GOLDSBORO HI NEWS
Friday, January 20, 1950
Shown above are members of the High School Band as they
take a brief interval before starting the Patron Club membership
drive. Majorettes pictured are from left to right: Colleen Fair-
cloth, Jean Connor, Adaline Vann, Martha Rose, Hilda Westbrook
and Phyliss Banks. From this point on Center street a drive that
canvassed the entire business district was launched. While the
Majorettes solicited memberships the Band presented several se
lections. (News-Argus staff photo.)
Passing of Christmas
Christmas is dead and buried
for 1949. May it rest in peace—
but here are a few sidelights on
the merry holiday.
First of all, there is my pitiful
little Christmas tree. Surmount
ing great obsitaeles it valiantly
stayed upright although weight
ed down with lights much too
large, preyed upon by Butch,
who is a curious cat, and given
exploratory nudges by equally
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It defied the law of gravity
for it was always at an angle.
Once or twice it succumbed,
though, and with a ci-y of “Tim
ber!” I hastened to stand it up
again and sweep up the snow
that had fallen off of it.
I hope I’m not letting anything
out when I say there is no you-
know-who. My younger sister
is either very dumb or very
bright. Dumb, if at her age she
actually still believes there is
a Santa Claus, and bright if she
is only pretending to, which I
believe is the case.
At any rate, we still have to go
through the motion of having
Santa Claus visit our house each
year. This year it was quite a
little problem because she
wouldn’t go to sleep and we were
anxious to go ahead and get it
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over with. She went to bed and
we sat in the living room listen
ing to the radio and waiting for
her to go to sleep.
After awhile. Mama asked me
to tip-toe i|^ and see if she was
asleep. I bent down over the bed
and looked at her. Her eyes
were closed tightly but every
now and then they would give
a sort of nervous twitch. She
had a cold and her breathing was
loud and uneven, but it seemed
awfully put-on to me. I wasn’t
positive she was not asleep but
I had a stinking suspicion that
I told Mama to have a look for
herself and she confirmed my
opinion. There was nothing to
do but wait awhile longer. Fin
ally, we decided to go ahead and
set up the toys near the tree
anyway. If she heard, she would
just have to hear. We figured'
she would probably be asleep by
now because, despite the tempta
tion to stay awake, she has a
passion for sleeping. I frankly
couldn’t see why she hadn’t gone
to sleep sooner myself, because
the bed looked pretty inviting
I was surprised to see that
there was anyone left to shop
uptown during the Christmas
rush. It seemed to me that al
most everyone was behind the
A lot of high scliool girls were
working for the first time. I
hadn’t seen about getting a job
in time and I felt left out. Some
of, the girls I saw were Barbara
Hinnant, Madeline Epps, Ruth
Davis, Pearline Ennis, and Ma
vis Page at Woolworth’s; Elma
Worrell, Faye Parnell, Betty
Barbee, Joyce Gurley, Polly Hil-
bourne, and Merle Rosser at
Kress’; Sara Cobb at McClellan’s
(there were lots more working
there but I just ran in and out
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and didn’t see them); Peggy Mal-
pass at Charles Store; Sara
Thompson and Gracie Batten
were working at the Glamour
Of course, that is only a slight
portion of the number of girls
that were working last year.
Seems funny to say last year,
doesn’t,' it because it was such a
short time ago?
To avoid a lot of confusion and
save some money on the side,
I and three of my girl friends
drew names to give each other
presents. This way we buy only
one instead of three presents.
The drawback is that we get on
ly one present, too. We call it
We have fun keeping the name
we drew a secret and each of us
forms her own opinion of who
has whose name. Then we pro
ceed to set a definite price for
the presents and tell each other
exactly what we want. Maybe
this isn’t ethical but it gets good
You know, I believe the rea
son Christmas has lived through
all these years is because of par
ents and not children. Honestly,
in lots of cases the parents get
a much bigger kick out of play
ing Santa Claus than the kids do
in seeing what the old gent has
left them Christmas morning.
They’re always sorry when the
children get too big for Santa
Claus because then there is noth
ing left but giving presents and
no matter how good a present,
it can’t bring .the look on a per
son’s face that seeing what San
ta has brought them can do to a
child. That look is more than
ample reward for what, in many
cases, the parents have gone
without for themselves.
Well, that’s all for this year—
I mean, last year, but there’ll Be
plenty more Christmases. The
more, the merrier, I say.
Seems as if everyone under
the sun was home during the re
cent holidays. We even have a
few marriages. . . .
From Carolina came: Bryan
Sutton, Moon Ennis, Charlie
Crone, Archie Hamil, “Tut” Shu
mate, Mike Pate, Reginald Grif
fin, William Heeden, Oscar
Lovelace, Ira Montague, and a
girl, Elizabeth Kornegay.
Donald Pike, Miller Eason, Ray
Bryan, and Bill Hawly were
From Wake Forest there were
Joyce Bagly, Peggy Ann West,
DSna James Gulley, and Graham
Laura and Sam Lynch, along
with Audrey Garris were home
Isaac Braxton from Elon, Kath
erine Bridgers and LaVerne
Tew from Watts Hospital in
Durham, Pinky Gainey from Chi
cago, Lew Langston from Bre-
nau at Gainesville, Ga.
From *way down there in
South Carolina came Judy Ad
ams and Betty Denmark, An
From not so far away Dot
Crawford, Eunice Bizzell, La
Nelle Edwards, Millie Cobb,
Frankie Strosnider, St. Mary’s.
Cotton Klutz, Jerry Worrell,
May EpsteiriT Jerry Sanford,
Shirley Haynes, Chris Columbus,
Carl Casey and Ethel Parks from
Eastern Carolina Teachers Col
lege in Greenville.
Doris Vann and Zelda Potter
were home, too, from Mercy
Hospital at Charlotte.
Mary Bumgarner and Jo Jack
son, students at Meredith Col
lege in Raleigh were spending
Ihe holidays home also.
From the western part of the
state came Lib Handly, Jo Ann
Crumpler, and Patsy Donnell.
They’re students at Greensboro
Two other Goldsboro alumni
have taken the fatal step in mat-
imony. “Jello” Hallow ’45, mar-
.ried to a South Carolina girl Jan.
15th. Sorry, can’t give you her
name. And Leah Lloyd Riggsby
’47 and Frank Nash were married
in St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Dec. 29th. Congratulations!
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