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i I i i I I A i A A ! S, • : i ' - CLASS OF 1944 -. V •V; C FLORIDA NORMAL AND INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE i?«„ ZP S ; X • ' T St. Augustine r?J U ■ - J. : T J £■ ' " Florida ' 7. . ■ ' ' ,£ . • ' ■ ■■ - ' ■ ■-■ " I 4TV ' ' . J-r-K ■.? ' .4- ' ■ - . - ! ' ' ' ■ ■ , " " . . ' 2 , .»i;=- i ! ■■■ " .■ " i ? -. ■V -v r V--s 5 - r - :: :-r. - ' . -.:.-. ' . --••. :-v..;- - 7-.-, CLASS O F ;l 9 44 jgpg : ' b-f. $•: ■;• k ' nC- ' -; ' ;:- - . » - -- V - ' " _vr OUR PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. GRAY, JR., Ph.D. foreword By ANNA F. HARVIN In the light of fond memories, past pleasures are reviewed. So to perpetuate the memories of the years we have spent at Florida Normal and Industrial College, and to preserve a rec- ord of the personalities, we the graduating class of 1944 present the first Florida Normal Lair, which is affectionately dedicated to the men of our class now in the armed service, namely: George McCall, Herman Hunter, Herbert Aikens, Albert Waifer, Wilbur White, Corporal Godbladte, Henry Murphy, Tony McCray, Isaac Campbell and others whose names we can ' t recall at the present. We wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to those whose co- operation has made possible the first edition of the " LAIR, " to the executive body and faculty who have guided us victoriously to the realization of our goal to Professor W. Anthony Gaines, sponsor of the year book, whose zeal and zest made possible the beginning of a tradition at our beloved college; to Miss Frances Hall who stood by us faithfully, and to the entire student body we are profoundly grateful. We look upon this initial venture with pride, and it is our sincere hope and prayer that this will be the beginning of an- other tradition at the Alma Mater we love so dearlv. " When time, who steals our years away Shall steal our pleasures too, The memory of the past will stay, And half our joys renew. " VS-A ,._ . ..it Class Mist or y By Freddie Muller Mobley It has often been remarked that history has a peculiar way of repeating itself, and so to a certain extent the history of this class is much like the history of classes which have gone before, and of others which will follow. Remembering that history is a rather dull subject except to those who have taken part in it personally, the historian of the class of 1944 will strive to be as brief as possible, and to touch only upon those subjects which are of significance not only to the class but to others. Early in our collegiate life a class organization was formed, it is not without a good reason, as you may well guess, that some of the original officers have succeeded them- selves. Thus, Anna Harvin has acted as class president for two years and Altobelle Hampton has been assistant secretary for the same length of time. We believe that the experience gained and the leadership developed will be of decided advantage in the years to come. How often it happens that men and women of affairs who have taken their places in the world are recalled to have been officers in their class groups at school or in class societies which it is an honor to join! And coming to such organizations our class has been especially honored. May we pause here to note an achievement ma e by one of our members that will be long remembered. Averell C. Clark was selected Basileus of the Iota Alpha Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the first to be established at our institution. Is this not history of renown! In point of scholastic attainments, our class has not lagged behind other classes, and the following prizes and scholarships — most of them earnestly contested, have been won by good old 1944ers! Freddie M. Mobley, a cash prize for maintaining the highest scholastic average in Home Economics: and scholastic scholarships won by Anna F. Harvin, Olivia McCurdy, Margaret Bellamy, Erma L. Dawkins, Nancy Williams and Dorothy Strickland. We have lighted many beaco ns by the wayside, the lights of which are bound to shine afar. This would appear to be almost enough, but it does not complete the telling of the story by any means. Socially our activities have been all that could be expected of us and perhaps all that it was wise for us to undertake without infringing upon the more serious business of classroom, study hall, and laboratory. Among the outstanding social affairs to which we will all look back with happy memories is the Junior-Senior Prom, the most exquisitely planned and presented in the history of the institution. Besides this, not a few of our class have had