1947 State Home
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Twenty-one graduating seniors receive their diplomas Friday night at the State Orphans Home after receiving a telegram of congratulations from Gov. Beauford H. Jester, and hearing Tom L. Tyson, local attorney, deliver the commencement address.

Tyson sounded the keynote of brotherly love throughout the world as he told the seniors that “there can be no civilization worthy of the name, without peace, economic security, freedom and faith in the reality and validity of religion.

Must Have Peace.
“We have failed—my generation and the generations before it—to establish a lasting peace. You must begin there by making a tangible contribution to the cause of peace. Make it in any way or profession you wish, but make it. The alternative is complete and total extinction.”

“In my opinion, misunderstanding, ignorance and prejudice have killed more men than atomic power ever will,” Tyson said.

Honor Students.
Following the invocation by Rev. Durwood Geddie and musical numbers of the choir and Margie Dillard at the piano, Freeda Pruett delivered the salutatory address. She had attained a scholastic mark of 91.8 throughout her high school career. Joe Howerton, valedictorian of the class with an average of 93.6 delivered the valedictory address.

Diplomas Presented.
As the seniors filed across the stage, Supt. Moyne Kelly presented diploma to Beverly M. Berry, Christine Erzen, Imogene Gordon, Dora Horton, Minnie R. Jones, Freeda J. Pruett, Gwendolyn Roach, Dessie Tucker, Essie Tucker, Kinner Boyce, Clyde Carrington, Willie Colburn, Buel Crawford, James Davis, Ede Erzen, Joe Howerton, Curtis Jones, James Lawrence, C. Pfaffenberger, Joe Stokes and Robert Walker.

John Corner, coach and principal, presented special awards for typing to Marvin Rawls, Betty Hilliard, B. E. Phillips, LaVerne Cawthon, Edith Land, Waymon Perona, Arthur Herrington, Prentice Phillips, Margaret Weaver, Helen Smotherman, Eva Lita Downey, Imogene Gordon, Charles Cunningham, Charles Murdock, Bobbie Hambrick, Jimmie Pillows, Gwendolyn Roach, Freeda Pruett, George Phinnell, Margie Dillard, Lee Lawrence and Betty Phillips.

Received Awards.
Awards for Cosmetology went to Imogene Gordon, Christine Erzen, Gwendolyn Roach and Freeda Pruett.

Titles and awards for Most Representative Girl went to Minnie Jones; Prettiest and Most Popular Girl went to Imogene Gordon; Most Popular Boy went to Clyde Carrington; Best Boy Athlete went to Curtis Jones; Handsomest Boy went to James Lawrence; Most Representative Boy to Bob Walker; and Best Girl Athlete to Freeda Pruett. Scholastic awards went to Freeda Pruett and Christine Erzen.

Wins Scholarship.
Joe Howerton, valedictorian of the graduating class received scholarships to Sam Houston State Teachers College, North Texas Teachers College, and to Texas Council of Church-Related Colleges.

The Daiches trophy for the best all-around athlete, won by Curtis Jones in the first year of its existence was presented to him by Corner.

Dr. L. E. Kelton presented the Kelton Awards for the winners of the short story contest at the Home. Buck Phillips won the first prize and Martha Nell Mann the second. Both winners are juniors.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 24, 1947 - submitted by Diane Richards


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