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Page 19 text:
We tl1e gladuatmg class of 1950 feel IS though we
Us S31 Ill o11 1 JOUIIL Of LUUISC we e
th1s s11ne way whe11 we begin Ulll sehool llfe eleyen
31111 11,11 We 11ow lidllll llUVNLXlI tl11t tl1ese yea1s
wexe only a pltpdl 1t1o11 fo1 1 long yoyage As we
make the last moye for the beglnnmg, of our Journey
lllfl step 1nto the eyex XNlClLl'llfl1,, l'lUIllOll befoxe us t
eems 111 espec11lly fllllllg t1n1e fox Ll to stop fo1
moment and look back o11 wl11t h1s gone before I
h1ll telate theleforc the most 1mpo1t111t 1nc1dents of
ULII sehool days so that cye1yo11e Vlflltl 1e 1ds th1s sho1t
h1sto1y w1ll 1e1l1.4e how LYCIUIILI, lt h1s been for us to
p1LpllL ouxselxes fo1 tl1e futute
O11 the n1nth day of Septembex 1939 a group of
g1ll111t you11g boys and g11ls lIlUl.Cl w1th cou1age
w1ll IJOXKLI and Cletllmllldllflll enteled tl1e Semmes
Ele111ent11y School We thought thit LClLlLlll0Il w IS a
thmg to be accompllshed w1th1n 1 few days but soon
found that we yy ere VNIOIIQ., edue1t1o11 was an 1ccumu
l ll0ll ot y lluable knowledge o1'e1 1 pfellllfl of yeaxs
lltll Just Cllys
DLll1ll,, ou1 stay 1n the elementnv school we had
n1111y happy t1n1es along w1th unpleasant ones and
betole we knew 1t sey en ve1rs h 1d 1olled by We w ere
1ub1l111t l.Nl'l9Il we we1e f..,lXLll the nghest honol of
1 gl 11111nar gxade student that of 1eee1y1ng d1plomas
s1gn1fy1ng our ab1l1ty to take a step forwaxd
When we entered our Freshman vear we were
,,1oup of bew1ldered young people There was qu1te
1 CllflClCIlCC between the two sehools We found that
we h-1d entered a larger f'1eld whlch dealt w1th more
compllcated matters and that we h1d mo1c than GXGI
to adopt a pol1cy of glve and t1ke At th1s po1nt It
was agreed that we needed some le 1dcrs from our
class to help plan for ou1 fuxther tlavels H B Hare
beeausc of h1s fr1endl1ness and dblllty as a leader was
promoted to be our presldent We chose O Neal Ha1e
as VILC p1es1dent Then to take ch nge of the busmess
affa1rs were Betty Smlth as secretaly and Herman
Bryant as treasurer Under thelr leadersh1p we were
soon notxced by our upperclassmen dlld we forgot that
we had eyer been fllghtened and bew1lde1ed Near
the Cl0NlIlg of the school term ou1 el1ss presented a
Sp11ng Festlyal Our re1gn1ng queen was MICk9y
P10109 wlth Groyer Howell as kmg The malds of
honor Bethany Rowell escorted by he1 kn1ght Albert
Pounsl led the courtlers Eya Jew ell Rabon and Arthur
HCHIICS Cather1ne Harwell and Ollycr George Ra
mona Graham and W1ll1e Sam Iknex
When we entered our Sophomole year a long
Cllecllll became a reallty the IIIDLX to the ma111 bulld
111g had been completed durlng the plecedlng summer
a11d we had a new sclence room la1ge llbrary home
eeonom1cs room and commelelal room To lead us 1n
ou1 111creas1ng e11tracu1r1cula1 1ct1v1t1es we chose
Albe1t Pound as pres1de11t Helmdll B1yant as vlce
presldent Catherlne Harwell as sec1etary and ONeal
H1re as treasurer We contr1buted our small part to
the success of all the dlfferent progr1ms that were
presented L1ke every other gxoup we got 1nto and
out of trouble Soon the year had sl1pped past and
we once more stepped forward to a h1gher grade
Ill our Ju111o1 ye 1 we weleomed to UUI school a
DLXK p1111e1pal M1 L L Milone Tnough we deeply
lIllSSlCl Ulll folmer pr1ne1p1l we felt Cllflfldlllt that Mr
,lVlllUIlL would guide us well As w1s the custom new
