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SILVER AND BLUE
The next place of interest was the
Lester Motor Corporation which was
founded and directed by Hope D.
Lester, the inventor of the Radio-
power Limousine. Hope's success
was partly due to the help of his
private secretary, Miss Emmie Jor-
dan. Mr. Lester said that his chief
engineer, Mr. Clyde Angle, was also
a great asset to his business. We at-
tributed Mr. Angle's designing ability
to the fact that his home was quite
a geometric one as he and his Berry
sweetheart, the former Madeline Bag-
well, were the proud parents of six
We were convinced that there is
truth in the Hindu saying, "Small
men often do great things" as we
found Jesse Ray Gunn in the grocery
business selling a great many spuds
and making no small income for him-
self and his life's companion who was
formerly Miss Lois Lacy. Mr. Gunn
told us of the whereabouts and suc-
cess of Raymond Williams, Alton Per-
due, and E. C. Littlejohn. They were
owners and operators of the world's
greatest chain stores, which cross the
continent and deal exclusively in pea-
nuts and popcorn.
As Mr. Shields was so greatly
pleased with the attainments of these
many Berry boys and girls, he decid-
ed to make a tour of the world and
see or find out what the other mem-
bers of the class of '30 were doing.
We were invited to go on this jour-
ney with him.
After the giant airship took her
leave from the airport in Washington
we stopped first in Mooresville, N. C.
at the home of the Jamisons. Mr.
and Mrs, Jamison were known as
"Red" Jamison and "Freckles" West-
brook at Berry.
When at last we brought ourselves
to part with the Jamisons we headed
to Charlotte, N. C., but due to a burst
gas line we had to make an undesired
landing on a large plantation near
Chesterfield, S. C. As we swooped
fiercely to the ground, a small boy
came toward us. As the child neared
us we saw the resemblance of Grover
Fitts in the child's countenance. Up-
on questioning the lad, we found that
he really was the son of Grover Fitts
and Jack Cadle. The Fitts household
entertained us and gave us a glass of
cool, refreshing water to drink. We
learned that Dailey Smith and J. A.
Shropshire lived in the vicinity. Re-
membering Dailey's handiness with
tools, we sent for him to come and
help fix the ship, which he could
hardly do for telling us about the
home he and Mary Anne Jacobs had.
He told us that J. A.. Shropshire was
trying to break himself of the habit
of trading knives, horses, and foun-
tain pens, as he had just traded Mr.
McCain a lame horse for a spring colt
and Elsie had immediately broken
After our ship was repaired we
continued our flight to Charleston
and were glad to find the Blue Goose
Tea Shoppe and enjoy the wonderful
hospitality of the Allen sisters, joint
owners of the Shoppe.
Our next hop was over to Havana,
Cuba to see the world-famous Mara-
thon runners compete with athletes
from other countries at the Interna-
tional track meet. We were greatly
pleased with the records set by
Messrs. Nolan Arnett and Qllie Tyree,
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and his lovely wife, Miss Elena Step-
hens were giving a luncheon at the
Max Landrum Hotel in honor of the
great discoverer. It so happened
that we were invited to the luncheon
also. President-elect Moore gave us
a great surprise when he told us that
practically his entire cabinet was of
the world's best men and women-
Berry men and women-and best of
all from the class of '30, They were
as follows: Lemuel Tankersley, Sec.
of State, as all of us know that Mr.
Tankersley was a fond admirer of
fair sex, we were not surprised to
find his home practically managed by
the warm heart and generous words
of Laura Newsome.
Jesse Maxwell, Sec. of War, but it
is doubtful will do much fighting
as he is the husband of our ever cher-
ished Myrteen Campbell.
Felton Swilling, Sec. of Navy. Fel-
ton is a bachelor since Mary Low-
man, the world famous aviatrix, has
never said the small, but ever so
significant word "yes".
Terrell Lowery, Sec. of Treasury.
It is a comfort to know that "Ned"
assisted by his competent wife, Lil-
lian Bruce, will have charge of our
Clyde Blackstock, Sec. of Labor.
Even though Clyde was said to be
the laziest boy that ever attended
Berry, he is to fill the office of sec.
of Labor, and will comfortly provide
for his wife, formerly Miss Ruth
Sec. of Interior, John Coats. Tho-
ugh John says that most of his work
is of exterior variety, he will not
refuse the place.
