1946 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Commencement exercises for grammar school will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium. Grover Heiman, member of the Daily Sun staff will give the address.

Presentation of diplomas will be made to the 38 graduates by Moyne L. Kelly, superintendent. Louis Edwards will made the valedictory address and Oliver Milner will bring the salutatory address. Special awards will be made by W. C. Murdock, educational director. Advice to classmates will be given by Lewis Lynch. Principal J. J. Corner will present the class.

Processional and recessional music will be played by Mrs. Dora Rutherford. The graduates will sing, “Morning Bells,” Adams, and “Sundown” from “Londonderry Air” by Wilson. “Hiking Along” a piano solo by Warren will be presented by Bertie Lee Boring. A sextet composed by Opal Creacy, Mary Etta Cheatum, Ella May Prestride, Helen Jane Murdock, Juanita Case, and Thelma Hutchins, will sing “Nightfall” from “Liebestraum” by Liezti Kelly will give the invocation.

Graduates are Glynn Canady, Billy Cannon, W. A. Cannon, Tommy Gordon, Benny Jones, Eugene May, Oliver Milner, Dewayne Weatherford, Andrew McDaniel, Wayne Watson.

Charlie Carrington, Lee Jerry Loftin, Lewis Lynch, James Murdock, Arthur Parker, Roger Peron, Robert Piland.

Flora Anders, Bertie Boring, France Burns, Bobbie Campbell, Louise Edwards, Ruby Jean Hull, Helen Jane Murdock, Theresa Patty, Nancy Rice, Rosa Marie Walker, Lou Etta Alford, Cora Lee Berry, Juanita Cass, Doris Cawthon, Mary Etta Cheatham, Opal Creacy, Thelma Hutchins, Ella Mae Prestridge, Bobbie Rogers, Marie Weaver, and Norma Lou Young.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, June 27, 1946
Submitted by Diane Richards




Daily Sun Staff

Diplomas were awarded to 38 graduates of State Home school Friday night at commencement exercises in the Home auditorium. Hall H. Logan, member of the board of control, gave the commencement address. Vera Canady gave the commencement address. Vera Canady gave the valedictory and Charles Turner the salutatory addresses.

Logan state that “education serves more than a livelihood” encouraged and urged the graduates to further educate themselves. He stressed ability to get along with people and personality as two necessary traits.

Former A. and M. Instructor.
A former instructor in industrial education at A. and M. College, the speaker declared that Texas is undergoing tremendous changes in economy, citing the numerous indudustries coming to the state in his advice to graduates. He said that our economy is one of specialization and that we cannot live without the aid of other men.

Charles C. Irby, principal of the high school, awarded scholarships to Charles Turner and Vera Mae Canady. Turner’s average was 92 and Mrs. Canady’s 93.

Awards are Listed.
Cosmetology awards were made to Jestene Creacy, Billie Roach, Edna Pearl Gardner, Edna Mae Land, Alice Marie Hester, Billie Jean Young, Billie Marle Thomas, Magdelena Erzun, Maurine Phillips, Verna Mae Thomas, Lucille Wells and Mozelle Rawls.

Woodwaork awards went to Hosia Bottoms and Joe Homerton, a junior.

Shorthand awards were issued to Doris Pratt, Vera Canady, Doris Cameron, Verna Mae Thomas, Reba Mitchell, Roberta Thixton, and Montyne Cawthon.

Typing awards went to Edna Mae Land, Eula Marie Thomas, Lucille Wells and Mozelle Rawls.

Short Story Winners.
Dr. Leslie E. Kelton, Jr., presented cash awards to four students in the short story contest conducted each year, open to both juniors and seniors. Known as the Kelton Awards, winners are presented with checks at time of graduation. Winners while juniors were Lorene Oliver, first; and Doris Pratt, second. Winners this year were Eula Marie Thomas, first; and Edna Pearl Gardner, second.

Moyne L. Kelly, superintendent, announced that during the year, the 38 seniors had worked at various business houses in the city and had saved $5,500 out of their gross income of $9,966.

In her valedictory speech, Miss Canady stated that the parting with State Home was a moment of sadness and that the time spent would always be a cherished memory.

To Face Life.
Turner said in his salutatory speech that now was the time for the graduates to face life realistically and they were well prepared with the education received at State Home.

Musical portions of the ceremony were a hymn, “My Task,” by the seniors: “A Dream Boat Passes By,” duet by Lorene and Lorraine Oliver; “Farewell to Thee,” a song, by the seniors, and “Melody,” by Dawes, a violin solo by Mrs. Finis Farr. Processional and recessional music was played by Mrs. Dora Rutherford.

Servicemen Graduated.
The Rev. Andrew Byers gave the invocation and benediction. Moyne L. Kelly introduced the main speaker and assisted Logan Logan in distribution of diplomas, W. C. Murdock, educational director, presented the graduates to the superintendent for diplomas.

Special diplomas were awarded to William J. Smith and Bryant Thomas, Jr., both ex-servicemen. William C. Thompson, Jr., was not present to receive his diploma.

Graduates are Margaret Marcelene Anders, Ina Mae Balentine, Reva Geneva Betterton, Doris Maurine Cameron, Vera Eileene Canady, Jo Pearl Carrington, Montyne Cawthon, Jestene Creacy.

Magdelena Erzen, Edna Pearl Gardner, Ruby Fay Gregory, Alice Marie Hester, Opal Louise Jarrell, Edna Mae Land, Reba Mitchell, Warner Jo Murdock, Lorene Oliver, Lorraine Oliver, Maurine Phillips.

Doris Pratt, Mozelle Rawls, Billie June Roach, Dorothy Jean Smith, Roberta Thixton, Eula Marie Thomas, Verna Mae Thomas, Ethel Lucille Wells, Billie Jean Young.

Jess Owens Baker, Hosia Lee Bottoms, Robert Bridges, Dan Griffin, Aubrey Litton, Charles Turner, Dobert Louis Turner, John A. Wagley, Harold Weidman, and Charles Vernon Wheeler.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 25, 1909
Submitted by Diane Richards


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