A different ad. Wallace Spencer's 5th grade. 1969 McRae Searcy AR

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Spencer 5th grade McRae Searcy AR old picture 

 

I love looking at the ads in the old yearbooks.  I came across this one and don't remember seeing any others like this one.  It says,"Congratulations, to the Graduating Class of 1969 from the Graduating Class of 1976."  Wallace Spencer's 5th grade class at McRae Elementary School in Searcy AR sponsored the ad.  

My understanding is that the ads are paid for by businesses or individuals who insert them so I can't help wondering whether the teacher paid for it or whether the kids went out and raised money for it. It is an interesting look at history.  The girls all have on dresses.  I remember when girls in Searcy schools could wear pants ONLY when the temperature reached a required freezing degree.  Then when it warmed up the girls had to go back to dresses.

 

I also remember when that dress requirement was removed.  I had a daughter in school at the time and it was time for them to get back into dresses after a cold snap.  One of her classmates complained to her mother about having to put dresses on again after wearing pants.  Her mother (bless her heart forever and ever) told her the rule was ridiculous and sent her back to school with the pants on.  That courageous lady and her daughter broke the dress code!!!!!   It definitely needed to be broken because at the time mini-skirts were the style, the shorter the better so it seemed.

 

But back to the picture......perhaps some of you will know some of the kids in the ad and can tell us more about it.....and about Mr. Spencer, probably a very popular teacher!

 

 

 

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Jennifer Henderson

Mr. Spencer was my uncle. We all called him "Uncle Wally." He was one of those special people who treated every child like they were his favorite. He was a career elementary teacher (Searcy McRae) and principal (at West Point School). He retired in the 80's and battled leukemia off and on until he passed away in 2003.
I was blessed to have him in my life and my older children were blessed to spend time with him as well. In his retirement, he quietly went about doing good deeds. At the visitation before his funeral, I heard many, many stories from people I'd never met of how he brought them meals, sat with their sick ones and made them feel special. Several of his students from WAY back in the day drove from other towns for his funeral.
When I was in college, I changed my major to elementary education because of his influence. I loved observing in his classes.
I don't know the story behind this picture, as I would have been only four at the time, but I can imagine that he asked the class to bring what change they could and he likely made up the difference if the amount was short.
He was always kind and generous. Thank you for sharing this picture! It's one that I've not seen before.

May 07, 2017 11:19 PM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Jennifer, thanks for the history of Mr. Spencer.  It does sound as if he was a wonderful person.

May 08, 2017 04:51 AM #2
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Leah Brooks

I loved Mr. Spencer! He was principal when I was in kindergarten at West Point, and was so disappointed when I didn't see him again because we moved to Searcy; we did manage to see him occasionally, and he always had a hug for me.

May 08, 2017 06:55 AM #3
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Jan Griffin Moon

I don't know about 1969 but in 1967 Mr. Spencer's class wrote to the AR Gazette on behalf of the Searcy Lions basketball team. They urged the sports writers to put them in the top 10 teams in AR, which eventually they did. They had their class photo in the ad section of the 1967 yearbook. Maybe it bacame a tradition after that. I know this because my brother Gary Griffin was a Senior starter on the basketball team that year. And i wasn't in Mr Spencer's class but I was in that same 5th grade.

May 08, 2017 08:12 PM #4
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Leah, we hear nothing but good things about him.

Jan, your comment helps us understand more about him.  He must have tried teaching about leadership.  I tried to find his obituary on line but was not successful.  I also need to search a few more of my old yearbooks and see if he put other classes in.  

May 09, 2017 04:42 AM #5
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