time and energy for other things, and shared in work which has been worth while. Rebecca J. Walker is student directress of a forty-voice chorus, the largest and most successful singing group in the history of this class. Anna F. Harvin has skillfully filled the office of Y. W. C. A. President. During the period this class history covers, four of our group have chosen to wed: Hattie M. Perry, Deloris Allen, Emma Lee Courtney Brown and Freddie Muller Mobley. Our members are eager to go forth and do their share in the way of service for mankind. Already thp following have entered open doors awaiting them and are at present employed in vital defense jobs: Hannah Brown Berry, Lillie Mae Parker, Essie Mae Simmons, Lois Adside, Earnestine Jackson, and Mamie Rembert. The class of 1944 has clearly held its place in the sun, and yet we have visioned clouds upon occasions, and at this time we would voice our sorrow and pride that it has been our fate that the " Call to Arms " has taken some of our members and has beckoned them onward: Herbert Aikins who served as Vice President to the class, Her- man Hunter. George McCall, James Watson, Jr., Wilfred White, Albert Waifer, and Henry Murphy. (Continued on Page 31) v.-- " Z Mr " : - . " -■• ' ■■ V A7f- ■ ' ■if |SP i? ...... p Y -v- ■:■ ;•■•... ■ . ; V. ' • ' : • X - ■ 1 ' ■ Zke Mantle Oration (Delivered by Avernell C. Clark) It is my peculiar privilege to hand over to the class which now ceases to be Juniors and automatically acquires the dignity of Seniors, the Mantle which we, the graduating class of 1944, of the Florida Normal and Industrial Institute, have worn with such pride, and I trust dignity, during the past nine months. At first, this Mantle proved to be a little large for us — a little full about the shoulders and long in the skirt, and realizing that a youngster can never look dignified in its father ' s boot ' ; which are too large, and trousers which are rolled up at the bottom, and sleeves turned back at the elbow, we in our zeal and increasing wisdom, set out im- mediately when we received the Mantle, to grow up so that it would be a perfect fit. Naturally we had to eat of the right things. So after grave contemplation and a number of conferences, we decided to exercise our will power and our wits, and to cut out everything which would in anyway give us physical indigestion or prove injurious, as well as habits of any kind known to be deleterious and likely to stunt as and prevent the highest possible type of physique. We soon found that the Mantle was becoming just right in size, and we commend our method of securing a perfect fit, to the erstwhile Junior Class of this school. Then along with the Mantle — for special state and formal occasions, we inherited the Senior ' s cap or " mortar-board. " It, too, was much too large in the beginp : ng, and it caused us grave concern, how we were to increase our head size to just the right extent and not go a fraction of an inch beyond, so as to be endangered by that serious disease known in the common vernacular as " swelled head, " or " bigheaditis. " After consulting some of the greatest specialists of the ages, we were advised to go to the ant. to consider her ways, and be wise. We appointed an Ant Hill Committee, and after due and proper exploration a suitable Ant Hill was found. We discovered many things — that ants are industrious, a hichly organized community, strictly obedient to law and authority, respectful to their elders, tender and protective to the weak and young and particularly considerate of the female of the species. After pondering upon these and a number of other things which we perceived upon that memorable occasion, we returned to these Halls of Learning and proceeded to put our findings into operation. When, lo and behold, the next time we tried the mortar- board on it literally fitted like the paper on the wall. • At first we were a bit careless of this precious Mantle, and we left it hanging any- where that we happened to get through with it. Before long we discovered that it was taking on a shabby look, and great was our grief. Then as a result of what we had gathered from our contemplation of the Ant Hill , we discovered that all that ailed the Mantle was dust. We took it into the sun- shine, shook it gently and firmly brushed it and had it nicely pressed. When, Presto! it was restored to its former attractiveness! But we knew (for our wisdom was great by this time) that we could not afford to take any chances as to further neglect; and we also drew the deduction that a Mantle of dignity is a precious thing, and, like a good character must be kept