ida Hart, Hester Day, Frankie Bentley, Erma Banks and Wilma Adams,
Loren Bentley, Hillard Hall, Blair Adkins, Walter Enlow, Ballard Webb, Bert Adams, Albert Jones, Cecil Baker, Lester Day, Bernard Banks, Earl Banks, Fred Day, Cliff ord Blair, Homer Yonts, Sherman Bentley, John Haynes, Lewis Craft, Herbert Webb, Dave Craft, William Vermillion, Ferdinand Moore, Pascal Hall, Joe Reynolds, Bradley Ison, Frank Fletcher, Archie Craft, Glenn Clay and W. Robert Jones,
Prof. Squires, Prof. Hale, Hunter Smith, Jack Glenn, Miss Warren, Miss Lynn, Miss Coates, Miss Lewis, and Miss Hayes.
The evening was a very pleasant, and all those present enjoyed themselves.
Senior Play (1929):
“The Boomerang”, a comedy in three acts, by Winchell Smith and Victor Mapes, has been selected as the senior play for this year. This play was very popular in New York when produced at the Belasco Theatre, and was given a long run there.
The cast selected are: Dr. Gerald Summer - Cliff ord Blair; Budd Woodbridge - Bert Adams; Preston De Witt - Cecil Baker; Emile - Lester Day; Hartley - Albert Jones; Mr. Stone - Hillard Hall; Virginia Xelva - Rosa Hale; Grace Tyler - Evadean Squires; Marion Summer - Evelyn Back; Anna Chatten - Mabel Blair; Gertrude Ludlow - Viola Combs; Mrs. Creighton Woodbridge - Hazel Fields.
Mabel Blair (Burklow)
A five letter word meaning peppy, attractive, sweet, pretty and winning. Only one solution, “Mabel!” In the crossword puzzle of high school days, Mabel, has been the key to many good times. She has a winning personality, and is the very essence of femininity.
(The above articles from the May 1929 Black Kat.)