Moments and Memories of WHS
The 1958-59 senior class of Whitesburg High School has elected Margaret Bach to reign as the homecoming queen. The royal attendants, elected by the football team, will be Misses Mary Rogers, Judy Adams, Sandy Gibson, Chesta Webb, Kaye Hale, Phyllis Tolliver, Patricia Stallard, and Sammie Adams.
Homecoming has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3. The afternoon parade of floats will begin at 2:30 p.m. The floats will assemble at 1:45 p.m. on Madison Street and Railroad Street. The parade will be led by the bands of Letcher County high schools. It will proceed through Main Street, making the circle at Paschal Fields’s Service Station on Route 15, and return to Madison Street.
The general theme for homecoming will be “Calling All Grads.” The floats will be judged on originality, workmanship, and how well the theme is carried out. Loving cups will be awarded to the first and second place winners of the floats. Cash awards will be presented to the winners of the school floats.
The homecoming dance will be held at the City Hall from 10 p.m. until 12 a.m. The admission will be 50 cents per person. The public is invited.
(The above article taken from the Oct. 2, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)
My Best Year at WHS, by
The year — 1956 — fresh out of the “greenhorn” stage and up into the year when we thought we knew it all, and the cocky way we did things, showed we surely earned our names — the Silly Sophomores. Sometimes we tried to act dignified, but it just wasn’t in our souls. So back to the true ways of the silly ones we went and surely enjoyed these ways more.
Some people say a sophomore can always be known when asked a question as he will answer with some rig-ma-role completely off the subject. Because, as the saying goes, a sophomore thinks he knows and knows not. But all this silly year was the greatest. Go sophomores!
Judy Combs, the 1959 valedictorian, was a member of the Beta Club 3, 4; the Science Club 4; Pep Club 1,2,3,4; Wildlife Club 2,3 and a cheerleader 3, 4.
Of all the things that could have happened at Whitesburg High School, we never thought we would have the army here. Yes, the National Guard moved on our campus on the 25th of April. Their purpose is to bring order because of the union strike. Since they have no other place to stay, they were permitted to billet in the gymnasium. Now everywhere you look there are men and boys in khaki uniforms, some are cooking, some are doing daily exercises, some are policing the campus and others lie on bunks discussing their problems. The basement and first floor on the gym are strictly off limits to the students. About every four hours, two or three armored trucks, two or three Jeeps with armed soldiers leave the campus and others return. Much precaution is taken when the army moves their vehicles on the campus for a soldier walks in front of each one to see that no child or careless student may be hit.
They set up their cooking tents near the gym and every time the students go by their mouths droll at the good things to eat, and the smell of that good coffee.
Girls, when you innocently walk by the gym and someone whistles, don’t be alarmed, it’s only the National Guard. Some girls have been accused of walking unnecessary trips down the hill, but why not? “We’re in the army now” should be our class motto and school song, as anyone would agree after a glance at the school campus.
What High School has taught me
Joyceleen Kincer: W.H.S. has taught me confidence. I feel now that I can step out into the world and be ready to master the hardships that will come my way. Janice Jones: My years have taught me that everyone appreciates a smile and a friendly word once in a while. Lois Rogers: I have been taught common sense, and to respect the rights of others and to understand their feelings. Tish Webb: It has helped me to accept some responsibilities and how to prepare myself for the future. Phyllis Stallard: It has taught me obedience, honor, respect, truth, loyalty, love, hate, fear, anger, disappointment, and happiness. The most important thing W.H.S. has taught me is to honor, love, and cherish the National Guard! Mary Grace Caudill: How to be a graceful loser. Gyles Williams: How to cope with situations. Mary Rogers: To be alert and ready for a pop test, to throw food down 90 miles an hour without getting indigestion, to still be able to move after climbing steps and running to classes, to put up with all kinds of people especially fussy teachers, to take disappointments, such as assigned buses going to Washington. Helen Richardson: How to go out in the world on my own and make a living for myself. Geneva Owens: To learn to know myself. Barbara
Fields: It has taught me the real meaning of studying and why. Lois Rogers: I like the wonderful teachers at W.H.S. They work overtime grading our papers, making out tests and helping us in our activities.
“ Its Late”: seniors after the prom. “Graduation Day”: seniors. “ Eternal Love”: Mary and Charles Frazier. “Tragedy”: seniors with a blank diploma. “White Lightning”: boys at the prom. “Guess Who?”: Nolan to Kay. “So Fine”: Margaret Back to Charles M. “Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye”: Jenny Banks to Jimmy Davis. “When I’m Not With You”: Janice Jones to Dean Tyree. “Blabber Mouth”: telling on seniors to Mr. Burkich. “This Should Go On Forever”: Betty Cornett to Don Collier. “Only You”: Phyllis Stallard to James Joseph. “May You Always”: Shannon Frazier to Carl Mullins. “I’ll Wait for You”: Charles Hall to Juda Holbrook. “Dream Lover”: Gals to Gyles Williams. “Endlessly”: Carlos Brown and Judy Adams. “For a Penny”: Ercel to Sylvia. “Take a Message to Mary”: Arlie to Mary Caudill. “That’s the Way It Goes”: Joy Kincer to Waldo Stamper. “Sea Cruise”: senior couples to Blair Lake. “Where Were You On Our Wedding Day?”: Mary Frances to Paul Sparks. “Come Softly To Me”: Barbara to Butter. “Try Me”: Ramona Fulton to Glenn. “ That’s Love”: Ruth Snell and Jackie Bryant. “Gee But It’s Lonely”: Karen to Don K. “A Fool Such As I”: Beth to George Hogg. “Pink Shoes and Tan Shoe Laces”: Charles Martin.
(The above articles from the May 1959 Black Kat.)