clean and never permitted to be tossed about carelessly. We should indeed be loath to hand this Mantle over to a youthful and immature class. But we trust that the special advantages which have been given the Junior class will help them to measure up to the lofty plane to which they are now advancing that of Seniors in this glorious institution. Out of respect to the school and all it stands for, the Board of Trustees, the mem- bers of the Faculty, our parents, the community and even the great American republic itself, we, the retiring Seniors adjure you upon whose shoulders this Mantle is now falling, to remember that you are the connecting link — and that term implies more than just having anything to do with evolution — but the present, visible, connecting (Continued on Page 29) .- ■» : • - -£?.■.•„-: Class Poem Two years have passed, but the memories linger still, A vacant space in our hearts cannot be filled. The years we spent with you We hold forever dear, Farewell " ! Farewell! Now we bid you fond adieu. Our friends so true will shake hands and say goodbye. To those who through the years have heard our every cry, And though our hearts are sad, We see great hopes for you, Farewell! Farewell! We will miss the fun we ' ve had. c Farewell! Farewell! Dear ole Florida Normal,-mine Through years of toil Time to visit you we ' ll find To bring you friends and cheer Will always be our aim So long for now, But we ' ll come to you again. Mercedes Hosie Christie Byron , Our Kostcr 1 EDYTHE STEPHENS Palmetto, Fla. Ambition — Teacher y. w. c. a. 2 LENA MAE STOKES Tampa, Fla. Ambition — Social Worker Vice Pres., Actors Club and associate prop- erty manager Paul Robeson, Y. W. C. A. 3 GOSSIE BOWERS Marianna, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A. 4 MARY ELLA YATES " Lady " Monroe, La. Ambition — Registered Nurse Y. W. C. A.. College Choir, Farmerettes, Business Guild Mercedes Hosie Christye Byron Miami, Fla. Ambition — Lawyer and Writer Const. Chairman Paul Robeson Dramatic Club Forensic, College Choir, Y. W. C. A. ANNA DELL WILLIAMS " Dell " Jacksonville. Fla. Ambition — Inst. Education Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes, Socratic Felecia Andre Garcia " Cuba " Tampa, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A.. Farmerettes 8 Victoria Gloria McPhee " Vicky " Fort Pierce, Fla. Ambition — Inst. Elementary Education Y. W. C. A.. Farmerettes, Basketball Seta Phi Beta, Socratic, Dramatic Club 9 REBECCA J. WALKER Lakeland. Fla. Ambition — Musician Director College Choir Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes 10 ETTA MAE FRANCIS " Pigie " Green Cove Springs, Fla. Ambition — Instructor Phys. Education Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes, Socratic - 1 11 12 13 14 15 Alicia Mercedes Escalante Tampa, Fla. Ambition — Stenographer Secretary Commercial Club " Al " " Al " ALTOBELLE HAMPTON Dunnellon, Fla. Ambition — Instructor Elementary Educa- tion Y. W. C. A., Octave, Asst. Sec ' y Sopho- more Class DAVID PETER JOHNSON Cocoa. Fla. Pres. Friars, Co-Captain Football Team, 1944 Basketball Team, Student Council, Life Guard, Business Met. Graduating Class Mary Olivia McCurdy " McCee " Titusville, Fla. Ambition — Professor of English Secretary Sophomore Class Rep. Women ' s Senate, Forensic, Farmer- ettes. Y. W. C. A., Dramatic Society, Socratic May Ardena Cooke " Drcjamie " Orlando, Fla. Ambition — Stenographer Bus. Mgr. Sophomore Class Y. W. C. A., Dramatic Commercial, Mod- ernaire 16 ANNA FREDINA HARVIN Jacksonville, Fla. Ambition — Sociologist Pres. Sophomore Class Y. W. C. A., Student Council, Forensic, Modernaires 17 Ethelyn Rose Harper " Bunny " St. Petersburg, Fla. Ambition — Secretary and Social Worker Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes, Commercial Guild Critic Sophomore Class ' Lil " 18 Lillie Maria Richardson Jacksonville, Fla. Ambition — Instructor Phys. Education Treas. Sophomore Class, Y. W. C. A., Varsity Basketball Octave, Marjorette 1943 19 LOTTIE M. GLYMPH Tampa. Fla. Ambition — Professor Elementary Educa- tion Y. W. C. A., Student Council. N. P. C. Club 20 HENRI PHILLIP JOHNSON Panama City, Fla. Ambition — Mathematics Teacher Y. M. C. A., College Choir, N. P. C. Club, Farmerettes 21 BESSIE M. BRYANT Pompano, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A., Socratic Club. 22 ORIAS LYMAS Hastings, Fla. Ambition — Athletic Coach Y. W. C. A., Varsity Basketball 23 RUBY LEE WATSON Dearing, Ga. