Whitesburg KY

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This is your life, Ann Dugan



Miss Dugan, a landmark at W.H.S., to retire July 1, 1960.

Miss Ann Dugan, the home economics teacher at Whitesburg High School since 1934, will retire July 1, 1960, completing 26 years of continuous service. Miss Dugan came to the Whitesburg school under the George Reed Bill, which required the school to put $500 for equipment, her salary being paid by the federal government the first two years. The purpose of this bill was to introduce this subject to the community to show the people the value of home economics to their daughters. Miss Dugan had the following equipment to start her first class in the little building known as the teacherage: 1 coal range, 2 kerosene ranges, 2 new sewing machines, 2 old treadle sewing machines, 5 tables, cooking equipment, some stools, chair and dishes to serve 20 girls.

In 1940 there was added to the department another room. How nice, one to cook in and one to sew in! In 1948 the Home Economics Department was moved into the new gymnasium building into a large second floor front room approximately 70 by 20 feet. The value of the equipment is now about $10,000, besides that which is placed there each year new by the Kentucky Power Company through courtesy of the electric company to be used by the girls, namely 6 electric stoves, refrigerator, automatic washer, automatic dryer, portable dishwasher, which equipment is taken out of the department at the end of the school year and sold and replaced each fall with new models. The department now consists of six unit-kitchens, each with new equipment for cooking, preparing and serving meals for four girls. The department owns 6 thread sewing machines, 2 electric machines, 4 portable mixers, 1 large electric mixer scrubber, 1 electric sweeper, three electric irons, 1 electric scrubber, 1 Electrolux sweeper, plus many other pieces of equipment, 6 sewing tables, 24 matching chairs, 6 kitchen tables, with 24 chairs, 2 tote drawer storage cabinets with 58 tote drawers, 2 storage cabinets for coats and completed sewing, 1 duplicator and wall cabinets.



All this equipment has been well taken care of and is in excellent condition at the present time, after being used constantly by about 35 girls, each period of the day.

Each year Miss Dugan visits in the homes of her girls, often making two or more visits, adding up to about 200 visits a year. Miss Dugan said about the girls she has taught, and I quote, “At least a girl who has had home economics can’t say when she marries ‘I have never made biscuits’.” Many of the girls she has taught make their own cloths, as well as those of their own families. There is a great demand for home economics majors, especially for teachers. Whitesburg High School will be looking for one next year. Other fields are in research, social welfare, child development, housing and equipment, home making and decorating.

When Miss Dugan retires in July, many people will miss her. It will be difficult for our school to replace her with one so capable, so interested in her work and so anxious to help the girls in her department.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle April 7, 1960)

Special program

honors Miss Dugan

Some few months ago the Whitesburg P.T.A. set aside Tuesday, May 10, as “Ann Dugan Day” in Whitesburg. This was a day to honor Miss Dugan, who had given 26 years of service to Whitesburg High School as teacher of home economics. At 6:30 a dinner honoring Miss Dugan was scheduled in the school cafeteria.

So far so good, and Miss Dugan knew all about it. She went about expressing her appreciation of ‘Ann Dugan Day.’ Little did she dream that the Speech Department, under the direction of Mrs. W.B. Hall, was planning for a big surprise on ‘Ann Dugan Day..

At 9:45 a.m. the entire school, plus some town folks, appeared in the gymnasium for an assembly. Miss Dugan took her regular seat and patiently waited for the speaker to appear on the scene. Suddenly Mrs. W.B. Hall introduced George M. Webb, serving as “Ralph Edwards”. When he yelled, “This Is Your Life, Ann Dugan” she was escorted to the stage.

Amid the regular ‘This Is Your Life’ program, the expected commercials of Prell, Gleem, and Joy were done by members of the Speech Department.

