The Bulldog - 1945
Year Book of the Rice School
Rice, Navarro County, Texas
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James Cummins - Business Manager
Frances Emmert - Editor-in-Chief
Rosa B. Wear - Ass't. Editor-in Chief and Typist
Dillard Ellington - Ass't. Business Mgr.
Jerry Murph - Ass't. Business Mgr.
Joan Burdine - Ass't Editor-in-Chief
Jimmie Little - Ass't Editor-inChief
Joe E. Murphey - Ass't. Business Mgr.
Bobby Bowden - Sports Editor
Jo Anne Hall - Ass't Sports Editor
C. O. Slaughter - Superintendent
Mattie Mae Ellis
Jo Ann Hall - President
Jerry Murff - Vice-President
Rosa B. Wear - Secretary & Treasurer
Rosa B. Wear
Jo Ann Hall
Melvin Ray Hill
Ouida Inez Roberts
Dec. 8 1944 "The Very Thought of You"
Dec. 12, 1944 J. C. Bray's Farewell Party
Dec. 23, 1944 Christmas Caroling
Feb. 21, 1945 Senior Buffet Supper
Feb. 29, 1945 Hill Billy Round-Up
April 21, 1945 Junior-Senior Banquet
May 11, 1945 Senior Play
May 20, 1945 Baccalaureate Service
May 19-24, 1945 Commencement Exercise
The Senior Class of '45 wishes to go to Washington
and make the coming peace. While we are absent we wish to distribute
our property to the ones who need it most.
Jack Bradley's wise cracks and remarks are left to
Jimmie Little leaves his friendly attitude and
calmness and ability to never get mad to Mrs. Ellis.
Bill Blackwell leaves his "old man mose" walk to
James Cummins leaves his ability to flirt
with all the girls and win all their hearts to Howard Hill.
Rosa B. leaves her ability to break the boys hearts to Joan
Burdine and her white lies to Virginia Ann
Parker; also the changable mind.
Jerry Murff leaves his non-chalantness to Jack
Fay leaves her ability ! to quit school and get married to Frances
J.W. Fitzgerald leaves his athletic ability to
Melvin Ray Hill leaves his ability to stretch his
stories to Lorin Murff.
James Bray leaves his shyness to Dillard
Ellington who could make good use of it.
Jo Ann Hall's school spirit and ability to always
show up at every Bulldog game to Helen Hartley; also
her high temper.
Frances Emmert leaves her studiousness and quietness
to Buddy Pollan.
Charles Murphey leaves his ability to make alibies
when in dutch and usually comes out o.k. to Hugh Emmert.
Bobby Bowden leaves his ability to win the innocent
Ennis girls hearts to Joe Murphey.
J.C. ! Bray's ability to admire the girls but yet
keep quiet is left to Richard Cummins who we are
afraid won't carry it out very well.
Ouida Robert's ability to still make good grades
after staying up such late hours is left to Evah Jean Coulson.
The Senior Class as a whole leaves their best wishes, all the desks,
chairs, stoves, and their ability to get along with the teachers
Look at the time! Here it is 1950. Only five years
have passed since there were twelve idiots graduated from DEAR OLD
RICE HI. Lets take a glance in the lives of these people.
Yes, this is one of those Coke-Cola Bottling Companies owned and
operated by Jimmie Little Jr. ---Why only five years ago he couldn't
drink one without spilling it. Now just look at him.
What is this? Maybe we are evesdropping but let's
listen. "I'm sorry Miss Wear but if you don't start
devoting more time to your job as secretary, and quit some of your
daydreaming and letter writing, I'm afraid I'll have to find me
another secretary." The same old gal. And what was Rosa B.
daydreaming about? The same familiar face that was sitting in front
of her maple desk that of James Cummins, her faithful
admirer during the Senior year of '45. James is now a lawyer. Just
look at the headlines of this morning's paper. "Prominent Chicago
Lawyer Sues Himself For Damages." Still the same typical moron. When
he completes this foolish case his plans concern the preacher and the
Now let's take a look at Commander and Mrs. Chas. E. Murphy
who are now living at Lake Michigan Training Center where they are
carrying out those swell plans! which were made during their senior
days of '45. They have just finished making their last payment on
that cute little brick house with the white fence around it. Don't
get excited that is only a dog playing in the yard.