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A., Business Guild 24 Nancy Elizabeth Williams " Hank " Titusville, Fla. Ambition — Mur cian Aast. Pianist Y. W. C. A., College Choir 25 26 27 28 29 30 IRIS BLACHSHEAR " Peaches " Marianna, Fla. Ambition — Stenographer Y. W. C. A., Basketball Team ROSA PEARL HILLMAN Jacksonville, Fla. Ambition — Lawyer Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes FANNIE MAE SLYKE Belleview, Fla. Ambition — Director of Elementary Educa- tion Y. W. C. A., Socratic CInb BESSIE FRANKLIN Alachua, Fla. Ambition — Teacher of Secondary Educa- tion Y. W. C. A. ROSA LEE ROOKS Tampa, Fla. Ambition — Secretary Business Guild Florence Pandora Vann " Shorty " Chipley, Fla. Ambition — Mathematician Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes, Socratic, Col- lege Choir NOTE— Numbers refer to Photographs on Pages F-L-O-R-I-D-A 11 -.-.. HLLUH9UKUE9 . 36 Our Koster 31 32 33 3! 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 Arletha Tobias Jelks " Shorty " Moore Haven, Fla. Ambition — Sociologist Y. W. C. A. MATTIE LEE GIBSON Miami, Fla. Ambition — Mortician Y. W. C. A. FREDDIE MULLER MOBLEY Geneva, Fla. Ambition — Dietician and Seamstress Keporter Student C ouncil Y. W. C. A., H. E. Club Margaret Bellamy " Marge " St. Aug ustine, Fla. Ambition — Concert Artist Student Council LIZZIE MAE WEATHERSBEE 7 i? RJ Punta Gorda. Fla. ° Ambition — Professor of Elementary Edu- cation Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes EMMIE HUNTER Cocoa, Fla. Ambition — Stenographer Y. W. C. A. Oney Mt ? Gaines " Pee Wee " Ocala. Fla. Ambition — A viatnx 1 Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes. Socratic OLLIE MAJOR St. Augustine, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A. Henri Mae Jones " Retta " Ocala, Fla. Ambition — Stenographe College Choir. Farmerettes. Advisor Club ESSIE MAE WILLIAMS Dunellon, Fla. Ambition — Music Teacher Y. W. C. A.. Farmerettes, Octave JOHNNIE MAE WATSON West Palm Beach Ambition — Stenographer Y. W. C. A., Commercial Artists Club ALMA WOODUM St. Petersburg, Fla. Ambition — Social Worker Y. W. C. A., Socratic 43 44 Mi nnie Lucy Avers Miami, Fla. Ambition — Stenographer " Honey ' Rosetta C. Smith " Shortie Red " Archer, Fla. Ambition — Director of Social Work Basketball Team. N. P. C. Club, Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes 45 BERNICE VEREEN Orlando, Fla. Y. w. C. A. 46 CARRIE BROWN Plant City, Fla. Ambition — Mortician Y. W. C. A. 47 Cora Lee Royster " Darling Hart " Jacksonville, Fla. Ambition — Mortician Y. W. C. A.. Farmerettes 48 Victoria Annette Dawson " Vicky " Hastings, Fla. Ambition — Nurse Y. W. C. A., Farmerettes 49 Annie Belle Baity " Little Sister " Tampa, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Commercial Education Farmerettes, Business Guild 50 DONNIE AIK 3 Madison Fla. Ambition — Social Worker Y. W. C. A. 51 JAKTE PENDERGRASS Arcadia, Fla. Ambition — Home Economist Y. W. C. A.. El Comidor Club, Home Economics Club 52 AVERNELL C. CLARK Brooksville. Fla. Ambition — Social Worker Iota Alpha Chapter, Seta Phi Beta, Forensic, Farmerettes. Y. W. C. A.. Dramatic. Natic, Socratic 53 MAE LIZZIE POPE Miami, Fla. Ambition — Professor of Elementary Edu- cation N. P. C. Club 54 Ernestine Yvonne Dawson " Peaches " Mirmi, Fla. Ambition — Professor of History Y. W. C. A. 55 ARMA LOUISE DAWKINS Ocala. Fla. Ambition — Elementary School Teacher Y. W. C. A. 56 ALICE ELIZABETH HALL I Green Cove Springs, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A.. Farmerettes, Socratic 57 DOROTHY STRICKLAND Titusville, Fla. Ambition — Teacher Y. W. C. A. 58 MISS FRANCES HALL Sophomore Sponsor The Following Not Shown on Picture Pages: RALPH HERMA MARTIN, Houston, Tex. THELMA ROBBINS, Panama (Sty, Fla. CHARLES PRICE, Appalachicola, Fla. GERTRUDE ZEIGLER, LILLIE BELLE ROWE, Cocoa, Fla. IDA JONES, Bernice, La. CLARA WILLIAMS, River Junction, Fla. LILLIE HAZEL, St. Augustine, Fla. MILDRED FERGUSON, Gainesville, Fla. INEZ JAMES, Miami, Fla. NOTE — Numbers refer to Photographs on Pages F-L-O-R-I-D-A 13 . ' V; " MISS FLORIDA NORMAL " _ 1943-44 EUGENIA BELL, " MISS FLORIDA NORMAL " Iris Blackshear, Attendant Willie A. Jones, Attendant FOOTBALL TEAM Seated: Left to right— Jimmie Johnson, Jacksonville: Forest McKennie, Lakeland; Co-eapl, Freddie Nichol- »on. Pensacola; A. Crawford. Coconat Grove; C. Franks, Tampa; Charles Price, Appalaehicola ; Nathan Walker, Bernice, La.: W. L. Pearson. Coconut Grove; Dave Johnson. Cocoa; T. L. Lowrie, Miami: Henry Colvin, Lake Wales: Carey Hightower, Jacksonville; Willie Davis, Gai nesville, and Coach. F. D. Grundy. Others not shown are, Ira Wilson. St. Petersburg; Leon Hunter, Winter Haven: Henry Brown, Jacksonville; Lonnie Donaldson, Hastings: OBcar Hayes, Orlando; Lucius Jackson, St. Petersburg: Hazel Wright, Ocala; Jimmie Anders, Jacksonville; Wm. Chandler, Bernice, La.; Lorenxa Williama, We»t Palm Beach ; Spurgeon Poe, Eustis. 