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Page 27 text:
One bright morning of May,
l952, found me, Bettye Burson,
busily getting together my be-
longings which I had accumu-
lated coming over from Europe.
My arrival had been generously
announced in every paper
throughout the country, and as l
glanced over the rail l suddenly
realized my importance by the
vast crowds of people awaiting
to see the first female Secretary
of War return to America after
seven years control over enemy
territories. The moment had come
-the flash of a camera blinded-
Robert Schaedle, the world re-
nouned photographer had taken
my picture. The editor of the
' New York Times, Archie Epstein
followed him. After battling the
mob a few hours my personal
adviser, Dorothy Shankman, and I were received by
the newly elected President of the United States, and
also our old classmate, ferry Tillman, and Senators
Billie Iane High and Mary Louise Carpenter from
Tennessee. The committee had made reservations at
the Hotel Grace owned by the genteel girl of the
class of '45 Melita met us at the door and lead us to
a ring side tablein full view of the orchestra. Harold
Osburn's orchestra was playing this week to pay for
the room he used the year before. Other members in
the band were Billy Barfield, Nick Speros, and Ioe
Tanner. A shrill voice calling "Cigars, cigarettes,
chewing gum, mints" caught my attention and l looked
round to see Louise Young. Other cigarette girls em-
ployed were Velma Van Wickel, Marie Ienkins, and
Rosemary Hines. Chambermaids included Anna Marie
Spinosa, Mabel Kurts, Betty Iones, and Betty Sue
Forwalter who had become independently wealthy by
their new profession.
Presently our dinner was served by the head waiter,
Ierry Crook. l-le told us the chef, Vernon Forgione had
prepared the meal with special care and hoped we
enjoyed it. The floor show was now in process and
Peggy lean Yandell hadn't lost a thing she possessed
in '45!! The only change was that she had thrown
away the batons and picked up the fans. Betty Kirk-
ham was next on the program giving a nerve racking
1 f f BETTYE BURSON
ballet. After learning there would be no more of our
acquaintances, Dorothy and l were ushered to our
room by the bell boy, Gene Weaver. On learning that
lack Dallas was piloting the plane over from Europe
to America, we had considered our safety and ven-
tured by boat. The next morning found us up early
ready for the busy days ahead. We were awakened
at lU a.m. by the Coca-Cola correct time operator, Io
Ann Miller. The War Department had been kind
enough to send us two chauffeurs to drive us around
during our stay in New York. The boys turned out to
be Billy Bennett and Thomas Keeton. We learned
from them that Robert Finn and lean Beaton had said
"l Do" and had started housekeeping.
The first engagement of the day was to speak to
the Presbyterian Church on the conditions in Europe.
To my great surprise the minister turned out to be
Louis "Red" Williams. His drawling Southern accent
had at last been altered to a rasping Northern tone.
Among the ladies at the Circle Meeting were Virginia
Lineberger, lewel Reynolds, lean Tanner, Nettie
Thompson, Peggy Gassaway, and Evelyn Noe, all of
whom were active workers of the church.
At twelve noon we stood waiting for the chauffeurs
and when at last they arrived we learned they had
lost their cash rolling the bones, so good natured
Dorothy slipped the boys their spending money. We
decided to get out at Twenty-five West Forty-third
Street and take in all the sights. Walking down the
Avenue we saw a sign that read HRichartz's Exclu-
sive." On inquiry we heard the proprietor was Mary
Richartz. We took the elevator up and entered her
private office. We spoke for several hours about some
of the queer creatures we went to school with. She
told us that Bob Williams stuck to his dog shoe trade
and owned a small bootery in Memphis. Those em-
ployed there are lames Willis, whose wife, Lorraine,
was a plain housewife, Carl Dacus, lames Russell,
Lloyd Adams, Robert lohnson, and George Thomas.
