OTHER  GROVE  CLASSES  IN

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IN  PARIS, TENNESSEE,  SINCE  1866
P. O.  Box  310,  Paris, TN.  38242-0310

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squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the February 20, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

An extensive cold wave over the eastern half of the nation brought blizzard conditions and at least 223 deaths. In Paris the low temperature reading was 4 below zero to set a new record. Four inches of snow fell here and ice was thick on all waterways. Pictured on the ice at Greenacres Lake were Jeanette Williams ('59), Sandra Lee ('58), Norma Pierce ('58), Joyce Riddick ('58), Diana Cox ('58), Emily Dunlap ('58) and Janice Thompson ('58).

Mittie Ellis ('55), daughter of Mr. ('34) and Mrs. Alex Ellis, was elected recording secretary of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the Universaity of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was a junior home economics student.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the February 20, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Alberta Herman hosted a Valentine party for some friends at her home on Porter Street. Winning game prizes were Helener Kane Currier ('39), Eva Lucille Plew and Bernadine Fish ('38). Other guests were Jane ('39) and Kathryn Greer ('38), Nelle Austin Richardson ('39), Margaret Ann Black, Sara Trotter, Betty Jane Fisk ('36), Laura McGehee ('38) and Doris McCutchan ('39).

Martha Crosswy ('38) also hosted a Valentine party at the home of her parents on North Poplar Street. Bridge and Rook were enjoyed by Carolyn Clayton ('38), Laura McGehee ('38), Neal McAbee, Dolly McAlister, Patsy Currier ('37), Emily Jeanette Mandle ('38), Betty Jane Fisk ('36), Emily Sue Akin ('39), Kathryn Greer ('38), Maudel McFadden, Cara Trevathan ('38), Bernadine Fish ('38) and Virginia ('38) and Sara Orr.

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the February 19, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

The Grove High School Devilettes and the Buchanan Wildcats were Lake Conference basketball champions after a tournament in McKenzie. Judy Robison ('59) poured in 23 points as the Devilettes beat Buchanan 39-28. The Buchanan boys brought a ferocious defense into the game and Jerry Culpepper scored 17 points as the Wildcats beat Grove.

The Future Farmers of America at Grove High School chose Raymond Van Dyke ('59) as beau for the year and the Future Homemakers selected Gerry Paschall ('60) as chapter sweetheart.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the February 19, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

The finals of the annual interclass contest of Grove High School were planned for the Capitol Theater. After preliminary eliminations, representatives in the speaking contest would be Douthitt Nanney ('33) and Elizabeth Robertson ('33) of the senior class; Franklin Goldston ('34) and Iva Lois Patrick ('34), juniors; R.G. Burch ('35) and Elroy Scruggs ('35), sophomores, and Joe Manning ('36) and Christine Seawright ('36), freshmen.

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the February 14, 2008 Edition ~ 25 YEARS AGO

A team of architects said historic Cavitt Hall on the Grove High School campus could be saved if enough effort and money were available. The building had features that would be unmatched in a new structure, they said.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the February 14, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

The Grove Blue Devils defeated Huntingdon 60-44 in the last home game of the season, despite the absence of their captain, Jack Nichols ('58). Stepping in to take top scoring honors was Beeder Van Dyke ('59) with 21 points.

Two Paris girls were in the cast of the 1958 edition of “Campus Lights,” a variety show at Murray State College. Rita Humphreys ('55) would be a member of the dancing chorus and Wanda Jackson ('58) a member of a traditional chorus.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the February 14, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

A band of local young men were in the process of organizing a junior chamber of commerce here for promoting interests of the city. In the group were R.D. Osteen, Curtis Nichols, Ben Jobe ('24), Mitchum Warren ('26), Howard Jobe ('19) and Chester Simmons.

Emily Warren ('32), who was a student at Ward-Belmont in Nashville, spent the weekend here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Warren Jr.

Church music was the subject when the Junior Music Club met with Patsy Currier ('37) on Highland Street. Catherine Burton ('37) gave a talk on early church music and Virginia Jones ('37) played a violin number, accompanied by her mother at the piano. Dorothy Currier and Dixie Turner ('36) sang “In the Garden.”

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the January 31, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

A county teachers meeting was scheduled in the Grove High School auditorium. Speakers would be professor Chas. Pullen of Springville on tests, professor Chalmers Baugham on science, professor R.P. Clark on history and Ruth Frow on home economics.

