1940 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Selecting as his subject the word “Be” from the Shakespeare quotation “To Be, or Not to Be,” Dr. J. W. Torbett of Marlin told the graduating class of the State Home in the commencement address Monday night that, regardless of the chaotic condition of the world there was still plenty of room for advancement for boys and girls with a will to win.

The word “Be” means to exist in the fullest terms, Dr. Torbett said as he urged the class members to put their very best efforts into everything they did. There are various forms of existence, he said, You can just simply exist, just merely stay here, you can be listless, careless or unconcerned and never accomplish anything, or you can really exist and live life to its fullest, he declared.

The lives of great men and women were used by the speaker to illustrate the number of ways in which difficulties may be over come.

Fifty-Three in Class
Twenty-four boys and twenty-nine girls received their diplomas at the exercises. The honor students were Jewell Johnson, valedictorian; Jimmie Peterson and Juanita Smith, salutatorians, the latter two having tied for the honor, Miss Smith presented the valedictory address prepared by Miss Johnson, who was sick and could not attend the exercises. Several other members of the class were also confined to the hospital with the measles and could not be present to receive their diplomas.

The Roger Q. Mills award for debate went to Eugene Doss and the Carrie Mills award for homemaking went to Jewell Johnson, first place; Veri Stinnett, second place; Mary Louise Hardin, third place and Pauline Fife and Mary Elon Pierce, who were tied for fourth place. These awards were presented by Judge J. S. Callicutt, who gave a brief history of the life of Roger Q. Mills and his wife. The Roger Q. Mills award is $20 and the Carrie Mills award is likewise $20. The additional awards in homemaking are presented by J. M. Dyer Co., $5.00; Marks Bro., $5.00, and the Carter Dress Shop valuable gifts. The Mills awards were started in 1012 by Major. C. H. Mills in honor of his father and mother, and are being maintained by Mrs. Mills.

The Kelton Awards.
Dr. Leslie Kelton made the presentation of the Kelton Family awards for short story writing. These awards are open only to juniors and seniors and if won by a junior it is not presented until graduation. Last year Bettie Lou Banister, a junior, won the award and she was presented the $20 Monday night. This year’s award for first place went to Willie Prestidge, who won second place in 1939. By winning second place in 1939 Willie Prestidge was entitled to $10, first place this year gave him $20, and as a winner two years in succession is given $10 additional, he was awarded $40 in prizes. Second place went to Theda Wann, a junior.

Frank Davis, member of the board of control, awarded the scholarships to the honor students.

J. S. Hailey, superintendent presented each senior with a Bible.

Dr. C. W. Castner, chief of the elementary division of the board of control, presented the diplomas.

List of Graduates.
The class roll follows:

Boys: Donald Abernathy, Paul Blevins, Joe J. Crow, William Evann Cornwell, Eugene Doss, Robert Day, Thomas Edgar English, Wesley John Friddle, Howard Vernon Hartley, Robert Wade Hampton, Carroll Lively, Odell McNeal, George Weller Martin, James Meadows, Jimmie Peterson, Oliver Picone, Willie Wilson Prestidge, James Ross, Eugene Sheppard, Carl Edward Sharp, Milford Thompson, Harrison Thomas, Walter Wheeler, John David Whitley.

Girls: Bettie Lou Bannister, Violet Bell, Dura Charline Coop, Jessie Louise Coop, Eva Crawford, Ina Mae Davis, Dorothy Nell Earles, Sue Modean Edrington, Evelyn Pauline Fife, Ruth Gage, Mary Lee Handy, Pearle Ramona Hampton, Mary Louise Hardin, Katherine Louise Hines, Jewell Johnson, Janelle Martin, Mamie Lucille Morton, Anna Mae Passmore, Mary Ealon Pierce, Maxine Pool, Mary Louisa Purvis, Estelle Rowell, Connie Mae Smith, Frances Arlene Smith, Juanita Smith, Cozette Soape, Avis Vern Stinnett, Dorothy Strother and Lois Grace Williams.



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