HOME GRADUATION HELD FRIDAY EVENING
DAVIDSON, GRAND MASTER, DELIVERED PRINCIPAL ADDRESS
Commencement exercises were held Friday
night for the I.O.O.F. Home school at the Home auditorium. The main
address and the presentation of diplomas were made by T. W. Davidson
of Dallas, grand master of the Texas grand lodge and former
lieutenant governor of Texas. Numerous awards and honors were also
announced. H. I. Rush, principal of the school presided.
The program was opened with an orchestra
selection under the direction of W. O. Barlow. The invocation was
given by Rev. J. L. Hines, Church of Christ minister.
The salutatory address was given by Nevo
Standefer and the valedictory address was made by Catherine Brown.
“I Love a Little Cottage,” was sung by
Victor Lewis, with Miss Emily Roberts as accompanist.
A piano quartet: “Carnival of Roses,” was
given by Misses Margot Davidson, Ruth Taylor, Martha Alford and
Emma Lilly Burgess.
The seniors gave the class song, with Mr.
Barlow at the piano.
Better Chance of Success.
In the beginning of his address,
Grand Master Davidson told the graduates they were differently
situated from other boys and girls. He asked them if they were
envious of the boys and girls who had rich parents, automobiles,
charge accounts, etc.? Then the speaker said he had much rather be
underprivileged than be reared in the lap of luxury. He declared a
boy or girl who had not been pampered had a better chance of success
in life and told them to remember that they are never down
until they admitted it. He urged the graduates to have courage and
if honors were not accorded them, achieve them.
Grand Master Davidson outlined the early
hardships endured by many outstanding men in American history who
rose to places of eminence. He mentioned George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln
He stated that graduates were now building
their character and he reminded them they had enjoyed happy
surroundings during their stay at the Home, and he termed the
advantages of the Home as being considerably better than those in
the average home.
In concluding his address, Grand Master
Davidson gave the following quotation from Robert E. Lee:
“Duty is the sublimist word in the English
language, you can’t do more and should never do less.”
Mrs. May Hatcher James of Dallas,
president of the Rebekah Assembly, awarded the fine arts medals to
Martha Alford, Lottie Mae Owensby and Helen Knight.
Mrs. Johnnie House of Fort Worth made the
presentation of the checks from the Fort Worth Lodge No. 251 to the
members of the graduating class and the six who were leaving the
Home. Checks to the graduates and others leaving the home were
presented by E. Q. Vestal, Dallas, grand secretary, for the
Greenville I.O.O.F. Lodge.
Arnold Smith was presented $5 in gold by C.
P. Masters of Commerce, member of the board, for making the highest
average in the seventh grade.
G. W. Hawkins of Houston, past grand master
of Texas, and formerly superintendent of the Home, made the $250.
prize awards to the students in the industrial and vocational work
during the past year. Those receiving the awards included:
Margot Davidson, $25; Lucy Mae Cruse,
$15; Catherine Brown, $12.50; Maggie Lou Holland, $7.50; Irene
Lynch, $7.50; Ruth Thranert, $7.50; Florine Buckalew, $7.50; Nina
Thranert, $7.50; Linnie Jackson, $5; Goldie Vestal, $5; Martha
Alford, $5; Juanita Tallet, $5; Elizabeth Adcock, $5; Vera Pauline
Davidson $5; Quida Williams, $2.50; Geneva Owenby, $2.50; Dudley
Fox, $20; Harry Goodloe, $12.50; D. I. Harbin, $10; Haskel Adcox,
$10; Weldon Randel, $10; Harold Davidson, $7.50; Marian Buckalew,
$7.50; Ralph Marcus, $7.50; Glen Gibbons, $5; Curtis Reynolds, $5;
Sterling Ellis, $5; Walter Harwell, $5; Edwin Goodloe, $5; and J.
D. Williams, $10.
The following book awards were made by E. A.
Johnson, Corsicana, secretary of the school board, to the students
in each grade making the highest grade for the year:
Kindergarten, Jo Pafford; first grade,
Bobbie Arnold; second grade, Smith Arnold; third grade, Charldeen
Hightman; fourth grade, Waylord Irving; fifth grade, Doris
Herring; sixth grade, Marie Goodloe; seventh grade, Annie Perry;
eighth grade, Emma Lilly Burgess; ninth grade, Lillie Mae Owensby;
tenth grade, Ruth Thranert; eleventh grade, Margot Davidson;
Catherine Brown, highest grade for four years; and Edra Anderson,
Lottie Mae Owensby was awarded the $10 in
gold prize from F. M. Compton, past grand master, for the best
all-round student. The presentation was made by Mr. Hawkins.
Other Prominent Visitors.
Other Rebekah Assembly officials
present but not on the program included Mrs. Lizzie Bunch, Fort
Worth, vice president of the Rebekah Assembly; and Mrs. Nettie
Hawkins, Houston, warden, Rebekah Assembly.
Motion pictures of the presentation of the
diplomas to the graduates by Grand Master Davidson were made.
Those receiving diplomas were Catherine
Brown, valedictorian; Hope Harvey, president; Nevo Standefer,
salutatorian; Margot Davidson, Lucy Mae Cruse, Pauline Baldwin,
Jessie Smoke, Edra Anderson, Vertie White, Victor Lewis, Temp
Fletcher, Paul Campbell and Carl Perry.
The following are leaving on account of
having reached the age limit: Edna Eads, Helen Rankin, Dannie Lou
Sisson, Laverne Vest, Morris Nellison and J. D. Williams.
The auditorium was filled for the
commencement exercises and a large number of Odd Fellows and
Rebekahs from Corsicana and other lodges were present. A number of
the men from the Old Folks Home at Ennis were also on hand.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 28, 1932
Submitted by Diane Richards