35 Get Diplomas At State
By TALMADGE CANANT
Daily Sun Staff
A growing philosophy on the part of Americans
that it is all right to “fudge” a little—if it’s against the
government, was described by Robert W. Calvert of Hillsboro her
Friday night as he brought the commencement address for 35
graduating Corsicana State Home seniors.
Calvert, former speaker of the Texas House and
former chairman of the Democratic State Executive Committee,
returned to the Home from which he himself graduated 27 years ago to
address his remarks specifically to the graduating students.
Moyne Kelly, former State Home superintendent
and now executive director for the State Board of Hospitals and
Special Schools, also a graduate of the Home, presented the
“ The tendency to cheat your government just a
little bit is worse than it seems on the surface,” Calvert told the
seniors. “The theory that the purpose of a government is to support
the people is a new and false sentiment. It is still the duty of
the people to support the government.
“Most of you didn’t come here of your own
volition, but because of some unfortunate event which happened to
your parents. The state—a beneficent state—stepped in and enfolded
you,” he said. “I can look back now, and I know that you have had
here a home and advantages that many children do not have with their
parents at home.
“You have had good superintendents, teachers,
matrons. They have done their best to instill in you virtues that
will enable you to repay Texas.
“So far the state hasn’t asked a great deal of
you in return,” Calvert said, “I say to you that you owe a debt that
you can never repay, and that you ought to dedicate a part of your
life in an attempt to repay it.
“On second thought there is a way to repay it.
That is by being a good citizen.
“When you leave here tonight, you are going to
have to make a choice pretty quick. This state is full of good
people who want to help you, and it is true that no one gets along
very well without friends. But nobody owes you anything.
“Adopt a philosophy of life that says you are
going to live right, even though temptation comes. Play square.”
Calvert’s speech followed Dorothy Edwards’
salutatory address, which expressed thanks for “the foundation of
our lives here,” and DeWayne Weatherford’s valedictory, which
cautioned against letting the thinking of a few people influence the
thinking of all. Weatherford took valedictory honors with a
scholastic average of 94. Both students received college
The two addresses were divided by the song,
“Graduation Day,” sung by the senior class.
Superintendent M. E. Dumas introduced Calvert
by saying “there is not one other man in the state of Texas that has
the interest of the State Home and its students more at heart.”
Assistant Superintendent W. C. Murdock gave
awards to the class favorites and to those winning them in typing,
secretarial training, cosmetology and mechanics.
Dr. Leslie Kelton made the annual Kelton Short
Story Awards. There was a tie for first place between Nancy Wright
and Doris Cawthon, both senior graduating students. Both received
Presentation of the senior graduating class was
made by E. C. Watson, Moyne Kelly presented the graduates their
Rev. Milton O. Davis brought both the
invocation and benediction. Miss Oma Lee Campbell played
processional and recessional music.
List of Graduates.
Those graduating were:
Billy Cannon, Glynn Canady, W. A.
Cannon, Roger Perona, Oliver Milner, Lewis Lynch, James Murdock,
Tommy Gordon, DeWayne Weatherford, Eugene May, Billy Jack Jones, J.
T. Shipley, Louetta Alford, Flora Alice Anders, Cora Lee Berry,
Bertie Lee Boring, Bobbye Campbell, Juanita Cass, Doris Cawthon,
Marietta Cheatham, Opal Creacy, Dorothy Edwards, Jean Hull, Thelma
Hutchins, Bettye Lou Kelly, Helen Jane Murdock, Alta Patty, Theresa
Patty, Ella May Prestridge, Nancy Wright, Bobbye Rogers, Rose Marie
Walker, Marjorie Weaver and Norma Lou Young.
The Class Favorites are as follows:
Most Beautiful Girl—1. Helen Jane Murdock. 2.
Bertie Lee Boring.
Most Handsome Boy—1. Tommy Gordon. 2. DeWayne
Best Boy Athlete—1. Roger Perona. 2. W. A.
Most Popular Girl—1. Helen Jane Murdock. 2.
Most Popular Boy—1. Tommy Gordon. 2. DeWayne
Best Girl Athlete—1. Flora Alice Anders. 2.
Best Girl Citizen—1. Dorothy Edwards. 2.
Best Boy Citizen—1. Benny Jack Jones. 2.
Special awards in typing went to the following:
Glyn Canady, Benny Jack Jones, JerryLoftin, J.
T. Shipley, Billy Cannon, Betty Lou Kelly, James Murdock and Roger
Secretarial training special awards went to
Bertie Lee Boring, Juanita Cass, Opal Creacy, Helen Jane Murdock,
and Rose Marie Walker.
Cosmetology awards went to Flora Alice Anders,
Marietta Cheatham, Ruby Jean Hull, Bobbie Jean Campbell, Juanita
Cass, Opal Creacy, Ella Mae Prestidge, Bobbie Clara Rogers, Rose
Marie Walker and Cora Lee Berry.
Lewis Lynch won a special award in mechanics.
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