1931 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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   Final commencement exercises

for the twenty-five members of

the graduating class of the State

Home high school were held

Thursday evening in the school

auditorium with Congressman Lu-

ther A. Johnson of Corsicana as

the principle speaker.  Dr. T. P.

McLendon, school physician and

member of the board of trustees,

presented the diplomas to the


   As the home orchestra played

F. H.Losey's "Frisgian" as a

processional,  the seniors  in the

conventional black cap and gown

attire marched down the aisles of

the auditorium and took their

places upon the stage. They were

followed by Superintendent J. S.

Halley, Congressman Johnson, Dr.

McLendon and Rev. Robert Law-

rence, school chaplain, who pro-

pronounced the invocation.

    Members of the MacDowell

Glee Club of the State Home

were presented in Max Spicker's

arrangement of A. Rubensien's

"Voices of the Woods," and drew

a hearty round of applause from

the attendants on the exercises.

    Howell Nash, second honor

graduate, then delivered the salu-

tatory address, asserting that the

class of 1931 welcomes their

friends and school-mates upon the

occasion, for the members of the

class had reached a goal toward

which they had been striving for

four years. He said that upon at-

taining that goal they had a wider

field ahead, and many new prob-

lems to face, but that their prep-

aration was good and their valor

strong. In a short time the mem-

bers of' the class would change

from undergraduates to alumni

of the institution; and although

it was time for the class to part,

it was not a time for the ending

of ties of friendship.

   The members of the class will

return to the home many times in

to the future, and share through life

the associations and friendships

started upon the school campus.

He closed with a  final word of


Quartette  Is Heard.

   "I Know a Lovely Garden”

Guy d'Hardelot was rendered by

a quartette of girls, from the se-

nior class which included Clarice

Calhoun, Margaret McCown, Ethie

Jo Bannister, and Bernice Griffith.

   This was followed by Miss Kitty

Ruth Johnson was played Franz

Shuberts, "Impromptu No. 2," in a

very capable and pleasing manner.

   Miss Cora Alyce Ringo was pre-

sented in two vocal numbers, that

brought her hearty applause. .Her

first selection was "Yesterday and

Today" by Charles G. Spross, while

the second was a woodland idyl

   “An Open Secret” by R. Hunting-

ton Woodman, Miss Ringo posseses

a voice of fine tonal quality and

and with a wide range.

   Miss Sally Higgins, first honor

graduate in her valedictory spoke

a farewell to friends, teachers

and classmates. She declared that

the occasion was  both sad and

glad; she expressed the apprecia-

tion of  the class for the friendly

attitude of Superintendent Halley

and his efforts to aid them. She

told members of the faculty that

the students were now. beginning

to realize the values of the years

of association, and that the mem-

ories of the final days would long

remain with them, their good-bye

came from within she asserted, as

they realized the ideals and am-

bitions that were inspired within


   In behalf of her fellow class-

mates, she passed along to the

undergraduates the heritage of

tradition and responsibilities for

carrying on the various activities

of the home school.

Parting of the Ways.

   From this time on there will be

a greater difference in the lines

of action and thoughts of the

members of the senior class, Miss

Higgins said, and as the years

go by the classmates will be more

widely separated, and there will be

no immunity from sorrow, but the

treasures of affectionate recollect-

tion would bring the members of

the class back to the campus on

many occasions.

   She declared that the issues of

the future—honor or shame—were

in the hands of the individual

members of the class.

   Concluding the first section of

the program for the evening was

the graduation farewell song by

Wiegard by members of the class.

   W. T. Brumbelow, principal of

the State Home School, presided

at the second portion of the pro-

gram, and presented the speaker

of the evening as a man of na-

tional reputation, and holder of

the highest office within the

power of the people of this district,

Congressman Luther A. Johnson.

   In his introductory remarks, the

congressman complimented the

class upon the quality of its membership

and upon the quality of

the program which they had presented,

asserting that it had been

his privilege to hear many classes

in recent weeks, but none who surpassed


Youth Greatest Asset.

   America's greatest asset is her

youth, the speaker declared, he

pointed out the safeguards that

surround the government engraving

office where the nation's currency

is made, and also the treasury

building that now more than

a hundred years old but has never

been entered by robbers. But there

are no such safeguards about the

nation's greatest asset,—her youth.

