2011-06-15 / Families & Friends

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 1947 — This team was coached by Ray Pigman. Front row L-R: Glen “Porky” Polly, Gardner Bates Jr., Steve John, Harold Mullins, Raymond Polly, Sonny Webb, Red Fox Adams, (middle) James Gose, (back) Gayle Fields, Ballard Morgan and Alex Hall. WHITESBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 1947 — This team was coached by Ray Pigman. Front row L-R: Glen “Porky” Polly, Gardner Bates Jr., Steve John, Harold Mullins, Raymond Polly, Sonny Webb, Red Fox Adams, (middle) James Gose, (back) Gayle Fields, Ballard Morgan and Alex Hall. 1947 Jackets sting the Hazard Bulldogs

In a very exciting and tense game from the sound of the whistle for the first kickoff until the last second of the game, Whitesburg Yellow Jackets really did sting the Hazard Bulldogs. With the largest crowd which has ever witnessed a football game in Whitesburg, with almost as many spectators from Perry as from Letcher County, the excitement was high throughout the game. The undefeated Bulldogs were favored by at least two touchdowns, but Coach Ray Pigman’s Yellow Jackets played them to a score of 18-14. At the close of the first quarter the score was 7-6 in favor of the Bulldogs, Porkey Polly, captain of the Yellow Jackets, scoring for his team.


The 1947 Valedictorian was Paula Flinchum and the Salutatorian was Herman Sergent. The 1947 Valedictorian was Paula Flinchum and the Salutatorian was Herman Sergent. During the intermission at the half, the Whitesburg School Band led by their drum majorette, Betty Joe Combs, took the field and gave a very beautiful parade, forming before the Hazard cheering section the letter H and a big W before the Whitesburg fans.

During the third quarter, Hazard scored. Porkey again carried the pigskin over the goal line on a pass from James Gose making the score 14-12 in favor of Hazard. During the fourth quarter Gayle Fields chalked up the third touchdown for the Yellow Jackets and although the Bulldogs tried valiantly they were unable to cross the Yellow Jacket’s goal line. Coach Pigman’s line up for the Hazard game was, Center: Harold Minns, Guards: Stevie John and Raymond Polly, Tackles, Sonny Webb and Junior Bates; Ends: Porkey Polly and Herbert ‘Red’ Adams, Tail Back: Alex Hall, Quarterback: James Gose, Halfback: Gayle Fields, Full Back: Ballard Morgan and Ralph Palumbo, Tommy Harris substituting as tackle and Johnny Banks substituting as guard. After the spectators, students and ball teams returned to Whitesburg, Mr. Adams’s school band gave a concert in front of the Daniel Boone Hotel and were given many encores. Let the fans stand behind this team to the end of the season. A gritty little team Whitesburg can well be proud of.

(The above article from the Oct. 16, 1947 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg Yellow

Jackets win over Belfry

Although a drizzling rain and several heavy showers were in the weather report for Friday night, it did not deter the football fans from attending the Whitesburg/Belfry game in which the score at the final whistle was 25-0 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets far outclassed the Belfry Pirates and Coach Pigman was able to use during a great part of the game the ‘B’ team line, and this little team really did themselves proud, for the Pirates were unable to score on the B team. Alex Hall scored three touchdowns and James Gose scored one. The extra point was kicked by Steve John.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle Oct. 23, 1947.)

Future Homemakers attend meeting

The Whitesburg Chapter of the Future Homemakers of America attended the Fall District Meeting, Saturday, November 22 at the Lilly High School (about 10 miles south of London).

Our chapter took part in the following activities: Recreation with Geraldine Boggs as the leader. After lunch, the group enjoyed folk games for about one half-hour.

Parliamentary Procedure, Wilma Faye Sumpter, District Parliamentarian, was leader in a good parliamentary procedure demonstration. Another chapter put on the other side.

All chapters attending entered a style show contest. The Whitesburg Chapter wrote a little skit and in putting on the skit, the dresses were shown. We were judged ‘Excellent.’ The following girls attended the meeting: Rachel Ann Back, Lois Banks, Norma Ruth Bates, Wanda Sue Bates, Geraldine Boggs, Gloria Mae Boggs, Castalay Byrd, Ruby June Collier, Patsy Ann Fields, Yvonne Hammons, Roxie Jones, Jackie King, Peggy Maggard, Betty Powell, Wilma Faye Sumpter, Thelma Wampler, Wanda Lee Webb.

We want to thank Miss Potter for the use of the bus, and Mr. Tolliver for his help. The cooperation of these two made it possible for 18 chapter members to attend the meeting.

(The above article from the Nov. 27, 1947 Mountain Eagle.)

Yellow Jackets win over Fleming

The Yellow Jackets stung the Fleming Pirates by a score of 25-6, making their fourth straight game to win, with the fifth a tie. The Yellow Jackets were in excellent condition and gave the Pirates a rush from the first and there never was any doubt as to whose ball game it was. Fleming kicked off to Whitesburg and they scored in three plays. In the second quarter, Alex Hall ran 30 yards for a touchdown and the score was 13-0 at the end of the half. On an intercepted pass in the third quarter Alex Hall ran 60 yards for the third touchdown. Fleming was able to score in the third quarter, making the score 19-6. In the last quarter, Alex Hall scored again bringing the final score to 25-6 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Alex Hall played a sensational grandstand game, but he was backed by a good line and had good blocking in front. The whole team played well. It was a hard fought game from beginning to end. Neither team gave up. Fleming Pirates fought one of the hardest games of their season. The Yellow Jackets outclassed them in speed, quick work, shifting and alertness. They played a quick, aggressive game.

The cheering sections, the fans and yell leaders were really behind the teams, both on Fleming side and Whitesburg. There was plenty of enthusiasm, pep and support given to the boys all of which helped to win the game and make a winning team of Whitesburg High. Too much praise cannot be given to our Coach Ray Pigman, who has developed the boys, physically and also into good sportsmen who can win or lose in good spirit and made them to realize that good character is as a winning team.

(The above article appeared in the Nov. 6, 1947 Mountain Eagle.) WHS girl named winner

Miss Docia Adams, a Whitesburg High School student, was named winner in a statewide poetry contest for high school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Federation of Woman’s Clubs, and held in celebration of Kentucky Poetry Day, which was observed by proclamation of Governor Simeon S. Willis.

Miss Adams won fourth prize on her poem: ‘Childhood Memories.’ “Oh, the happy days of childhood! How their memory lingers still, of dolls and beads and mansions of sand and the games at the old sawmill. I remember, little playmate, How we waded the clear cool streams and we made a playhouse in the barn underneath the big crossbeams.

Once we watched the men folk make molasses from the sugar cane and we ate its sweetness from bucket lids down by the clear cool spring. We sang lullabies at noon day and put our dolls to bed and while they slept, we made mud pies to be their daily bread.”

(The above article from The Mountain Eagle April 17, 1947.)

Seniors to have play

‘Great Caesar’s Ghost,’ a comedy in three acts, will by given at the high school auditorium, Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. Admission for adults is 50 cents and children 35 cents.

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy an evening of hilarious fun and suspense.

(The above article from the April 24, 1947 Mountain Eagle.)

Class officers 1947: President Ishmael Craft; Vice President Lucille Taylor; Secretary Vernice Caudill; Treasurer Mary Atta Kincer.

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