Whitesburg KY

Moments and memories of WHS


The Dugan Award was an award named in honor of Miss Ann Dugan, who served as the Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Whitesburg High School. The award was first presented in 1966 and was awarded by the faculty to a senior girl on the basis of character, scholastic standing and leadership ability.

Home Economics Club

The Whitesburg Home Economics Club was organized September 1934. Miss Minerva Adams, a senior, was the first president, Miss Ann Dugan, Home Economics teacher, the sponsor.

The club was organized for the purpose of furthering good fellowship among the girls who are students of Home Economics and for broadening their knowledge of Home Economics Education outside of the regular course of study. Gradually our club has grown and the purposes and ideals have broadened. We have grown into an organization of High Ideals and a broad scope of service.

Each year the club has joined the American and Kentucky Home Economics Association of Student Clubs.

Some definite things accomplished during the year: Donated to the Red Cross; Joined the Junior Red Cross; Worked on Junior Red Cross projects — made stupes and stupe wringers to be used in hospitals; sponsored hosiery drive; sponsored Tin Can Salvage Drive; Gave baskets to the poor at Thanksgiving and Christmas; Helped with Crippled Children’s Drive and donated to the War Fund.

Since December, we have, among the girls in our department, bought $145 of Defense Stamps (three months) and still buying.

Our officers for 1943-44 are: President-Erma Dean Collins; Secretary-Larue Webb.

Home Economics Club Membership for 1943-44

Mary Rebecca Adams, Anita Adkins, Katherine Back, Mable Banks, Pauline Banks, Eunice Bentley, Cleo 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 Hart, Zelma Lou Hart, 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, Juanita White.

Orell Fields graduates from U.K.

Orell Fields will return home this week from Lexington. On Friday, Aug. 17, he will receive his A.B. degree from the University of Kentucky, majoring in French and Social Science. He is also a graduate of Pikeville College.

In Whitesburg High School, he was an honor student in the class of 1928, and is the only boy in history of the school to receive the merit badge for neither being absent nor tardy for the four years.

It may not be generally known, but this young man has distinguished himself in athletics. He received two letters in basketball while in Pikeville College and was on the fencing team while a student in U.S. Military Academy.

At State University he received a letter in track, breaking the record in the mile run. He also won a gold medal for the mile run in the South-eastern Conference, which met recently in Atlanta, Ga.

Orell is a young man who takes interest in community affairs. When at home he teaches a Sunday school class, and while in Lexington he taught a class of boys in the largest Baptist church in the city.

Being a friend has made him friends, and all these welcome his return to Whitesburg.

(The above articles from the Aug. 16, 1934 Mountain Eagle and the WHS yearbook)

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