ROTARIANS GUESTS AT SOH WEDNESDAY;
CHILDREN PREST PROGRAM ENTERTAINMENT OF VISTITORS
Approximately 45 Rotarians were Dads for a day to the State Home’s
465 boys and girls Wednesday—launching in the institution’s spacious
dining hall, touring the campus with Boy Scouts for guides and
listening to an entertaining program in the general assembly
The moment the visiting Rotarians’ cars stopped at the parking space
in front. Boy Scouts introduced themselves and took the guests in
hand. Arriving at the moment the dinner gong sounded, this reporter
was shown to the dining hall by Scout Bobby Sherman, a
freckled-faced boy with auburn head, who took an interest in seeing
that his guest got the information he wanted.
The band concert that was given during the luncheon hour was
something special Bobby said. “On other days the members of the band
eat with the rest of us,” he explained. Girls of the Home waited on
the tables. Bobby said that they also wash and dry the dishes,
taking turns at these tasks at regular intervals. Much credit for
the splendid meal the Rotarians were furnished and for the
efficiently trained corps of students who did the serving to Mrs. R.
W. Griffin, dining room hostess; and Mrs. E. E. Collins, dietician.
Kellly Welcomed Guests.
The Home’s chaplain, the Rev. E. B. Fulton, gave the invocation.
Superintendent Moyne Kelly welcomed the guests and announced that as
soon as the meal had been completed, there would be a tour of the
Led by the institution’s efficient band, the guests were first shown
a group of 21 baby beeves which D. B. Osburn, the vocational
agriculture teacher, is priming for the livestock and agriculture
show which will be staged here in September at the local fair
The baby beeves are actually cared for and fed by the Home’s FFA
boys who are members of Osburn’s beef production classes. Eight of
the calves were secured from Cunningham and Fleming. Several
Shorthorns in the group were brought from W. E. Peterson of Justin
and the Angus calves came from a ranch at El Dorado.
See Dairy Herd.
The Rotarians were next shown through the dairy barn where 52 cows
are regularly milked under the supervision of R. W. Griffin, dairy
herdsman. The cows are now averaging about 3 1-4 gallons of milk
daily. Last month 57 cows averaged 3 1-3 gallons daily, Griffin
said. Twenty-five boys do the dairy chores. There are eight milking
machines for their use.
J. A. Brister, manual training instructor, is in charge of the
cabinet and woodworking shop which we next visited. Ash tray
holders, candle holders, a magazine stand and other articles made by
the students were on exhibition.
John L. Roberts, machine shop instructor, has two classes of 25
students he instructs in the next building the group visited. He
instructs in shaper, Milling machine and drill press and lathe work.
He also gives courses in shop mathematics, shop theory, and machine
Program of Songs.
As a prelude to the state Home program, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jenkins
of Houston entertained with several songs. Mrs. Thelma Lindsey
accompanied at the piano. Jenkins is a leader in Rotary
International. A. F. Mitchell, Fred Harvey, and Drew Gillen were
also introduced as guests by John Corley, chairman.’’ Kelly, on
behalf of the boys and girls, expressed appreciation for the visit
of the Rotarians. He announced that the Home is losing 12 members of
its band this year because the members are graduating.
Mrs. Dora Rutherford, music teacher, played the piano for 40 or more
first and second grade pupils as they sang various children’s songs.
The pupils singly and in groups, also gave readings, declamations
and other entertainment.
Kelly announced that it was originally intended that the program
should be called the “Twins Program. But these grade students also
wanted to entertain you,” he explained.
23 Sets of Twins.
The Home has 23 sets of twins, two sets from the same family, Kelly
said. Those who participated in the program, giving songs or
readings, were Oliver twins, Sutton twins, Chapman twins, Perone
twins, McFarland twins, Fletcher twins, Rice twins, Forester twins,
Carpenter twins, Fletcher twins, and Braselman twins.
Mrs. Brent Williamson, fifth grade teacher, sponsored the “Twins
Program.” Miss Lu Ouida Vinson, second grade music teacher, assisted
with the primary program.