Whitesburg KY

Moments and Memories of WHS




Cornelius Adams b. 04- 02-1942: Sweetheart-Miss- Miss; Best Friend-Buck Adams; Favorite Teacher-Miss Wampler; Food-Ice Cream with Soup Beans; Movie Star – Audie Murphy; Song – Saddle Tramp; Expression – My-My-My!; Ambition – To love all girls; Parting Advice – Don’t ever let Secontine congratulate you for getting married; Hi-Y Club 2, 3, 4; Pep Club 4; Black Kat Staff 4.

Evelyn Austin b. 12-23- 1942: Best Friend – Dorothy Blair; Teacher – Mrs. Hall; Food – Hot Dogs; Drink – Pepsi; Movie Star – Tab Hunter; Song – Puppy Love; Favorite Expression – “Chu!”; Ambition – Go to college; Parting Advice – Try to get all of your subjects as well as you can while you are an underclassman, because you sure won’t have time when you are a senior; Nurses Club 2, 3, 4; Pep Club 1, 2, 3, 4; F.H.A. 3; Bible Club 3; Wildlife Club 1, 2.

Arthur Brown b. 01-21- 1942: Sweetheart – Mildred Stidham; Best Friend – My horse; Teacher – Miss Wampler; Food – Fish sticks; Drink – R.C.; Movie Star – Ricky Nelson; Song – Stuck on You; Favorite Expression – You don’t say; Ambition – To get married; Parting Advice – Don’t mix with lower classmen; Hi-Y Club 2.



Phyllis Caudill b. 08- 19-1941: Sweetheart – Carl Sparks; Best Friend – Phyllis Frazier; Teacher – Miss Wampler; Food – Chicken Chow Mein; Drink – Pepsi; Movie Star – Jeff Chandler; Song – No One Will Ever Take Your Place; Favorite Expression-Funny, Ha! Ha!; Ambition-To make Carl happy; Parting Advice-Be sure to get the back seat on the bus going to Washington; Nurses Club 2, 3, 4; Annual Staff 4; Black Kat Staff 4.

Bill Collins b. 06-22-1942: Sweetheart – Sarah Mac Kenzie; Best Friend – John Hampton; Teacher – Miss Wampler; Food – Hamburgers; Drink – Milk; Ambition – Electrician; Parting Advice – Apple polish your teachers especially Miss Wampler and read all your books for reports; Favorite Expression – Don’t worry — it will make you sick.

Juda Holbrook b. 07- 16-1942: Sweetheart – Still looking; Best Friend – Jean Spangler; Teacher – Miss Wampler; Food – Lemon ice-box pie; Drink – Milkshakes (vanilla); Movie Star – Loretta Young; Song – Harbor Lights; Ambition – Medical Technician; Parting Advice – Be quiet in study hall as you won’t have to stand on the stage; Wildlife Club 1; Music Club 2; Pep Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Beta Club 3, 4; Nurses Club 1; Editor of Annual, Secretary of Senior Class 4; Usher at Baccalaureate and Graduation 3; Attendant Homecoming 4.

Franklin Miles b. 03- 07- 1943: Best Friend – Frankie Day; Teacher – Miss Wampler; Food – Anything eatable; Drink – Milk; Movie Star – Bridgette Bardot; Song – Step by Step; Favorite Expression – Why, what’s the use? Ambition – To get out of high school; Parting Advice – Never go behind the busses to smoke, you will get caught. Take my advice for it; Pep Club 1, 2.

Armenda Profitt b. 06- 07-1942: Sweetheart – Orbin Banks; Best Friend – Emily Cook; Teacher – Mr. Day; Food – Fried Chicken; Drink – Pepsi; Favorite Expression – Oh My!; Ambition – To be a teacher; Parting Advice – Open up your heart and let your sunshine out; F.H.A. 3, 4; Beta Club 3, 4; Nature Study 2; French Club 4; Nurses Club 1; Treasurer of Beta Club 4; Parliamentarian of F.H.A. 4.

Clayton Fields b. 01-28- 1941: Sweetheart – Valarie Lundquist; Best Friend – Arvus McCloud; Teacher – Mrs. Hall; Food – Anything eatable; Drink – Dr. Pepper; Actor – Glenn Ford; Song – Sweet Nothings; Favorite Expression – My Foot!; Ambition – City Big Shot; Parting Advice – Don’t take shop first period, because your clean clothes will be black as tar before you leave class; Hi-Y Club-3, 4.

