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Moments and Memories of WHS



Whitesburg High graduate named ‘Miss Kentucky 1959’

Carol Fairchild Brown was a member of the Whitesburg High School graduating class of 1958. During her high school years, she was vice-president of her freshman class, homecoming attendant her sophomore and junior years, Big Sandy Bowl representative her junior year, Big Sandy Bowl candidate her freshman year, a member of the annual staff her senior year, was a majorette all four years, Speech Festival her junior year, All-Festival Chorus her sophomore year, member of the Pep Club four years, Wildlife Club her junior and senior years, Science Club her senior year, Music Club junior and senior years, and the Art Club her senior year.

Some of her memories of her high school years from The Last Black Kat, which was distributed at the allclass reunion held in Lexington on July 30, 2005: Speech Class: “The class that helped me more in life than any other.” Memories: Band: “Not only provided a scholarship to EKU but very special memories. Marching to and from the football field — wish I had those legs now. Ramona Sparks popping her gum. Lily Jane Collins and Wanda Reynolds cutting the rubberbands on my ponytail. The broken windows in study hall. Those snowy days when school was called off and we would meet in the toasty warm band building to learn the polka and dance to old favorites like Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry.” Science club initiation: “Rosemary Collier and I were given ‘special treatment’ that night in the science building. All I can say is that I was sick for days and mother called the principal about what they did to my hair.”

Carol F. Brown, 19, represented the Whitesburg Jaycees in the Miss Kentucky Pageant held in Lexington, June 13. The blonde, blueeyed beauty is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Brown. She is a sophomore at Eastern State College where she was a majorette in the Eastern band, homecoming attendant, Snowball Queen and representative of the college in the Blue Grass Bowl.

Miss Brown was runnerup in the Queen of the Mountains contest at Cumberland last summer and has won second place in a talent contest with a dance and baton solo.

After she finished her freshman year at Eastern this spring (she’s majoring in elementary education, makes ‘average’ grades), she had a week to get ready for the ‘Miss Kentucky’ event. She and her mother, Mrs. James Brown, went to Lexington last Wednesday. With other contestants and their chaperones, they shared the third floor of the Phoenix Hotel, and “Lexington was ours.” She took part in television and radio interviews, posed for photographers, and rehearsed for the pageant.

Then, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Miss Sandra Sue Smith of Harlan, last year’s ‘Miss Kentucky’, placed the glittering crown on Carol’s blond head. There were no tears of joy from Carol, because the contestants had been told to remember to maintain a regal bearing, and not cry.

Carol didn’t get emotional until she saw the 100 or more cars gathered at the Letcher County line to escort her into Whitesburg Sunday afternoon. The parade was headed by Whitesburg’s red fire chief car, bearing a sign which said ‘Welcome Home, Carol Brown — Whitesburg’s Own Miss Kentucky.’

The ‘Miss Kentucky’ title is her biggest so far, and she classes it as “different” from the others. As Miss Kentucky, she will serve as the state’s official hostess for the coming year. More than that, she will represent the commonwealth at the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, N.J., later this summer and may add another crown to her collection.

Carol already had made plans to hold a modeling school for young girls at her home this summer. She credits much of her own success to a course given here by Ginny Coldiron and Janice McClure, both professional models, in which she was enrolled when she was a high school sophomore. She doesn’t yet know when her own course will start.

She will have to spend some time this summer rehearsing for the talent portion of the Miss America contest. In the Miss Kentucky contest, her talent entry was a dramatic reading of ‘Patterns’ by Amy Lowell. However, it is too long for the Atlantic City pageant, so Carol will have to use another selection. She will spend at least two weeks at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville in training for the talent event. In addition, the Jaycees in Lexington want her to take some diction training to remove some of the flatness from her speech.

In addition to the publicity and attention, Carol will receive some very material benefits as winner of the Miss Kentucky title. First of all, she will get a $500 scholarship from the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. Then there will be a $100 scholarship from the Miss America pageant, a $25 dress, a formal for the national contest, a week’s vacation at a state park, some shoe gift certificates, some hose, a vanity mirror and a picnic set, and of course the trip to Atlantic City.