The Grove High baseball team was beginning practice under coach Dan Robison. Among returning starters were Blease McAbee ('33), Buster Neese ('33), Lester Neese ('32), Don Wending ('33), Bud Wendling ('34), Charles Neese ('35), Jimmie McAbee ('34), Ralph Caudle ('34) and “Red” Lewis.

Billy McSwain ('33), Charlie Timmons ('33) and Tony Currier ('32) motored to Nashville on a Sunday.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 23, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

A talk and musical program were presented by Grove High School students at a Rotary Club meeting. Jackie Irion ('59) spoke to the club and musical numbers were brought by Maxine Maxwell ('59), Dian Neese ('59), Eddie Martin ('58), Bob Lee ('61) and Sherry Bond ('61).

Mitchum Warren Jr. ('52) was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade aboard the attack carrier USS Saratoga. Warren had received his commission from the Naval Officers Reserve Training Corp at Vanderiilt University.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 15, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

Will T. Warren, organizer of Golden Peacock Inc. and its president for 38 years, was elected chairman of the board. His son, Mitchum E. Warren ('27), was elevated from vice president to president.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 10, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

Robert Jelks, famed former coach of the Grove Blue Devil football team, announced he had purchased Paris Insurance Agency from Joe G. Leach. Jelks had been in the insurance business here since 1953, after a coaching career that had produced a number of outstanding Grove teams, including the undefeated 1949 squad.

Camilla Cox ('57) returned by airplane to the University of Michigan after spending the holidays here with her parents, Chancellor and Mrs. Wayne Cox.

Holcomb Brothers at 711 Depot St. advertised to buy old cars, mixed scrap iron, auto batteries, radiators, copper, brass and dry black walnuts.
(I could not resist including this item. Holcomb Brothers was owned by the father and uncle of Donald Holcomb ('50) and Bobby Holcomb ('52). My connection, I lived on that block of Depot Street and Holcomb's was a treasure trove for me and the other kids that lived on the block. The likes of Aubrey Hunt, McSwain and Junior Jackson. We were well equipped with the U.S. Army surplus field packs, pistol belts, canteens, mess kits and pup tents during WW II, the early forties.)

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 10, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Margaret McSwain ('30) entertained with a dinner at her home on North Poplar Street in honor of a guest from Nashville. Guests included Martha Butler, Elizabeth McSwain ('30), Emily Warren ('32), Mary Agnes Turner ('30), Billy Holman ('30), Kenneth Clayton ('32), Cecil Humphreys ('32), Arthur Dunlap ('30), John Province ('32) and James Mansfield ('30).

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 9, 2008 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

Grove basketball players featured by Kenny Clayton ('32) included Sandy Gatlin ('58) of the girls’ team and Raymond “Beeder” VanDyke ('58) of the boys’ team. Coach Lamar Roberts’ girls had breezed through the first half of the season at 12-0 and the boys, under coach Homer Spain, were 9-3.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 9, 2008 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Emily Jeanette Mandle ('38) celebrated her 12th birthday with a party at her home on Walnut Street. After guests arrived they went to the Capitol Theater for a Laurel and Hardy movie, then returned for a three-course meal. Included in the hospitality were Emily Sue Akin ('39), Betty Jane Fisk ('36), Laura McGehee ('38), Eleanor Watkins ('39), Juliette Johnston, Linda Young and Cara Trevathan ('38).

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the January 3, 2007 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

First Methodist Church honored college students of the church who were home for the holidays. Included in the group were Diana Tutt ('57), Pat Taylor ('56), Linda Adams ('56), Don McKinnon ('56), Morris Brown ('57), Nancy Norman Bouldin, Jim Gillespie ('57), Eloise Mann, Paul Veazey ('57), Maurice Field ('56), Nita Whitfield ('57), Dan Wilkins ('56), Carol Oliver ('56), Mary Gabriel (', Dan Clark ('56), Gayle Guthrie ('54), Tom Higgs ('57), George Whitfield ('54), Dick Reynolds ('55), Bill Holden, Joe Lawrence Wasson, Camilla Cox ('57), Ann Davis ('57), Mike Howell, Frazier Cravens ('56), Bob Osteen, Martha Ruth Neergaard, Ann Gaddy ('56), Inez Neese ('57), Mickey Norman ('57), Sidney Boone ('55) and Ben Pardue ('44).