15 ■--.:■..■- . ' • " , . ■- ■ First Sorority on Campus The Iota Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. was established on the campus of Florida Normal and Industrial Institute. St. Augustine, Florida on April 2, 1944, under the instigation of Basileus Alpr T. Moore of Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Jacksonville, Floriaa. The members of the Chapter are from left to right: Sorors Eugenia Belle, Lola Jones. Corinthia Wilson, Victoria McPhee, Avernell Clarke, Willia Mae Home, Haze! L. Hadley and Elizabeth Grinstead. . The officers are: A. C. Clarke, Basileus; H. L. Hadley, Anti-Basileus and Anta- pokritas; E. E. Belle, Grammateus; W. M. Home, Tammias; C. M. Wilson, Jerveler and Parliamentarian: V. McPhee, Epistoleus; L. A. Jones, Chaplain and Dean of Pledgees; E. Grinstead, Sponsor, Archonian Club Jewell Anderson, President; Annie Jenkins, Vice President; Betty Burton, Secretary; Helen Dickerson, Assistant Secretary; Maude George, Treasurer; Bessie Collier, Re- porter; Amanda Hope, Chairman, Program Committee; Marion Perry, Chairman, Finan- cial Committee; Minnie Payne, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee; Camilla Ruff, Chaplain. • MEMBERS Mercides McNair, Amanda Miller, Mammie Cherry, Madaline Shepard. ' , : V,r ... - 17 •-a H . v i« ■ i J — — ' ■ . Class Prophecy MARGARET CLAUDIA BELLAMY I had just finished eating dinner and had stuffed and stuffed until I couldn ' t move. As I sat there I dozed and the queerest things appeared before me. I was in the year 1954, walking down a street in a midwestern town. As I walked along I saw a sign, " Ye Old Pastry Shoppe. " It seems that out of hunger or curiosity I walked in as the smell of delicious pies and cakes filled my nostrils. While I was feasting my eyes on the lemon pie, out walked Mrs. Freddie Mobley. I was so surprised I just stared. She did all the talking while I did all the eating. It seems that she and Jakie Pendergrass were running the shop together. We talked of old times and I finally left. Music was heard as I left the shop. I entered a large hall. There stood a familiar figure directing a great symphonic orchestra. When the piece ended the conductor turned around and there was, Dave Johnson. We ran to meet each other and I laughed with him until I cried. You see, Dave had always directed " Main Stem " in the cafeteria. He told me that Anna Harvin was singing with his orchestra. It seemed that Miss Harvin was an accomplished singer. I listened to her sing an Aria from the " Messiah " and had to admit she was one of the best. When I left Dave and Anna, the first person I saw was Victoria Dawson. She was wearing a nurse ' s uniform and had her blue cape thrown around her. She looked well. She told me that she and Mattie Gibson had completed their training at Harlem Hospital, in New York. She was now superintendent of nurses. I left her with a promise of coming to her home for dinner the following night. I saw a stout woman coming down the street with several children. The oldest was about eight years old. There were two boys about six and a little baby in his mother ' s arms. As I drew nearer I thought the face was familiar so I said, " Mae Lizzie Pope? " She said, " I was Mae Lizzie Pope before I married. My name is Mrs. Herrings now. " She told me all about her family and said she had just received a letter from Rosetta Smith who was dancing at the Apollo in New York. I finally left her and walked on. I saw a group of young ladies coming down the street. Each was carrying some kind of a musical instrument, except one. whom I recog- nized as Rebecca Walker. We were all pleased to see each other, and I recalled all of their names as we talked. They were: Clara Louise Williams, Emmie Hunter, Henri May Jones, and Henri Phillip Johnson. They told me that they were members of a famous all girl dance band. Rebecca was the piano player and leader. The name of the band was, " Rebecca and her 24 Reekers of Rythm. " Leaving them I saw children coming out of a school house. There in the door stood a tall lady wearing heavy rimmed glasses. As I passed she called, " Margaret? Margaret Bellamy? " I said, " Yes? " She said, " I ' m Olivia McCurdy. Don ' t you remember me? " I said, " Oh, yes, " I was really glad to see her. She introduced me to her teachers. You 6ee she was the principal. One of her teachers was Oney Mae Gaines. We chatted and gossiped for a long time, then I told them I just had to go. A red convertible coupe stopped just beside me and a lady