1ff1cers were elected They were preszdent H B
Hue y1ee pres1de11t Bobby R1y Anderson secretary
lllel t1e1s111e1 Vlfrlel Sc1les Dllllllg thlN yea1 one cf
KLII ULllNldllCllIlf.I football pl1ye1s Groyer Howell w 1s
ehosen to play on the All Stax team which plaved 111
the flnal game of the footb1ll se1son The Sprlng Fes
t1y 11 h1d gxown 1nto what promlsed to be an annual
eyent and the lilllil a11d queen VLLIL ehoe11 flom ou1
el1ss Albe1t Pound 1e1gned as Kmg, and h1s Queen
y IN V1olet Se 1les
As we ippltl 1ehed the end of the year 1nd as we
lULlllCl ou1 fllllllbkl LIL 1tly 111e1e1 ed p1ep11111g UI
tle 111111111 Ju111o1 SLIIIOI lJillqLllT. plesenteel a new
p1oblem two m 111y to feed' Ou1 Ollly solutlon seemed
to l1e 111 abandornng the pxeeedent followed fox so
111 111y ye IIN th 1t of pelmlttlng e 1el1 Ju11111 1nd Sen1o1
tc lllXllL 1 flll ladv ox sw 1111 lls the CINL mlght bel
We made st1ll another dey1at1o11 111 uymg this ban
quet dlld 1ented the Westcheste1 Room of the Caw
thon Hotel for the UCLANIOII mste 1d of using the school
e1fete111 Quickly the ye1r sped by 1nd agam we
came to the end of another ehool term
The golden days of summe1 passed QU1CklY and
the S n1or V631 loomed ahead We were eager to begm
thlb te1m because lt was to be the greatest year of all
F1rst the student from the Tanner W1llldmS and W1l
me1 H1gh School Jolned our troops Th1s caused our
company of 42 sen1ors to IDCFCASC to 50 The offxcers
elected to lead th1s large band were Ann1e Greenlee
p1es1dent ONeal Hare VILS pres1dent Betty Smlth
secretary and Carlton Shumock treasurer Second
the new h1gh school bu1ld111g was completed Th1s was
composed of an aud1tor1um and gymnaslum class
rooms a laxge l1bra1y and in agr1culture bu1ld1ng
We semors entered whole heartedly 1nto all the
act111t1es the school offered tak1ng leadersh1p as be
f1tted our d1gn1ty on teams 1n clubs on staffs hold
mg many off1ces and tak1ng pirt 1n many plays and
An outsta11d1ng ey ent 111 whlch the senlor class was
well repre ented was the Camelha FCStly3l Ollyer
Geolge and Johnnle Ruth Martm wcxe the rulers from
the hxgh school SCHIOI g11ls dlessed 1n lox ely eyemng
gowns gleeted the guests a11d escolted them through
our new bulldmgs
We axe 11ow looklng forward to rece1y1ng our
dlplomas Then we shall be able to step out 1nto the
world and do fo1 ourselves what has heretofore been
the task of out loy1ng fathers and mothers
So ends the hlstory of our school days days whose
memorles w1ll lHl2E1 1n our m1nds On each graduate
1 bestowed a wlsh for the best l1fe can glye
Cfass Prop esy
Laughmg MHDISC Escapes From Asylum Th1s IS
the headlme belng screamed all oy Cl Tuscaloosa where
I am y1s1t1ng frlends D6CldlHg lt w1ll be safer to
leaye I b1d my frlends a hasty farewell Jump ln my
putt putt car and head down the raxlroad tracks Oh
yes let me lntroduce myself Im Eya Jewell Rabon
and I have been travelmg around Ill my putt putt car
SINCE I graduated IH 1950
As I travel along, I see a vaguely fam1l1ar f1gure
hobomg I stop to glV6 her a l1ft and who should
Jump 1nto my car but V1olet Seales my old school
chum Oo no lt couldnt be the escaped mamac' But
lt IS V1olet s humorous ways and hearty laughter haye
at last been m1staken for 1nsan1ty
About noon we f1nd ourselves at the depot of a
qua1nt town Someth1ng looks fam1l1ar about 1t, but
what, We enter the depot and go over to the 1nfor
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Page 18 text:
