The Westerner World (Lubbock, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 32, Ed. 1 Friday, May 17, 1940 Page: 1 of 6
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Graduation For Seniors
To Be Impressive
Trial For Seniros
Set For Exercise
Monday Evening, May 27,
Is Last Service For Group
Seniors of 1940 will go on trial for
this year’s commencement exercise
which is to be held May 27 at 8 p.
m. in the Senior High School audi-
torium. Three hundred seniors are
to take part.
Concert To Begin Program
The program will begin with a
orchestra concert. The high school
orchestra directed by Miss Beulah
Dunn, will play “Lyric Overture,”
Bamberg; and “Processional.”
“The Class of 1940 on Trial” is
the name of the commencement this
year. The court will be called to
order by clerk Balph Wallace, and
then Orville Alder son, judge, will
make hiSf entrance.
The jury will be composed of Jean
Renner, James Merriman, Cleveland
Cobb, Lucille Hall, Marjorie Sneed.
Mary Ann Stephenson, Izora Ed-
wards, Thomas Pardue, Jimmy Qua-
lia, Elsie Burrus, Ralph Cocanough-
er, and Robert Mullin.
Joe McCraw will be Prosecuting
Attorney while the Defense Attorney
will be Jack Lovin.
Witnesses will appear on the trial
in testimony of “Democracy.” The
letters in their subjects will be com-
bined to spell out this word. Wit-
nesses and their subjects are: Devel-
opment, A. il. Sansom; Education,
Louise Cha^pelle; Morality, Henry
Lawson; Opportunity, Leon Hughes;
Character/Betty O’Mara; Recreation,
Robert I/vely; Art, First Movement,
F Majpr Concerts, Ophelia Mae Beall,
Virginia Belle Gamble, and Patricia
Selby* Rhapsody No. 2, Liszt, Pat-
rick!, ' Selby, Eleanor Mitchess, Ber-
/nice Keeton, Nell Arnett Johnson,
Mary Ellis Maedgen, and Ann Birk-
Ira Schantz will sing a solo, “Ave
Other witnesses are: “Citizenship,”
Verna Ray Jones; Youth, Paul Nail;
Judge Alderson will close the case.
Scholarships To Be Presented
Principal R. W. Matthews will
haye charge of the presentation of
scholarships. Superintendent W. B.
Irvin will present the class to the
Bohrd of Education. Presentation of
diplomas will be by Dr. J. T. Hutch-
inson, president of the Board of
The Senior Class will then join in
singing the Westerner School song
which will end the commencement
Eighty-seven gold medals will be
awarded to students having done
outstanding work in twenty-four
fields, Monday afternoon at 2:15.
This is the fourth year for such
Presiding at this special meeting
will be Mr. R. W. Matthews, prin-
cipal. The students will receive their
awards from each teacher of the
The recognized division will be:
Student council, volleyball, tennis,
debate, science, social science, in-
dustrial arts, declamation, dramatics,
mathematics, band, orchestra, Latin,
Spanish, agriculture, homemaking,
golf, art, typing, shorthand, The
Westerner, The Westerner i Torld,
distributive education and pep lead-
ers. The Ellwood trophy for-Ei.jlish
will also be presented at that time.
Senior High orchestra received a
rating of “third division” in ..he
regional-national music competition
festival held in Waco last week.
No class “A” orchestra received a
rating of “first division.” Waco High
school was rated “second division”;
Lrubbock, Austin, and Oklahoma City
tied for the third rating.
Miss Beulah Dunn, Senior High
director, stated that she had “no
regret's" as to the score the group
made, and added that in her opinion
they played quite well.
To Be May 26
C. E. FHereford To Deliver
Sermon For 300 Seniors
Approximately three hundred sen-
iors will start on their road to gradu-
ation Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock,
May 26, in the Senior High school
auditorium when the Commencement
sermon will be delivered.