elaborately dressed in red and with a set of matched furs, called to me. It was Ethelyn Harper. She said she was on her way to a dinner party and had to go by the office for her husband who was a society doctor. I told her how well she looked and she didn ' t tell me I was looking well, but said one of our classmates and mutual friend, Altobelle Hampton was a society friend of hers. It seems that Altobelle Hampton was a famous lawyer and her husband a famous tennis player. When I left her I was carried by a great white cloud to the Hawaiian Islands. The first two people I saw were Lillie Mae Hazel and Emma Brown. Lillie Mae was directing a small group of girls and boys (Hawaiian, mind you) in a Hawaiian song. Emma told me that she was business manager and did all the booking for the group. X As I left them and went down the beach I saw the loviest damsels dancing in a big circle. Oh such beauty! such coloring! Their grass skirts and haloes held almost every (Continued on Page 30) 18 ' 1 We Will - " Remember Some of Our College Organizations 1 OCTAVE CLUB Altobelle Hampton, President; Lena Stokes, Vice President; Henri M. Jones, Treasurer; Lillye Richardson, Secretary; Essie M. Williams, Chaplain; Miss Ethel M. Hodges, Sponsor. 2 THE YEARLINGS Willie Tanner, President; Nettie Thompson, Secretary; Lucinda Govan, Treasurer; Miss Nila Phoenix, Sponsor. 3 THE FORENSIC SOCIETY Avernell C. Clark, President; Olivia McCurdy, Sect ' y Treasurer; Anna F. Harvin, Busi- ness Manager; Mercedes Byron, Social Chairman; Hattye R. Keyes, Public Relations Chairman: Hazel L. Hadley, Reporter; Mrs. Josie B. Greer, and W. Anthony Gaines, Co-Sponsors. Miss Frances Hall, Faculty Critic. 4 THE ARCHERS Annie Robinson, President; Eva Butler, Vice President; Roas L. Mays, Secretary; Cath- erine Palm, Treasurer; Alvina Bembo, Chaplain; W. Anthony Gaines, Sponsor. 5 THE MODERNAIRES Camilla Ruff. Chairman; Helen Moore, Sect ' y-Treas.; Marjorie Bennett, Chaplain; Josie B. Greer, Sponsor. 6 EL COMIDOR Vera Patterson, President; Eddie M. Holmes, Vice President; Geraldine Evans, Treas- urer; Rose Jackson. Secretary; Marelha Lightefoote, As-istant Secretary; Ruth Shuler, Reporter; Bertha Davis. Chaplain; Mildred Reid, Pianist; Gertrude Bradwell, Critic; Miss Elizabeth Grinstead, Sponsor. 7 BUSINESS EXCELSIOR CLUB Doris Kirksey. President; Mercedes McNair, Vice President; Algerine Falana, Secretary; Elizabeth Brock, Assistant Secretary; Pecola Warren, Treasurer; Nelia Brookins, Busi- ness Manager; Geraldine Rutledge, Chaplain; Francis Gray, Reporter; Magdalene Peters, Sponsor. 8 THE N. P. C. ' s Thelma Hall, President; Pecola Warren, Vice President; Elise Robinson, Secretary; Marian Byrd. Assistant Secretary; Naomi Brazzell, Treasurer; Margie Lewter, Program Committee Chairman; Elmorris Pollock, Social Committee Chairman; Hazel Thigpen, Business Manager; Marie Carnegie, Critic; Mercedes McNair, Reporter; Armetta Blue, Chaplain; M. E. Ferguson, Sponsor. 9 SOCRATIC SOCIETY Nelia M. Brookins, President, Frankie M. Jacobs. Secretary; Rubye Harrison. Treas- urer; Marian Perry, Reporter, Alice Hall, Chairman; Etta Francis, Business Manager; Ella R. Watts, Sponsor. Numbers refer c to Groups on opposite Page 20 mmmmm tmsmmsamm Some of Our Clubs 1 GLEE CLUB Forest McKennie, President; T. L. Lowrie, Vice President; Marie Carnegie, Secretary; Helen Dickason, Assistant Secretary; Holsey Gray, Treasurer; W. F. Tanner, Manager; Rebecca J. Walker, Director. 2 PAUL ROBESON DRAMATIC CLUB Eugenia Bell. President; Lonnie Donaldson, Vice President; Jewell Anderson, Secretary; Shirley J. Dennard. Corresponding Secretary; Adrena Cooke, Treasurer; Hattie Ruth Keys, Business Manager; Amanda Hope, Clarence Corbett, Stage Managers; Corenthia Wilson, Director. 3 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM Willia Mae Home. Captain; Lillie Richardson, Business Manager; W. Anthony Gaines, Forest McKenni " . Coaches. 4 STUDENT COUNCIL Eugenia Bell, President; Anna F. Harvin. Vice President; Corenthia Wilson, Secretary; Lottie Glymph, Assistant Secretary; Idella Smith. Treasurer; Hattye R. Keys, Soci ' ai Chairman; Margaret Bellamy and Hazel Hadley, Social Chairman; Inister Bell, Chap- lain; Charles Smith, Critic; Freddie Mobley, Reporter; Mrs. J. B. Greer, Sponsor. Y. W. C. A. ANNA F. HARVIN ..... JEWELL ANDERSON... ARDRENA COOKE HELEN MOORE LILLYE RICHARDSON..__..