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Page 15 text:
Most people consider class histories dry and uninteresting, but this class has made so many records and such progress that the history of it is very interesting.
Of this graduating class only three have gone the twelve years to Bearden; these are Jack De-Armond, Leona Hamby, and Bob Towle. They celebrated the entering of the second grade bv going into a new Bearden School, where they were joined by Hugh McSpadden, who skipped the first grade. Martha Wright entered the third grade, followed by Jack Chadwell and Don Adams in the fifth. Sue Ware and Betty Coffy joined the class in the eighth grade.
Forty-one green fresnmen entered the high school in ’46. Among the new freshmen students who are graduating were Elizabeth Dowell, A1 Newton, and Agnes Rimmer. For class officers that year the following were chosen: Martha Wright, President; Ted Chambers, Vice-president; Bob Terry, Treasurer; and Mrs. Marie Lowry, Sponsor. The principal was Kenneth A. Reed, who succeeded J. Ben Duff. Not only did the class give a one-act play, nut also a banquet for which the girls did the cooking. The girls were “joiners” as they participated in the Girl Reserves, F.H.A., a glee club, and the basketball squad; the boys seemed to be more studious as only two tried for the basketball squad, none joined clubs, and only one worked on the patrol. The favorites chosen that year were J. D. Cannon and Ralphine Lowry.
As sophomores, the class lost twelve members but gained two, both graduating now. These were Don Adams, who spent a year at Central, and Everett Owensby. The officers that year were Jim Tipton, President; Ralphine Lowry, Vice-president; Betty Toole, Secretary; Elizabeth Dowell, Treasurer; and Principal, R. J. Perry, Sponsor. The favorites that year were Ted Chambers and Ralphine Lowry. At the end of the year one member was an award winner. Jack Chadwell for Good Citizenship. That year the boys became "joiners” as they got enough nerve to try the Hi-Y initation. to join the Boy Scouts, Spanish Club, Jitter Club, paper staff, and safety patrol. There seemed to be a fad for working in the office, too (but was that accidental or was there a purpose?!)
The next year the class lost nine but gained two, neither of whom are graduating. This made a total of twenty-four Juniors. The officers chosen were: Jack Conley, President; Everett Owensby, Vice-president; Betty Coffey, Secretary; Bob Towle, Treasurer; Elizabeth Dowell. Social Chairman-and Mrs. Nita Faulkner, Advisor. The class favorites were Jim Tipton and Betty Coffey. The class had by now made quite a name. Three received awards, five added to paper staff, and nine out of the present class received letters in basketball. The first three-act play, “Don’t take Mv Penny”, was given in which Betty Coffey had the lead; Don Adams made a hit as a charming girl. Mr. Graham was principal that year.
As Seniors the class lost eight but had become so famous that it was joined by Sadie Medley from Knox High, Geneva Wilson from Rush-Strong, and Peggy Eslick who came from Kingston daily. The class chose the following officers: Elizabeth Dowell. President; Jack Chadwell, Vice president; Betty Coffey, Treasurer; Geneva Wilson, Secretary; and Mrs. Marie Lowry, Sponsor. The class had become so generous in bestowing honors that it divided the rest of the class among the social committee, program committee, or as sergeants-at-arms.
Almost everyone joined at least one club-clubs had become so numerous. As we Seniors became more matured and better known, we received most of the officers of the paper staff and in the clubs. But as usual, for the senior class the main activities were the publishing of an annual and producing a three-act play, this time, “Faith, Hope, And Flaritv".
This is the history of one of the most illustrious of the famous Senior Classes at Bearden.
We shall long lx? remembered as a class of hard-working students who have certainly left their mark on their school.
By AGNES RIMMER
NAME NICKNAME PET-SAYING WANTS TO BE WILL BE
Don Adams “Adams” Gosh! Reporter Loafer
Jack DeArmond “Jackie Boy” Dad-Gumit! Grocery Merchant Soda Jerk
Elizabeth Dowell “Liz” Goodv! Medical Missionary Wrestler
Jack Chadwell “Hook” Dad-Gum Weather Man Milk Man
A1 Newton “Slice" Dad-Burn Architect Papa of 5
Hugh McSpadden “Hughie” Nuts! Photographer Pool-room Operator
Everett Owensby “Junie” I Don’t Kno V Coal Miner Artist
Bob Towle “Nature Bov” Shoot! Mechanic Actor
Sue Ware “Susie” Golly Secretary Gun Moll
Dorothy Smith “Dot” Jeepers Saleslady Pro basketball player
Sadie Medlev “Polly” Ain’t That Ducky Fashion Illustrator Mrs. Marshall
Agnes Rimmer "Skeeter” Heck Stenographer Opera Singer
Betty Coffey “Cup” That’s Cockv Phys. Ed. Teacher Bubble Dancer
Martha Wright “Shmoe” € ! tll Rich Widow Boot-legger
Leona Hamby “Hamby” Holy Cow Telephone Operator Old Maid
Geneva Wilson “Neva” Good-night Secretary Hobo
Peggy Eslick ••Peg” Oh, Phooy! Psychiatrist Model
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“SCHOOL IS LIKE A KEY”
PEGGY JEAN ESLICK
A key of sadness,
A key of might;
A key of gladness
through life's long fight.
