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May 23, 1947
Senior Class History
It was In September, 1942, in the midst of the turmoil and strife of the
new World War II that we, the seniors of the Class of ’47, embarked upon
a new and important phase of our lives—a high school career. As was
customary for the new eighth grade, we were looked down upon by the
upperclassmen. We soon got used to this, along with changing classes, five
periods a day, and lockers. After several weeks we became familiar with
many other high school activities and practices, and gave honors to Dickie
Jones, Mary Sue Thomason, Peggy Jean Thomason, and Sue Hooper by
electing them to lead us as president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer,
respectively. Before the summer vacation came we had thoroughly familiar
ized ourselves with high school and begun looking forward to our next year
at Lexington High School.
Our real freshman year began when we entered the ninth grade. During
this year much progress was made by all of us under the capable leadership
of Ruth Jones, president, Sarah Hartley, vice-president, Peggy Jean Thom
ason, secretary, and Bob Peeler, treasurer. Our activities this year became a
little more advanced as we began attending most of the dances and joining
some of the clubs.
The summer between the ninth and tenth grades passed very rapidly,
because we knew that this year held honors in score for some of us. There
were initiations and induction ceremonies as we oegan taking hold of the
reins with which we were to guide many of me school activities lor che next
two years. We were most fortunate in having Miss Frances Walser for a
second year of English, and we were all glad. Although we were truly
sophomores this year, we were considered juniors by the Senior Class, be
cause they were eagerly awaiting the much anticipated Junior-Senior Ban
quet. Of course, we had to have money for this, so we took over the con
cessions stand at the football games, and then we presented “He Couldn’t
Marry Five,” our Junior Class play. Things went well, and in May, 1945, we
gave the Seniors one of the most elaborate and colorful banquets ever
known at Lexington High School. It turned out a big success because of
the unlimited cooperation given by the members of the class to our class
officers. Bob Peeler, president, Dickie Jones, vice-president, and Jackie Trexler,
secretary-treasurer. A very successful year for us ended with the graduation
exercises in which some of the members of our class played a prominent part
As World War II progressed, so we made progress in our school work
as we began our eleventh and real junior year. We chose the following
officers tc see us through the year: Mary Sue Thomason, president, Enid
Ayers, vice-president, Adele Tuttle, secretary, and Hubert Olive, treasurer.
Several induction ceremonies and initiations brought many more of us into
the many high school clubs, adding to our extra-curricular activities. The
highlight of the year which replaced the annual Junior-Senior Banquet was
the Etiquette Club Prom which was for all the high school students. This
year came to an end without a graduating class for the first time in the
history of the school. Most of us were glad that we had come into high
school just in time to be the first class to graduate from the twelfth grade,
so we left for the summer vacation waiting eagerly for September, 1946, when
we were to become “dignified Seniors”.
The war ended, a short time before we began our Senior year—our last
year in Lexington High School. We got things in full swing by getting Mrs.
Ottis M. Hedrick for English again and for our Senior Class advisor. Things
happened fast. We had many G.I. students in our class, and late in the
first semester, one of these G.I.’s became the father of a young son which
was immediately adopted as the 1947 Class baby. This was a rather strange
occurrence for a high school Senior Class, but we were proud, so we gave the
baby a shower. Many useful gifts were given by the individual class mem
bers while the class as a whole started a college fund for the baby. Plans
for our Senior Class activities were mapped out by our capable Senior Class
officers. Bob Peeler, president, Paul Williams, vice-president, Peggy Jean
Thomason, secretary, and Stanford Tate, treasurer.
As we prepare to leave high school, we realize that we know only partially
all that there is to know, but we are aware of the fact that the “youth of
today are the leaders of tomorrow.” With every endeavor to make good in
the fast-moving v/orld of tomorrow,
“We fight and die, but our hopes beat high.
In spite of the toil and tears.
For we catch the gleam of our vanished dream
Down the path of the untrod years.”
“The Untrod Years,” Wilma Kate McFarland
JAKE CROSS, Senior Class Historian
Last Will and Testament
(Continued from page two)
By two o’clock in the afternoon, a
crowd of almost a thousand (Cass-
ville’s entire population save Dee) had
gathered at the depot. The band w^
poised and patiently waiting for the
-:05 due in from Omaha! The mayor
was nervously mopping his wet brow,
and Mrs. Reed, Tip’s mother, was
trying to look calm while tearing her
lace handkerchief to shreds. The crowd
of Cassville’s citizens drew nearer as
the engine of the train came into
sight. Slowly the train stopped before
the welcoming crowd. Jess Haggerty
got off the mail car with the mail,
and then the train started on its jour
ney again with a great chug!
After the crowd realized that their
hero did not get off, there was a
slight pause, then murmuring. What
had happened to Tip?
