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THE PIONEER OF 1934 Senior Class Prophecy [Excerpts from the Diary of Bill Joyner, found in the Year of iqSJ] June i, 1947 Hello There: I spent a wonderful day in New York with old Pete Burch, who, by the way, is holding down first base for the Yanks, and we ha d many things to talk about as we visited many of the old Salem High School boys and girls. As we walked up Broadway he pointed out to me a blazing sign which read, “Charlotte Fishburne to Appear To-day in Person.” Yes, I met her, a famous actress now. A little further up the street we met Garland Ferris, still dressed as though he were a fashion model. Roy Beamer, I understand, is doing the strong man act in the vaudeville. Glenn Black is a leading minister up here while Archie Booth is a famous pianist. Burger Byrd is a surgeon in Johns Hopkins Hospital and Eileen Argabright has charge of the Baby Department there. Harry Branum is making good down in Jersey and in the same town Mark Faville and Arthur Brubaker are leading commercial artists. Milton Fitzpatrick has written several volumes of poetry. Alvin Dunahoo has a large farm in the southern part of the country. Lucy Dent is married and living happily. Ken Fankhouser is still courting and driving around in large cars. Elizabeth Brown is a school teacher. George Bowman is still the home-town merchant. Luke Pillis and Russ Philpott are generals in the army and J. B. Brown is also some big shot there. Juanita Loope is the head Latin teacher in New York University. Polly Ferguson is teaching music in the same place. James Agner is a school teacher and in the same school. Charlie Baltimore is athletic director. Lawrence Bain is a popular radio star. Kathleen Goodwin is the head of a cooking school. Clara Bruce has now opened her interior decorating school on Park Avenue. Lucile White is playing the big organ in the Paramount Theatre in New York City. Bobby Doughman is now the champion tennis player. Ed Hale, true to form, is trying to fill Ziegfeld’s shoes. Luther Loope is now a football coach in V irginia. Carlton Gresham is playing the violin in the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. Gray Sowder is a large automobile manufacturer. Mary Whitesell and Frances Robertson are in the beauty parlor business. Eugene Rowell owns a night club. Mont Junkin is the owner of a beer concern and is living on Broad Street, in Salem, Virginia. Walton Dyer and Richard Guy are owners of the Roanoke- Washington Air Line. Virginia Guernsey is hostess on one of the airships. Norma Wigington is showing her heels on Broadway with Dorothy Hatcher. Moyer Heslep is coaching baseball at a high school in Tennessee. Billy Jones and Robert Hurt are running a garage. Thelma Lovern, Ruby Manning, and Mary Maxey are teaching school. Stuart Givens is an automobile manufacturer. Mildred Kidd is a social worker. Wallace and Winfred Garst are owners of a large orange grove in Florida. Eglenna Foster is a nurse in a large hospital. Dorothy Garden is the big lady and pianist in a musical show. Alice Garland is an expression teacher in Chicago. Joe Hayes is a big lumber man. Pearl Henry is a church worker. Helen Huffman is married to a hotel manager. Dorothy James is a Home Economics teacher and Dorothy Jennings is her able assistant. Nellie Kelch is quite a popular secretary. Edith Lannigan fulfilled her long ambition by marrying a millionaire. Jim Lester is a big electrician. Sallie Little is also a nurse. Louise McGhee is doing social reform work. Robert McGhee owns a large farm in Western Virginia. Furman Martin is a math teacher. William Moomaw is an aviator. Lillian Mondie and Ethel Moore are Red Cross workers. Elizabeth Moran and Virginia Pilcher own a beauty salon. Grace Musselman is a famous dancer. Milton Overstreet and Kermit Compton are chemists. Alberta Poff is married and stil l living in Salem. Mary Powell is a school teacher and Bee Price is a basket ball coach. Howard Snead is in the cigarette business with Frank Sears. Francis Sink is working in a night club. Ruth Stump teaches typing in a high school. Bernard Snyder and James Stanley own a liquor concern. Ruby Prillaman and Hazel Richardson run a boarding house. Ralph Richardson is still tinkering with automobiles. Carlton Ronk is writing wisecracks for a newspaper. Ethelene Reyn¬ olds is teaching French. Merriman Sears is a boxing instructor. William Sowers and Clifton Thomas are aviators. Mary Stuart is married and living happily. Prentiss Tate is a big business man. Barnhardt Taylor is a well known chemist. Blanton Thomas owns a large dairy. Ruth Thomas is quite a prominent 38 }
