Humes High School - Senior Herald Yearbook (Memphis, TN)

 - Class of 1945

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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 Wright. 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 Page Twerily-Six 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 J 'tl' W 51 C: 'I T9 to -Ks 'll X r ee J

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SENIOR CLASS 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 Twenty-Five

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