F. H. A. '47, '48, '49, '50
Basketball '47, '48, '49, '50
Baseball '47, '48, '49, '50
Volleyball '47, '48, '49, '50
Spring Festival Queen '49
Sec.-Treas. Jr. Class '49
Cheerleader '49, '50
Varsity Basketball '48
Captain Basketball '49
XVho's Who '49, '50
Baseball '47, '48, '49
Pres. of Bulldog Cluh
Pres. Pro and Con Club
Jr. Red Cross
Baseball '46, '47
512601 Cyan 7 Q50
Treas, of Senior Class '50
Baseball '49, '50
Basketball '48, '49, '50
Whos Who '49, '50
Betty Ruth Smith
Sec. of Fresh. Class '47
Sec. of Senior Class '50
Pro and Con Club
Bruce L. Tanner
Sec. Glee Club '49, '50
Basketball '48, '49
'48, '49, 'so
Easeball '48, '49, '50
Julia Ann Williams
F. H. A.
4-H Club Dramatic Club
Glee Club Library Assistant
Dramatic Club First Aid Attendant
Jr. Red Cross Civics Club
Jr. Red Cross
- 14 -
Semmes Sentinel Staff
Camellia Staff '49, 50
Athletic Assn. '48, '49
Library Assistant '49, '50
F. T. A.
Who's Who '50
Page 20 text:
a head nose rnd freckles Lookrng closer wc frnd
Barney Covrngton an old school chum of Sunrnes
Hrgh School He tells us that we are now rn Semmes
Alabama qulte a town these days Dear old Semmes
How could we exer forget'
Leavrng the depot rn search of a place to Lat we
see a mrnk coat flashrng rn front of Us and the next
thrng we know we are face to face wrth Margaret
Wrllrams who tells us of her marrrage to a very
wealthy man We ask rf the Sammes Cafe strll serves
good hotdogs She laughs and tells us that rt 1s the
largest restaurant rn town
As she turns to get rnto her long red comertrble
out steps the chauffeur a stout drgnrfred mrddle aged
man When he turns we are surprrsed to frnd that
he rs Franklrn Arken
We frnd the Semmes Cafe and as the door swrngs
open we are escorted to a small corner table by a
rather drgnrfred lookrng head walter U n n looks lrke
Bruce Tew Yep thats who lt rs Then who do you
thmk should serxe us wrth a most dclrcrous meal but
Hearrng strarns of musrc we turn to see band
lt rder Monroe Jackson and hrs Boofre Beatcrs Mon
roe rntroduces the Boogre Beater Chorus grrls as Bar
bara Lord Etta Drrskell Elrzabeth Robrson Agnes
Drrskell Fay Lawrence and Johnme Ruth Martrn
Then out steps the dancer of the evenrng rn a short
flashy red skrrt Much to our surprlse we recognrze
Norma Reeves our old A lk classmate The Boogre
Beaters strrke up wrth Chattanooga Shoe Shrne Boy
and everythrng gets rn full swrng
Ae we frnally leave the restaurant we stroll by the
bar and presrdrng there rs that boxrng champ Orvrlle
Phrllrps who after wrnnrng many champronshrps has
now retrred from the rrng
Beglnnrng a tour of the town we hear a loud
norse comrng from the Jarlhouse Currousl Gee I
reckon Afrard to go rn the front we quretly sl1p
through a srde door The frrst thrng that catches our
eyes rs the padded cell from where thrs awful norse
rs comrng No not them' Well who else could we
have expected Lookrng through the bars and srngrng
Temptatron as crazy as ever are Ester Brooks and
Shrrley McNeal We see they are up to therr old
trrcks agarn Well well look whos at the sherrffs
desk wrth h1S feet propped on the desk and cell keys
gayly swrngrng around hrs frngers Mr Hamer' And
wearrng the broadest grrn Ive exer seen It seems
that Mr Hamer has been tryrng to capture Ester and
Shlrley for the past 25 years as they have been
terrorrzrng the town wrth therr pranks and Jokes
We congratulate h1m and start to leave but as we
open the door we come face to face wrth Catherme
Harwell And wearrng a deputy badge mrnd you
But but we thought you were gorng to be a school
teacher Oh' excuse us we forgot who the sherrff rs
Oh well the world goes round and round
Next to the Jarlhouse we frnd a small barber shop
Even a shoe shrne boy Cuttrng harr and grvrng shaves
rs none other than the Barber Shop trro Bobble Ray
Anderson Raymond Crerghton and Iours Cecchr who
greet us heartrly Then rn flounce two stylrshly
dressed ladres whom we recognrze as Judy Wrllrams
and Betty Smrth and ask for a qurck shrne Ashrne'
we both speak at once rn surprise Hearrng a grggle
behmd us we turn to see the shoe shrne boy laugh
mg Pardon me drd we say boy' Well rf rt 1snt
Grace Ward We mrght have known
Bang' Bang' Now what was that' Currous we race
down the street to Bulldogs Tavern where a crowd