Working in Mary's l-lut were Geneva Ford, lane Eer-
ber, Kathryn Poulos, l-lildred Mims and lohn Barton
Cemployed as office boyl. Bidding the gang goodbye
we walked a short distance when we noticed two
extremely well-dressed women leading a beautiful
set of English wolf hounds. On coming closer we could
see a slight resemblance to Dot Morrison and lerry
Glasgow. Yes, it was they!! They had married in a
double ceremony to two wealthy bankers and were
Page 26 text:
Section 5l. Ioy Wilson and Iean Tanner bequeath
their pointless arguments and jokes to any other dopes
that can amuse themselves- -
Section 52. Melita Grace leaves her nickname
"Sissy" to Miss Iennie to do anything she wants to
Section 53. 'Ruby Lee Couch, Frances Butler, and
Frances Barauchman leaves their silliness to Seymour
Section 54. Billy Bennett and Sidney Waller leave
their charming "I like you" line to Roy Crook.
Section 55. Dorothy Bussell and Reba Brown leave
school as soon as possible tperiodl.
Section 56. Kathryn Dozier and Bobbie Nell Sulli-
van don't want to leave anything and want to take
all they can with them.
Section 57. Peggy Gassaway, Margaret Helmke,
and Betty Louise Iones leave their very odd last names
to Betty Iones, Robert Iones, and Iohn Smith, respec-
Section 58. Patsy Reasons leaves her lack of rea-
soning to Mary Frances True.
Section 59. Wilma Hurley, Wilma Hines and Evelyn
Noe leave the clocks to run three minutes taster dur-
ing class and three minutes slower between periods.
Section 60. Archie Epstein and Iames Russell leave
their psychology to Bailey Thompson and Franklin
Section 61. Katherine and Iean Poulos leave their
likeness and names to Ray and Ralph Riddle only to
confuse people more and more.
Section 62. Teddy Petrovsky leaves his voice to
Roy Horrocks, thank goodness!
Section 63. Billy Oswald lost everything and hasn't
a thing to leave.
Section 64. Iuanita Patterson leaves that "Ah,
fella!" voice to Rubye Clark to use to her advantage.
Section 65. Iewel Reynolds, Shirley Ferguson, and
Martha McCullar want to take all the men with them
and leave anything else worth leaving.
Section 66. Adele Mendelson and Alice Miller
leave their understanding of English literature to
Section 67. Mary Lewis leaves her drawing ability
to Goldie Brown.
Section 68. Dot Morrison, Billie lane High and
Mabel Kurts, leave their ability to be congenial to
Section 69. Betty Kirkman leaves her smile to Ruth
Section 70. Lindy Wilder leaves his fondness for
the theater to Dorothy Boyington.
Section 7l. Iames Willis leaves the senior class for
the Army and advises all other boys to stay at home.
Section 72. George Hutchinson leaves his baseball
ability to Robert Bilger.
Section 73. Charles Edman leaves his array of
girls to Wallace Cowan. .
Section 74. Frankie Wilder leaves his 'sweetness'
to Betty Ann Gresham.
Section 75. Thomas Grimes leaves the picture ma-
chine to the next person who has two study periods.
Section 76. Ioyce Scruggs leaves her wonderful hir:-
tory grades to Louis Booth.
Section 77. Audrey Brown and Mary Louise Car-
penter leave their happiness to Anita Cummings.
Section 78. Carl Dacus leaves Land to the future
Section 79. Robert Schaedle just leaves.
ln witness thereof, we the Senior Class of '45 place
our highly respected seal on this.
The above is respectfully submitted May, 1945, after
having been duly witness by the following:
Herman von Krushenshack, Esquire
Hot Shot Charlie
Hot Dog Ioe
Lil' Abner and Gravel Gertie
fwrit bi handll
Page 28 text:
living in the Honie Ponnie Apartments owned by
Floyd and Fred Heyer. We rushed back to the hotel
and found Ted Petrovsky perched on a piano. After
listening to his sob story we left for our engagement
at the Stork Club with the Congressmen from Tennes-
see, Leslie Inman and Walter Underwood. My atten-
tio nwas called to a lovely striking figure of the young
lady selling cigarettes and as she neared our table
we could see it was Miriam Lee Vine. Shortly, we
were attracted by a clamorous noise and turned just
in time to see the bouncer, Billy Oswald, picking up
George Hutchinson, the New York play boy, and
pitching him in Eugene Collie's squad car. We stopped
and talked to Oswald and he told us that Martha
McCuller, Ioy Wilson, Martha Davis, Angeline Robilio,
Doris Stewart, Carlene Shumate, luanita Patterson
and Dorothy Weinman had all taken husbands. He
also mentioned that Frank Wilder and Kathryn Dozier
had finally given in to one another and were living
on a real country farm in Mississippi.
