Author of "How Co Win Friends
and Influence People "
A Darn In Her Stocking Set Her Feet ~
On The Ladder To Fame
Do you like Cinderella stories?
Sell, here Is one that actually
This is the story of a little girl
who was once called "Fatty," but
who grew up to be one of the
most beautiful singers of all time.
This is the story of a little girl
who was so poor she couldn't af
ford to take music lessons; yet she
is now a prima donna in the Me
tropolitan Opera Company in New
In 1930, this girl had one radio
audition after another; and no
body wanted her. Pour years later
the radio editors of America voted
her the most important new radio
personality of the year.
One season while I was broad
casting I often admired a beau
tiful platinum blonde sitting in
the front row of the studio audi
ence a glamorous Monde with
soft brown eyes, a stunning figure,
and personal charm. Finally I met
her—and discovered she was none
other than the famous Helen Jep
son, and that she was the wife of
Oeorge Possell, the flute player in
I asked Helen Jepson what was
the most astonishing thing she
knew about herself and she said:
"Well, most people are surprised
to know I am married and have
When her baby was born, the
nurse in the hospital put an iden
tification tag around the baby's
neck a string of beads with the
baby's name on it. Miss Jepson
has had that tiny string of beads
made into a bracelet and she
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wouldn't dream of singing with
out wearing that bracelet or
holding it in her hands.
If Helen Jepson hadn't sung
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny"
before the Rotary Club in Akron,
Ohio, she might still be selling
corsets today instead of being one
of the most talked-of figures in
the musical world. It happened
thus: She had always longed to be
a singer. In high school, she was
a star performer in the glee club;
after she graduated, she got a job
selling corsets in a department
store in Akron, Ohio. A dull job;
but It enabled her to save nickels
and dimes and go to Cleveland
occasionally to take music lessons.
She sang in the choir on Sundays,
and sometimes dressed herself up
in colonial costumes and sang be
fore clubs and social organiza
One day a'business man heard
her sing at the Rotary Club, heard
her sing Carry Me Back to Old
Virginny. He needed a salesgirl
to sell phonograph records in his
store; so he gave her the job and
changed the whole course of her
life. In the music store, she play
ed operatic records over and over
again and tried to imitate them,
and she sang with Jeritza and
Bori and Rosa Ponsella.
Finally, she had an opportunity
to compete for a scholarship in
the famous Curtis Institute of
Music in Philadelphia. Should she
go? It would take almost all her
savings to buy a ticket to Phila
delphia. She was only one of two
hundred girls competing for the
Nevertheless, she gambled on
her future and went to Philadel
phia. Some of the other two hun
dred contestants had voices just
as sweet and clear and colorful as
hers. But she had something they
didn't have. She had showman
ship, the ability to sell herself, the
ability to put her songs across.
And then one of the judges notic
ed that Helen had a neat little
darn in one of her stockings; and
this judge liked girls who had
sense enough to darn their stock
ings. So Helen Jepson won the
She and another girl rented a
room on the outskirts of the city.
They had to walk up five flights
and on cold winter days, they sat
on one another's feet and rocked
back and forth to keep warm.
They lighted candles and put
them on the floor and imagined
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they had a fire-place. They had
only fifty cents a day to spend on
food, so they cooked their meals
over a little gas burner. Some
times they had nothing but soup
for dinner; but they sang songs
from La Boheme and imagined
that they were in Paris. Hard
ships? Not a bit of It. They were
having the time of their lives.
One of the things I admire most
about Helen Jepson is the fact
that success and fame and money
haven't spoiled her. she is just as
democratic and unassuming now
as she was fifteen years ago when
she was sweeping the floor and
frying pork chops for her father
back in Akron, Ohio.
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Mr. and Mrs. W. A, Holleman
and children of Jonesvllle were
the Sunday guests of Mr. and
Mrs. George W. Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. White visit
ed their daughter,. here Sunday,
Mrs. George Snow.
Mr. and Mrs. Tommiei Syden of
near Mt. Park visited the latters
parents here Sunday, Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Norman.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Norman
announce the birth of a son on
Mrs. Etta Atkins of Elkin visit
ed relatives here recently.
We are glad to note that the
sickness in this community is
improvirfg very much and that
Mrs. Paul Norman who has been
in the Hugh Chatham hospital
has returned home.
White Rock church extends a
hearty welome to everyone to at
tend the Christmas program
there on Christmas day and there
will also be the regular preaching
Sunday, December 19.
We are glad to note the im
provement in Mrs. Callie Wood
ruff near here who recently re
turned from the hospital.
Due to the sleet and rough
weather the roads are almost Im
passible* and disagreeable.
CARD OF THANKS
I want to publicly thank the
staff of doctors and nurses at
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital
for their efficient care and kind
ness to me while a patient there.
Wm. E. SKAOGS,
Roaring Gap, N. C.
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