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Taken in 1950 at the crowning of GHS Homecoming Queen Alice Ann Griffith.
L-R on Floor: Leroy Stennett, Patty Floyd -7th Grade; Virgil Smith, Dora Dulaney -9th Grade; Mr. Leroy B. Stennett, Principal; Bill Dodd, President of Student Council -12th Grade; 8th Grade-Anne Lynn Hickman, Donald Hogue; 10th Grade- Lenora Moore, Haymond Boggs.
L-R on Platform: Bill Boggs, Wanema Davidson -12th Grade; 11th Grade- Patricia Greenlief, Bill Stout; Queen Alice Ann Griffith -12th Grade; Flower Girl Ann Lorentz Murphy; Crown Bearer Jackie Rhoades
1950 Homecoming Celebration at Glenville High School
by Patty Floyd Johnson
ÖIn the glory days of Glenville High School many
traditions were well grounded in each students education.
There was the celebration of homecoming that was graced with as much
poise and elegance as Mrs. Estelle (Dolly) Murphy could pummel into the hearts
and minds of those few selected to represent their respective classes as the
school royalty. Mrs. Murphy
cultured us with all the manners and courtliness she could muster, for most of
has had never rubbed shoulders with the high and mighty.
Some of us had had the good fortune of being taught table
manners by Mrs. Madge Butcher in her Home Economics classes.
Oh! Not that our parents had
taught us nothing. We were not
totally without couth. But, most of
us hadnít known what to do with more than one fork at the dinner table, or the
boys had never pulled a chair out for a girl and scooted her up snugly to the
table before being seated himself.
Then there was dancing.
That was Mrs. Murphyís job, which she taught to a degree in her
Physical Education classes. But, when you got to be a princess or a queen at homecoming,
Mrs. Murphy went to more trouble to teach the boys how to lead, the girls how to
follow, the boys how to ask a girl to dance or to cut in for a dance and the
girls how to graciously accept his invitation.
She taught the waltz, the two-step, the fox trot and more.
There was another problem.
Most of the lower classmen hadnít had a girl friend or a
boy friend beyond ďpuppy love.Ē
So many a young man was commandeered to be the escort of a young girl he
scarcely knew and was, if not timid, down right afraid of failing in all this falderal
being foisted upon him.
I had the good fortune to be the seventh grade princess.
Poor Leroy Stinnett, the principalís son, had been shanghaied to be my
escort. He had no choice in the
matter and had he been adverse to the situation Iím sure he did not voice it;
especially to his father.
Anne Lynne Hickman, daughter of English teacher, Pauline
Hickman was the eighth Grade princess. Her
escort was Donald Hogue. Donald was
a nice boy and a neighbor to Anne Lynneís family, but Iím fairly certain
they were not a twosome at this stage and as far as I know never were.
Donald; like Leroy, cooperated with the demands made upon his person and
his time. Donaldís sister,
Dorothy was in the seventh grade with me.
Dora Dulaney was the 9th grade princess. Dora
was squired to the party by Virgil Smith, son of Hannigan Smith, who bought my
Dadís ancestral home at Trubada that has now been torn down by Ike Morris and
others in a motel venture on the site. Virgilís
sister, Loretta was in my class in school and we were very good friends.
Lenore Moore was the 10th grade princess and her
beau was Haymon Boggs, Jr., son of Haymon Boggs, Sr., a prominent attorney in
Glenville. At some point in my
career at Glenville High I had one date with Haymon.
I barely remember it, except that Haymon Boggs was a complete gentleman. His brother, Johnny was a member of my class.
Lenoreís husband died and Jesse Huffís wife died so
they decided to marry after a while.
They seem to be very happy and compatible.
We are very happy for both of them.
Patricia Greenlief was the 11th grade princess.
Her escort, Bill Stout wore one of the four bow ties in the court, the
others being Leroy, Haymon, Bill Dodd and Bill Boggs.
We got to see Patricia at this past yearís GHS Reunion and she was, as
always, a delight.
The 12th grade princess was Wanema Davidson.
She was escorted to the ball by Bill Boggs.
I do not believe that Bill and Haymon were related though they shared the
same sur name. Wanema played the
guitar, her degree was in Education with 2 majors, 1 in English and 1 in Music
and a minor in Social Studies. She lacked her student teaching to get her
degree in Music. She also did card tricks and still is a wonderfully
worthwhile person to know, though I am only able to communicate with her through
e-mails. I believe Bill Boggs died
early, though I cannot remember why or just when, but I do remember he was very
well thought of.
The queen was the beautiful Alice Ann Griffith.
As you can see from the signage behind her throne in the picture she was
known as Queen Terrawanna. The
athletic teams were known as the Red Terrors, so Iím sure this name, Queen
Terrawanna, was derived from that name. The
mascot for the Red Terrors was an Indian. (It
is said in recent years that Native Americans dislike this use of their name but
I can assure you no disrespect was meant. As
a matter of fact, it was quite a point of pride that we took our name from the
Indians.) Alice Annís escort was
the very handsome, Bill Dodd. I
have absolutely no idea whatever happened to Bill. He is an enigma to me. If
any of you readers can furnish information concerning him, I can assure you it
will be most welcome.
The pretty little flower girl was Anne Lorentz Murphy, the
daughter of Mrs. Murphy. The crown
bearer was Jackie Rhoades. To which
of the many Rhoades families he belonged I do not know.
Iím sure that some of you Rhoadesí can supply this information.
This affair took place in 1950. We went to a practice every day to prepare ourselves for this
auspicious occasion. I believe the
crowning of the queen took place in the Town Hall and the dance took place in
the GSC gymnasium, which the college shared with the high school.
It was this symbiotic relationship between the high school and the
college, which made for a better education for all of us.
The first three grades of Glenville Elementary were held in the old
Administration building of the college. The
fourth through sixth were in the high school as well as the seventh and eighth.
I believe we had a dance band, which was probably led by
Frank Beall, a well known musician in Glenville at the time, although 1950 may
have been past Frankís tenure in
Glenville. Those of you who know
please give us the benefit of your knowledge.
I remember Skeebo Lorentz dancing with Alice Ann and a graceful dance it
was for such a big man, as I remember him.
Donít ask me what his real name was.
Everyone called him Skeebo and that is all I know.
Iím sure the Lorentz's or the Murphy's; or countless others, can render
this information, also.
We all had corsages. It
was the first one I had ever had. Alice
Ann had an armful of red roses. It
was a pretty party. We owed much to
our teachers, Mr. Stinnett, the principal, (the tall, thin man to the left of
Alice Ann.), our parents and other adults in the community.
None of us knew it then but we were creating beautiful memories that
would last a lifetime.
I will always remember Mrs. Murphy gracefully sweeping and
swaying in a feminine display of how the dance should look.
She was a wonderful History teacher, not the least of which was her
record of Golden Horseshoe Winners. She
was also the girls Physical Education teacher. She and many of the other teachers did yeomanís duty day in
and day out for little compensation but many delightful rewards in the high
regard and respect shown them by their charges.
My good time at this high school grand ball and my memories of my beloved Glenville High School have long and will ever be with me, as Iím sure with everyone else.
Come to the reunion next year.
You will find yourself swept away in the glee of once again meeting with
those who populate your memories.