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 3, 2007 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

A monster hog owned by Prof. D.O. McNeely of the Grove High School faculty was slaughtered. The porker weighed 855 pounds and was nearly 9 feet long. One foot weighed 3 pounds and the hog yielded 112 pounds of sausage, 12 gallons of lard and three dozen cans of tenderlion. McNeely said he had 1,400 more pounds of pork ready to be killed at a later date.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 2, 2007 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

Jimmy Byrd Greer ('57), a freshman at Memphis State University, was elected chaplain of the freshman class and evangelistic chairman of the Baptist Student Union. He had been active in New Boston Baptist Church before graduating from Grove High School.

Featured by Kenny Clayton ('32) were two Grove basketball stars. Wanda Culpepper ('59) was on the girls’ undefeated squad and Franklin Van Dyke ('58) was a guard for the boys’ team.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the January 2, 2007 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Arthur Dunlap ('30) had left for Memphis where he would enter the University of Tennessee Medical School.

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the December 26, 2007 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

Miss Barbara O’Guin ('56) and Bobby G. Underwood ('54) exchanged marriage vows Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Church of the Nazarene. Pastor the Rev. Robert Gray officiated. Mrs. James P. Williams and Ardelle Cole brought a program of nuptial music. Mrs. Harold George was matron of honor and Benjamin Knight best man.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the December 26, 2007 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Billy Holman ('30) arrived from Annapolis to spend the holidays here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Holman of The Greystone Hotel.

College students home for the holidays included Margaret Younkin ('30) of Grinnell College in Iowa; Elizabeth McSwain ('30) of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago; John Gorman, and Tommy Gorman ('32) from Notre Dame; Emily Warren ('32) from Ward-Belmont; and Margaret McSwain ('30) from Converse.

squig.gif (237 bytes)   From the December 19, 2007 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

The Grove High School Tower Choir presented a public program of Christmas music in Weston Hall auditorium. Among selected groups was a girls ensemble of Nan Bell ('60), Sherry Bond ('61), Marilyn Dunlap ('60), Carolyn Guinn ('59), Rosalyn Haywood ('58), Nancy Krider ('60), Maxine Maxwell ('59), Bettye Shofner ('59), Barbara Sykes ('58), Broeck Wahl ('58) and Betty Wilson ('61).

Wasson Motors donated a new 1956 Ford to train Grove High School students in driver education. Grove principal Dwight Norman was pictured with County Schoools Supt. Julian Brewer, W.P. Williams of the Kiwanis Club, Grove driving instructor Bob Perkins, Ralph Wasson and Kiwanis president F.H. Gulick.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the December 19, 2007 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Eighteen players were awarded letters at an annual Lions Club football banquet at the Elite Cafe. Included were Buster ('33), Lester ('32) and Charles ('35) Neese, Bishop Hert ('33), Billy McSwain ('33), Paul Newman ('31), Paul Scott ('33), Alec Ellis ('34), James Enoch ('36), Charles Parkhill ('34), Thomas Little, Gilbert Pitt ('34), Blease McAbee ('33), Charles Butler ('34), Bud and Don Wendling ('34), Howard Whipple ('33) and Hayward Highfill ('33).

Paris city schools would be shut down for a month, from Dec. 23 until late January, because of lack of operating funds. The school tax had been increased from 35 cents to 50 cents, but little additional revenue had been realized. The number of pupils in the city had increased by 50 over the previous year and less teachers had been hired.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the December 18, 2007 Edition ~ 50 YEARS AGO

The Grove Blue Devils broke a four-year basketball jinx with Union City by whipping the Tornadoes 51-43. Jack Nichols ('58) had 22 points and Ronnie Brewer('59) 12, and big Richard Lowe ('59) hauled down 20 rebounds.

squig.gif (237 bytes)  From the December 18, 2007 Edition ~ 75 YEARS AGO

Commercial Bank & Trust Co. planned to lease the former First National Bank Co. building at Poplar and East Wood streets. The building had been purchased at auction for $31,000 by the Henry County Investment Co., which had been chartered with capital of $100,000. Members of the investment company were Joel M. Porter, R.L. Dunlap ('32), J.K. Currier Jr. H.E. Kibbons ('17) and M.W. Younkin ('30). First National had been forced to close in November 1930 after nationwide depression had started. The large building had been built of steel and concrete in 1926 for $164,000.

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