Austinville High School - Memories Yearbook (Austinville, AL)

 - Class of 1951

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Class W1I1 We the graduatxng Class of 1951 bemg ln one of the moods of whxch we are characterlstlc do w1ll and bequeath the followmg ln the year of mneteen hundred and fxfty one Flrst we leafve the faculty the knowledge that they had the honor of teachmg the wonderful Class of 51 Second we bequeath the Junlor Class the conveted honor of becommg Sen1ors and the prxvmlege of bemg taught by the Semor teachers Thxrd to the comblned classes of Sophomores and Freshmen we leave a word warmng Don t ever become Senxors Fourth to our Alma Mater and faculty we leave the hope that all Senxor Classes in the future wxll be the most brmlhant and as wxlhng to work as we have been Indlvldually we leave our outstandmg characterzstxcs as follows Kenneth Harpe w1ll my perfect attendance record to J B Austin and Ennes Roper Bllly Hughes w1ll my sleep1ng ab1l1ty to Frank Sparkrnan and Bxlly Free Clara Cothern wlll my habit of dolng what people don t want me to do to B1ll1e Fvans and Marjorxe Isley Carolyn Isley bequeath my sweet ways to Frances Johnson and O Harrell Jones Bobby bmxth bequeath my llfe to Adelle Lxnderman and my baby ways to Wynell Hall Rheta Summerford leave my Jovxal spxrxt and wxt to Billy btover and Jerry Jones Judy Blackwell bequeath my good housekeeping abllxty to Carolyn Cartee and Sylvxa Kltchens Don Harrxs bequeath my hot rod to Raymond Rlggs and Ira George Jlmmy Ratlxff wxll my scholastxc standards to Marjorie Maner and Malcolm Hogeland Dwxght Rathff wxll my frxendly ways to Carolyn Roberts and L A Walden Mavis Johnson wall my quietness to Roland Nxx and Percy Mlles Lennie Ruth Rzvers bequeath the Job of office gxrl to Estelle McC a1g and Dora Hltt Bess Wallace bequeath my abxhty to know when to be quxet to Denms Allred and Herman Rxgel Vernelle Haley wxll my helght to Fred Barber and Sue Busbey Boyd Johnson wxll my long legs to Dovell Haley and Bobby Herbert Bxlly Don Looney bequeath my beautxful brown curly halr and long eyelashes to Bally Schrader and Dawson Sparkman Carlton Key wxll my flash bulb camera to Hoyt Smglton and Melvm Wxmberly B1lly Jack Smmth bequeath the honor of drxvmg a dnfferent car to school every day to Wallace Danxel and Bobby Ray Messer June Sam wxll my wmmng personahty to Wzllard Hamxlton and Mary Blagburn Bess Wallace Lawyer IZ of - , an r - .nv 1, ' . . ' I. u . n n a n I I I. , . . . , , , I, ' . 1, . . . I' . . . . . . Q . 1, . . . I, . . . I' . . . . . . I, . . . . . . . I. . . . . . . I' . . . . . . I, . . . . I, . . . 1. ' . I, - . . I, . . . . ' I' . . . . . I' . . . . . . . .

