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7862 Park Avenue Los Angeles, California June 1, 1957 Dear Tom: You cannot imagine how very surprised and pleased | was to receive a letter from the head electrical engi- neer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. |! am glad that you are progressing so well. In your letter you asked me to write and tell you where all of our former classmates are and what they are doing. Thursday afternoon, | decided to just do nothing but listen to the radio all afternoon. When | turned it on, | heard a familiar masculine voice croon- ing love songs. It was Oren Adams, ‘the groaner,’’ who has succeeded Frank Sinatra as the idol of the bobby sockers. On the next program, Jimmy Cushing, the great comedian, cracked jokes just as he used to do in high school. The Metropolitan Opera, presenting “Madame Butterfly,’’ was the next attraction. Imagine my surprise when the leading lady was Rebecca Whitson! The latest sports news was then announced by Denton Bell, | really had an enjoyable afternoon remembering our classmates as they were in high school. Thursday night, when Walter and | were on our way to Hollywood to the world premiere of Dorothy Birchett's latest movie (Dot is Betty Hutton's rival now), whom should we meet but Mr. and Mrs. Albert Van Cleve (Russellene Gardner). Russellene told us that Charlene Frields is the coach of the All-American girls’ basketball team, and Mac Howard still waits for her after the games. She told us that Minnie Leta Harri- son married a missionary and is now living in darkest Africa, where she is teaching all the little heathens to do imitations of ‘Minnie Pearl.” Just as we were going into the theatre, we met Wendel Hunt, owner of that and many other theatres throughout the United States. After joining him, he informed us that John Milton Wall, who is now the head pilot for the American Airlines, really goes for these beautiful stewardesses. We also learned that Johnny Lee Simpson is a big business executive in Chicago. He acquired such a brogue that Margaret Ann Breeden, now a well-known ballet dancer, does not know yet whether he is saying yes or no. On our way out of the theatre, we saw the hand- some movie star, Carl Workman, signing autographs. After parting with Wendel, Walter and | stopped at the Brown Derby, where John D. Russell, leading trumpet player of America, and his orchestra, with C. C. Cravens, playing the drums, were featured attrac- tions. Suddenly, much excitement was caused by the ap- pearance of a distinguished looking man, who on seeing Walter and me asked to join us, for it was none other than Jerry Penick, the famous novelist. He told us that John Mac Vowell has just introduced a new theory that is revolutionizing the fields of science and mathematics. This theory is taking the place of Einstein's famous theory of relativity. He also told us that Ellen Fitts, a famous concert pianist, is making a concert tour of the world. It is said that she plays almost as well as Paderewski did. Mildred Thompson is owner and manager of the well-known chain of Thompson Cafeterias. PAGE EIGHTEEN As you probably know, Walter is now a famous cartoonist sketching Miss Lace for the funny papers. He has worked quite hard, so on Friday morning, we flew to Martin to visit. After we arrived at Martin, | found out where several of our classmates are. Hilda Robertson, now Mrs. Doyle Freeman, is living in the up-and-coming Hyndsver community. Kathleen Gardner is happily married to James Wagster and living on a farm near Ralston. Paul Gibbons is a prosperous farmer, living near Martin; and he has become famous for the large, delicious strawberries he raises. Billy Terrell is the new basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. He still enjoys rocking the cradle. Sue Johnson owns an exclusive interior-decorating shop in Memphis. Estelle House is now Mrs. Billy Bowden and is living in Fulton. Bob Williams has become a famous doctor especially good at curing broken hearts. Ann Wood and her husband live on a large, prosperous farm near Sidonia. Dwight Bradley is on a tramp steamer headed around the world. He wanted to have his little fling, before he settles down. Frankie Bowles has become a crackpot inventor and is receiving millions of dollars for his latest invention. After a while, | decided to drive into Martin and see if the dear old place had changed any. On the way to town, | saw Margie Barry, turning off at the store, heading for Mom Whitehead's. She said that Billy was working hard; but, knowing him, it is hard to believe. Martin has grown much since we left. There were many new faces around there; but it surely looked good to see a familiar face here and there. | saw Charles Henry, just as he was getting into his car.. He said that he had just come to pick up a few groceries for Martha and had to hurry home. | saw a red-head, rushing down the street toward me; and it turned out to be Jimmie Sue, hurrying to meet Jerry. As | was going on down the street, | saw Janette High, pushing a baby carriage. The twins were darling—must run in the family, eh? | stopped and talked with her for some time. She said that Porter Ward owns and operates a very exclusive model agency in New York. Dorothy Davis is the head model and is really taking New York by storm. Patty Parker (now Mrs. Bobby Holman) is a well- known cover girl. Then, | drove out to the college to see if there had been any changes made there. Among the new teachers at U. T. J. C. are Billy Pate and Sue Brewer. Billy is teaching mathematics and engineering, but he especially likes to teach trigonometry. Sue is the girls” physical education instructor. | found Sue in her office; so | talked to her for a time. She told me Rosalyn Allen, now the wife of a handsome million- aire, is an internationally known newspaper columnist and radio commentator. Besides this, she told me that Betty Reams has taken Mrs. Wiles’ place as girls’ basketball coach at M. H. S. | wanted to visit the high school, but school was out. After taking Sue home, | started back to the Alexanders’. As | came by the Baptist Church, | saw a big wedding in progress and learned that Martha Baker was getting married, but no one knew who the lucky man was—John, Paul, Gerald, or Howard. | hope that | have told you all of the news. Please write and tell me how you are getting along. Sincerely, BOBBYE ELLIOTT ALEXANDER.
