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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
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
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
Don Harrxs bequeath my hot rod to Raymond Rlggs and Ira George
Jlmmy Ratlxff wxll my scholastxc standards to Marjorie Maner and Malcolm
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
Bess Wallace bequeath my abxhty to know when to be quxet to Denms Allred and
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
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Page 15 text:
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
with us in the eighth grade, and Vernelle Haley in the ninth. ln the tenth, Billy
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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
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
Key, who was hauling A-bombs and I-I-bombs. I thought I would look around and
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