EXTRA! EXTRA!! Read all about it! "BACHELORS ATTENTION!" The "Bowden
Bachelors Home" has been established with the beautiful Nurse Ouida
Roberts. It was covered by the dashing reporter of
the "New York Times", James Bray.
No wonder Chicago won in the World Series in Baseball.-----Just look
who their pitcher was ----Jerry Murff, the former
Star Pitcher of "Good Old Rice Hi."
There's old Frances who is now making good use of that Draughons
Business Course she took back in '45. She has just topped the speed
record in typing and Shorthand and she has actually learned to spell.
Let's look a wee bit clo! ser, is that an engagement ring on her
finger? Wonder who the lucky guy is?
MOO--MOO-- Just listen to those cows bellowing and who wouldn't
bellow to have a boss like J. W. Fitzgerald. Oh! Yes
who is the little girl with him? Could it be the one with long black
shiny curls that he used to go with back in the old school days.
TWEET----TWEET!! There goes the whistle, and just look at the
Football Coach at A&M College. Who would have ever thought THE Jack
Bradley could do this?
Here, look at the new Texas Senator, they even had to make an
amendment to the Constitution because Bill Blackwell
was only 23 and they had to have him for information concerning
Gee Whiz! Just look how Rice has grown. It even has a clinic now,
founded and operated by Dr. Melvin R. Hill. He has
what it takes, he finished his training in half time, 4 years.
Faye is following her Navy Man from por! t to port, therefore he has
a girl in every port. She goes with him so the girl will be her in
NBC: "Your hands can have that Ivory look in only 12 days" Why that
voice sounds familiar Yes of course thats our old schoolmate J. C.
Bray. Wonder how long he has been out of the Army?
Joe Murphey - President
Dillard Ellington - Vice-President
Joan Burdine Secretary & Treasurer
Joe E. Murphey
Fama Ray Hallis
Virginia Ann Parker
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Richard Cummins - President
Jennie Blackwell - Vice-President
Marie Wheeler - Secretary & Treasurer
Jennie Nell Blackwell
R. M. Bowden
Betty Jo Davis
Evah Jean Coulson - President
Emma Jean Barnes - Vice-President
Betty Lou Roberts - Secretary & Treasurer
Emma Jean Barnes
La Verne Medlin
Annie Lee Nutt
Betty Lou Roberts
Evah Jean Coulson
Hugh Edwin Emmert
7TH AND 8TH GRADES
Top Row - Left to Right: Billie Louise Hartley,
Geneva Gonzales, Geneva Harrin,
Bessie Thompson, Nellie Ann Perry,
Nora Poarch, Mrs. Mitchell, Alice
Kirk, Dorothy Anderson, John
O'Neal and Johnnie Vrana.
Middle Row - Left to Right: Irene Emmert, Alvis
Camele, Flora Mae Cochran, Doyle
Bishop, Glenn Braddock, James
Franks, Danial Hill, Eugene
Harris, Billie Chase, and Kenneth
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Betty Barlow, Charles
Thompson, Lois Jean Nutt, Jack
Bowden, Jimmie Ray Grace, Jimmie
Jones</! STRONG>, J. C. Roberts, Jerry Slaughter, Bobby
Bradley, and Bonnie Wheeler
5TH AND 6TH GRADES
Top Row - Left to Right: Joe Villarreal, Ann Ellis, Willie Barlow, J.
Middle Row - Left to Right: Mary Jo Harris, Charles Atchley, La Vern
Grace, Hugh Earl Emmert, Billie Ann Spurgeon, Durwood Robinson, Miss
Nadine, Ann Nita Barlow, and Alfred Barlow.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: John Robinson, Peggy Braddock, Jack
Hobbs, Jesse Mae Bell, Dow Hartley, Bobbie Sue Coulson, Rex Braddock,
Nell Harvell, and J.W. Atchley
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3RD AND 4TH GRADES
Top Row - Left to Right: Estelle Villarreal, Helen Thompson, Joyce
Ellis, George Isbell, and Lester Bray.
Third Row - Left to Right: Lonnita Williams, Betty Wheeler, Peggy
Danials, Raymond Ethridge, Mrs. Bledso, Martha Twilligear, Billie
Emmert, and George Barlow.
