Last SOH Class Is Graduated
By TALMADGE CANANT
Daily Sun Staff
Corsicana State Home graduated its last high school SOH Graduates
Get Diplomas Friday Night
Corsicana State Home will hold its commencement exercises tonight at
7:30 o’clock in the main auditorium at the institution.
George Nokes, Corsicana attorney, will be the commencement speaker.
Nineteen graduates, comprising the final class to graduate from the
Home High school, will receive diplomas from Supt. R. I. Boyd, Jr.
In addition to the usual commencement address and other traditional
program events, special awards will be made.
Valedictorian of the graduating class in traditional commencement
ceremonies Friday night in the Home auditorium.
Faye Wright, an attractive little brunette from West Texas, became
the last senior to walk across the stage and receive her diploma in
the 60 years the Home here has been sending forth its graduates.
Sup. R. L. Boyd Jr. told the class “You are one of the best groups I
have seen graduate at any school.”
Hereafter, high school-age students at the Home will attend
Corsicana High School.
Attorney George Nokes of Corsicana brought the main commencement
“I have seen too many young people who fears what lies ahead of
them,” Nokes said. “I hate to see those who fear the future and what
it holds, those who fear the A-bomb, those who fear a depression.”
“We have more material things than any country in the world, and we
also have opportunity. We should be singing with joy to live I the
richest country in the world. And yet fear is taking hold of too
many young people,” Nokes stated.
“Fear destroys you in anything you want to do.”
Nokes told the graduates that this country came out of a depression,
and that the country has worked out more difficult problems than the
problem of the atomic bomb.
“Faith in our government and our country is needed badly now.
Confidence in ourselves, in the future, in our fellow-man is needed
by all of us.”
Noting the fact that he was addressing the final graduating class of
the Home, and that there is a movement afoot to abolish the Home
entirely, Nokes told the seniors “I don’t think there will come a
time when they will discontinue this Home. It’s doing a great job.
There’ll always be a Corsicana State Home, in my opinion. The
graduates of this Home have their chins up, and they are proud of
their alma mater.”
The ceremony started with the processional, played by Oma Lee
O. B. Herrington brought the invocation, and the senior class sang,
“Now Is The Hour.”
Jean Flowers, class salutatorian gave the salutatory address, in
which she noted her class was the last to graduate from the Home and
that “we go forth as members of a large family.”
Betty Belschner, valedictorian, said that “the State Home had its
traditions, and its traditions fostered ideals, inspiration and
“Deep in our hearts,” she said, “we will always have a place for our
Walter J. Moon presented the graduating class to Supt. R. I. Boyd
Jr., who passed out diplomas as they crossed the state, to Johnny
Mauldin, Alice Bentley, Evelyn Mauldin, Clemmie Tanner, Jerry Perona,
Jean Flowers, Lowell Eaves, Nell Robertson, Alvin Atley, Dorman
Wallace, Mary Lee Fore, Betty Belschner, Evelyn Chapman, Mildred
Allen, Bobby Tomerlin, Verline Kimbrough, Estelle Bromagen, Floyd
Cheatum, and Faye Wight. They received their diplomas in
alphabetical order, and Miss Wright was the last to receive heres.
Supt. Boyd halted her and presented her to the audience.
The following other awards were made after the diplomas, as the
result of voting by the junior class:
Lowell Eaves, most handsome boy; Jean Flowers, most beautiful girl;
Bobby Tomelin, most popular boy; Clemmie Tanner, most popular girl:
Jerry Perona, best all-around boy; Mary Lee Fore, best all-around
girl; Bobby Tomerlin, boy most likely to succeed; Betty Belschner
and Evelyn Mauldin (tie) for girl most likely to succeed.
Home teachers voted Jerry Perona the most representative boy and
Mildred Allen the most representative girl.
After the song “Farewell To Thee” by the graduates, and the
benediction by O. B. Herrington the class filed out to the
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 29, 1954 - submitted by Diane Richards