Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS



1966 WHS students to hear US

Senate official, former mayor of Whitesburg

Emery L. Frazier, one of Letcher County’s most distingished adopted native sons, will deliver the commencement address at Whitesburg High School graduation.

The graduation exercises will be held Friday night, May 27, in the Whitesburg gynmasium at 7:30 p.m.

Frazier, Secretary of the United States Senate, was born Sept. 24, 1896, at Railey Station, a son of Robert L. and Mary Francillo (Routt) Frazier.

He was educated at the Kavanaugh Academy, Lawrenceburg, and attended the Universiy of Kentucky from 1914-17 and in 1919- 1920. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917, became a first lieutenant in 1918 and was a major in the U.S. Reserves from 1921 to 1939.

Frazier was addmitted to the Kentucky State Bar in 1921, and moved to Whitesburg in 1922, where he enterd the practice of law.



He served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1922 from Anderson County, but after moving to Whitesburg became Whitesburg City Clerk in 1923 and City Attorney in 1924. In 1925 he became Mayor of Whitesburg, and also held the post from 1930 to 1933. Frazier served as Reading Clerk of the Kentucky House of Representatives in the sessions of 1926, 1928, 1930 and 1932, and became Legislative Clerk of the U.S. Senate in 1933, serving in that position until 1948.

In 1948 he became Chief Clerk of the United States Senate, and served in that position until 1965, when he became Secretary of the Senate.

Frazier served as secretary to the Kentucky delegations to the Democratic National Conventions of 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948, and became assistant reading clerk of the Democratic convention in 1932.

He has been Chief Reading Clerk of the national conventions of 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964.

Frazier’s voice has become known to millions of persons throughout the nation because of the broadcasts and telecasts of the conventions. His has been the voice that called the list of states as spokesman from each state stood up to record his state’s votes.

During the ensuring years Frazier has been friend and confidant of many of the nation’s most prominent figures-members of the Senate and House of Representatives, the courts, and Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson.

During all his years in Washington it has been Frazier’s proud boast that he was a Kentucky mountaineer (by adoption) and mayor of Whitesburg still as his place of residence.

He returns here frequently when he can get away from the press of busienss, and spends much time visiting friends and relaxing on Pine Mountain, where he owns property.

(The above article from the May 26, 1966 Mountain Eagle.)

Opinons of the library

Our library is a wonderful place. You get all of the information you want. The library has a good supply of books. There are books for all classes and it is a good place to study. Carolyn Buchanan

A library is a very neat place to go if you know how to behave. The library helps broaden your mind and reading ability. There are many interesting books in the library which everyone should read. Warren Hall e library is a very important thing in our community, high school, grade school or any public place. The library is made for people who like to read a lot and for people who like to look up special happenings on things. There are many kinds of books in the library and everyone should read at least one book every six weeks from the library. Betty Taylor

The library is a very nice thing, because we have different books to choose from. If we are trying to find something hard to learn, all we have to do is look it up. The library is one of the most famous things and should be used at all times. Barbara Kincer

Football report

The Whitesburg Yellowjackets opened the 1965 season with a 39-18 win over Bath County. William Wright led the scoring with 30 points, followed by Curtis Niece, Danny Collins.

Whitesburg lost to a powerful Belfry eleven 51-13 here. We were just simply outclassed. Jeff Hunsucker did a fine job along with Curtis Niece and Bobby Blair.

Whitesburg overpowered Wallins 51-13. Willian Wright led the scoring with 30 points followed by Curtis Niece, Ricky Collins, and Hoover Niece.

The Yellowjackets lost to a fast Cumberland team 32-0.

Whitesburg 0, Hazard 32. A much bigger and more experienced Hazaard eleven overpowered the Yellowjackets. The defensive line did a fine job containing Hazard’s running game, but the passing team Hogg to Hogg was rather piggish. The defense was led by Curtis Niece, Johnny Fairchild, Hoover D. Niece, Johnny Brown, and Jimmy Collins.

I was sorry when school began by Lorraine Miles.

I was sorry when school began, but all good things must come to an end. Like playing in sand, eating ice cream cones, or sitting at home listening to the Rolling Stones.

This is the last year school will begin for me, this time next year I will be in the old Army. So I leave my books with you — and hope the teacher will see you through.

I took reading, writing, and arithmetic — but I could never get those to stick! Science and English and geography were always a pain for me.

So as I always said before, I will close my heart and open the door, so if you’re sorry that school began, just remember all things will come to an end.

( The above articles from the 1965-66 Black Kat Newspapers and the 1966 Yellowjacket Yearbook.) communitycarsky.org

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