   He recounted the emphasis placed

on youth by the ancient Greeks, with

their great festal occasion in which the

old and young men, and the youth par-

aded. The youth of today, the speaker

declared, will be the strength of tom-


   Mr. Johnson expressed the desire

to inspire the graduates to strength—a

triple strength of body, mind and soul.

Education, he said, is a reservoir of

strength, and valuable even though a

person were to spend the remainder of

their lives on a desert island. Education

is a broadening and refining influence.

Thinkers dominate those who do not

think, and schooling teaches people

to think.

   He declared that education is not

entirely essential, but those who have

an education have a better chance of

success.  An analysis of “Who’s Who”

showed 33 listed without education,

808 with a common school education ,

1245 with a high school education, and

5768 with a college education.

Education Great Aid.

   Every student does not desire

fame or success in the professions,

the speaker said, but education

will equip them better for indust-

rial pursuits.  It has been proven

that the industrial earning capacity of

a community is dependent upon the

efficiency of its school system.  He

referred to farming and transportation

changes;  where once the work was

simple,   now the highest quality

of technical  education  is needed

to keep abreast of the times.

   "If you want to be a success get

all the education you can. Mr.

Johnson told the graduates; a

high school diploma is a badge of

honor, and shows that the students

are not quitters, but he

urged the members of the graduating

class to attend college if

possible, pointing out that many

of the honor graduates of  institutions

of higher learning were

those who worked their way


Not Alone Key to Success.

   Education alone is not the key

to success but its use will supply

a great motive force. Character

and personality determine the use

of education. The speaker said

that he would rather be the most

ignorant of men and have the

world's respect and faith than to

be the best educated without the

faith of others. Faith was termed

the great part of character

that aids in overcoming obstacles.

He urged the members to have

faith in themselves, in God, and

in their fellow men.

   As examples of the accomplishments

of faith , he pointed to the

lives of Lafcadio Hearn and Carl

Green, State Home graduate, who

will complete his course at the

United States Military Academy

in a few days.

   Mr. Johnson told the graduates

that they would have hardships,

but that no one was immune to

them, but that if they had the de-

termination and were willing to

pay the price, they, could succeed.

   He gave the class two axioms

and urged  them to remember

them; the first was "Do the com-

mon things of life in an uncom-

mon way," and the second was

"Do one thing better than anybody

else." He presented a number

of examples from life that carried

his point.

Should Not Warp View.

   He urged his listeners not to let

education warp their views of life

as it has done in some instances.

He divided people into three

groups: 1. those who fall to develop

themselves and are unwilling

to pay the price of success; 2.

those who live for self alone; and

3, the ideal class, who live for others

that the world might be a better

place in which to live.

   In closing he urged the graduates

to make up their minds not

to be afraid—of hardship or any-

thing else, for the man who fears


   Dr. T. P. McLendon then pre-

sented diplomas to the following

students who have completed

their course:  Margaret Tatum,

Lilly Mae Kinney, Sally Higgins,

Cora Alyce Ringo, Minnie Louise

McCown, Margie  Maxine Jones,

Corinne McAdoree, Lucille Morris,

Clarice Calhoun, Opal Jackson,

LaHoma Beasley, Marie Jordan,

Fern Cardwell, Ethie Joe Bannister,

Alva Lynn Perdue,   Sarah Lee

Morton, Bernice Griffith, Mamie

Lou Hoffman, Annie Hale, Ruby

Lee Hill, William Robert Orange,

L. V. Knott, Claude Howell Nash,

Louis Murl Woods, and Kitty Ruth


Awards Are Made.

   Superintendent J. S. Halley then

made the presentation of the annual

awards. The Roger Q. Mills medal

for debating was given

to William Orange, and the

medal for the best grade in home-

economics was presented to Sally


   The superintendent also read a

telegram of congratulation to the

seniors from Mr. and Mrs. Elbert

Fletcher, former principal and

teacher in the home, from Dobb's

Ferry, New York.

   A watch given by Sam Daiches,

Corsicana jeweler, was presented

to Lilley Mae Kinney.

   A medal for the best grade

made in use of the library was

awarded to Miss Lillie Mae Sellars,

the only high school student

to make a perfect average.

   The superintendent then presented

a Bible to each member of the

graduating class, to conclude the



The Corsicana Daily Sun -  Friday, May 29, 1931
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Diane Richards


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