Tip Reed, after his mother had
written him of the big celebration in
store for him, decided to get off the
train just outside of Cassville. Walk
ing into town, he passed Mulberry
Street. Going from Mulberry, he
turned left at Oak Street and con
tinued on his way. That was when
he saw Dee Parnell. Dee was under
a big oak tree looking at a magazine.
Tip went up the walk to the Doc’s
house to investigate why this young
lady had not been at the station to
welcome him home.
“Hello.” That, Tip thought, was a
very nice beginning.
“Hi!” came a pleasing reply from
a pleasing-looking young woman.
“Why aren’t you at the big cele
bration?” No need to beat around
the bush with this girl. She had a
straight, clean, forward look.
“I don't care for heroes who cash
in on their great deeds. Why aren’t
you up there?” came the answer and
Tip decided to tell the truth. “Be
cause I don’t care for heroes either
—I don’t see why people have to make
such a fuss over a guy who did his
part. Do you know this Tip Reed
they are going on over?”
Dee shook her red hair. “Uh-huh!
I was away in boarding school and
then I studied nursing, or the past
two years I’ve been pretty busy. Too
busy to come home. Just like you
were, I guess. But Dad wrote me a
lots about Lieutenant Reed. It seems
(Continued on page 14)
We, the Senior Class of 1947, being known as the “Flaming ’40’s”, and
of sound mind anc good health, do hereby declare this to be our last 'Will
and testament to be executed in the following order:
Article I. To the Faculty.
Item I. To Miss 'Walser we leave another closet in hopes that she may
have plenty of -oom to handle everything for everybody.
Item II. To Mr. Crocker we leave hopes for an eager and prosperous band
and glee club.
Item III. To Coach Maus and Coach Gaddy we leave the South Piedmont
Conlerence Championship Football Team.
Item I'V. To Mrs. Hedrick we leave hopes that she will inherit a class
that loves her as much as we do.
Item To Mr. Glistrap we leave the admiration of all his students,
anc! regrets that we did not have him for a teacher.
Article II. To the Classes.
Item I. To the classes as a whole we leave our empty seats, examina
tions, studies, good times, and all our love for L.H.S.
Article III. To Individuals.
Item I. Chub Wilson leaves to Zacky Taylor his good looks, and his
football spirit to Benny Walser.
Item II. “Pockets” Brown leaves his curly hair to Johnny Raker if he
will keep the sideburns curled.
Item III. Gladys Story leaves her pretty red locks to anyone who can
control the temper that goes with them.
Item I'V. Bill Hedrick leaves to T. D. Stokes what “Trot” Allen left to
him from “Mouse” Wolborn that started with “Dirty” Everhart.
Item V. Jimmy Blue Sowers, Ruth Jones, Maxine and Christine Koontz,
Evelyn McDade, Betty Mae York, and Eva Jarvis leave to all engaged girls
the record, “I Wish I Was Single Again.”
Item VI. Sue Hooper leaves Bill Eanes. (period)
Item VII. Jack Swaim leaves his “conceitedness” to anyone who can
have it and not know it and still be liked.
Item VIII. Bill Johnson leaves his high-scoring in basketball to Harold
Item IX. Joe “Sinatra” Ayers leaves his voice to Robert Mims.
Item X. Woody McKay leaves his baggy pants to anyone who has a
pair of suspenders to keep them up. , ;
Item XI. Adele Tuttle leaves her dancing ability to Marlene Peeler.
Item XII. Ralph Musgrave leaves his air of importance to “Hardrock.”
Item XIII. Sally Griffin bequeathes her dimples to Mozelle^^rrell.
Item XIV. Mary Frances Clodfelter leaves her beautiful tresses to
Item XV. Evelyn McDade leaves her cuteness to Joanne Koonts, and
her freckles to be -added to Doug Gosnell’s collection.
Item XVI. Tinker "Brilliant” Williams leaves his straight A report cards
to Martha Cox.
Item XVII. Jack Albert leaves his good looking clothes to Bill Cook.
Item XVIII. Peggy Jean Thomason leaves her dependability to Mary
Item XIX. Hubert Olive leaves his vote of being best-all-around to
Item XX. Mary Eleanor Gray leaves her art ability to Agnes Wilson.
Item XXI. Mary Anne Hunt leaves her wide belts to Barbara Richie
and her popularity to Martha Harbinson.
Item XXII. Mary McLendon leaves her brother John to anyone who can
Item XXIII. “Tank” Simmer,-on leaves her title to anyone who is big
ei.ough to take the job.
In this testimony whereof, we, the testators aforesaid hereunto subscribe
our names and affix our seals this the thirty-first day of January in the year
of our Lord, one thousand, nine hundred and forty-seven.
BETT'r JO E'VERHART, Testator
President, Bob Peeler
Advisor, Mrs. Ottis M. Hedrick
Principal, Mr. W. D. Payne