2011-05-04 / Features

Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School

By BENNETT WELCH

1945

The Whitesburg High School faculty for the 1944- 45 school year consisted of the following: Curtis J. Reed, principal - “He devotes himself faithfully to his task”. Carlice Breeding, mathematics - “A sincere, hardworking good fellow.” Edgar Banks, chemistry and physics and principal of the grade school - “There’s honesty, manhood and good fellowship in him.” Miss Ann Dugan, home economics - “She is a serious, conscientious worker and is doing a wonderful job.” Isaac Hogg, geometry - “With the patience of Job he masters his circles in a most efficient manner.” Joda Adams, science and athletics - “His sense of humor will get him by in any man’s country.” Mrs. Hugh Hurst, science - “She needs no eulogy; she speaks for herself.” Miss Mary Glenn Jenkins, typing and shorthand - “A faithful worker who says little, but knows much. Just naturally nice.” Mrs. Belle G. Hundermer, science - “An apotheosis of the eternal feminine daintiness combined with intelligence.” Mrs. Bonnie B. Day, history - “With due respects to her major, she is a wholesome live wire with the gentlest heart.” James Marion Stamper, English - “His ability and genial disposition will ever make him stand out as one who wins.” Mrs. Rosa Hale Jones, music and speech - “One of those persons who accomplish marvels.” Mrs. Glynn H. Sparks, English - “With her cordial personality and her perseverance she has made and will make good in any field.” W.L. Stallard, bookkeeping and history - “I am resolved to grow fat and look young at forty.” Miss Cleo Stamper, librarian - “Her heart is far from fraud and disloyalty as heaven from earth.” Mrs. Lillian Sizemore, office -“She’s not afraid of work.”

Eunice Jeanette Bentley, a member of the senior class, composed the class will as follows: Class Will: We, the Class of 1945, in 61 individual and distinct parts, being about to pass out of this realm of education, in full possession of a crammed mind, well trained memory, and almost superhuman understanding, do make and publish this, our last will and testament. Knowing the pain the student body and faculty will suffer upon our graduation, and realizing the breathtaking gap our brilliancy, character, originality, gayety, sense of humor, and generosity will make in this educational institution, we leave a small percent of our numerous talents to our worthy (???) successors. Hoping these small gifts will in a minor measure a ton for said successors’ loss and grief.

Item: We give and bequeath to the dear faculty, who have been our instructors for the past four years, a sweet and unbroken succession of restful nights and peaceful dreams. No longer need Bonnie B. Day lie awake through the long watches of the night to worry over the uncertainty of whether Drew Frazier is burning midnight oil over his history notebook. No more shall Hawk-Eye Breeding toss and turn in his bed, sleepily mumbling, “He did it again — slipped off again. Oh, Van, why do you do me like you do?” Never again shall Mrs. Hundumer spend a sleepless night fretting over the inevitable tardiness of S.T. It has doubtless been a hard strain of all the teachers, for seniors are said to be at all times and under all conditions, difficult to manage. But these martyrs have done their duty and now they shall have their award.

Item: We give and bequeath to our beloved superintendent, Prof. Reed, the task of running the school without our valuable aid and help and without the inspiration we gave him in his work.

Item: We give and bequeath to Whitesburg High School, as a whole, the tradition of senior sweaters. In years to come, when you who are now freshmen are proudly wearing senior sweaters, we trust you will remember what we of the class of ’45 underwent in order that this senior privilege might be had.

Item: We give and bequeath to the junior class all such persons as we were not able to keep pace with such brilliant students as compose the majority of our class, trusting that the junior class may be able to hold firmly to them and steer them firmly next year through the gates of Commencement.

Item: The following list of articles we leave generously to the class of ’46: 1st: Our seats in classrooms and chapels. May they endeavor to fill them as advantageously, as promptly, and satisfactorily as we have done. 2nd: Our senior dignity. May they uphold it always, with all seriousness and gravity, endeavoring to realize its vast importance, in spite of their natural light-mindedness and irresponsibility. 3rd: Any stubs of pencils, erasers, or scraps of paper that we may have left behind us in the excitement and haste of graduation.

