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    Tuesday, June 1,1976 — THE GRYPHON — Page Seven
‘We Love You, Mrs. Jeffreys’
By Boon McGee
She epitomizes the
southern lady of culture.
Her soft, gentle manner, her
innate kindness and com
passion mark her as unique.
The love for all people and
concern for them is as
evident as the warmth of her
brown eyes. More than a
record keeper, card
stamper, shelf stacker, book
selector, fund raiser, she is
a friend to each of us,
stranger or acquaintance.
Because of all she has done
for the community and
young people, we af
fectionately dedicate this
HI-NOC-AR to Mrs. Ruth
Oliver Jeffreys.
Those words were chosen
by the HI-NOC-AR staff of
’68. Each of the words is true
and little can be added to
deepen the respect and love
of students throughout the
twin-county area.
Mrs. Jeffreys, now
associate librarian of
Thomas Hackney Braswell
Memorial Library, has been
with the library since 1929.
Her only absence from the
corridors of Braswell
Library since its
organization were the six
years between this begin
ning in 1923 and the time she
was hired. She has worked
under only two people in her
book-filled career. The first
being Mrs. Nell G. Battle, a
lady obviously close to Mrs.
Jeffreys’ heart, this being
shown by the tilt of her head
and a misty glow in her
eyes. The other is Mr. Walter
Grey, who took Mrs. Jef
freys’ position when she
stepped down in 1970.
A Caswell county native,
she became associated with
Rocky Mount by visiting her
French IV Class Dines
Sounds of “Bonne appetif
and “a votre sante” passed
between the guests at the
French IV class’s patio dinner.
Although the French may not
have appreciated the American
improvisions, the students
seemingly enjoyed their seven
course French meal.
The feast began with cheese,
bread, and a hearty toast to the
19 seniors present. The
prospective graduates all click
ed glasses in cheers to the toast:
“School, parties, beach, all
Allis Chalmers
Lawn Mowers
and Tractors
Pollard
Equipment Co.
I
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L.
442-9011
tricks. Cheers to the Class of
’76.”
A selection of hors-d’
oeuvres followed before the
actual meal began. French
onion soup was served as the
second course. The entree was
chicken prepared with butter
and wine and potatoes.
In the usual French manner,
vegetables were served next.
The students had a choice of
squash or green beans, or both.
Unaccustomed to the French
custom of eating each dish
separately, and feeling a little
bit full, the students found it
necessary to wait a few minutes
before the next course. A
home-grown salad, the “Mc-
Lawhorn Special,” was served
with a vinegrette dressing. The
food finale was a selection of
desserts, including fruits,
cheese cake, and an apple
specialty.
Mrs. Barbara Taylor and Mr.
and Mrs. Hugh McLawhorn,
who offered their home for the
affair, were special guests.
A variety of fresh seafoods
829 Raleigh Rd„ Rocky Mount, N. C. 27801, Tel. 442-6109
Soul of Rocky Mount
WRSV
Soul 92
Thanks for Listening
MRS. JEFFREYS IS ALWAYS HELPING — Mrs. Jeffreys,
local city librarian, gives Kim Thornell her ever present
helping hand.
sister. The cupid’s arrow
also struck her heart, for it
is here that she met the late
Rocky Mount native
Richard T. Jeffreys. They
married and decided to keep
Rocky Mount as their home.
Mrs. Jeffreys has always
been interested in learning
and books. “Being a
librarian,” she affirms,
“seemed to be my choice
profession.” Indeed it was
for it combines her love for
people and her passion for
books. “They needed help in
1929. I was available and
wanted to do it,” says Mrs.
Jeffreys.
Remembering the past
library, Mrs. Jeffreys
reminisced “It used to be
one main room, the one
we’re in now. Boon, and the
back hall and offices.” The
library, as the one room
structure, was given to
Rocky Mount by Dr. M. R.
Braswell in memory of his
son, Thomas Hackney. Dr.
Braswell’s son died at the
age of 12.
Mrs. Jeffreys,
graduate of
herself a
Averette
Fashion and
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*Clark Wallobees
*SRO
*Caressa
*Pap
*Converse
*Tretorn
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Downtown
Tarrytown AAall
(Photo by Woodley)
College in Danville, Va., and
an honorary member of the
Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa
Gamma, is aware of the
attitudes of Rocky Mount
students. “There is little
change ever in the attitude
of the serious student. He is
always concerned with
doing well and working
hard.” About the discipline
of students Mrs. Jeffreys
says, “The children are no
trouble, I don’t have contact
with the bad ones.”
Having nurtured the
building from one main
room through its offspring
Batts Acts
As Page
Among other honors received
this year. Sophomore Kaye
Batts recenlty served as a page
for the North Carolina House of
Representatives. While in Ral
eigh, Kaye said she really had a
good time. The part of her
weekly stay she enjoyed the
most was while the House was
in session. She was interested in
observing how the House
operates and being in on the
action. Kaye says, “I learned
how the Legislature works and
how laws are made.”
While Kaye worked as a
page, the representatives ap
proved the state budget for the
up coming year, discussed
malpractice and the teacher’s
raise. Her duties consisted of
running errands for the
representatives, taking bills up
to the speaker, and bringing the
members coffee and doughnuts.
Four outside activities, Kaye
and other pages went on a tour,
on which they visited several
museums and the Governor’s
Mansion. A big surprise for Ms.
Batts was the $55.00 she was
paid for serving as a page.
of the Children’s Wing to the
revered North Carolina
book shelves, Mrs. Jeffreys
has grown with the Braswell
Memorial Library. She
begged, “Play up the
library. Boon, it’s my life
and and means everything
to me.”
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