Lena Hoskins b.05-20- 1940: Sweetheart – That’s for me to know; Best Friend – Dorothy Blair; Teacher – Miss Cureton; Food – Hot Dogs; Drink – Root Beer; Movie Star – Rock Hudson; Song – Teen Angel; Favorite Expression – How about that?; Ambition – Old Maid; Parting Advice – Study so you can graduate with your classmates; F.H.A. 1, 2, 3, 4; Vice President 4; Glee Club 1; Nurses Club 1, 2, 3, 4; F.T.A. 3, 4; Bible Club 1, 2, 3.

Bobby Hogg b. 03-02- 1942: Sweetheart – Linda Banks; Best Friend – George Fields; Teacher – Mr. Collins; Food – Spaghetti; Drink – Milk; Movie Star – Jerry Lewis; Song – Too Pooped to Pop; Favorite Expression – Peanut Butter!; Ambition – Bookkeeper; Parting Advice – Study and earn your grades because the teachers will not give them to you.

Lorene Smith b. 12-07- 1942: Sweetheart – Phillip Mullins; Best Friend – Eva Dean Craft; Teacher – Estill Banks; Food – Hamburgers; Drink – Pepsi; Movie Star – Rick Nelson; Song – I Love the Way You Love Me; Favorite Expression – Hush!; Ambition – To be a Nurse; Parting Advice – Be sure to stay out of senior English, especially when they are studying the Elizabethan Period.

Chesta Webb wins

“I Speak for Democracy“ contest

I speak for democracy. I speak for yesterday; the battles for freedom, the strife for independence; I speak for today; the desire for peace, the need for unity; I speak for tomorrow, the fulfillment of peace in a world of understanding between all races, and all nations. I speak for that which so many people have so little of, and so few people have so much of. I speak for democracy.

I speak for that which is portrayed in the migration of the birds as they fly to warmth; I speak for the vastness of their wingspread, the freedom, yet the safety and security of their finely and delicately formed feathers. I behold this freedom, this safety, this eternal security, and I stand in reverent solemnness because I behold God. I behold an image of democracy itself.

Democracy is not only freedom; but it is freedom combined with responsibility. This includes the responsibility of electing to office those people who will fill the requirements of their positions to the best of their abilities; the responsibility of obeying all laws — whether or not they are agreeable to you; the responsibility of daily living and abiding by the principle that all men are created equal; and the responsibility of doing one’s best in anything attempted.

Americans are varied and seemingly conflicting threads woven into one great people. A believing and trusting people. A people who is bound by a tie, the tie, which holds its own. We are bound firmly by the belief that all men have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are bound securely by democracy. Varied threads? Yes. Some of whom came to America’s shores not to simply become “Americans”. Not to live in our lovely mountains standing majestically in their splendor and grandeur; not to see the vast, graceful spread of valleys and plains; but they came for that which they yearned: Democracy. Therefore, I challenge you: you undemocratic people, you ignorers of freedom, I dare you to taste our delicious oneness, our unity.

You Dr. Zhivago, why are there not more of you? You who hear America sing, you who see in your mind’s eye the freedom that we Americans, we democratic people, bask in? We are free, we are democracy, are you not envious?

Would you not like to come to California to enjoy the Bowl Games? To Kentucky to witness the horse races? To the heart of New York to live in the fortieth story of one of our “read-about” apartment buildings? To anywhere, in our United States to worship as a Baptist, a Catholic, a Presbyterian, a Jew, or any way that pleases you? Or perhaps raising acres upon acres of your own wheat or your own land in the heart of Kansas appeals to you.

We are free, we are singing; as Walt Whitman so plainly, states: The carpenter sings as he measures his beam “because he is free.” The mason sings as he makes ready for work because he is free.

The pilot, the scientist, the schoolteacher, the preacher, the bricklayer, the real estate agent, the housekeeper, the other 174 million Americans are singing because we are democracy, we speak for what we believe.

When de Tocqueville wrote his treaties he said, “I confess that in America, I saw more than America. I saw the image of democracy itself,” freedom is the purpose of America’s existence.

Flagpole gets new coat

Now is the time when everyone is getting a new winter coat, so Miss Flagpole is no exception.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the flagpole got a new winter coat of paint, which was a beautiful silver aluminum to cover up the old rusty one.

The flagpole’s new coat was presented by Mr. O.M. Monroe, a steeplejack of Doves, Tennessee at 35 cents per foot, the pole being fifty feet high the steeplejack earned fifteen dollars in one half hour. Boys, this is a very nice profession, that is if you have the nerve!

The journalism class watched him as he backed down the pole painting as he came. In answer to many questions asked him he told the class he only paints church steeples, flagpoles, and ships. He has been doing this work for years and has only fallen twice. Once he fell 14 feet, the next time he fell 50 feet, which hospitalized him for one year.

(The above articles from the 1960 Yellowjacket Yearbook and Black Kat Newspapers.)

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