rs gatherrng Two hosprtal men are carryrng a body
out the door Peeprng under the sheet on the stretcher
we frnd oh' no, rt couldn't be Not that most hand
some boy, Carlton Shumock' Who could have done
such a tragrc thrng" Then, escorted out the door by
pollceman Gene Flemrng, rs Jackre Lane, carrymg an
old 44 and srngrng, "I drdn't know the gun was
loaded" Then as vorces dre down we hear the record
that had been playmg all thrs trme Jackle and Carlton
were swusthearts but she got her man cause he wr
dornf., her wrong
About thrs trme we notrce a small red speck com
rng over the hrll As rt draws nearer we see why
rts H B 1Doodyr Harcs model A Yes just as red
and cute as ever Srttrng rn the Hadacol box are Marc
rne Hare and Ramona Graham merrrly srngrng then
old favorrte Doodys got a lrmousrne we buy the
gasolrnc Rrng Drng thats where our money goes
Look at that cap H B rs wearrng' Hadacol Taxr Serx
rce huh' He rnforms us that srnce hrs car always
seemed to draw a crowd he decrded to turn rt rnto
a taxi and see how many rt drew then At the pres
ent hrs radro lb broken and he rs rrdrng Maxrne and
Ramona around Just for the sound effect H B lnvrtes
us for r rrde and we hop rn
Oh look' Radio Statron N U T S' Proprretor Wrllro.
Sam Ikner Well arnt that yust dandy' H B tells
us that Wrllre Sam has become a very promrnerrt radro
man srnce hrs hrgh school days Recently Hank Wrl
lr ms rctrred and Wrllre Sam took over hrs role as
Love Srck Blues Boy
Gee I guess rts a lrttle past our bed trme So wt
ask H B to take us to a hotel where we can get
good nrghts sleep Sleep' they all exclarm And
mrss the trme of your lrfe' Why tonrght two of the
most famous wrestlers rn hrstory wrll tangle at 9 pm
women wrestlers' Thrs oughta be good So we srt
thrugh a gruesome bloody battle Then rts all over
and Glorra McDuffrc rs the wrnner' The defeated lady
on the floor looks lrkc u huh Vorrcrle Prerce And
the guy who refereed and wrll probably have a broken
neck when Voncrle wakes up lb Joe Pace
Off to bed at last and no dreams allowed Well
what do you know rts mornrng already Well mrght
as well get an early start and see the srghts Walkrng
to the elevators we hear a loud zoom zoom Push
mg the button both elevator doors fly open at once
Qurck servrce Out step Grover Howell and ONeal
Hare all dressed up rn bellboy surts It seems that they
both enjoyed drrvrng the school bus so much they
were sure they would lrke to run an elevator Every
trme the button rs pushed they both race to see who
wrll beat Thrs trme rt was a tre so we drvrde up
and down we go
Say 1snt that a pretty lrttle burldrng' Dont reckon
lt would hurt to look rnsrde Up the steps and through
the door we go Flowers everywhere and the rnsrde
rs even prettrer than the outsrde It seems that thrs
rs a mortuary run by of all people Elton Prerce
Elton tells us that hrs busrness has been helped greatly
by the cooperatron of Mrss Rrchards who rs strll teach
rng at Semmes and lrterally krllrng the puprls wrth
Out we go and strollrng on we come to an I
Drove It car lot Yes ha ha Pat McAdams drove rt
now you drrve rt rf you can
Rentrng a car we decrde to vrsrt our old Alma
Mater Semmes School The bulldlng and rts surround
rngs have grown consrderably through the years and
the grounds look lovely Gorng lnto the burldrng we
see Etta Davrs who rnforms us that she rs now teach
rng at Semmes She rnvrtes us rnto the prrncrpals
offlce We are surprrsed to frnd Bruce Tanner srttrng
at the prrncrpals desk But why shouldnt he be prrn
crpal' He now has seven krds rn school
Leavrng the offrce we decrde to look the school
over Hasnt changed much huh" Krds strll comrng
here and teachers strll tryrng to teach them On leav
rng we stop back by the offrce to brd Bruce good bye
As we open the door we see Opal Englrsh hop off
the desk where rt seems she has been takrng drctatron
Ah' Just a case of the boss and secretary
Down the street from the school we see Annre
Greenlee, sellrng "Semmes Sent1nels" It seems that
the newspaper hasnt been sellrng very well lately
and the edrtor, Olrver George, rs buyrng one to help
rncrease the sales
Glancrng around us, we see a large neon srgn Mary
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