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Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


Pictured are Myrel Brown (member of the Class of 1935) and his wife Virginia Gibson Brown (member of the Class of 1936) while on a vacation in the Bahamas in May, 1971. Pictured are Myrel Brown (member of the Class of 1935) and his wife Virginia Gibson Brown (member of the Class of 1936) while on a vacation in the Bahamas in May, 1971. 1934-35

Whitesburg P.T.A. meeting

Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18, at the Graded School building the Whitesburg P.T.A. will hold its first meeting of the year.

This meeting will be promptly at 3 o’clock, and will not be lengthy. Plans for the year’s work will be outlined and committees appointed.

A membership drive will also by planned for the next few weeks. This year we hope to enlist just as many parents and friends through the high school as through the grades.

The price of membership is only 50 cents. How much better could you invest 50 cents than to help give better advantages to our boys and girls?

We make an earnest plea to you that whether you are a teacher, parent or friend to the school that you give us your co-operation and support for this year’s work. May we count on you? Mrs. R.D. Squires, President.

(The above article from the Sept. 13, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

Piano to be sold

Anyone interested in buying a good second-hand piano should attend the Halloween carnival at the Graded School, Oct. 30.

The old school piano is to be sold absolutely to the highest bidder on this night and will mark the closing down of the carnival.

H.H. Harris will act as auctioneer and some spirited bidding is expected, as several have expressed their desire for the piano.

Come up to the carnival and enjoy its fun. Not a dull moment from start to finish.

The “Main Show” is a scream! A country wedding is the main feature. If you want to laugh and laugh, be here. Admission, one dime. Halloween Carnival, Whitesburg Graded School, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

(The above article from the October 25, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg wins over Stuart Robinson

Last Friday, the Stuart Robinson football team and fans were greatly surprised when the Whitesburg eleven rooted up a score of 13 to 6.

The game was played on the Whitesburg field. Stuart Robinson kicked off to Whitesburg and an exchange of punts brought Whitesburg close to the goal line of their opponents. A couple of complete passes and off-tackle plays brought the Whitesburg 11 over, but they fumbled and Wampler covered the ball. The Pirates got the ball on their own 20- yard stripe. With a couple of linebacks and end runs, Stuart Robinson failed to gain the necessary ground, so Tice was forced to punt. A swell punt by Tice brought the ball on Whitesburg’s 10-yard stripe. Stamper was tackled on an attempted off-tackle play for a five-yard loss. Whitesburg’s punt was blocked on the next play, but they brought the ball to their one-yard strip. On the third down, Whitesburg punted out of bounds on their own 20-yard line. Tice, on a nice off tackle play, brought the ball to the twoyard stripe. On the next play Hoskins carried the pigskin over. Tice’s attempted drop kick was blocked.

In the second quarter, Whitesburg brought the ball over for a touchdown. The extra point was made, so at the half, the game stood Whitesburg 7 and Stuart Robinson 6.

The third quarter started with Whitesburg receiving, but they were unable to score. In the last quarter Stamper received a pass and crossed the goal line for the last touchdown. They were unable to make the extra point, so the game ended Whitesburg 13, Stuart Robinson 6.

(The above article from the Nov. 1, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

Members of the class of 1935

Minerva Adams, Vanessa Adams, Hillman Addington, Helen Amburgey, Audrey Banks, Elbert Banks, Alma Bentley, Edison Blair, Ralph Blair, Gustava Brown, Myrel Brown, Kyle Campbell, Hobert Caudill, Grace Collins, Roy Cornette, Verlon Cornette, Bennie Wise Craft, Elmer Daugherty, Clayton Day, Archie Fields, Mafra Fields, Opal Fields, Wilma Frazier, Willard Frazier, Russell Hall, Lloyd Haynes, Vinson Hogg, Carl Pendleton, Edith Pendleton, June Pugh, Marion Profitt, Homer Stamper, Andrew Taylor, Mae Webb, Paul Winsted, Seldon Wright, Rose Marie Zimmerman.

P.T.A. will sponsor Halloween Carnival

Tuesday night, Oct. 30, the Whitesburg P.T.A. is sponsoring a school carnival to be held in the Graded School. This carnival will consist of various entertainments. The main show will be in the auditorium. The halls and classrooms will have different booths to exhibit the sideshows, grab bags, novelties, etc. One of the booths will be known as “Cash and Carry.” Each merchant will be called upon to contribute merchandise. You may give groceries, staples, clothing, household appliances, hardware, jewelry, trinkets, bakery goods, etc.

All merchants who contribute to this booth will have their names posted and read from the stage platform on the night of the carnival. We hope that every businessman will help to stock this booth with profitable merchandise.

We want everybody to enter into the carnival spirit and come for a whole evening of gaiety and wholesome fun.

(The above article from the Oct. 11, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

P.T.A. Carnival on College Hill

Tuesday night, a great proportion of the town took occasion to attend and enjoy the Halloween Carnival given by the teachers and students of the school for the benefit of the Parent- Teacher Association.

Visitors were surprised to find such fine preparations for their entertainment and especially since the arrangements were made as between times and the regular work of the teachers.

If it was not a hell-o-e’en of a time we have not seen one. Hundreds in fragments, tattoos, jungle-faces, reptile specters, jargon heads, flappers and jack flappers of the old ages when ghosts rode broomsticks and demons held sway over the chilly, death-like gloom. And the bad boys, plenty of bad conduct, deafening blasts from horns and piercing screams that made decent people stop their ears. Once or twice it was exasperating when hundreds of ill-bred young folds made things so hideous that the directors and the performers on the stage could not be heard and the actors forced to leave the stage. And by the way, this is not said for any other purpose except to call attention to the fact that such conduct is induced by the thoughtlessness of parents and guardians and the handling of their children. Teachers can do little, though they do their best toward curbing children who generally are ready to turn wild when the brakes are not tight.

Finally, let us state that all decent people, those who went along to enjoy themselves and help along the P.T.A. were highly entertained. The town is indebted to Misses Felix Dixon, Parsons, Webb, Caudill, Cook, Comb, Haze, Fields, Mrs. Boggs, Mrs. Jones and all of the others, including the men teachers for their deep efforts to promote the cause. Many persons in town took part in the performances, for which all render thanks.

To describe the carnival is out of the question. The art gallery was a study and brought back thoughts of long ago when time was in its budding youth. And the Century of Progress, to which hundreds paid the small fee to see, was superinteresting.

(The above article from the Nov. 1, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

Vocational Agriculture added to curriculum

The purpose of vocational agriculture is to provide through training for agriculture in the type of farming that the students are likely to do. The course given this year includes vegetable gardening, dairying, hays and pastures and small fruits. The courses are so planned that if a boy takes vocational agriculture each year in high school, when he graduates he will have had training in all the important farming enterprises in his community.

Another purpose is to teach farm boys how to cooperate and live together. To foster this angle of work, various activities are provided. Trips are made to study methods in livestock and crop production. Judging livestock is an important activity, and each year a judging team, selected from the agriculture students, represents the school at the state fair. The boys also make visits to other farms to see how the projects are carried on.

In addition to classroom work, each boy does a certain supervised practice work on his own farm, which allows him to put into practice what he has learned in the classroom.

Project work provides profitable summer employment for students. It is plain to be seen that vocational agriculture is not the type of work for lazy men. On the other hand, it offers a real challenge to the boy who is industrious and wants to do something worthwhile.

Visitors are always welcome. Take a couple of hours off some day and pay our class a visit. Wilbert C. Montgomery, Teacher.

(The above article from the Sept. 6, 1934 Mountain Eagle.)

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