2012-09-05 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


1938-39 Faculty — (front row, left to right) Jerry Montgomery, Isaac Hogg, Richard Dean Squires (Principal), Sanford Adams, Dean Addington, (second row) W.L. Stallard, Follace Fields, Pansy Webb, Ann Dugan, Edgar Banks, Millard Tolliver, (third row) Maxine Frazier Salling, Dalna Hays Hale, Viola Cook, Rosa Hale Jones, Lovette Fields Brown, Cleo Stamper and Eunice Combs Taylor. 1938-39 Faculty — (front row, left to right) Jerry Montgomery, Isaac Hogg, Richard Dean Squires (Principal), Sanford Adams, Dean Addington, (second row) W.L. Stallard, Follace Fields, Pansy Webb, Ann Dugan, Edgar Banks, Millard Tolliver, (third row) Maxine Frazier Salling, Dalna Hays Hale, Viola Cook, Rosa Hale Jones, Lovette Fields Brown, Cleo Stamper and Eunice Combs Taylor. 1938-39

Whitesburg High to hold Halloween Carnival

Our annual Halloween Carnival is to be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the grade school building. The P.T.A ladies have reported that they plan to have a much better carnival than last year’s.

The crowning of the King and Queen of the Carnival, chosen from the high school by the students, will be the main feature.

Those nominated are as follows: senior class: Duey Cornett, King, Hazel Mullins, Queen. junior class: Wm. Floyd Mercer, King, Velma Sturgill, Queen. sophomore class: Eric Rierson, King, Clarice Lynch, Queen. The freshman King and Queen have not yet been chosen.


VELMA STURGILL (ARMSTRONG) VELMA STURGILL (ARMSTRONG) The juniors have worked hard every year to elect their Queen and so far they have succeeded. They are striving for the same purpose this year.

The juniors and the other classes will be grateful for any support from the people in town.

Marietta Boyd, Joanne and Jannette Lewis, Reporters.

(The above article from the Oct. 20, 1938 Mountain Eagle.)

P.T.A. Halloween Carnival is success

The annual Halloween Carnival at the Graded School Building was held this year on the Thursday night before Halloween under the direction of Mrs. Jerry Montgomery, chairman of a splendid committee, and the assistance of all teachers of the school, both high and graded. Financially, this was the most successful carnival yet held, and according to all reports, the most enjoyable as to fun and fright. The total receipts were $212.19, and the net profit $169.70.


WALKER PIGMAN WALKER PIGMAN A few of the highlights of the entertainment were popcorn balls, jam cake chances, Bingo game, wedding dresses of well known people, picture booth, grab bag, House of Horrors, Frankenstein, fortune teller, etc., followed by a short program and climaxing in the crowning of the King and Queen, chosen from the high school.

This year’s Queen was Miss Velma Sturgill of the junior class and the King was Mr. Walker Pigman of the freshman class. This has become an annual event of great interest in the high school and the money received there from goes into the high school library.

(The above article from the Nov. 17, 1938 Mountain Eagle)

On Friday, Oct. 14, the High School Yellowjackets journeyed to Middlesboro where they played an exceptionally good game. The outstanding players on the W.H.S. team were Dewey Cornett, Ted Cook, Gene Moore and Walker Pigman. At the end of the game the score was 13-7 in favor of Middlesboro.

Our next game is to be at Jenkins, Saturday, Oct. 22.

Now that school has been running along smoothly for almost seven weeks, we have finally gotten around to organizing the classes. The following officers have been elected: Senior class: Red Craft, President; William Spralin, Vice President; Doris Adams, Secretary- Treasurer. Junior girls: Florence Hale, President; Helen Caudill, Secretary-Treasurer. Sophomore girls: Anna Reece Caudill, President; Irene Bates, Vice President; Bonnie Duncan, Secretary- Treasurer. Sophomore boys: Newton Cornett, President; Harold Spradlin, Secretary Treasurer. Freshman: Walker Pigman, President; Joanne Lewis, Vice-President; Judy Craft, Secretary- Treasurer.

A few of the officers have not been elected.

(The above article from the Oct. 20, 1938 Mountain Eagle.)

Future Farmer notes

The members of the Whitesburg High School agriculture classes are facing the busiest portion of their school year. In addition to their regular classroom work, they must get underway their projects for the year. The projects are perhaps the most important part of their work because in carrying these out, they gain actual experience, which will be very useful to them in years to come.

One of the projects planned by the Future Farmers to aid in beautifying the school grounds and the town is the planning of native shrubbery. Twentyfi ve or 30 dogwood, redbud, and maple already have been planted around the gymnasium. Later in the spring more shrubbery will be planted along the new street being constructed at the present time through the campus.

Within the next two weeks, the agriculture students will order co-operatively 2,000 baby chicks from the Kentucky Hatchery in Lexington for their broiler projects. These chicks will be shipped around the 20th of February. Brooder houses are now being built and remodeled. Their teacher is Mr. Jerry Montgomery.

(The above article from the January 5, 1939 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg Hi activities by Hal

Last Thursday the Yellowjackets took a trip up in the northern part of the state. They played Grayson Thursday night and upset them to a score of 32-21. The boys reported that Grayson was the friendliest place they’ve been in a long time, they were treated in a very courteous way and I may say from my own experience that the people of Grayson take you into their homes and you’re treated as if you were a long lost relative. So go when Grayson comes over here, which they expect to do next year, we want to pay back some of the kindness that was shown us.

Friday night the Yellowjackets maneuvered themselves against Russell, and despite a rather long floor, they captured Russell by 28-26.

Saturday night the Yellowjackets turned over the boat that Prestonsburg was rowing in and won by a score of 20-16.

Tuesday night the Yellowjackets played Prestonsburg here and again sunk their opponents by 29-13. This puts the Yellowjackets on top, after winning the last four games.

(The above article from the Feb. 23, 1939 Mountain Eagle.)

The Whitesburg High Future Farmers Chapter sponsored a party for the Home Economic Girls Club, Wednesday, Feb. 15. This party began at 6 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m. Social games were played as follows: darts, Chinese checkers, and Bingo.

Other games were available for each person present to enjoy. Prizes were awarded to the highest scorers for dart throwing. This was for girls only. The winners were Janice Mullins and Katherine Black.

Other prizes were given to winners of Bingo and Chinese checkers. Both boys and girls were winners in these contests. The winners were: Colby Adams, Katherine Webb, Florence Hale, Eugene Fugate, James Banks and Nash Webb.

There were 64 members present, 32 boys and 32 girls.

Each person had something to do and enjoy during the whole time of the party.

The party was a success and everyone enjoyed it very much.

Music was given by Bill Amburgey and David Kincer.

At the close of the party refreshments were served, which consisted of Old Time Fruit Punch and cookies.

(The above article from the Feb. 23, 1939 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg Hi News by Hal

With a great big “hello” we greeted the following college students: Maude Webb, Verdell Bach, Harold Vermillion, Chad Mullins, Ella Jane Thompson, Steve Adams, Red Adams, James Bentley, Jane Squires, and Burtis Franklin, who were up at school Monday renewing old acquaintances.

Sam Collins Jr. entertained a group of his friends with a dinner Saturday, celebrating his 18th birthday.

Hugh Adams will present a Cantata at Fleming High School, Thursday, and at the Graded School Auditorium here on Friday.

It will be worth your time, high school boys, to see the picture, “Boys Town” at the Kentucky Theatre, Christmas Sunday. It is truly a great picture.

(The above article from the Dec. 22, 1938 Mountain Eagle.)

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