Song dedications 1958

Born to be With You – Mercitus Duncil to Johnny Adams; Unbroken Love – Emma Walker to Carlos Fugate; Love You Too Much – ‘Squash’ Enfusse to Fern Fulton; I Still Love You – Marty Blair to Madelyn Meyers; Loving You – Ella Yonts to Major Sparks; My Arms Are a House – Ella Mae Killen to Bob; Goody Goody – Coach Trosper to Jan; Still – Nelda Austin to Ted Collier; Chains of Love – Linda Pennington to Buddy Vance; I Want a Diamond Ring – Sarah, Janis, Donna, Wanda, Billie, & Pat; Once More – Christine Branham to Bob Boring; I’ll Be True – Chris to Ivan; Could This Be Magic – Janice Webb to John V. Bentley; ‘Til We Meet Again – Billie Amburgey to Greg; Come Back Baby – Carl Pigman to Joan Lewis; Little Bitty Pretty Ones – Billy Joe, Bob, Sonny, and Squash; Wear My Ring – Dan Sumpter to Jo Lark; You Are My Destiny – Juanita McCloud to Otho Bentley; Chances Are – Dallas Fields to Billy Harlow; Why Don’t They Understand – Marsha Kincer to Burkey Fields; It Won’t Be Long – Bob Stansberry to ‘Whoever she is’ ; That’ll Be the Day – Lois White to John Compton; You Send Me – Fol Moretz to Arvil Hoskins; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – ‘Someone’ to Gary Kincer; You Bug Me Baby – Betty Lou Oliver to Charles Cook; I’m Available – Miss Raleigh, Miss Dugan, Miss Stamper; How Many – ‘Junebug’ Day to all the girls; Wedding Bells – Shelby Wright to ???; Only You – Wanda Rogers to James Reynolds.

Basketball report 1958

WHS vs. Carr Creek — The Jackets were defeated by the Carr Creek Indians at the Whitesburg Gym by a score of 38-36. Carr Creek was led by their fine guard Jim Calhoun who threw in 20 points for high scorer of the night. Sonny Webb dropped in 12 points in a losing cause.

WHS vs. Jenkins — The Jackets met defeat once again at the hands of a surprisingly strong Jenkins team. Whitesburg jumped into the lead and held it most of the game until the last two minutes. Jenkins took the lead and froze the ball to win the ball game, 40- 39. Jenkins’s big man was guard Emory Smallwood with 15 points. Marty Blair chipped in 13 for Whitesburg.

WHS vs. Hindman — The Jackets journeyed to Hindman to be defeated there by a score of 71-69 in an overtime period. Hindman led by five points with two minutes to go. Whitesburg, with Darrell Stidham leading them, came charging back to tie up the ball game to send it into an overtime. Darrell banged 24 points through the nets to lead Whitesburg. James Moore of Hindman was high point man of the night with 33 points.

WHS vs. Hazard — Whitesburg ventured to Hazard to meet defeat for the fourth time in a row by a score of 69-62. Whitesburg started strong with their new boy Branson showing the way. But Branson collected 4 fouls in the first half and that hurt WHS. Hazard took advantage of this and increased their lead. Marty Blair collected 22 points for Whitesburg. Baker and Smith were the big guns for Hazard.

Homecoming Queen 1958 – Betty Hamilton. Yearbook Staff- Layout Staff consisted of Carol Hall; Typists, Billie Amburgey, Janice Bentley, and Arnold Kiser; Layout Editor, Anne Lewis; Copywriter, Carol Brown; Editor in Chief, Janice Fleenor; Advisor, Jan Trosper; Advertising managers, Rosemary Collier, Dan Polly; Artist, Pat Fultz.

The Black Kat Staff consisted of Glenna Wampler, Barbara Trent, Billie Amburgey, Janice Bentley, Vina Stamper, Donna Spangler, Santa Carol Hall, Christine Sumpter, Jacquelyn Collins, Sylvia Owens, Georgette Day, Bob Stansberry, Sonny Enfusse, Sonny Webb, Sarah Hall and Anna Statzer.

Honors on the Hill – We, of WHS want to take off our hat to the winners of the Honors on the Hill this year. Anne Lewis displayed her literary skills when she won the Conservation Essay contest in the school and in Letcher County. Sylvia Owens proved her ability as a homemaker when she won the Betty Crocker award. The energetic winners of the senior magazine sales were Janice Bentley with $201, Mary Sue Raleigh with $101, and Anne Lewis with the chance prize of a camera.

(The information for this column came from an article written by Pat Gish in The Mountain Eagle, The Lexington Herald Leader, The Black Kat newspaper, and the Whitesburg High School Yearbook)

Anyone having pictures, old Black Kat newspapers or photos from their high school years and would like to share with our readers, please contact me at 606- 633-5966 or e-mail at : bennett.welch@gmail.com.

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