We left early to go to see the stage show on Broad-
way and Lola Thomas sold us the tickets. Ushers in-
cluded loyce Scruggs, Vivian Potts, Mary Rose Brown,
lrene Stergios and Doris Lainbirth. We were lead to
our seats and the M. C. just walked out and it was no
other than Donald Kaurez. He announced the first
number to be lacgueline lay in a neat polka act. We
understand now why Kaurez had chosen the profes-
sion. lean Stubblefield, Mary Lewis, Wilma Hurley and
Thelma Weeks gave a brilliant tap number. The out-
standing number of the evening was given by the
famous Gypsy Dance Team,'Phyllis Anton and lames
lust outside the show stood a bent lady calling
"shoe strings, razor blades, bobby pins." To our
amazement it was Bettye Sue Wildes. At the hotel we
bade the boys goodbye and bought a paper from
Carolyn Brenner's newsstand. We were taken up in
the elevator by Edith Lowe. ln answer to my ques-
tions, Edith told us that Wilma Hines, Bobbie Nell
Sullivan, leanette Pine, and Ruth Bishop were also
operators, and Nevis Ouarin, and Frances Butler were
bareback riders with the Wilder Circus, owned and
operated by Lindy.
l read in the paper where Choate's and Carter's
Fifth Avenue stores owned by Earl and Harvey were
having there annual fashion show and the Powers
model, Mildred Martin, was going to be the outstand-
ing attraction. Other models announced were Rob
Reid Smith and Sue Kathryn Rollins. Someone knocked
on the door and it was Dick Iones with a Western
Union message. The telegram was announcing plans
for us to be in Reno as soon as possible. The follow-
ing morning we were taken to the Pennsylvania Sta-
tion and red caps, Charles Gagilio and Dewitt lohns-
ton took our bags. Serving as hostesses on the train
were Syilvia Wolf, Glyn Etta Tomlinson, Carolyn
Massey, Frances Baruchman, and Audrey Brown. Roy
Wilmoth came thru selling sandwiches later in the
day. We arrived at Reno early the next morning and
caught a cab driven by Sarah Rook. Also driving cabs
these days were Leslie Iones, Mary Iudith Sherrod,
Lorraine Achord, and Alice Miller. She had heard that
Doris Steed owned a beauty shop and Evelyn Nelius
and Lila Lee Phillips were her so-called slaves. We
bade her farewell in front of the courthouse and my
eye caught that of Ronald Taylor. He certainly hadn't
changed a bit and learning he was there forthe fifth
time to be set free, I was more certain. We entered
and the three of us glanced down the registry and
learned that the former Reba Brown, Ruby Lee Couch,
and Shirley Ferguson had also paid recent visits. We
got away from the courthouse earlier than expected
and returned to the hotel. Sitting behind the desk
snoozing was Thomas McDonald, manager. He told
us that lean Hudson, Doris Ethridge and Dorothy Bus-
sell were his chief cooks. We read in the paper in
striking headines where Rosa Paller had bought all
the Cossitt Libraries in the country. I saw Forrest
Hettinger in a corner pondering over a shoe trying to
get it shined.
We left Reno for Memphis by plane the next day
and it was shortly after we arrived when we heard
that William Seymour and William Ieffries were com-
pelled to buy the Model Drug Store.
One Sunday evening strolling thru Court Square
we heard a familiar voice speaking from the text and
on coming closer we knew it was Eugene Curtis.
We visited Kress' early Monday morning and Adele
Mendelson, Theresa Chism, Ioyce Stocks, Dorothy
Schneider, and lean Poulos were working within.
Passing by the book counter we sawia book written
by Annabel Miller. We met our friend Sylvia Shiff-
man for dinner. She was president of the First National
Bank. Mary Nell Saltz was one of her incapable ste-
nographers and Edward White and Gwindle Parmten-
ter were tellers. We checked our hats at the Peabody
with Lois Iohnson, and went in for lunch.
Later, as we drove past Fisher Aircraft we saw
Betty Hughes, Sidney Waller, Anna Margaret Helmke,
leanette Currie, and Patsy passing thru. I suddenly
realized we had seen or heard of every member of
the great class of '45, and now l could return to my
vital position and get down to work. T
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