|THE GROVE COMET||59th YEAR||FINAL EDITION||VOLUME 6|
Section Three ~ Page 2
Grove's First Two Grads
GRADUATION 1906 - Mrs. Calhoun, then Miss Madole, is certainly beautiful in her elaborate graduation gown of lace.
|The first graduation exercises were held at E. W.
Grove in 1906. Louise Jonsonius and Fern Madole were the only graduates that year.
Louise Jonsonius, now eighty years old, married Mr. Paul E. Doran who was a Grove graduate of 1907. Mrs. Doran is living in Sparta, Tennessee.
Mrs. Doran has these recollections of her school days at Grove:
"I could not tell you how much those years at Grove have meant to me. I could write of so many pleasant memories."
Fern Madole taught school for two years in Paris after she graduated from Grove. After her marriage to Mr. James B. Calhoun they moved to Elkton, Winchester, and then to Brownsville. In Winchester Mrs. Calhoun taught kindergarten for two years. One of her pupils was Dinah Shore. Mr. Calhoun was the principal of the high schools in each of these places. They moved to Nashville in 1930 where Mrs. Calhoun still resides. Although Mrs. Calhoun is eighty years old she is still active in both her home and several organizations. She has helped boys and girls get through college by helping them obtain scholarships, grants, jobs, and by assisting them in choosing their fine citizens. This, she feels, is her one gift to society beyond the call of duty. Mrs. Calhoun has four children and seven grandchildren.
Some of Mrs. Calhoun's memories of the early Grove are:
"It was in the late fall or early winter when the building was ready for use. A loosely nailed single-file plank walk through the often muddy, newly opened road up the hill held some minor tragedies. A loosened plank would sometimes fly up scattering mud on the following pedestrian. Frequently, after-school hours the next day.
"Sometimes we would take the route up 'Peden Hill". We passed the Jonsonius home. Then there followed a climb up a rough embankment before reaching the school. One day as I climbed up that bank through '.the snow I fell, sliding all the way down, books scattering along the way. 'Mr. Clovis', standing in that front portico, laughed at the free show I provided.
"Mr. Clovis Chappell had graduated from Webb School before attending Vanderbilt University. At Webb, a private school, social out-of-school activities were strictly regulated so Mr. Chappell thought he could do the same in a public school. The regulation of no dates on school nights was bitterly resented by the 'town boys' who had chosen not to finish high school. They were the protestors of that day and let it be known in various ways that such regulations were not under the principal's jurisdiction. During this feud between 'town and gown' Mr. Clovis remarked one day, They may not like me but they've got to respect me.' That statement has been a bulwark to me through the years when being true to myself was not always the popular course to pursue.
"How would students today like to be required to have four years of Latin, four of mathematics and two years of a modem language? And how would they like. to have chapel every day with a sermon, literally that? We dedicated, grateful students were the guinea pigs for Mr. Clovis and Mr. Ashley Chappell, both of whom went directly into the ministry.
NAVIGATIONAL BAR ~ SECTION THREE:
PAGE 1 PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 PAGE 6 PAGE 7 PAGE 8 PAGE 9
BACK TO WHAT'S NEW
BACK TO THE 1969 GROVE COMET INDEX (TO REACH THE OTHER SECTIONS)
BACK TO ALL YEARBOOKS INDEX
BACK TO HOME PAGE