1931 IOOF School
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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   Final exercises of commencement

week which included the annual

awards to all the students

and the awarding of diplomas to

the sixteen members of the senior

class were held in the auditorium

of the Odd Fellows' Home Friday

night, with Dr. H. K. Taylor, head

of the extension department of S.

M. U. as the principal speaker.

To the strains of the processional

played by the home orchestra

under the direction of William O.

Barlow, the members of the graduating

class, faculty and others

on the program marched down

the aisles of the auditorium to

seats that had been reserved for

them. The invocation was pronounced

by William Webb, honor

graduate of the class of 1931.

   The salutatory address was presented

by Miss Ada Rutherford in

the form of a neat paraphrase of

Brutus' speech from Shakespeare's

Julius Caesar," in which she expressed

the gratitude of the senior

class to the order, to the superintendent,

and especially to the faculty

for their efforts and the

many trying hours which they

had given them.

   Miss Rose Thranert was presented

in a reading that fitted well

into the air of the occasion, and

her number was followed by a

Hindu Slumber Song by the girls'

double quartette.

Expresses Gratitude of Class.

   In his valedictory, William Webb

expressed the gratitude of the

class to the Order for the shelter

and instruction afforded them

over a period of years, to the

teachers for their continued efforts

through the years, and to the

friends who honored the seniors

by attending the graduating exer-

cises. He declared that the members

of the class were saddened at

the prospect of leaving the home,

but that they hoped to heap honor

upon their classmates, to glorify

God, and to justify the confidence

of their friends in their work after

leaving school.

   Angelo Cruce then introduced

Dr. Taylor as the speaker of the

evening, explaining that he was a

particular friend of Herschel

Rush, principle of the Home

school who was seriously injured

in an automobile accident several

weeks ago and is still confined to

the Navarro Clinic.

   In his Introduction, Dr. Taylor

paid tribute to the manliness of

the absent principal and declared

that there had been no better

speciment of manhood or student

ever turned out of S. M. U.

   Addressing the graduates, he

asked the question, "What Is It

All About?”  He declared that

many attended school just because

some one made them, and

not because they had any definite

end in view. In attempting to give

a technical definition of edu-

cation, he stated that there

was as many definitions as there

were authors.

Education is Self-Discovery.

   Education was declared to be

self-discovery.  The speaker said

that he was a believer of voca-

tional guidance and training be-

cause he believed that all persons

could be classified into types, and

each type a wide variety of occupations

were open. He declared

that it was a tragedy when a person

was too much under the influence

of others and went through

life under the handicap of being

in an occupation for which they

were not suited. Taste and liking

determines the fitness of an individual

for an occupation. He urged

every student to discover their

type as early as possible and then

to study more intensively the limited

field open to them.

   Some realize that there is a capability

for achieving something

within them, while others are just

in attendance upon school. He

urged every student to discover

themselves as early as possible

and make their plans in accordance

with their findings. But if

there were no ambition there could

be nothing but a hopeless case.

Development and Training.

   The second portion of education

was termed development and

training.  Development was explained

and illustrated as the ac-

tual growth and increased use of

the various parts of the body and

mind; while training was defined

as a matter of use and control of

mind and muscle. Dr. Taylor declared

that if it were reasonable

for it to take time to secure muscular

development, then time

should also be allowed for mental


   He declared that the graduates

might congratulate themselves

when they attempted something

that bordered on the realm of the

impossible. He declared that a

person was educated when they

had the mind, imagination and

memory under perfect control.

   The greatest by-product of an

education was termed the ability

to adapt one's self rightfully to his

fellow men. Education should

teach one to think accurately,

feel-rightfully and act wisely. He

asserted that people were not

judged by their dreams but by

their actions.

  The chief point to an education

is moral training, and the speaker

also declared that it paid to stand

by high moral standards. The

price of an education is wanting

it bad enough to get it, the speaker

said in closing.

   With Miss Margaret Christie at

the piano, the members or the

senior class were presented next

in a farewell song.

Diplomas Presented.

   G. W. Hawkins, former superintendent

of the Home, presented

the diplomas to the graduates in

the absence of F. M. Compton,

Grand Master, who was called out

of the city Friday morning.

   Those receiving diplomas included

Bill Webb, Ada Rutherford, R.

D. Hitt. Sammie Cruse, Pascal

McMemamy, Floyd Dunsworth,

Jack Hussey, Laud Johnson, Ho-

mer Taylor, Thelma Horton, Selma

Yarbrough, Rose Thranert,

Marie Dunsworth, Lillian Miller

Millie Sue Miller, and Opal Pat-


   During the presentation of the

diplomas and other places on the

program, moving pictures were

made of the activities.