Juniors To Lead
Clad in gray caps and gowns, the
seniors will be led down the aisle by
Cullen Chapman and Carey May,
juniors, to hear the Rev. C. E. Here-
ford, pastor of the First Baptist
Church, deliver the sermon. The
Rev. Carl C. Durbin, pastor of the
Cumberland Prebysterian Church
will give the Invocation, while the
Rev. W. E. Peterson, pastor of the
Asbury Methodist Church will read
Music will be furnished by the
orchestra, directed by Miss Beulah
Dunn. “Beautiful Savior” will be
sung by an octet' composed of Ira
Schantz, Carol Claiborne, Mary Mar-
garet Knisley, Eula Mae Watson,
Monte Jo Brashear, Martha Kuy-
kendall, Earl Ward, and Lehmer
Usherettes for the Commencement
sermon will be girls who have made
their dresses in the homemaking de-
partment and were recommended by
Miss Grtrude Watson. They are:
Bernice Coconougher, Edith Horton,
Dimple Mickey, Kathryn Stanley,
Elizabeth Straton, Patrica Ash,Mary
Jo Jackson, Dorothy Cook, Marian
Stratton, Jean Suiter. Corinne Abney
Josephine Henderson, Marie Swaboda
and Martena Stephens.
Seniors To Wear Gray
As usual the seniors will wear
gray caps and gowns, which they
can obtain Friday or Saturday, May
24 or 25, at Levines for $2.35, for
use on both Sunday and Monday.
One dollar will be refunded if the
cap and gown are returned on Tues-
day. Girls are asked to wear black
shoes and dark dresses. Boys are to
wear black shoes and trousers, white
: or light shirts, and dark ties.
Many A Historical
Frolic Held At
As Mr. E. J. Lowrey, Texas his-
tory teacher, watched the juniors
frolic at Buffalo Springs Junior Day
he was reminded of other frolics
which have been held at that spot
during the past 300 or more years
which were of a very different na-
According to Mr. Lowrey, who, by
the way knows more West Texas
history than his Texas History
classes could imagine, B u f f a 1 o
Springs has always been a meeting
place, first' for the Comanche Indians
and Mexican-Indian traders, then for
the buffalo hunters, and finally for
the cattle men, for it was .here that
they could water their cattle enroute
from Central Texas to the free graz-
ing lands on the Plains. But, it was
not until about 1928 that' the people
of this section of the country started
using Buffalo Springs as a social
meeting place, Mr. Lowrey said.
Buffalo Springs was first known
as “Canon del Rescate,” or “Rough
House Canyon,” because the Coman-
cheros, meaning Mexican-Indian
traders, used to trade “fire water”
to the Comanche Indians for horses
and cattle stolen from Old Mexico
and later from Central and Southern
During the great buffalo slaughter,
1875-1880, this resort received its
name, for many a thundering herd
of buffalo “bit the dust” at this spot,
Mr. Lowrey said. It was General
Ronald McKenzie, in an expedition
against the Comanche' Indians, who
discovered the water trail across the
Plains that leads to Buffalo Springs.
So, as the juniors swam, went boat-
ing, made sand sculpture, played
baseball, and pitched horseshoes, Mr.
Lowrey saw all of the historical set-
ting of the place of merrimerit, and
probably wished he could h^ld hisr
classes right there for atmosphere,
Issued Friday Of Each Week ^
Vol. 6 Lubbock Senior High School, Friday, May 17, 1940 No. 32
Junior Players Exhibit Talents
In the picture above the Junior play cast is seen in preparation for the hilarious entertainment they will
present tonight at 8 o’clock. In the picture, left top, in character, are: Jack Tippit, as Pinky; Buddy Beasley,
as Boyle; Jimmie Williamson, as Blackje; Amarie Lunch and Ruth Gray as newspaper women; and Byron
Varner, as Kenneth Scott. Right top picture shows Margaret Wallace, as Bobby; Wanda Sue Wilhite, as Ma;
Jack Terrell, as Doc; Sylva Wheelock, as In a; and L. A. StOcrs, as Pa.
Lower left Allows the power behind the play, John Tom Miller, sound techincian and radio announcer; Miss
Marie Cook, director; Mrs. Altman, “shusher,” Ruby Lee Horton, publicity chairman; and Evelyn Carpenter,
Lower right shows: Bernice Cocanougher, as Mary; Doris Cherry, as Bertha; Mary Elizabeth Grimes, as
Lulu; and Norma Day, as Mrs. O’Leary.
Juniors Present //Prize Family
According to Mr. E. M. Barnett,
golf club sponsor for Senior High,
the third annual Westerner Invita-
tion Golf Tournament will be held
tomorrow on the Meadowbrook Golf
course. Players will tee off at 10:00
Invitations have been sent to high
schools in Amarillo, Pampa, Vernon,
Sweetwater, Lamesa, Colorado City,
Abilene, Littlefield, Plainview, Big
Spring, Memphis, and Breckenridge.
