1929 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Twenty-three members of the
1929 graduating class of the State
Home high school received their
diplomas at the annual commencement
exercises Tuesday evening
after hearing Hon. Pat M. Neff,
former governor, deliver the commencement
address in the State Home auditorium.
To the dignified strains of the
processional played by Mrs. Forkel,
the members of the graduating
class accompanied by escorts
from other classes marched down
two long aisles to their positions on
the stage. A mixed chorus under
the direction of Miss Hallie K.
Sadler then presented , "Springtime"
by Straus.
Declaring that full hearts and
numbed lips prevented an adequate
expression of welcome to the
friends and visitors on the momentous
occasion, Miss Opal Thornton
took occasion in the salutatory to
touch upon the importance of the
evening to the members of the
class, and attempted to show that
words were entirely inadequate for
the occasion.
The graduates then sang "Farewell"
by Brahe under the direction
of Miss Sadler.
Thanks Extended
Alton Mullins, first honor graduate,
extended the thanks of the friends
class to the friends, teachers, and service,
asserted that never in their entire
career had their associations become
as vivid as on the final day
of their school year. Turning to
his class mates, he inquired of
them how they would interpret the
ideals and ambitions of the institution
that had prepared them for
life. He asserted that what the
graduates were would speak louder
than any words they might say,
and that the education they had
received would be the basis of their
success in life.
In presenting the speaker of the
evening, Superintendent J. Stanford
Halley declared that the man
had been selected because he represented
the highest type of manhood,
and not because he might
have achieved considerable fame
as an attorney and a statesman.
He briefly sketched the career of
the ex-governor through his early
days and on to later life as district
attorney, representative, governor
and recipient of national
Former Governor Speaks
In his introduction, Ex-governor
Pat M. Neff of Waco told the
graduates that on commencement
day the effervescent dreams of
youth came nearest to realizations,
and on their graduation night the
seniors were nearest to their "Pot
of Gold," for they were then happy
with their achievements and filled
hopes of future successes.
Every thinking boy and girl he
declared wanted to be a success,
asserted that success was the
universal aim of all persons from
the morning of youth to the evening
of age. Each member of the
graduating class he said would set
goal for their lives and these
would vary widely, and urged them
to guard against making money
for their sole goal.
He announced his principal sub-
ect as "Moneyless Millionaires,"
and immediately asked if such a
person were possible or mythical
He asserted that Babe Ruth might
bring a million dollars on the open
market as a baseball player, and
that Gene Tunney was worth that
figure as a slugger in the ring.
The speaker said that he did not
depreciate the value of making
money, for money as a medium of
exchange is a laudable ambition
and everyone should make enough
money to supply the comforts and
pleasures of life. Money is a
blessing so long as man is master
of it, but becomes a curse when it
becomes master of the man.
Rich Without Money.
He asserted that it was possible
to be rich without money if one
recognizes the value of service,
and did not use money as the only
measuring rod. Man is a mental
being he declared and the mind
cannot be fed on material things.
Wealth he asserted cannot be
estimated entirely in dollars and
cents, for some of the finest tributes
cannot be bought; bonds do
not buy brains, nor is power useful
unless accompanied by a sense of
honor and responsibility.
A person whose only value is
his money is a pauper, Governor
Neff declared, and man's ambition
should not be grabbing and getting
but giving and serving.
There are many in the world
who are financial successes who
would give all their wealth if they
could turn backward to the high
school commencement and live
their lives over again, he declared
and a person who trains his mind
and soul is as rich as one whose
only joy is clipping coupons.
The richest person in the world
is the one who has the most
friends and renders the highest
service, the speaker declared in
conclusion and a great life is
greater than life’s achievements. .
Diplomas Presented
J. S. Callicutt, president of the
State Home school board, was then
presented to present the diplomas.
He briefly touched upon some of
the high lights of the early history
of the home and called attention
to the recent growth of the institution.
He told the members of
the graduating class that each of
them must find an allocation in
life, if they would find happiness
and success. He then presented
diplomas to the twenty-three members
of the class, adding a personal
touch with a brief bit of advice
or commendation to each gradu-
Superintendent Halley then pre-
sented the “Roger Q. Mills” medal
to Walter Baker, for winning the
annual debate; and the "Carrie R.
Mills" medal to Miss Jimmie
Knight for the best record in domestic
science. He also presented a
handsome wrist watch to Miss
Knight with the compliments of
Sam Daiches, Corsicana jeweler
and optometrist.
Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor
of the First Baptist church, pronounced
the benediction.
Those receiving diplomas were:
Juanita Adams, Walter Baker,
Kathleen Bock, Alice Cannon,
Elwyn Cannon, Claude Eads, Robert
Hale, Mary Hurtt, Jewel Jones,
Jimmie Knight, Rose Knight,
Everett E. Lear, Mada Love, Alton
Mullins, Alice Jo Nettles, Laverne
Ragsdale, Myrtle Reed, Virginia
Richards, La Wanda Richardson,
Nell Ringo, Lula Sewell, Opal
Thornton, and Rebecca Williams.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, June 26, 1929
Submitted by Diane Richards



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