1924 IOOF School
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Seven graduates, all girls, of the
1924 class of the Odd Fellows Orphans
Home school were presented
with diplomas in a very beautiful
graduation exercise and program at
the high school auditorium Friday
The diplomas were presented by
G. W. Hawkins, of Houston, State
Grand Master of the order. W. A.
Tarvor, of Corsicana, made the class
Address, J. W. Hampton, superin-
tendent of the Home, made a short
address of welcome to the vast
crowds that occupied the several
hundred auditorium seats.
Members of the class were Evie
Burden, Ruth Bailey, Florence Redden,
Blanche Linthicum, Thelma
Wood, Sudie McGee and Mae. Dunnell.
The graduates in immaculate grad-
uation dresses carrying corsages of
roses filed down the aisleway under
the spectral spotlight, as the girls
orchestra under the direction of W.
O. Barlow, music director, rendered
the processional. Other musical
numbers were rendered by the girls
glee club directed by Miss Lane of
the teaching staff.
In addition to the state grand mas-
ter, E. Q. Vestal, Dallas, grand secretary;
G. W. Backus, deputy grand
master, Vernon; John A. Kee, grand
treasurer, Fort Worth; J. M. Pouncy,
grand warden, Alpine; C. A. Wheeler,
grand warden elect, Austin; Mrs.
Bertie W. Davis, president of the Rebe-
kah Assembly. San Antonio; Mrs.
G. E. Knauff, San Antonio; Mrs. M.
J. Kincaid, Dallas; Mrs. McCoy,
Somerville, and Miss Jennie Bain,
Hillsboro, of the advisory board; C
B. Sutherland, Corsicana; G. E
Knauff, San Antonio; George J
Reed, Dallas and Mit House, Fort
Worth. grand lodge trustess; J. K.
Sachse, Sachse; W. W. Clopton,
Corsicana; and S. P. Spalding
Waxahachie, of the Home Board of
Trustess; Past Grand Master E. A
Johnson, Corsicana; and Past Grand
Master, W. T. Savage, Dallas; , Mrs.
(not legible) House, Fort Worth, past
President of the Rebekah Assembly;
(not legible) Emmins, Dallas, grand lodge
representative and T. G. Brooks, Dallas
and formerly of the Home,
he served 25 years as Sunday
school superintendent, were present
(not legible ) grand master's presentation
(not legible) he handed each graduate
their diploma was brief. He express-
ed his pride of the Order in being
(not legible) graduate such a splendid class
of women and spoke in en-
(not legible) terms for continued effort
for a successful life.
Tarver (not legible) inspiring
talk to the graduates and lauded the work of Odd Fellowship in making it possible for the graduates of the school to have access to moral, educational and religious training equal to the best.
Evie Borden was salutatorian; Ruth Bailey gave the class history; Florence Redden presented the Scrap Bag, in a very entertaining manner. Blanche Linthicum, valedictorian, was the banjo picker and rendered sketches of American fun and jokes; Thelma Wood read the class will; Sudie McGee was the class prophet and Mae Dunnell read the class poem.
Blanche Linthicum as the honor pupil was awarded several honors. Richard L. Card, of the teaching staff, presented her with scholarships to T.C.U., Southwest Texas Normal, Southwestern University at Georgetown, West Texas Normal, John Tarleton College, Baylor College, Mrs. Kincaid in behalf of the Fine Arts department, presented her with the music medal.
Miss Linthicum was also presented with a book by E. A. Johnson. She was presented with the Savage Medal by W. T. Savage.
Other pupils receiving gift books were Orine Irvine, of the kindergarten class, the youngest child in the Home; Alice Jones, of the first grade; Clara Irene Lynch, second grade; Mary Stemlidge, third grade; Richard Sawyer, fourth grade; Sterling Brister, sixth grade; Faye Golightly, seventh grade; Evelyn Knight, eighth grade; Mary Lewis, ninth grade; Rella Holder, tenth grade.
Clyde White was presented the Wray prize of $25. This award was made by H. J. Emmins; the Spalding prize of $20 in gold went to Coradine Whittaker; the Sachse prize of $15 presented by C. A. Wheeler, went
To Dunaworth.
Mrs. Kincaid also presented Carlie McCorley a medal, making the third one to be awarded her and the expression medal to Evelyn Knight.
Many Corsicana people attended the exercises. The program was as usual well rendered.
The stage setting was appropriate with effective lighting system, fringed about with palms and roses.
W. A. Tarver pronounced the invocation and T. G. Brooks the benediction.
Blanche Linthicum is from the Mobeetie subordinate lodge No. 704; Thelma Wood from the Burleson lodge, No. 314; Evie Burden from the Memphis lodge No. 444; Florence Redden from the Stamford lodge No. 486; Ruth Bailey from the Hal lodge No. 158; Sudie McGee from the Gatesville lodge No. 111 and Mae Dunnell from the Mansfield lodge No. 138.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - May 31, 1924
Submitted by Diane Richards


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