Appearing on the ‘This Is Your Life’ program were Miss Laura Prewitt Moores of the State Department of Education; Mrs. Alvin Francisco and Mrs. Rucker of Hellier; Mrs. Hazel Craft of Hemphill; Mrs. Chester Webb of Mayking; Sybil Brown; Mildred Mercer; Mrs. George M. Arnett of the State Department of Education; Lena Hoskins, F.H.A. president ; Carol Brown, F.H.A. Chum; Faye Brashears; Cheryl Frazier; Terry Combs; Johnny Swisher and Bobby Dugan; Bob Fike of the 4-H Club Council; Irene Smith of the Presbyterian Church; Rachel Ann Moore of the B&P Women’s Club; J.M. Burkich; Marian Jenkins of the kindergarten; Melody Ann Moore, and Superintendent William B. Hall. All these people along with Ralph Edwards told the story of Miss Dugan’s life and extolled her virtues.

Gifts were presented and pictures were taken. One hundred people were present at the 6:30 dinner honoring Miss Dugan. Mrs. Hall served as toast-mistress for the occasion. Chesta S. Webb gave a brief resume of Miss Dugan’s life, after which several people spoke in praise of Miss Dugan’s accomplishments.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle May 12, 1960)

Sonnet on arriving at the age of 70, to Miss Dugan,

by: Mrs. Virginia Combs:

Three score and ten years now have gone,/Since the light of day I saw at dawn!/In those years I’ve filled each busy hour,/I’ve done my tasks with might and power./I’ve enjoyed my life from day to day,/I’ve tried to serve in my very best way./I’ve taught many girls to cook and to sew,/I’ve helped the community in many ways, I know./Now as I retire for active duty and work,/In my last years not duty I’ll shirk./I’ll serve my friends and community wherever I go,/’Til my setting sun sinks in a golden glow./And when my work on earth is through,/I pray my Master will say, “Enter Life Anew!”

Words from Supt. Hall’s address on ‘Dugan Day:’ “Your place will be hard to fill. Your kind is few and hard to find.” From Mr. Burkich’s speech: “In Appreciation” covers the thoughts we have for Miss Dugan today. In appreciation for the many things she has done through the years for the school, the students and the community.

The Whitesburg High School annual staff, for the first time, dedicated the Yellow Jacket yearbook to Miss Ann Dugan when she retired in 1960. It stated: To Miss Ann Dugan, who has served so faithfully and unselfishly for the past 26 years. For her willingness to help, for all the extra work she has done and for her determination and desire to do anything in her power to make our school a better place and the students in it better citizens, we wish to show our appreciation.

Miss Dugan also operated the Cannery, located on the Whitesburg High School campus. The following is an advertisement which appeared in The Mountain Eagle, 1945.

Cannery news

The Cannery will be open by appointment. If you will contact me at least two days before wanting to use the Cannery, I will have time to get a helper and the Cannery ready for you.

Sweet potatoes are ready to can. If you have trouble in keeping them, come and can at least half of them. Hominy and pork-beans are delicious, why not can these?

We will can sausage at 9 cents per pound. If you are planning to kill hogs or have meat of any kind and want to use the Cannery, write or call me and I will give you the necessary information. Ann Dugan, telephone: 187, Whitesburg.

The WHS Home Economics Club -1943-44

The Home Economics Club was organized September 1934. Miss Minerva Adams, a senior, was the first President, Miss Ann Dugan-home economics teacher – the sponsor.

Club membership for 1943-44: Mary Rebecca Adams, Anita Adams, Katherine Back, Mable Banks, Pauline Banks, Eunice Bentley, Cleto Bentley, Gaynelle Blair, Delma Brown, Inez Caudill, Mary Caudill, Margaret Rose Clay, Jerry Childers, Mary Elizabeth Collier, Ermadean Collins, Georgette Collins, Imogene Collins, Valma Collins, Irene Combs, Jackie Combs, Lucille Crawford, Margaret Day, Wilma Flinchum, Erma Lee Goins, Hudson Goins, Helen Doris Hartt, Zelma Lou Hartt, Wilma Hale, Joyce Holbrook, Katherine Holbrook, Nellie Evelyn Holbrook, Wilma Jean Holbrook, Florence Ison, Dorothy Sue Jenkins, Mary Lynn Lewis, Thelma Sergent, Virginia Sergent, Gwendolyn Sexton, Patricia Sexton, Ethel Standifer, Mildred Thomas, Norma Jean Trent, Jeanette Wampler, Larue Webb, Anita White, and Juanita White.

(Note: Information for this column came from The Mountain Eagle, The Black Kat and the 1944 Yearbook)

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