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Moments and Memories of WHS




Some of the members of the class were:

Deanna “ Dee” Ashbrook, 10/30/1940, Food, cheesecake; Drink, Nehi Lemon; Song, “Don’t Cha Think It’s Time”; Expression, Ah, Heck; Ambition, Secretary; Big Sandy Bowl Candidate 2; Homecoming Attendant 4; Black Kat Staff 4; Nurses Club 4; Art Club 4; Chorus 1,3.

Kelly Boggs, 2/21/1940, Food, steak; Drink, milk; Song, “Whole World in His Hands”; Expression, I’m a doggone; Ambition, make money; Basketball 3,4; Wildlife 4.

Phyllis Eversole, 2/ 5/ 1940, Food, chuck steak; Song, “Johnnie B. Goode”; Expression, Don’t do it now; Ambition, Marry Virgil Kincer; Bible Club 1; FTA 2, 3; Pep Club 1,2,3,4; Science Cub 4; Chorus 3,4.

Ronald Lucas, 3/18/1940, Food, fried chicken; Song, “99 Bottles of Beer”; Expression, none; Wildlife Club 1,2,3,4.

Mattie Jane Hoskins, 12/ 14/ 1941, Food, hamburgers; Drink, Pepsi; Song, “Twenty Six Miles”; Expression, Knock me down and call me Shorty; Ambition, secretary; Bible Club 3; Tri,- Hi-Y 4.

Gertrude “Gerty” York, 3/ 26/ 1940, Food, fried chicken; Drink, Coke; Song, “Wear My Ring”; Expression, No kiddin’; Ambition, to be a good wife to Paul; Pep Club 3,4.

Mar y Sue Raleigh, 7/ 6/ 1940, Food, steak; Drink, cherry milkshake; Song, “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On”; Expression, Shoot; Ambition, to make William Harold a good wife; Pep Club 1,2,4; FHA 1,2,4; Tri-Hi-Y 1,4; Library Club 4; Chorus 1,3,4.

Joe “ Shorty” Gentry, 12/29/1940, Food, shrimp and French fries; Song, “ Wonderful Time Up There”; Expression, Think so; Ambition, to get out of school; Band 1,2,3,4; Music Club 1,2,3,4; Halloween King Candidate 1; Explorers Club, 4; Vice-President Music Club 2; Pep Club 1,2,3,4; Art Club 4.

Robert Caudill, 4/ 22/ 1938, Drink, milk; Song, “Whole World In His Hands”; Pep Club 3,4; Wildlife Club 2,3,4.

Florence Allene “Blondie” Gibson, 6/4/1940, Food, T-bone steak; Drink, iced tea; Song, “Warm and Tender”; Expression, Honestly, Really; Ambition, housewife for Nick; Chorus 1,2; Band 1,2,3,4; Pep Club 1,2,3,4; Music Club 1,2,3,4; FHA 1.

Play rates good

WHS drama students won a rating of “good” at the Drama Festival at Pikeville College Feb. 22.

The students presented a one-act play, “Gray Bread.” They were coached by Mrs. Ernest Trosper.

Characters were portrayed by Virginia Banks, Phyllis Stallard, Mary Grace Caudill and Betty Cornett. Allene Gibson and Joyceleen Kincer were prompters. The group also presented the play before the student body at Whitesburg.

They gave another oneact play, “The Storm”, before a fourth-period study hall at the school last Thursday. Actors were Billy Joe Hall, Elana Holstein, Dan Collier, Shelby Wright and Anne Lewis.

(The above article from the March 6, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Whitesburg wins District Tournament

“ To the victor belong the spoils.” This appropriately fits the conquering Whitesburg Yellowjackets as they took all the first-place trophies from the other five Letcher County aspirants.

The Jackets, playing possession type ball, jumped into a nine-point lead in the first quarter on the strength of Marty Blair’s five baskets. Both teams failed to find the range in the second period and intermission found Whitesburg with a 24 to 16 lead.

The pressure was too much for the Pirates as they made mistake after mistake and Whitesburg increased its lead to 14 points in the third period. The fourth quarter consisted of Whitesburg’s freezing the ball for the first four minutes and then with a safe lead resting while the underclassmen gained some experience.

Marty Blair played an excellent game as he led all scorers with 20 points and was also the leading rebounder. Adams and Webb tallied 12 for the champs and Branson got 11 while Stidham added eight.

Acie Hall was Fleming’s top point maker with 17 points. Chaney collected 12, Baker 10, Hill 4, Tackett 6, and Sergent got 3.

(The above article from the March 13, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Press honors Montgomery

Jerry Montgomery, a former WHS teacher who brought state and national prominence to the community through his work with the Future Farmers of America, received an award this week for his outstanding contribution to Kentucky agriculture.

Montgomery was honored by the Kentucky Press and Radio Association in a dinner at Louisville. He was named “ Man of the Year in Kentucky Agriculture.” Montgomery taught vocational agriculture at the Whitesburg High School from 1935 until 1940. During those years he developed the Whitesburg Future Farmers of America chapter into one of the most outstanding in the nation.

After leaving Letcher County, Montgomery taught vocational agriculture at Lafayette High School, Lexington, and since 1946 has been in charge of the FFA program throughout Kentucky.

Montgomery is married to the former Miss Jennie Caudill of Whitesburg, the sister of Mrs. Burley Hale.

(The above article from the April 10, 1958 Mountain Eagle.)

Senior advice to underclassmen

“Study hard before you become a senior, because if you don’t you will have it rough.” Katy Fields. “If you do any courting at school, don’t let Miss Raleigh catch you.” Billy Paul Golden. “On fun there is not rotation, but don’t forget this rule: You’re here for an education” Santa Carol Hall. “Please don’t take an hour and a half for lunch if you have 4th period study hall, you might get caught.” Anna Lee Sexton. “Don’t wait until the end of school to hand that little theme in.” Bonita Vest. “Remember you are only young once and if you live for today, then tomorrow — (that’s a different story).” Lois Ann White. “I advise you to always have your lesson read.” Kathryn Brown. “Be sure to buy yourself a roller-coaster to take you to your classes fast enough.” Alice Faye Collier. “Do everything the teachers say ‘do’ and they always will be good to you; do the best you can, don’t settle for less, and your life is sure to be a great success!” Georgette Day. “Learn the memory work as Miss Raleigh assigns it to you.” Mercitus Duncil.

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