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CLASS HISTORY In the year 1943, a wide-awake and smiling group of boys and girls descended upon Martin High School. With eagerness to become a part of her life, we entered whole- heartedly into all activities. After having been here for four years, we have made a permanent record for ourselves. When we entered hign school as freshmen, we were approximately ninety strong; yet now, only forty-seven have traveled to the end of the road. However, whatever our class has lacked in quantity, it has made up in quality. Our first home room sponsors were: Mr. Thomas Cade, Mrs. Imogene Boyd, and Mr. A. G. Capps; but Mrs. Frank Wiles soon took Mrs. Boyd's place. As freshmen, our class participated in all school activities with much pep and enthu- siasm. We were initiated by our upper-classmen before we were really considered high school students. Several of our class appeared in the Speech Arts Club play, “Pigtails.”’ At the end of the year, we had a freshmen and sophomore party. At the beginning of the sophomore year, the thought of initiating the incoming freshmen made us revengeful, as we had suffered much at the hands of the sophomores of the previous year. Mrs. Wiles and Mrs. Boston were our home room sponsors. A few of our class took part in the Speech Arts Club play, ‘Good Glory.'’ At the end of the year, our superintendent, Mr. R. N. Ba ker, became president of Bethel College at McKenzie, Tennessee; and Mr. Robert Ma,shall was elected superintendent of Martin schools at the beginning of our junior year. When we entered upon our junior year, many students from Chestnut Glade and other schools came to take their places among up and be a part of us. This year, many of the juniors were prominent players on the football team and both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. The Beta Club, an honor society, was organized ut this time, and our class was well represented in the number of members eligible for membership. We had much fun selling drinks, hot dogs, and snacks at the basketball games, and later, selling magazines to earn money for the junior-senior party. We gave a banquet at the Strata Club for the seniors, and both juniors and seniors took part in the program. Mr. Shultz from Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky, gave the after-dinner address. According to the comments heard, everyone enjoyed this occasion very much. Near the end of our junior year, Rosalyn Allen won one of the Nashville Banner Essay Contest prizes. We considered this a great honor for the junior class and our school. Last, but certainly not least, comes our most eventful year. We are dignified seniors. This year several new teachers came to Martin High School; Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Wiles are our home room sponsors. At the beginning of the school year, we elected our class officers. Tom Wood was elected president; Denton Bell, vice-president; Dorothy Birchett, secretary; Walter Alexander, treasurer; and Janette High, reporter. At the end of our football season, Margie Barry was elected football queen. Ellen Fitts won the distinction of being chosen for the D. A. R. Best Girl Citizen Award. Our basketball teams were well represented by seniors. Our girls’ team was divisional champion. We have had much to look forward to—class rings, class pictures, cards, invitations, the senior play, the junior-senior party, an annual, and graduation. The seniors sponsored an annual this year, the first one that Martin High School has had for many years. The staff is made up entirely of seniors. A WHO'S WHO Contest was sponsored also by the seniors. When we leave Martin High School in May, we will close the door on one of the happiest and most important times of our lives. We shall take with us many happy memories of our high school days; and may the new roads of life, which we shall trod, be full of pleasant memories, happiness, and success.