Second Row - Left to Right: Kenneth Ellis, Josephine Sain, Virginia
Braddock, Willie Estelle Leach, Davis Evelyn Jones, Velma Twilligear,
Bobby Marriot, Simon Dela Rosa, Fastina Dela Rosa.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Robert Hill, Lavina Wheeler, Lester
Parish, Lineta Franks, John Sain, Don L. Taylor, Frankie Knott, Dewey
McMullan, and Joyce Ann Puckett
1ST AND 2ND GRADES
Top Row - Left to Right: Bobby Braddock, Jeannette Medlin,
Third Row - Left to Right: Edward Vrana, Gene Robinson, Melton
Villarreal, Howard Chase, Buel Grace, Margaret Herrin, Mrs. Ford, W.
D. Pollan, Ann Murff, Kay Hobbs.
Second Row- Left to Right: Dovie Woods, Wanda Jones Perry, Barbara
Braddock, Jerelyn Carver, Juanita Braddock, Ann Lee Wheeler, Jackie
Wayne Russel, Ivon Isbell, Betty Jean Ribble, Bobby Jo Twilligear, and
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Marion! Leach, John Dela Rosa, David
Harvell, Tim Hartley, Henry Vrana, and Glenn Rasco.
King: James Cummins
Queen: Rosa B. Wear
Basket Ball Sweetheart - Jo Anne Hall
Football Sweetheart - Rosa B. Wear
Most Popular Girl - Rosa B. Wear
Most Popular Boy - Jimmie Little
Prettiest Girl - Rosa B. Wear
Most Handsome Boy - James Cummins
Most Ambitious Girl - Frances Emmert
Most Ambitious Boy - Jack Hodge
Most Athletic Girl - Fay Poarch
Most Athletic Boy - Charles Murphey
Best All-round Girl - Jo Anne Hall
Best All-round Boy - James Bray
Most Attractive Girl - Rosa B. Wear
Most Attractive Boy - Bobby Bowden
Cutest Girl - Joan Burdine
Cutest Boy - Dillard Ellington
Favorite Girl - Jo Anne Hall
Favorite Boy - Charles Murphey
Favorite Senior Girl - Rosa B. Wear
Favorite Senior Boy - James Cummins
Favorite Junior Girl - Joan
Favorite Junior Boy - Dillard Ellington
Favorite Sophomore Girl - Jennie Blackwell
Favorite Sophomore Boy - Richard Cummins
Favorite Freshman Girl - Evah Jean Coulson
Favorite Freshman Boy - Joe Chase
Favorite Teachers- Man - Mr. Slaughter
Lady - Mrs. Baldwin
Favorite Girls Sport - Volley Ball
Favorite Boys Sport - Football
Favorite Subjects -- First - English
Second - Math
Top Row - Left to Right: Rosa B. Wear, Jo Ann Hall,
Fama Ray Harris, Frances Emmert, Helen Hartley, Emogene Barnes, And
Second Row - Left to Right: Betty Lou Roberts, Adail Kubin, Billie
Louise Hartley, Bobby O'Neal, Nellie Ann Perry, Jennie Blackwell, and
La Verne Medlin.
Third Row - Left to Right: Irene Emmert, Nora Poarch, Bonnie Wheeler,
Dorothy Anderson, Frances Crockett, Annie Lee Nutt, and Joan Burdine.
Fourth Row - Left to Right: Betty Doris Barlow, Neomia Grace, Betty
Jo Davis, Bessie Thompson, Alice Kirk, Flora Mae
Virginia Ann Parker, and Evah Jean Coulson.
Top Row - Left to Right: Joe Murphey, Bill Blackwell,
R.M. Bowden, J.W. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Baldwin, Jerry Murff, Charles
Murphey, Bobby Bowden, and Richard Cummins.
Middle Row - Left to Right: Charles Bishop, Dillard Ellington, Jimmie
Little, Jack Bradley, Lorin Murff, Billy Avens.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Joe Chase, Ray Coulson, Billie Ray
Braddock, Alvin Barlow, and Hugh Emmert.
Leaders: Jo Ann Hall and Rosa B. Wear
Bottom Row - Left to Right : Joyce Ellis, Bonnie
Wheeler, Nora Poarch, Bessie Thompson, Betty Jo Davis, Frances
Crockett, Annie Lee Nut, Joan Burdine, Evah Jean Coulson, Ann Nina
Middle Row - Left Right: Betty Lou Roberts, Nellie Ann Perry, Adail
Kubin, Billie Ann Spurgeon, Neomia Grace, Ann Ellis, Virginia Ann
Parker, Bobby O'Neal, Flora Mae Cochran, Alice Kirk, Dorothy Anderson,
and Irene Emmert.
