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Texas whom we find to be just one of us. We sponsored a play in March, "Our
Gal Sa1", which we thought to be very nice and which was well received by a
large and appreciative audience. We were invited to a movie in Hot Springs by
the Junior Class, also a banquet by the Juniors, which we enjoyed very much.
We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the lower grades coming up
behind us. We have all worked together for what we felt was best. We have
strived to learn what little we know today. It has been a long battle, but we can
proudly stand and say we have won. This-is a happy, and sad time for all of
us, because we can look back and see the happy days we have spent in Norman
School. We shall always have sweet memories of the school, classmates,
teachers, and our many, many friends. They have been a great help to us
through these years. We bid them, each other, and all our many friends behind
us, the best of luck--always. '
I can't understand why in the world Mr. New selected me to be the Class
Grumbler. Maybe you are not aware of the fact, but I'm the most cheerful one
in the class. Why couldn't he have chosen Ella? She is always grumbling--
nothing ever pleases her! Why didn't he pick Maxine--she never does smile!
Here I go around with my voice raised in cheerful song. If it weren't for me,
this old school building would be a dreary place. Folks are going to miss my
happy songs when I'm gone.
You have probably heard that life is a bed of roses: life may be a bed of
roses sometimes and under some conditions, but there's always a thorn on the
stem of every flower that is bound to prick hard: life may offer us many a huge
doughnut, but there's sure to be a big hole in the center of each one. The one
that I get will probable have an especially large hole in it, too.
I'm here to tell you that there's a cloud behind every sunbeam. We look
dreadfully wise and altogether charming to you tonight. Look us over while we
are all spread out here so nicely and harmoniously for your inspection. But if
you could just get one peep at us behind the scenes, you might form a quite
different opinion from the admiring one you now hold. I believe in speaking
"the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." So you must not look
for any whitewashed effects from me.
As you know, a Senior is naturally very sensitive. His feelings are easily
wounded, Why are the re people so brutally frank about telling him all his faults ?
Why can't they talk about someone else? They could, you know, talk about the
Sophomores or Freshmen. Those classes are made up of persons who are
totally unable to feel anything when people make vicious remarks. Again a Sen-
ior is recognized as a creature with lofty and wonderful dignity. Why, oh why,
won't people respect it? The Juniors, we are sorry to say, are still unac-
quainted with dignity in any form.
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the members of our class. Lavelle Calahan, feeling school wasn't the place for
him, took a flying trip to sunny California to seek wealth and happiness: Jerry
Putman and Ioffrey Bates, thinking they had not learned enough that year, re-
mained in the Freshman Class for another session. Frances Logan went on a
short visit to Washington, but found she liked the place so much that she made
her visit a nice long one. We haven't seen her since. Lorene Spradling didn't
think school was the place for her, either, so she is still trying to find her ,
fortune in the middle of Norman.
Early in September, 1946, our Superintendent, Mr. New, called the little
band back for another term of school. This time we had thirty -two happy
Sophomores enrolled and they were ready to put their best foot forward to make
the most of an unfortunate situation. This year we had several interesting
adventures with our sponsor, Mrs. Florence Sharp. We had lots of fun and
studied very, ve ry ha rd thus setting a precedent in the Norman High School. We
again went to the Narrows for our class picnic. Everybody enjoyed the day,
especially the evening swim, Then we put away our books for another visit with
home folks and friends. We had a lot to tell them and more to look forward to.
During that summer we lost a few more of our little circle. Lorene Lawrence
moved to Oden to further her education, but informs us that she still remembers
her former classmates and teachers. Dessie Dunn and Wallace Elrod awoke one
day in matrimony and flew to Detroit, Michigan for a long honeymoon. Edward
Cooper moved to Illinois to attend school. Bill Ledbetter started traveling
through the country and from all we know, he is still traveling.
On September l, 1947, we again took up our books, pencils and tablets for
another term of school. This year there were twenty-one members in the Junior
Class, four boys and seventeen girls. We had enjoyed the vacation and holidays
but were eager to meet again with each other in school. This year we sponsored
and presented a play entitled "People Are Funny", which we thought was well
worthwhile. We invited the Seniors to a movie at the Malco Theater in Hot
Springs. We also gave a reception in honor of the Seniors at the Town Hall. We
went to Camp Albert Pike on our class picnic along with our sponsor, Mrs. Barr.
We all had a rather pleasant day exploring the place. We then said good-bye
and went away home for another visit with Mother and Dad. A few more of our
little band left us to make their way out in the world. Lennie Lybrand moved
over to Mt. Ida to finish her education there. Doris Thompson moved to
Glenwood and we hear the wedding bells have rung for her. Jean Gaston, feeling
school wasn't the place for her, married and is now living in Oden. Felix Love
heard Uncle Sam calling and took up his place in the U. S. Army. He was a good
student, but we are sure he is making a good soldier, also.
Then on September 6, 1948, after a period of home visiting and vacationing,
we again met on the old school grounds for the final victory, and elected Mr.New
to be our sponsor. This year we have only seventeen in our class--three boys
and fourteen girls, since Frances Thomspon strolled off to Mountain Pine to
finish her schooling. We welcomed a new member to our tribe, Grace Large,from
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This year seems hardest of all on us because we are Seniors. Even when
we ordered our rings early, they were delayed about two months. Then some
were too small and some too large, Nothing goes right for us. Then our pictures,
five days late, were corny, silly, ugly and completely lifelike. Words just cou1dn't
express our thoughts when we saw them. The weather has been against us, too.
Because of losing the week from school when it rained so much, we had to change
the date of graduation.
Even our boys are scarce. We have only three in our class and Mrs.xBarr
wou1dn't let the girls sit by us in English.
Again we feel that we have more than ourhshare of bitter memories to
carry with us from the ups and downs--but mostly downs of our high school
career. When we were Freshmen, we lived in constant fear of every other class
in school, but especially of our enemies, the heartless and unfeeling Sophomores.
But when we were Sophomores ourselves, and naturally felt that it was our turn,
the other classes all united to make us feel that
' "We were neither man nor woman:
We were neither brute nor human:
We were Sophsf "
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