Lawrence Barnett, Sec. of Euca-
tion. We were greatly chagrined to
find that Lawrence was to fill such
an exacting position, but was some-
what relieved to find that he is to
be assisted by his capable wife, the
former Mary Gay.
Ranzy Jones, Postmaster General.
Little Ranzy always wanted to be a
general in the army, but now he is
doubled general as he is filling the
responsible position as Postmaster
General and his Wife the former Miss
Thelma Cochran forces him to be
general of her and their boys.
Clyde Gailey, Sec. of Agriculture.
Most of Clyde's time is taken up by
playing with Goldiesmith as he calls
the small golden haired girl of which
he and Ruby Smith Gailey are the
Burton Stephens, Attorney Gen-
eral. In Burton's college work a great
stress was placed on the value of
forceful argument, and we noticed
that he had at last persuaded Fleda
Ballenger to give up her perfectly
good nome for that of Stephens.
George Collier, Sec. of Commerce.
George finds that his persuasive t'alk
which he developed while selling
books is of great help to him in dis-
positions of our commerce. We were
quiet confident that Mr. Moore's
carefully selected cabinet would be
a most wise and prudent group.
After the luncheon we decided to
visit our former classmates who had
taken up their abode in the Federal
C'ity. We were motoring down
Pennsylvania Avenue when we saw
a most colorful sign, "Moody-Prater
Dancing School." A unique act
was being taught by Misses Mildred
Moody, Maybelle Prater and Mary
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We decided to visit England and
some of the European countries on
our next lap so we turned our heads
in that direction and gladly and fear-
lessly crossed the roaring Atlantic.
We made our first stop in London
where we were entertained by the
American Ambassador, Dave Hollo-
way and his beautiful wife, the form-
er Minnie Smith. Mrs. Holloway told
us of Claire Williams who is now re-
siding in Paris and is Mme. Marcus
de Paree, having married a French
nobleman shortly after her gradua-
tion from Berry. We decided to visit
Madame Paree and while in the city
of music and revelry we attended a
music concert at the Parker-Mulkey
music conservatory. We found to our
delight J. A. Parker head violinist
and J. C. Mulkey director of the or-
chestra while the conservatory was
founded and operated by these two
accomplished young men.
We found that we could make the
distance from Paris to Geneva in
time for the International Good Will
Conference which we were so eager
to attend since we knew we would
find Roy Bolt chairman of the con-
vention, as had been announced in
the newspapers of all countries for
some time. We also hoped to find
others of our Berry friends there.
We arrived during a speech on
"What The Individual Can Do To
Further Peace And Happiness Among
Nations". We recognized the speak-
er as Lollie Bracewell, who we later
found out, was working with a board
on foreign relations in Japan. Be-
fore the day was over we had the pri-
vilege of hearing Grady Sanders
speak. Grady was engaged in religi-
ous work, being pastor of the first
church of Shanghai, China. He in-
vited us to stop in China on our way
back to America, which we gladly
decided to do.
While in Shanghai we saw J. D.
Wallace and his wife, the former
Mary Chandler. J. D. was a promi-
nent undertaker in the Oriental city
and the proud father of 11 little
Since we had been gone a month,
we decided to make our way back to
our homeland and one morning we
found ourselves flying across the Pa-
cific, and before we realized it, we
were to our own America.
We landed in Los Angeles and
were met by the mayor of the town,
who was none other than our Berry
classmate, Harvey Rodgers, who had
married Elvie Maxwell. After their
college work was completed they had
gone to California. There he had
made millions in growing seedless
oranges and grapefruit, and now was
mayor of that great city. Mr. and
Mrs. Rodgers invited us to Visit them
and one day we motored out to Holly-
When our visit came t'o a close, we
decided to end our tour by going
back to our Alma Mater to see how
many of our classmates had stayed
to carry on the work of our schools.
We found Monroe Guyton at the
prow of the mighty ship with all mo-
tors running as smoothly as the pur-
ring of a monster kitten. Sam Mash-
burn was dean of the school. Other
workers and teachers were: Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Barnett. Mr. Barnett
was Dean of Labor. Mrs. Barnett will
be remembered as Miss Thelma
Beard. Miss Geraldine Dillard, die-
tician at the girls' school. Mr. Hud-
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