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Semor Class History It was a clear bright sunsh1ney day in 1939 when a small red headed boy along with thlrty four other children started to school for the first time Luke many of the other tots the little redhead was brought to school that first day by his fond parents Little dxd they realize that twelve years later their son would rise to the exalted position of Historian for his class Our first year was a happy one under the sympathetic guxdance of Miss Miles we learned to read write and color Each day rxght after lunch we would all lie down and rest for a while Miss Miles had each of us bring a pxllow and a quilt so that we might have a good rest In due time we were promoted to the second grade and to the status of pedestrian Throughout the other years at grade school we usually walked to school In the third grade we added a new member Carolyn Isley We drifted along to the fourth grade gaming a few and losing a few it was in this grade that Billy Jack Smith Kenneth Harpe and Rheta Summerford Joined us In the sixth grade Bess Wallace added her smile to our group The other highlight of that year was an Easter Egg Hunt which our teacher Mrs Maner planned for us Billy Don Looney carried off the honors of the day not for finding the most eggs but for killing a snake Then we were ready for Junior high school The little red headed Historian was big enough to rxde a bicycle to school Judy Bentley now Blackwell came Hughes Carlton Key and Bobby Smith and Clara Cothern made their appearances ln his first year of Senior high school the red headed lad left his bicycle and hxs childhood at home and came whlzzing to school on a motor bike ln our eleventh year Lennie Ruth Rivers who had started with us in the fxrst grade but who had moved away in the second returned to Austinvxlle we welcomed her back to our group June Linderman now Sain came into our midst last year too We were flattered to be asked by the Seniors to help them put on a group of one act plays and our play Little Darhng was a huge success Of the thirty five children who started to school in 1939 only five have made it all the way through together Dwight Ratllff Jimmy Ray Ratlxff Boyd Johnson Billy Don Looney and the redhead Mavis Johnson Joined us during this our last year We have had a successful Senior year After a campaign nn whxch we sold over S800 of magazines we were able to present to the school a new piano and tc invest in eighty five new books for the hbrary As we leave the new piano and the new books for others to enjoy we take with us many precious memories of twelve happy years in school Oh Yes The little red headed Historian now drives his hot rod to school Don Harris Historian ll with us in the eighth grade, and Vernelle Haley in the ninth. ln the tenth, Billy



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Prophecy Whxle vxsltmg 1n Dog Patcn 1n 1961 I found that I had come at one of thnr annual celebratxons The occasmon was a v1s1t from the famed Duchess of Wxndsor Pushxng the crowd to get a better vnew of thls great lady l found that she was my old classmate Judy Blackwell who was attending Sadme I-Iawkms Day In the after noon the feature attraction was a hot rod race and rnquzrmg I found the racer to be Don Harms On my return I stopped by a grocery store to prck up some Cream of Wheat When I heard a loud mouthed housewife argmng about the prlces wlth the grocery man I turned and saw that the housewxfe was none other than Mavis Johnson and the grocery man Bally Jack Smith After leavmg the store I vxsmted the Dog Patch Gymnaszum where athletmcs was a mann attraction There I saw a professxonal basketball player and with a closer look I recognized another class mate Carolyn Isley On the other sxde of the gymnasium was a champaon tenms player whom I recogmzed as Boyd Johnson who had been our class President in 1951 Leaving the gymnasium I went to the drugstore :or a sundae and whom do yon. th1nk I found at the post card counter? A sailor Kenneth I-Iarpe buymg cards to write to his g1rls ln every port Leaving the drugstore I passed a huge bmldlng with the tltle Ratlxff Avratmon I saw two men talklng to a lady Observing closer I found it was Ilmmy Ray Ratllff the owner of the plant and Brlly Hughes the test pilot The lady was Vernelle Haley a stewardess on the plane A big freight truck pulled out at the back of the bunldmng In the drxver s seat there sat Carlton guess who I found 1n the offxce? It was Rheta Faye Summerford a most effecnent and well pard secretary I was so surprlsed to see that she was not chewmg gum Gomg on down the street I saw a large crowd of women gathered around a platform and upon that platform was no one else but June Sam a professxonal cook demonstratrng her new recxpes I attended the new school at Dog Patch and found Lenme Ruth R.1vers teachlng school Seems as though the students like her While at tne school I rnqulred about Billy Don Looney When last heard of he had wanted to graduate ln 1951 I vmsxted the glant department store The Dog Patch Emporxum to fmd that they were havmg a fashmon show One of the onlookers happened to be Bess Wallace who IS now a successful housewnfe Say who IS the model? Oh I see It IS Clara Cothern doing the modeling The years haven t harmed her She stxll the vzvacrous blonde I remembered from my h1gh school days ten years ago Leavmg Dog Patch and on down the road I approached a huge bmldmg and knew I was near home because I found nt to be Wolverme Tube D1v1s1on I notxc ed Dwxght Rathff at a bus stop and plcked ham up I told hun about seemg the classmates nn Dog Patch and he and I had a good tame remxmscxng about those carefree days when we were Semors at A H S I let Dwnght out at his home and quxckly drove the few remaxmng mxles out to my farm As I turned mto the lane whzch cut through my beautzful green f1elds I saw my wxfe come to the door of our cottage and I was glad to be home Bobby Smith Prophet l 3 Key, who was hauling A-bombs and I-I-bombs. I thought I would look around and ' ' ' ' . ' . is

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