   Mrs. Maggie Jordon, president

of the Rebekah assembly, then

awarded the fine arts medals. In

piano, Miss Emma Lilly Burges

won the first prize and Floyd El-

lis, second. Florine Buckalew was

awarded the expression medal

Little Miss Holland also captured

the music memory medal offered

by Miss Christie.

Presents Are Made.

   Superintendent Ross Harris then

introduced Frank Anderson, rep-

resenting the Greenville lodge de-

gree team, who presented the honor

students with $2.50 each and

other members of the graduating

class $1 each, a custom started by

the degree team last year. A similar

sum was also presented to

several other students who are

leaving the Home without completing

their schooling.

   A representative of Fort Worth

Lodge No. 251 presented each

member of the graduating class

with $5.

   E. Q. Vestal, grand secretary of

the Texas Grand Lodge, then pre-

sented the W. H. Wray prize of $25

to Bill Webb.   This prize is award-

ed to the best all-round student in

the school each year.

   Webb was also the recipient of

the gold watch offered by Texas

Odd Fellowship, presented Friday

night by Mrs. May Hatcher James.

Citizenship Medal.

   W. P. McCammon, president of

the Corsicana board of education

presented the Sons of American

Revolution citizenship medal to

Ned Johnson, first explaining the

honor which accompanied the tok-

en and describing the talisman.

   Just before announcing the list

of vocation awards Superintend-

ent Harris presented a number of

scholarships in various Texas

schools to Miss Ada Rutherford

and Bill Webb, honor graduates.

   The C. P. Masters prize, award-

ed each year to the student making

the best average in the seventh

grade, was duplicated this year

when two boys tied for the honor.

Mr. Masters presented Floyd Ellis

and Ogdon Harris with a 5 gold


   Sammie Cruse was announced

as the winner of the prize of $20

for the best care of his chickens

during the year.

Vocational Awards.

   The following vocational awards

from the McKeesey Educational

Fund were made by Superindendent


   Boys—Bill Webb, $20, Elmer

Horton and Paschal McMemamy

$12.50 each.  Floyd Dunsworth, R.

D. Hitt, Neil Nelson and Jack

Hussey $10 each, Howard Foster

and Temp Fletcher, N. A. Bratcher and

Alton McClintock $5 each.

   Girls—Catherine Brown, $17.50,

Thelma Horton $15, Opal Patterson,

Margot Davidson and Lucy Mae

Cruse $10 each, Irene Lynch,

Ruth Thranert and Nina Thranert

$7.50 each, Lillian Miller, Emma

Lilly Burgess, Marie Dunsworth,

Helen Rankin, Hilda Ticer

and Clair Rodgers $5 each.

   Special Mention—Edwin Goodloe,

Henry Horn, Clisto Miller, Haskell

Adcox, Ralph Dunsworth, Winn


   Mr. Harris announced that for

the first time in 30 years, E. A.

Johnson, secretary of the school

board, was absent from the com-

mencement exercises, but that he

was attending the exercises of

Hockaday school in Dallas Friday

night to wee his granddaughters

complete their courses there. He

declared that Mr. Johnson had

been on the board of the Home

almost since its foundation in

1880. Mr. Harris substituted for

Mr. Johnson in presenting a book

to the student making the highest

average in each grade during

the past year.

Sister Expresses Appreciation.

   Mrs. Alma Carter, sister of

Herschel Rush, expressed the ap-

preciation of the injured principal

for the many kindnesses shown

him and expressed his regret at

being unable to attend the commencement


   Students making highest average

in each grade and presented

books by Dr. E. A. Johnson, included:

   Kindergarten—Mary Lois Haymon,

average 95, age 5.

   First Grade—Robert Tate, average

80, age 7.

   Second Grade — Charlene Heitman,

average 94.5, age 8.

   Third Grade—Fern Nickson, average

95, age 11.

   Fourth Grade—Doris Hearon,

average 91, ago 11.

   Fifth Grade—Marie Goodloe, average

94, age 10.

   Sixth Grade—Bessie Mae Nelson,

average 90.3, age 13.

   Seventh Grade — Ogden Harris,

averae 92. age 13.

   Eighth Grade—Lottie Mae Owen-

by, average 93.4. age 15.

   Ninth Grade—Irene Lynch, average

93.3, age 15.

   Tenth Grade—Nevo Standifer,

average 95.83. age 16.

Eleventh Grade—William Webb,

average 96.4. age 17.

Commercial Department— Ada

Rutherford, average 93. age 17.


The Corsicana Daily Sun  -  Saturday, May 30, 1931
Submitted by Diane Richards


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