The four-man team making the
lowest total score will be awarded
the Westerner trophy for one year.
The trophy was won by Lubbock in
1938 and Pampa in 1937.
Individual prizes will be awarded
for the best medal score. Mr. Barnett
announced that these prizes have
been donated through the courtesy
of Powers Sporting Goods, Sherrod
Brothel’s, Hub Clotheirs, Mallorys,
Durham-Bardine, Hanna-Pope, Hop
Halsey Drug Store, Hemphill-Wells
Company, and McDavis Clothers.
Fred Brewton, business manager
of The 1940 Westerner, has announc-
ed the people who will work on next
year’s annual business staff. Work
will begin next week, when new con-
tracts are made, F’red said.
Weldon "Wain will be the assistant
business manager, while members of
the advertising staff already appoint-
ed are Charles Bell, Johnnie Minion,
Gloria George, Lea Cummings, Foye
Jackson, Kathryn Duke, Channcey
Trout, L. A. Storrs, Ruth Merriman,
Juanita Landess, Connie McDonald,
.Billie Barber, Jimmie Williamson,
Fatine Cleveland, and Dale Odem.
Seniors Are Apt
To Be Mixed Up;
If So, Read This!
In order that the seniors will be
able to get out of Senior High School
without a mishap next week, the
following instructions may prove
On Monday afternoon the “little
fellows” will go to the office where
they will be given their sign-out
blanks. Summer school seniors who
have paid their fees will also be
given blanks. "Then, on Monday af-
ternoon and Tuesday morning the
blanks should be taken to each tea-
And, seniors should be sure to get
.the signature of all their teachers as
well as the librarian, or they will not
be allowed to take one step out of
the door. After all the necessary
autographs have been received sen-
iors should go back to the office and
check out officially.
Then, seniors are to be free until
Thursday, when the senior picriic
will be held at Buffalo Springs.
On Sunday morning those who ex-
pect to' graduate must report to Sen-
ior High school auditorium at 8 a.
m. to rehearse for the commence-
ment sermon and graduation.
Maxine Ford Wins Leather
Bound Book In Contest
Maxine Ford, a senior, has been
announced winner of the Shake-
spearean Essay contest conducted by
members of the local Shakespearean
club. Local women compose the club
and acted as judges in this contest
according to Mrs. Rosa Mae Bur-
ford. Students taking English 42
were eligible to compete.
Maxine’s subject was “Why Study
Shakespeare in High School.” As a
prize, she will receive a leather
bound book of Shakespeare’s Com-
By Ruby Lee Horton
At eight o’clock tonight up goes
the curtain, and then the puzzle be-
gins! Easy money is swell and the
cast of the junior play, “Prize Fam-
ily,” will show the' audience how to
try for it.
The first curtain rises on a group
of dramatically talented students of
the Junior class of Senior High
School, who will portray the Perkins
family, a modern family whose past
time is trying to win easy money
winning prizes. The following cast,
in order of‘appearance, has worked
very hard to make this play a suc-
cess and along with their director,
Miss Marie Cook, are eager to keep
the audience in laughter.
Ma Perkins, Wanda Sue Wilhite;
Bobby Perkins, Margaret Wallace;
Doc Piper, Jack Terrell; Kenneth
Scott, Byron Varner; Una Perkins,
Sylva Wheelock; Mrs. O’Leary, Nor-
ma Day; Will Perkins, L. A. Storrs;
Boyle, Buddy Beasley; Bertha, Doris
Cherry; Blackie, Jimmie Williamson;
Lulu, Mary Elizabeth Grimes; cam-
era^oman, Amarie Lynch; radio an-
nouncer, John Tom Miller; sobsister,
Ruth Gray; Pinky, Jack Tippit.
Not' only has the cast worked hard
in the production of' “Prize Family,”
but many other junior students have
done their part in assuring the suc-
cess of this domestic comedy. The
property committee is composed of
Evelyn Carpenter, chairman, Lucile
Read, Marilyn Radebaugh, Bill An-
thony, Cullen Chapman, and Billie
Louise Berry. Ruby Lee Horton is
chairman of the publicity committee
with the following students assist-
ing: Marry Jane Kinard, Dorothy
Lovelace, Mary Lou Scoggii, Olin
Monk, and Billy Tucker.
Wearing pinafores, the following
girls will serve as usherettes: Doro-
thy Weiss, Chloe Swart', Jo Nell
Slagle, Laneta Bechtol, Jean Young,
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