Top Row - Left to Right : La Vern Medlin, Jennie Blackwell, Billie
Louise Hartley, Eama Ray Harris, Frances ! Emmert, Helen Hartley,
Emogene Barns, and Mrs. Baldwin
Top Row - Left to Right: Irene Emmert, Billie Louise
Hartley, Ann Ellis, Billie Ann Spurgeon, Neomia Grace, Dorothy
Middle Row - Left to Right: Ann Nina Barlow, Joyce Ellis, Sponsor
Mrs. Slaughter, Betty Doris Barlow, Nellie Ann Perry, Mary Jo Harris.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Lavinia Wheeler, Josephine Sain, Davis
Evelyn Jones, Betty Wheeler, Peggy Jean Danials, Helen Thompson,
Willie Estelle Leach, Jesse Mae Bell, Bobby Sue Coulson,
Nell Harvell and Peggy Braddock.
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Top Row - Left to Right: Mr. Slaughter, Bill
Blackwell, Joe Murphey, Jerry Murff, James Cummins, R.M. Bowden, Billy
Gene Avens, and Jimmie Little.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: J.W. Fitzgerald, Charles Bishop, Richard
Cummins, Jack Bradley, Lorin Murff, Dillard Ellington, Charles Murphey,
and Bobby Bowden.
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Top Row - Left to Right: coach Mr. Slaughter, Richard
Cummins, R.M. Bowden, Joe Murphey, Bill Blackwell, Charles Bishop,
and Jack Bradley.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Charles Murphey, James Cummins, Bobby
Bowden, J.W. Fitzgerald, Jerry Murff, and Jimmie Little
Top Row - Left to Right: Bill Blackwell, Joe Murphey,
Jerry Murff, James Cummins, Charles Murphey, Coach -- Mr. Slaughter
Middle Row - Left to Right: Billy Gene Avens, R. M. Bowden, Dillard
Ellington, Lorin Murff, Buddy Pollan
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Richard Cummins, Jack Bradley, J.W.
Fitzgerald, Jimmie Little, Bobby Bowden, Charles Bishop.
Captains: Jennie Nell Blackwell and Fama Ray Harris
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Virginia Ann Parker,
Betty Lou Roberts, La Verne Medlin, Adail Kubin, Helen Hartley, Neomia
Grace, Betty Jo Davis, and Bobbie O'Neal
Top Row - Left to Right: Joan Burdine, Annie Lee Nutt, Evah Jean
Coulson, Frances Crockett, Emma Jean Barnes, Frances Emmert, Rosa B.
Wear, and Jo Ann Hall, And Coach Mr. Slaughter
BALL TEAM (2ND PICTURE)
Left to Right: Jo Anne Hall, Rosa B. Wear, Mildred
Grace, Jennie Blackwell, Emma Jean Barnes, Maria Wheeler, Fama Ray
Harris, Helen Burdine, Virginia Parker, Neomia Grace, Betty Lou
Roberts, and Evah Jean Coulson.
VOLLEY BALL TEAM (3RD PICTURE)
Left to Right: Maria Wheeler, Jennie Blackwell,
Mildred Grace, Coach Slaughter, Adail Kubin, Helen Hartley, and Fama
Top Row - Left to Right: Doyle Bishop, Coach Mr.
Slaughter, Johnnie Vrana, John O'Neal, Charles Atchely, Charlie
Thompson, Eugene Harris, and J. C. Roberts.
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Jack Bowden, Bobby Bradley, Jerry
Slaughter, Billie Gene Chase, and Jack Hobbs.
Top Row - Left to Right: Coach Mr. Slaughter, Billie
Louise Hartley, Irene Emmert, Nellie Ann Perry, Ann Ellis, Billie Ann
Spurgeon, Bonnie Wheeler, and Dorothy Anderson
Bottom Row - Left to Right: Bobbie Sue Coulson, Nora Poarch, Bessie
Thompson, Alice Kirk, Flora Mae Cochran, Mary Jo Harris, Ann Nina
Barlow and Joyce Ellis.
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