1925 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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And some may love a palace,
A dream of sculptored art;
And at an humble cottage door
Another lays his heart,
Oh, there are homes, and homes,
and homes,
Of palace and of King,
And we who love our Home so well,
This loyal tribute bring.

So here is to our own State Home,
And tenderly we say,
Among the smiles there is a tear
On graduation day.
The many happy times we've had,
When hearts were light and jolly
The Autumn with Thanksgiving
The Christmas with its holly.

And so we offer loyalty,
And love and smiles and tears;
As we go out with faith of youth
To meet the coming years.
No matter what the fruit may be,
Or where our feet may roam,
Forever in our hearts will beat
The loyalty to Home.

So here is to our own State Home,
And tenderly we say,
Among the smiles there is a tear
On graduation day.

With the above lines dedicated to
their Alma Mater and appearing in
a prominent place of the June num-
ber of the State-O, official publication
of the school, ten girls and
nine boys of the State Orphans
Home were given certificates of
graduation in attractive exercises
held in the school auditorium Monday
Hon. DeWitt McMurray, of Dallas
made the baccalaureate address
Four girls were given commercial
diplomas and four boys and
one girl received diplomas in public
Superintendent, Odie Minatra
presented the high school diplomas
and Col. W. T. Coleman presented
the commercial and public speaking
J. T. Newsom presented Margaret
Harwell with the music medal
which is an annual award made by
the Southwestern Music Company
to the pupil making the highest
grades in music.
Music for the exercises was rendered
by the high school orchestra
directed by Miss Sadie Kirgan, instructor
of music and expression.
Rev. Paul J. Merrill pronounced
the invocation. Julia Adkins made
the salutatory address. The Glee
Clubs sang "High School Days."
Roy Leeds of Corsicana sans
"Somewhere a Voice Is Calling."
The reading of the Class Prophecy
was omitted from the program on
account of being pressed for time.
Margaret Dillard rendered a couple
of saxophone solos. Margaret Harwell
rendered a piano solo. The
conferring of the senior cap and
gown was made by Arthur Hayes
and Edith Ginther.
Viola Knight made the valedictory
address. The class is composed
of the following boys and
girls: Arthur Hayes, president,;
Viola Knight, Julia Adkins, Margaret
Harwell, Sam Gaines, James
Baker, Arver Eads, Mildred Hayes,
Dorothy Orange, Buford Richmond,
Christopher Franks: Pete Willis,
Margaret Dillard, Edgar Hudson,
Bessie Sanches, Mae Willis, Marvin
Fowler, Reathie Billlngton and
Jennie Knott.
Willie T. Horit, Arver Eads, Nobie
Oakley, Arthur Hayes and
Nell Richmond were given diplomas
in public speaking. Margaret
Dillard, Ruth Thomas, Viola
Knight and Retha Billington were
presented with diplomas from the
commercial department.
Mildred Hayes was awarded the
$25 cash West prize for the most
useful citizen in the senior class.
Miss Hayes has spent ten years at
the Home and will enter a hospital
at Temple for studying professional
The kindergarten graduates pre-
sented the senior class with flowers
and each student with a novelty
lantern symbolical of the
light to guide their pathway.
Julia Atkins was the second
honor pupil. She will enter Baylor
College this fall. Bessie
Sanches will go to Texas Womans'
College; Dorothy Orange will also
go to Texas Womans' College;
Margaret Harwell will enter Baylor
University and Viola Knight will
go to Westmoreland College. Margaret
Dillard will go to C. I. A. as
the graduting exercises were in
progress Mr. Minatra received a
telegram from the State Home
girls attending C. I. A. and the
boys attending the State University,
extending congratulations to
the seniors, and expressing regrets
at not being able to be present.
Arver Eads, James Baker and
Margaret Harwell were the recipients
of further honors. J. H.
Woods, formerly State Senator,
and who has done much for the
State Home in his official capacity,
awarded degrees to these three
students on courtesy and affability.
Assistance will be given the boys
and girls taking up higher studies
by the Student Loan Fund, which
has been a source of material help
to many of the State Home grads.
Superintendent Minatra initiated
this fund, some years ago, and it
has been contributed to by numerous
business men, where loans are
made ambitious students, whereby
they are able to take up instruction
in higher education, and in
later years repay the money debt.
The exercises were typical of
the State Home ceremonies. The
stage was decorated with flowers
and ferns that sat upon the platform
just back of the footlights.
While the orchestra rendered the
professional, the graduates, dress
ed in their best, filed down the
aisle and took seats on the rostrum.
DeWitt McMurray was introduced
by Aver Eads, one of the leading
pupils, who will enter State
University this fall.
"The State Home is the greatest
institution that the State of Texas
can boast of, in my opinion," de-
clared Mr. McMurray in opening.
Referring to Mr. Eads' introduction
speech in which he was characterized
as a real man, Mr. McMurray
said there was a more pressing
need for real men, and women now
than there had ever been and as he
stood before the graduating class
he gazed into the faces of coming
real men and women.
"Education is a capacity to think
right," he went on to say, Con-
tinuing, he said "There is no such
thing as an education; there is just
education, and you have more
or less of it. Ability to think pre
supposes intelligence; thinking
wrong is not thinking at all. Education
increases capacity for service,
broadens the ability and gives
wore power for good in the world,
and in that way increases your
“The world owes you nothing;
you owe the world all you can give
it and if you do not give it all you
can, you die in debt to it.
“You may sometimes hear people
say that the world owes them
a living," Mr. McMurray said, "but
let me tell you it is a sad day when
any boy or girl makes such a re-
solve in their mind, and seek to
live without working, when such
a design is formed you will go on
the rocks."
The speaker went on to explain
the value of self-poise; self control
and serenity of the mind, and
urged the students to be themselves
and not attempt to imitate
anyone. He declared the most
useful person to humanity is the
most successful one, and the more
education a person had the less
excuse he had for failure. He took
issue with Ingalls' little poem on
Opportunity, which said it knocked
once at every man's door, and declared
that Opportunity rapped continuously
from the cradle to the grave.
The speaker paid his respects to
the public school, saying he was
very proud of it, a place where the
children of the richest and the
children of the poorest study side
by side.
"The children think nothing of
it—though the grown people may—
but, thank God, the children do
not," Mr. McMurray declared.
The speaker went on to say that
despots and autocrats find support
in the ignorance of the people they
oppress, while liberty and enlightenment
go hand in hand.
Many ex-students at the Home
were present at the exercises, as
well as many Corsicana people.
The auditorium was packed to capacity.
At 7 o'clock for an hour prior to
the graduating exercises, an informal
tea was held on the campus
lawn with a program, the children
taking part.
Copies of the June 1 State-O,
publication were distributed. The
publication carried the complete
commencement program, pictures
of the institution buildings and
many other interesting features.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 2, 1925
Submitted by Diane Richards


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