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Gia so. VEE We, the 1947 Senior Class of Martin High School, being of sound mind and judgment, and having com- pleted the tasks set for us by mathematicians, his- torians, scientists, and English schoiars, do make, or- dain, publish, and declare this to be our last will and testament. First, to the faculty, we leave our un-dying gratitude for the many services rendered us during our four years of high school training along with best wishes for the future. Second, to the Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen, we leave our sunny dispositions, our excellent reputa- tions, our superlative brilliancy, our good looks, our excelling wit, and our charming manners. Third, we hereby bequeath individually to a few heirs, the following: |, OR EN ADAMS, leave my musical talents to Mrs. Cravens’ homeroom. And do they need them! |, WALTER ALEXANDER, will my ability to keep women guessing to John Spencer Duncan. |, ROSALYN ALLEN, will my ability to make A’s to John R. McClain. |, MARTHA BAKER, have nothing to leave as | am taking everything | want with me. |, MARGIE BARRY, will my boots and baton to Shirley Marlar. |, DENTON BELL, will my irresistible naiure to George Horton. |, DOROTHY BIRCHETT, leave, but will never forget my days at M. H. S. |, FRANKIE BOWLES, leave, but my brunette Senior goes with me, | hope. |, DWIGHT BRADLEY, leave my slightly worn books to anyone who studies as diligently as |. |, MARGARET ANN BREEDEN, leave on time as | was always late for school. |, SUE BREWER, will my second period physical edu- cation class to any poor unfortunate soul who happens to get it. |, CLARENCE CRAVENS, will “atomic energy” to Eugene Matlock. |, JIMMY CUSHING, will my ambitious ways to Billy Joe Winston. |, DOROTHY DAVIS, bequeath my ability to get along with the male population of this institution to Frances Anderson. |, BOBBYE ELLIOTT, leave with Walter. |, ELLEN FITTS, will my place on the basketball team (left end of the bench) to Mary Ann Kendall. |, CHARLENE FRIELDS, will to Bonnie Butler my much- used comb, hoping she enjoys using it as | have. |, KATHLEEN GARDNER, will my membership in the Beta Club to some poor Junior who really needs it. |, RUSSELENE GARDNER, will my love for Palmers- ville to any girl who is interested. |, PAUL GIBBONS, will my G.I. haircut to Charles Bullock. |, MINNIE LETA HARRISON, will my ability to imi- tate ‘Cousin Minnie Pearl,’ to Louise Rowlett. |, CHARLES HENRY, have noihing to leave as Martha has already left. |, JANETTE HIGH, leave Marvin for two more years. Other than this, | leave with no regrets. |, ESTELLE HOUSE, will my love for a black-headed boy to Margie Baker. |, WENDELL HUNT, will my title as champion flirt of Martin High School to Billy Ford. |, SUE JOHNSON, will my ability to write English themes to Bobby Parham as he may need it next year. |, JIMMIE SUE McCLAIN, leave Jerry to anyone who is fool enough to try to get him. Grrrrrrr! |, PATTY PARKER, will my title of “Flaming Mamie,” to Carol Blake. |, BILLY PATE, leave Blondie, but | will be back. |, JERRY PENICK, leave only the memories of myself, good and bad, to the students and faculty of Martin High School. |, BETTY REAMS, leave my position on the basketball team to Charlene McMinn. |, HILDA ROBERTSON, will my love for Hyndsver boys to any girl who appreciates them as | do. |, JOHN D. RUSSELL, will my copying ability to any- one who needs it. |, JOHNNY LEE SIMPSON, will my place in Martin High to an incoming junior boy from Chestnut Glade. |, BILLY TERRELL, will my way with women to Roy Glen Collier. |, MILDRED THOMPSON, will my “school girl figure” to June Bynum. |, JOHN MAC VOWELL, leave to Bobby Parham my love to pester Coach Thornhill. |, JOHN MILTON WALL, leave my ability to catch pigeons to James Whitehead. |, PORTER WARD, will to Bobby Scates my ability to get into trouble and slide out, just short of getting expelled. |, BILLY WHITEHEAD, leave my love for good books to George Parrish. |, REBECCA WHITSON, will my position as assem- bly pianist to Peggy Byars. |, BOB WILLIAMS, will my ability to never get in a hurry to J. B. Winston, who really needs it. | ANN WOOD, keep everything | have, including all my college men, as | want them for myself. |, TOM WOOD, leave Martin High School, knowing that its loss is the World's gain. |, CARL WORKMAN, leave my beautiful mustache to Tom Copeland. In the presence of these witnesses we sign and publish this, our last will and testament, on this the 16th day of May, nineteen hundred and forty-seven. THE SENIOR CLASS CLASS TESTATOR WITNESSES: Mrs. Frank Wiles Mrs. Ruth Davis PAGE NINETEEN
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