Sophomore Class Searcy High School, AR. Teacher Lois Thornton. Thanks Don Thompson.

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Class 1920 Searcy AR

Sophomore Class 1920 Searcy AR

Blog buddy Don Thompson bought an old yearbook from ebay that shows the classes in Searcy AR in 1920.  This one is of the Sophomore Class and gives the class roll.  What was significant to him was that one of these lovely young women, second from left middle row, was Lois Thornton who because his teacher at Searcy High when he was a student many years later.  The name of the yearbook was The Reveille.  Somewhere, sometime later it became the Lion.

Here's the closeup of Lois.  She influenced many student's lives.

Lois Thornton 1920

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Rainer
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Don Thompson
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I think our high school teachers are more memorable than other grades because of how they had an influence on our coming of age. Lois and Sybil had no children so I believe their students are the ones that will remember them best.

Another teacher, Miss Irene Forrest, was a junior in 1920. Miss Forrest was our math teacher in Algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. I had all  three of her classes and admired her. She had a strict style of teaching but was quick to smile as well. Here's the junior class picture.

1920 SHS Junior Class


!920 SHS Junior Class Roll


I was able to identify Miss Irene. She is third from the middle left.

Miss Irtene Forrest

 

Dec 11, 2012 11:33 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie, I do have trouble with all the new quick writing.  People seem to use it because it is fast but when they need to write a proper letter, they will be lost.

Don, those are great shots also and even though I didn't grow up here that girl looks like Miss Irene.  Was she also a single lady?

Dec 12, 2012 02:10 AM #9
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Miss Irene Forrest was single all her life. She  lived to the ripe old age of 95. Looks like she would have been 21 when she was a junior.

Irene Forrest

Dec 12, 2012 02:25 AM #10
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I noticed that there was a Helen Redus who was vice president of the Sophomore class.  I remember having a Miss Redus as a teacher in the 3rd or 4th grade.  I wonder if that was her.

I, too, well remember Miss Key. Not only did she teach math but also taught Latin.  She was one of my favorite teachers because she didn't nice to her students.  I agree with the opinions that have already been expressed about Miss Thornton and Mrs. Moody. 

It is kind of amazing that so many of our teachers came out of 1920 Searcy annual.

Dec 12, 2012 04:50 AM #11
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I never had Miss Ellen Key as a teacher but she was also the  librarian so I knew her in study Hall. Another single lady in our high school.  She was on the SHS faculty in 1923 and here's her picture from Anita's 1923 yearbook, The Aroma. She was so nice.

Miss Ellen Key

Miss Key was a graduate of Gallaway College in 1917.

Dec 12, 2012 06:09 AM #12
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Anita Fuller

Harold Gene:  the teacher you're thinking of was Margaret Alice Redus.....I don't think she is this one.  Miss Redus never married, either, and as she was quite "obese" we called her Miss Reduce.  (behind her back, of course.)  She actually lived in a large house on Park Ave., probably just a block of so down (west) from the Dictionary.

 

I liked Miss Forest, too, and just took one course from her, geometry.  I don't EVER remember having a conversation with Miss Irene! I was scared to death of her. You couldn't get her off the subject, like you could Miss Thornton.

 

Debbie:  I don't think Miss Thornton or Mrs. Moodly have a relative left in this world to read what we're saying on this blog.

Dec 12, 2012 07:45 AM #13
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Don and Harold Gene, I also remember Miss Key!  She was a real expert, I understand, on Searcy history and I remember where her house was (now owned by a daycare) and remember seeing her around town.  She really was a nice lady. Nice picture, Don!

Anita, wonder what folks will say about us 80 years from now.  Probably no one will remember us at all....the extreme insult.

Dec 12, 2012 08:49 PM #14
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Anita Fuller

That would be the supreme insult, wouldn't it.  And I imagine that will be it!  I remember early on in my daughter's t.v. career when she got an insulting comment from a viewer, her news director said, "who cares what they think, just so they are watching"....

Barbara, are you getting Miss Ellen Key's home mixed up with Judy Deeners' home, 306 E. Center, now a DayCare? Of course Miss Keys might be, too:  205 E. Park, phone 524.

Dec 13, 2012 02:06 AM #15
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Anita, no I am not getting it mixed up.  Miss Key's house was right beside the daycare that started out as Dot Beck's and became Curtis Kindergarden.  When she died the heirs, to the best of my knowledge, sold it to the ones who own Curtis's.  The Curtis's have also spread across the street, too.  I always liked the way they had a fence painted like colored crayons.  Dot Beck's started in the old telephone office which we blogged.  Remember?  You might even remember who lived in the big main house.

Dec 13, 2012 04:06 AM #16
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Here is Miss Key's house.  (Used to be)

Miss Ellen Key lived here

And this is the main building for the kindergarden.

Old house on Park

They keep the grounds lovely.

 

Dec 13, 2012 04:21 AM #17
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Anita Fuller

THANK YOU, Barbara for the pictures.  I LOVE both the houses.  Makes me want to go back to Kindergarten!!!!

Dec 13, 2012 10:49 PM #18
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Anita, you know little kids love to get out at the "crayon" house.

Dec 14, 2012 04:27 AM #19
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Anita, check  your phone book, I think the last house that Barbara shows was the house of Mrs. Wilson, my first grade teacher.

Dec 14, 2012 04:48 AM #20
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Ludean Kidd

Harold Gene, you are correct.  Mrs. Wilson lived on that corner and she was my first grade teacher, also. 

Dec 14, 2012 06:41 AM #21
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Harold Gene and Ludean, thanks.  Found!  Another part of Searcy history.  What was Mrs. Wilson's full name?

Dec 14, 2012 10:08 AM #22
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Ludean Kidd
I 'think' she went by Mrs. Harry Wilson. I doubt I ever heard her given name.
Dec 14, 2012 10:41 PM #23
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Harold Gene Sullivan

To a kid it was Mrs. Wilson, period.

Dec 15, 2012 04:24 AM #24
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Reida Forrest Phelan

I'll check my old scrapbooks and geneology records concerning my aunt, Irene Forrest.  She may have already be teaching school in 1920.  Thanks.

 

Dec 31, 2012 10:53 AM #25
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Kyle Davis

When was Dot Beck's Kindergarten in the house that eventually became Mrs. Curtis's?  Or am I reading your comment incorrectly?

Jan 02, 2013 10:35 AM #26
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ludean, thanks for that information.

Harold Gene, good observation.  What kid ever asked for a full name?

Reida, check my latest blog.  It has your aunt's name in it.

Kyle, I don't believe Dot Beck's ever occupied the house that became Curtis Kindergarten.  Her business was in the old brick house that was once the telephone company office.  Another blog subject.....LOL.

 

Jan 02, 2013 09:03 PM #27
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