__ LUCINDA GOVAN NELIA BROOKINS EUGENIA BELLE ....._•. MERCEDES BYRON LA VERNE JENKINS MARY WASHINGTON MRS. ELLA RYALLS WATTS MISS ESTELLE PEMBERTON. HELEN DICKASON Presideat Vice President Recording Secretar y ' Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Finance Chairman Worship Chairman Publicity Chairman Reporter Membership Chairman — Public Relations Chairman . Sponsor . Associate Sponsor Business Manager 6 HOME ECONOMICS CLUB Freddie Mobley, President; Melissa Eubanks, Vice President; Willie Mae OIlie, Secre- tary; Ralph Herma Martin, Assistant Secretary; Jakie Pendergrast. Treasurer; Merrilyn Cohen, Chaplain; Lucinda Govan, Program Chaiman; Alvina Bembo, Social Committee Cohen, Chaplain; Lucinda Govan, Program Chairman; Alvina Bembo, Social Committee Chairman; Sponsors, Mrs. H. Y. Gray and Miss Nila Phoenix. 7 FARMERETTES Olivia McCurdy, President; Avernelle Clarke, Vice President; Alvina Bembo, Seceretary; Helen Moore, Assistant Secretary; Phillip Johnson, Reporter. Numbers refef to Groups on opposite Page 22 Some of the Clubs Tirst junior Class OFFICERS Hazel L. Hadley James C. Sams _ Mary E. Washington Corenthia Wilson Lovett U. Mobley Hattye R. Keys Robert H. Lee Mrs. Josie B. Greer_ President Vice President Secretary Treasurer ._ Chaplain ....Social Chairman .Business Manager ....Sponsor MEMBERS (1) Corenthia Wilson, (2) Dessye Collins, (3) Amanda Hope, (4) Lola Jones, (5) Eugenia Bell, (6) Mary E. Washington, (7) Geneva Carter, (8) Mrs. Josie B. Greer, (9) Shirley J. Dennard, (10) Willia M. Home, (11) (left to right. Reverend Robert H. Lee, Henry H. Robinson, Lovett V. Mobley, James C. Sams), (12) Hazel L. Hadley. NOTE — Number refer to Group Picture on opposite Page These Grads are with " WINGS OVER JORDAN " Zkey Zrain Industry 26 guardians Ml Some of Our Trustees Attorney D. W. Perkins Secretary Trustee Board Revs. C.J.Smith and J.X. Stoke; Rev. J. R. Evans Rev. H. L. Stephens 28 Rev. J. W. Drake We Kcmcmber - Also MISS S. A. BLOCKERS, Administrative Assistant DR. JOHN E. FORD , Chairman, Trustee Board DR. J. R. E. LEE . President, Florida A. and M. College MISS NAOMI E. BOYD , Accountant MR. AND MRS. H. R. BARKSDALE, Dean of Instruction MRS. D. E. LITTLEJOHN " MOTHER, " Teacher of Art MISS AMY JOYCE DENNISTON, Teacher Training COACH RUSSELL E. BLUNT, Coach MRS. CORA D. BLUNT, Health Education MR. FREDERICK D. GRAVES, Director, Commercial Education MRS. LESSIE LOUISE GRAVES, Librarian MISS OTTA MAE JONES, Director of Music MRS. IDA MAE HARRISON, Dietician MR. CHARLES MAXEY, Business Manager MISS ELIZABETH V. CARTER. Director of Music ' Deceased ■j-r w £ w — OUR TEACHERS James W. Bryant Lydia R. Cuttou Marie Evangeline Ferguson Ollie Wayman Ferguson Clyde Bradford Francis William Anthony Gaines Hazel Yates Grav William H. Gray Josie B. Frisby Greer Elizabeth Grinstead Frances Hall Ethel Hodges Robert L. Holley Rev. R. L. Jones Richard M. Murray Maydris Morton Paul Magdeline Peters Nila Phoenix Warner R. Rosser El ' a R. Watts James A. Webster a it THE MANTLE ORATION (Continued from Page 7) link between the honorable Seniors who have filed forth into the corridors of time from this school, and the Seniors who will come after from year to year, in the ages which are to follow. In other words, you are now " IT. " and it is your turn to set the kind of example you want posterity to follow, to hold aloft the torch of learning by means of high, academic standards, to conduct yourselves as modern Lord and Lady Chesterfields, and in all things to strive to emulate the tact, erudition and teachableness of King Solomon. In handing over this Mantle to you whom we have known during the past year as Juniors, we are presenting you, at the same time, our affectionate regard, and our confidence that you will acquit yourselves in a highly creditable manner. With the gift to you of this Mantle we become a member of the Honorable Alumni Body, which will watch your progress with interest and eagerness. And rest assured that one year hence we shall be ' awaiting you with open arms — you the graduating class of 1945. 29 r CLASS PROPHECY (Continued from Page 18) k color of the rainbow. As I approached the group I saw Felicia Garq a. Adrena Cooke. Mary Yates. Avernell Clark and Minnie Avers. Alecia Escalanti was dancing in the middle of the group. They were all a pretty brown just like the Hawaiian girls. It seemed that they had literally taken charge of the island, for everywhere I looked I saw someone I knew. Lottie Glymp was sitting behind a huge desk as I entered an office. I saw that she was secretary to the head person on the island. That was Bertha Davis. Miss Davis looked trim and smart in a brown tweed tailored suit. Mrs. Gertie Ziegler was there talking over matters with Miss Davis. You see. Mrs. Ziegler was the commissioner of something ? ? there on the island. I wanted a few supplies so I went to the commissary. There, waiting