Item: Again, we give and bequeath to our beloved faculty all the amazing knowledge and startling information that we have furnished them from time to time in our various examination papers. We know that much which we have imparted to them in this way must have been entirely new to them, such as the fact that George Rodgers Clark invented the Clark candy bar and other notable discoveries which could have come only from the dark recesses of our brilliant minds. We trust the faculty will feel at perfect liberty to make use of all such bits of wisdom for the education of classes to come after us. This, of course is left entirely to their personal discretion,

Item: The following may seem but trifling bequeaths but we hope they may be accepted, not as worthless things, but as valuable treasures, because we give them from the generosity and the thoughtfulness of our hearts.

1. To Ruby June Adams, Abraham lovingly leaves his heart — hinting for hers in return.

2. To Ann Hays, Margaret Rose leaves her treasured comb, knowing that with Ann it will carry on its distained duty.

3. To Dimple Caudill, whom she knows it will benefit, Marion leaves her domestic ambitions.

4. Knowing her figure to be the envy of the Whitesburg student body, Emma Carolyn generously leaves it to Fred McCray.

5. Jeanette Collins has a knack for punctuality. In the face of gravest danger she always manages to get to school not less than 30 minutes late. We seniors can never forget her blooming voice as she came in the door panting, “Now, Miz Day, I left home at 15 ‘til 8 and came up Ratrow a-singing at the top of my voice, to keep ‘em from throwing dishwater on me.” Realizing her great talent and discovering one who is in great need of it, Jeanette obligingly leaves it to Phil Holstein.

6. Charlotte, retaining only enough for her personal use, leaves the rest of her appeal to men to be distributed evenly among the female members of the class of ’46.

7. To J. D. Pendleton, Wanda Carolyn leaves her gift of gab.

8. To Owen Adams, Charlene blushingly leaves her bow legs — for aiding him hereafter to ride her dad’s mule.

9. Knowing the Marine Corps doesn’t permit the frills and fancies of civilian life, Van sorrowfully leaves his curls to Jimmy Craft.

10. Drew Frazier has enough good sportsmanship and likeableness about him to supply the entire junior class, so he lavishly distributes same to each and every member of said class.

11. Observing that neatness plays an important role in one’s life, Mildred Thomas wills her correct appearance to Virginia Wright, hoping it will be of as much value to her as it was to Mildred.

12. To anybody who needs it, Hoye Webb is willing to leave his smile. Apply early and avoid the rush.

13. Hudson leaves her quietness to Billy Paul Frazier, for a “hint to the wise is sufficient.”

14. Bobby Childers’s abounding energy is left to Frank Dawahare.

15. All the wisdom and intelligence of Sam Boggs is willed to Harold Mason. Sam Boggs is willed to Harold Mason. Sam couldn’t be induced to leave behind his red hair.

16. The blond curls of Beulah Adams are left to Kathryn Back.

17. Joyce leaves her studious qualities to her little sister, Jean.

18. The combined musical voices of Walleen Collins and Joy Ann Pigman are left to Charles Hall.

19. To anyone who desires the stately dignity which a tall carriage can provide is left the height of Zelma Lou Hart, Rex Craft, and Billy Ray Breeding.

20. Emma Jean was forced to leave behind her cheerleading suit. After a lengthy deep cogitation, she decided it would get the most loving care in the grateful, outstretched hands of Ethel Standifer — so she wills it accordingly.

21. During the strife and stress of graduation, Elmer Breeding last grew up. In the process, he had to shed a few of his old habits. The one he most hated to depart with was most skilled; he left to Fernoy Mosgrove his technique to osculate.

22. Last, but far from least, in this list of personal items being left behind, is the bold, sarcastic wit of Peggy Leach. Any junior who thinks he is capable of handling the situations and predicaments it can bring on, is welcome to it.

Item: To our class sponsors, Mrs. Day and Mr. Stamper, we give and bequeath the profound admiration and ever-enduring friendship of the class of ’45. We shall not soon forget their ready help and advice, their suggestions, and backing, and the deep interest they showed to us as a class and as individuals.

Item: We, as a class, are strong, possess the willpower of a martyr, and are not easily moved by the giving away of minor treasures, yet it is with extreme difficulty that we bring ourselves to the point of nobly and unselfi shly giving up this small item. Mustering up all the generosity there is left in us and bearing in mind always consideration of others, with tears in our eyes and sadness in our hearts, we, the class of ’45, leave Christine to Jack Nease.

And we do constitute and appoint Superman and Betty Grable sole executors of this, our last will and testament.

In witness whereof, we, the class of 1945, have to this will set our seal this twentyfi rst day of May, Anno Domini, one thousand nine hundred and forty-five.

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