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2009 May 25-50 Years Ago in Burke County

Olive Hill says farewell to big graduating class

50 Years Ago in Burke County

  • Vivian Murray,
 Julia Carr of the Pilot Club installed new officers for the Anchor Club of Morganton High School. The new officers are Reta Sain, Tracey DeBell, Elizabeth Fleming and Rebecca Clemmer.

• Winners from Morganton in the 1959 Cotton Carnival twirling contest were Donna Summers, Elaine Hudson and Patty Thomas.

• Among the youngest taking part in the dance and twirling event are Laura Simpson, Linda Jean Johnson, Ann E. Whisnant and Susan Gibbs. Also appearing are Sharon Ivester, Flo Pitts, Calvin Sossoman and Steve Patton.

• Bucky Reep, American Legion baseball coach, gave Johnny Anderson of Marion some “keep’em high” advice as players for the Legion went through sliding practice. Butch Watts, a left-handed hurler, from Drexel will pitch the first game of the season.

• Max Watts from Salem School was chosen as the county’s best school bus driver and received a $50 cash award. Second-place winner was Gerald Cox of Morganton High who received $25.

• Arthur Ray Bradshaw, a ninth grader at Salem School, was selected by the National Science Foundation to attend a summer institution for high school students gifted in science.

• Olive Hill High School honor students graduating are Joyce Ervin, Edith Carter, Josephine Johnson, Bobbie Tate, Betty Jean Thomas, Mary O’Neil, James Caldwell, Vera McKesson, Algie Pittman, Eloise Caldwell, Lewis Shade, Dorothy Hayden and Ernest Houpe. There are 60 members graduating — the most in the school’s history.

• U.S. Navy Airman Robert B. Satterwhite is serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Essex operating with the Atlantic Fleet.

• Members of the Optimist Club met with employees who will be working at Optimist Park during the summer. Manager Claude Hoyle and president Clarence Crouch discussed operating procedures with Gary Mull, Dale Lybrand, Jerry Dale, Bobby Daves, Ronnie Fisher, Ervin Walker and Joe Bost.

• Recognized for being members of the American Legion for 40 years were Avery Powell, David Grady and Ray Abee.

• When Wiley Poteet celebrated his 80th birthday, his twin sister Mrs. Celia Poteet Carswell visited for a joint celebration. Twins run in their family so also present were Mr. Poteet’s sons, Monley and Conley, and Joanne and Judy Denton, twin daughters of Mr. Denton’s daughter, Mrs. Jina Poteet Denton. Betty and Bobby Denton, twins and grandchildren of Mrs. Jina Denton, were there as well. Not present were Gay and Kay Poteet, daughters of Monley Poteet.

• The police department announced that 420 pounds of sugar and two bags of corn weighing 100 pounds each had been turned over to the South Mountain Institute. The sugar and corn originally was to be made into home brew. The court ordered the sugar and corn be given to some charitable institution.

• Army Pvt. Richard M. Perkins recently completed the radio-teletype operation course at Southeastern Signal School, Fort Gordon, Ga.

• Seventeen students graduated at the North Carolina School for the Deaf’s 64th commencement exercise.

• Bits from J. Gordon Queen — The post office has installed a stamp machine and the prices will be the same as those bought at a stamp window … At the back of Caldwell Hotel, huge grading machines have been dumping tons of dirt in the ravine … A pair of dungarees chock full of woman … Roy Braswell prescribing a remedy for sore feet … Do you remember when Burke Drug advertised Viola Balm, a hand lotion? … Grandma Mrs. E.O. Shuffler, leading little Dennis James, who was pulling a marble jumping toy … Ed Wise with white paint all over his britches … Lou Lovelace bouncing around in a great big hurry … Paul Rhyne moseying along … Mrs. Neal Williams riding in a half-pint-sized auto … Smilin’ Jack’s cookie truck in town.

50 Years Ago in Burke County is compiled by Vivian Murray, a volunteer at the History Museum of Burke County.