on the cutest man, was Annie Belle Baity. Ollie Major was waiting on a little girl. They told me that they were in the business together. As you know the judiciary of the Hawaiian Island is composed of the Supreme Court with three judges, the circuit court and superior courts as the legislature may establish. Well, the crowning event of the day was when I walked into the City Hall at Honolulu and saw Gussie Bowers. Lillie Belle Rowe and Lillye Richardson. I asked, in amazement. " What are you all doing here " They told me that they were the three judges of the Supreme Court and were appointed by the President of the United States. They said that Mrs. Bryant and Edith Stephens were holding some office but I guess I was too surprised or the shock of hearing about them was a little too much for me because I fainted dead away. Then I felt someone shaking me and I heard my mother say, " Margaret, get up and wash the dishes. " FINIS WHO ' S WHO AMONG THE GRADS Most Beautiful Cutest Most Studious... Most Popular. Most Versatile Most Likely to Succeed ..... Most Eloquent Finest Voice Most Punctual Best Driver Prettiest Eyes Most Talkative Best Form Best Prayer- Most Quiet- Best Cook._ Iris Blackshear — .Altobelle Hampton — Bessie Bryant - — Dave Johnson Victoria McPhee — Anna F. Harnin Olivia McCurdy Mattie Gibson Nancy Williams Oney May Gaines Adrene Cooke Cora Lee Royster Clara Williams Henri P. Johnson Ruby L. Watson -Freddie Moblev Miss Junior Amanda Hope Miss Sophomore Iris Blackhear Miss Freshman.?. _?.Rosa Lee Mays 30 ' EsSSfesSt- CLASS HISTORY (Continued from Page 5) As a class we feel that we have been especially favored in executive and faculty leadership. Who of us will not always feel a deep warmth of feeling and tenderness for our beloved President, Dr. William H. Gray, Jr.; our former and present sponsors, Dean W. R. Rosser and Miss Lorna Ferguson; and Mr. Frederick D. Graves who is no longer with us? Our class motto has been. " Like the eagle, we are soaring onward and upward. " Our class colors are Blue and Gold, our symbol is the eagle. A few of our number have already stepped out into the world at large, and naturally we look up to and are proud of them. In the Tuberculosis Essay Contest our capable Anna F. Harvin won national honors. State honors were won by Avernell C. Clark and Inez E. James with second place and honorable mention respectively. Our class was honored again when an article written by one of our group appeared in The Progressive News. The Atlanta World, and the Tampa Bulletin, three of the leading Negro papers. leading Negro papers. The subject of the article was, " How The Church Can Become more Effective as an Educative Agency, " and this article was written by Anna F. Harvin. Because (if the versatility possessed by many of our group, the basketball team wit- nessed no defeat during the last season despite the stiff competition encountered through- out Florida and Georgia. Those greatly responsible for such an env-able record are: Victoria McPhee. capable and efficient guard; Iris Blackshear, Lilli Richardson and Rosetta Smith, " The ace forwards of the season, " also Etta Francis uxi Orias Lymas showed their ability as guards. A history does not deal with the future. Its function is to tell of ihe past and the eyes and look into the years beyond. What we see may truly belong to ike class prophet, but we cannot refrain from expression of the belief that no class evw xas gone or ever will go forth from this institution with a finer and clearer record tin has been made by the graduating class of 1944, and further, we have firm confidence .ai in the " Who ' s Who " of the years ahead, many of our number will appear and reanjvar. and that all without a single exception, will find lasting satisfaction which, life «fci Lived, is bound to hold. The curtain is going down on the history of the class of 1944. nc in reality the Big Parade is just commencing. The bugle calls — Forward March. According to the Dean ' s List " THESE KNOW! " Anna F. Harvin 2.90 Olivia McCurdy 2.38 Avernell Clark 2.36 Freddie Mobley _ 2.29 Margaret Bellamy 2.26 Emmie Hunter - 2.12 Gussie Bowers _. _.„ 2.00 Sumra Cum Laude Cum laude Cum laude Cum laude Cum laude ' Cum laude Cum laude 31 m m m-im in Utemnriam SARAH A. BLOCKER 1892 1944 In memory of the late Miss Sarah A. Blocker, who for more than fifty years helped to plan and guide the destiny of Florida Normal and Industrial Institute; she is greatly missed, but her far-reaching influence will continue to guide us. 32 i mmmmw nuiiiuivu I I I I I I I I 1 I I I 1 1 I 1 ■ ■


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