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ANDREW LEWIS HIGH SCHOOL saleswoman. Margaret Towler is a nurse. James Walker is the Mayor of Salem. Dillard Wertz is a cigar manufacturer. Millard Williams is a fashion model, Adargaret Williams is a lecturer and Nell Williams is just back from Reno. Robert Wondree is a well-known novelist. Corliss Wooldridge is a newspaper reporter. Hurst Wood owns a chain of filling stations. Gee! but it’s swell to see and hear about so many graduates of the Class of 1934, and I hope I’ll hear from them all again and the rest of the bunch. [Excerpts from the Diary of Clara Bruce, found in the Year of 1986] August 6, 1942 Dear Diary: To-day I attended the Alumni Banquet of the old High School. I declare, it seems ages since 1934, when we were Seniors. I saw so many of the class and heard about so many more that I just must write about them. Elmore Hood is editor of the Roanoke Times, and on his staff are other alumni including Marguerite Warren. Emma Hall is a social reporter on another newspaper. Aaron Mann is a prominent advertising agent, working for various firms whose ads appear in the Times. Marshall Richmond, nationally known for his improvements on the radio, was there, and Jeannie, too—she sings over WYZ, New York. Margaret Perrow has proven to have great ability as a violinist. Henry Garden is a successful business man, and he and Benson Shank have just entered into a partnership. India Pace is now in the opera. Edna Mowles has just gone to Hollywood where, by the way, Louis Gardener is making a name for him¬ self. Walter Gottschalk and Howard Peters have entered politics; Walter is now our senator from this district, while Howard is in Congress. Loomis Kelly is an engineer and doing well. Virginia Hodges is director of athletics at the “Y” in Roanoke. Marian Hansbrough is a social worker—Hull House couldn’t do without her. Ozelle Robey is happily married to a wealthy manufacturer, and they came up for the Alumni Banquet. DeLois Ferguson and John Jett have reached the highest peak in boxing. Donetta French and Phillip Perdue are living in the same town, and they say they are still making eyes at each other. Bill Joyner, as editor, has brought the Literary Digest to the highest point of success it has reached yet. And, by the way, we have another man at Washington from the Class of ’34, Robins Hall. He is a member of the Cabinet. The class is widely scattered—Lucille Hurst lives in New Orleans, but stopped over for the banquet on her way from her second trip to Reno. Lucille Richardson has received all necessary degrees, and now signs her name with an M. D. attached to it. Eldridge Garrett is in the cigar business. Margaret Gresham is happily married to an army officer, and, as she told me, “—had the wonderful luck of being at home for the banquet.” She told me about literally scores of the class—I don’t see how she happened to know so much. She said Jessie Keesling was in Europe as As¬ sistant to the Ambassador to England. Victor Yonce is a member of the World Peace Conference that meets in Geneva this spring. Evelyn Clinvell and Marie Eakin are honored members of the faculty of the old Alma Mater. Frances Williams is married, likewise Eva Bryant, Hazel Bradley, and Ellen Agner. They all live in Salem. Ruth Candler is still playing basket ball on several teams. Edward Bayse is farming and making profits, too, they say. Firebaugh-Callison, Inc., are manufacturing cigars. Hugh Carter is a sheik in a big way, since somebody died and left him a fortune. Grace Brubeck is using her wonderful speaking voice in a number of ways, making speeches for various causes. Lenora Cornwell is working as a fashion model in a Richmond dress shoppe. Norman Duffy is another among the farmers of Roanoke County. James Cox is selling insurance for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Eve Counts is still writing essays and winning medals. Roy Coleman is in Alaska on a gold-searching expedition. Landon Blackwell is working on an engineering project in South America. Frank Deel has one of the best small farms in the state. Charles Cromer is a large manufacturer of bicycles. Alary Barnett has returned to Salem to live after spending several years in Canada. George Beech is a big fire warden. Reuben Wohlford is now in Mexico mastering Spanish and the young ladies. Rea Wills is in a shipbuilding concern in Norfolk. Now, I hope I can see some more of the class soon and talk over old times. 39
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