A key of knowledge,
A key of power;
A key that unlocks each passing hour.
A key often mocked,
A key often scorned;
A key that will aid lives that are torn.
A key of joy.
A key to be cherished;
A key whose mem'ries
from our hearts never perish.
A key to the world,
A key to the right;
A key to reveal the theme of life.
Page 16 text:
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
By BETTY COFFEY AND MARTHA WRIGHT
To whom it may concern:
We, the senior class of Bearden High School, year of 1949, do ordain and establish this last will and testament.
ARTICLE 1 To the principal and faculty members, we leave our winning wavs and personalities.
and our extreme wish that the seniors of 1950. will be as perfect in their manner, grades, etc as we were.
ARTICLE 2 To the juniors, we leave our manner of being "dignified” seniors. Cherish this title: and attain the same privileges WE did.
ARTICLE 3 As bad as we hate to. we leave the following superlatives to our most worthy undergraduates.
1. Hugh McSpadden leaves his sharp ability to shoot pool to Gordon Harms.
2. Dorothy Smith gladly wills her big, clumsy feet to Fern Jenkins.
3. Bob Towle bequeathes his red flannels, with lace, to Alfred Smalley, so he. too. may charm the girls.
4. Martha Wright wills her ability to “sneak down to the shower room” to Marv Hu Medlin; also, her love of the "sea” to Joyce Tipton.
5. Everett Owensby, painfully leaves Sue Christopher to someone who will appreciate her.
6. Betty Coffey bequeathes her swimming and rowing ability to Martha Whaley, so she, too, may take Thomas rowing occasionally. Watch out for the waves, Martha, sometimes they get pretty rough! !
7. Jack DeArmond wills his old faithful chewing gum to Frank Bean.
8. Leona Hamby leaves her angora sweater to Delores Jinks, sophomore "sweater-girl”.
9. Don Adams leaves his ability to sleep in class and still make A’s, to Ted Chambers.
10. Agnes Rimmer wills Tom feurkhart to Betty Phillips. Handle with care, Betty, he’s fragile.
11. Sue Ware wills her loud and boisterous manner to Helen Day.
12. Liz Dowell, bequeathes her ability to get along with Mrs. Helsley; also her poor grades to Juanita Maxey.
13. Peggy Eslick leaves her bangs to Sue George.
14. Geneva Wilson leaves her ability to make people laugh, to Helen Underwood and Betty Beck.
15. Jack Chadwell leaves his ability to "gold-brick” and get into class without an excuse to Thomas Phillips.
16. Sadie Medley leaves her ability to wear clothes to Wanda Anderson. Also, her “graceful” walk to Juanita Epps.
17. A1 Newton wills his ability to slice a golf ball over the club house to Hagan Lyle.
ARTICLE 4 Last but not least, we just leave. Period!!
Witness: The Senior Class Testators
Mrs. Elizabeth Cates Betty Coffey and Martha Wright
By LEONA HAMBY
Do you realize the significance of this date—the graduation exercises of the seniors of 1949—we see many changes that have taken place in the lives of our fellow students ten years from now, some for the better end some for the worse.
Jack DeArmond has retired at the age of 27 as owner of a large S. L. DeArmond Grocery in the lower end of the Market house.
Our Democrat party has won the election of 1959 with the help of Geneva Wilson and Everett Owensby.
Sadie Medley finally got her man, Bill Marshall, but still holds a singing job at the “Southland” which pays well.
Betty Coffey has made a very nice bubble dancer at the Roxy Theater.
Don Adams operates a big saloon in Chattanooga with Jim Tipton as a regular customer.
Martha Wright is the cigar and cigarette girl at the "Stork Club.”
We find Elizabeth Dowell on the hill, not the Eastern State, but the University of Tennessee studying to be a Medical Missionary.
Can you think of anything better than a red-headed secretary? Agnes Rimmer is one of the finest. Although she denies making eyes at the boss. We wonder!
Bobby Towle is pastor of the Little Brown Church in the Dale.
Hugh McSpadden, a great football player, is playing with the Georgia Bulldogs.
A1 Newton is a professor of Articulture at the University of Tennessee..
Sue Ware is a model for "Seventeen” magazine, just open the page and she’ll be there.
Jack Chadwell is the head of the Weather Bureau of the Municipal Airport.
Dorothy Smith is now floor lady of the Knox Dry Goods Co. where her classmates buy their children’s clothes.
Peggy Eslick has just been promoted as head of psychopathic ward at Eastern State Hospital.
Leona Hamby is still after her man. Better hurry or you may be an old maid.
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