2012-10-31 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH

1947

The senior class of 1947 was Barbara Adams, Burtis G. Adams, Anita W. Adkins, Jack Lloyd Amburgey, Edgar Banks, Rilla Vae C. Banks, Cleta Bentley, Herbert Clay Caudill, Maelean Caudill, Mary Caudill, Verniece Faye Caudill, Wendell Collier, Georgelta Collins, James Ray Collins, Arthur Willis Combs, Carol Combs, Jacqueline Faye Combs, Dallas June Craft, Owen Ishmael Craft, Coleman Day, Margaret Louise Day, Bill W. Fairchild, Paula J. Flinchum, Thomas A. Fugate, Emma Carol Frazier, Jack Glenn Frazier, Ruth Hall, Della Mae Caudill Hall, Palmer Hamilton, Nancy Hilton, Prewitt Hoffman, Polly Jean Hogg, Nellie Evelyn Holbrook, Wilma June Holbrook, Phillip S. Holston, Ermel R. Ison, Priscilla Pat Ison, Dorothy Sue Jenkins, Rebecca Lenore Kincer, Mary Atta Kincer, Larue Iva Jean Kiser, Mary Lynn Lewis, Ellis O. Maggard, Archie Gleason Maggard, John C. Newsome, Bill Pigman, James Glen Polly, Paul W. Polly, Herman Enlow Sergent, Carol Hargis Shacklelford, Betty Sue Slemp, Margie Lou Slemp, Lavon Sparks, Anna Lea Sturgill, Ruby Lucille Taylor amd Donald Roger Wyatt.

Senior class officers

President Ishmael Craft; Vice-President Lucille Taylor; Secretary Vernice Caudill; Treasurer Mary Atta Kincer. Valedictorian for the class was Paula Flinchum and the salutatorian was Herman Sergent.

Yellowjackets back in action

The games between WHS and Kingdom Come High School on Dec. 7 marked the opening of the first regular basketball schedule in four years for the Whitesburg team. In the games the Whitesburg B-team triumphed 33 to 31, but the superior K.C.H. A-team won over Whitesburg in a hard fought game 44 to 26.

On Monday night, Dec. 9, the Yellowjackets really showed their ability to win when they won both A and B games over the Stuart Robinson Eagles, the B’s winning 26 to 24 and the A’s 21 to 19.

Despite the fact the Whitco Squad must travel to Fleming each afternoon to practice and are late getting back, many boys turned out and they are determined to put Whitesburg in her place as one of the top-ranking teams of the district.

(The above article from the Dec. 12, 1946 Mountain Eagle.)

Halloween Carnival decided success

The Halloween Carnival given at the Whitesburg High School auditorium Wednesday evening was a decided success with huge crowds joining in the fun and merrymaking event, such as side shows, square dance, songs by Glee Club, crowning of King and Queen and various other attractions that accompany programs of this kind.

Norma Polly was chosen as Queen while Cecil Webb, Jr. won in the contest for King. This was probably the most interesting feature of the Carnival.

We are informed the proceeds amounted to $1,841, which will probably be used to purchase pianos for the school.

School parade

The parade of hundreds of pupils led by the W.H.S. band and teachers was enough to put the school spirit into every citizen as they marched clad in gala costumes through the streets of town on Wednesday morning.

As we have said before, the training of these youngsters is our first and foremost task, and our teachers and leaders should be given every support and cooperation. “The Dawn of Tomorrow” can easily be seen in the faces of our children, and the hope of the future is with them for within a few years it will be their task to carry on as we are today.

(The above article from the Oct. 31, 1946 Mountain Eagle.)

Glee Club to present concert

The Whitesburg High School Glee Club and Band will present their yearly concert on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the graded school auditorium. The Glee Club, directed by Ruth Tolliver and accompanied by Glenna Little, will present the contest selections which they are singing in the Regional contest at Harlan on Saturday, April 12. They will also favor us with interesting, well known selections that we all love. Jesse Hogg will represent the school as baritone soloist, Jacqueline Combs as lyric soprano, Patsy Ann Fields as soprano, Barbara Adams as contralto, and Jane Raleigh Lewis as mezzo-soprano and piano contestant.

The band will play numbers required for the state contest.

We offer special thanks to Miss Ann Dugan who has preserved our band uniforms during the war period and also for her help in making the new glee club uniforms.

(The above article from the April 10, 1947 Black Kat.)

Whitesburg band leader serves 45 months overseas

Hugh C. Adams of Whitesburg had a very interesting tour of duty. He was director of several bands which toured North Africa, Italy, France, England, Switzerland, Egypt, Greece and Persia. From the time of the invasion of North Africa, his bands began entertaining the troops. He was the first bandleader to receive a warrant officer’s appointment overseas. He interviewed the musicians and organized the first overseas band in Oran, Algeria. He was chosen as the Army’s music representative in the eternal city and guest conductor of the Florence, Naples and Rome Symphony Orchestra. He later became the instructor in the American University in Florence.

Mr. Adams’s bands have appeared in two movie shorts with General Eisenhower in “North African News” and also in the film “Tehran.”

Under his baton have been musicians from the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Barney Rapp, Charlie Spivak and Don Bestor.

His band was the winner of the “Battle of Music” in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his untiring devotion to duty in the African and Italian Campaigns.

The bands of Warrant Officer Adams played upon several occasions for General Eisenhower, for Happy Chandler and his senatorial party, serenaded President Roosevelt and his staff then attending the African Conference, played for the largest naturalization ceremony in America’s history and for the awarding of the 101st Congressional Medal of Honor.

They established regular broadcasts from Oran, Caserta, Rome and Florence.

Mr. Adams arrived Sept. 1 to accept a position as head of the Music Department here. To date 91 students are scheduled for band instruction.

(The above article from the Sept. 12, 1946 Mountain Eagle.)

Many school events beginning to take place

The last few weeks have been full of school activities and the calendar seems to be full to the last day of school, May 23.

The second part of the recital of the pupils of Mrs. Millard Tolliver and Miss Glenna Little was given on Monday night, April 26, and the children looked pretty and played exceptionally well. The stage was attractively decorated for all recitals with flowers and palms and made attractive settings for the numbers.

When the paper comes off the press if the weather is suitable, Whitesburg will have witnesses, a very beautiful May Day parade, consisting of a beautiful float carrying the King and Queen of May, Otis Nelson Mohn and Carol Brown, both of first grade, followed by the Whitesburg School Band, school patrolmen, and the entire school body, most grades wearing attractive colored hats.

Last Friday was a gala day for the Whitesburg School, when the Whitesburg football team beat Cumberland in their spring game; the Whitesburg Band marched between halves and played during the game.

All who missed the senior play on Tuesday night will be hearing remarks for a long time about Great Caesar’s Ghost and wishing they had seen the play.

(The above article from the May 1, 1947 Mountain Eagle.)

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