Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Maters, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet

The Annual St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet was held last night honoring the 1965 classes as well as the Class of 2015, but all alumni and guests were invited to attend.  Mass began at 5:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the social and dinner was followed in the Parish Hall.  

Class of 2015
Sarah Ruth Andrews
Alexa Baldizon
Travis Blanche
Jacob Breeden
Bash Brown
Ken Cook
Cameron Curtis
Megan Davis
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Dial
Derek Dolan
Drake Dorbeck
Luke Eckstein
Alyssa Engel
Anna Fletcher
Clare Gamble
McKaylan Gray
Brandon Harrell
Meredith Hull (President, Class of 2015)
Joseph Jabour
Nina James
Mary Kalusche
Jacob Kitchens
Casey Landers
Taylor Lee
Aaron Mathis
Beth Newman
Sydnie Palmer
Michaela Parham
Avery Parman
Charles Keith Pendleton
Laura Phillips (Step-Granddaughter)
Haylee Prescott
Connor Smith
Dixon Stone
Gabe Stuckey
Zach Taylor
John Tillman Thomas
Tori Thomas
Geoge Tzotzolas
Maggie Waites
Taedrin Warnsley
Katrinka Wayne
Caroline Webb
Allie Willis

Charlie and Jeanette Ring with Jeanette's brother, Mike Jones.

Myra Coccaro Logue and Vera Marshall Brown.

Vera Agnes Marshall Brown with husband, George.

Marian Ann Love Phillips and Billie Marie Price Clarke.

Class of 1959  - Only four classmates attended last night after being out of school for 56 years.  Left to Right ~Vera Marshall Brown, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Billie Price Clarke and Marian Love Phillips.

Saint Xavier, Dear

St. Xavier, dear, we'll think of thee
When classroom days have passed away
Those happy days to us will be
A bond of love when far away.


St. Xavier, dear, St. Xavier, dear
Your colors rare of blue and white
Will always be as dear to me
As on this very happy night.
Your daughters, too, are always true
Oh, Alma Mater fair
A hymn of praise to you we raise
For you our love declare.

We love thy halls, St. Xavier, dear
The friends we made there long ago
They come again in vision clear
To grace the scenes we used to know.

Class of 1965 

Left to Right ~ Elaine Kowaluk McKay, Sue Adams Simmons, Clement Schaff, Johnny Sanders, Ronnie Beard, Bill Sadler, Tommy Buell, Harry Piazza, Joe Tuccio.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Who Are They?

The one in the middle looks like Sister Mary Grace to me and the nun smiling big looks like Sister Mary Josephus who taught us in the 3rd grade.  Do you have a clue who they are? Leave a comment if you do.  

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter Classmates!

An Easter Prayer
God, give us eyes to see

the beauty of the Spring,
And to behold Your majesty
in every living thing -

And may we see in lacy leaves

and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power -

And may this Easter grandeur

that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,

And give us ears to hear, dear God,

the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful
than man's often empty words

Telling harried human beings

who are lost in dark despair -
'Be like us and do not worry
for God has you in His care.

In Jesus Name, Amen

by Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, March 09, 2015

Photo of St. Aloysius Burning

I recently saw this picture of St. Aloysius burning on Facebook and grabbed it to post on our blog.  I have never seen this picture before and wanted to share with our St. Aloysius graduates.  Below are some comments that were made about the photograph on FB.   

Bill Ford:  I was there, was doing news for WQMV radio at the time.  Sad day, because that was my school, Class of '67. Sad, yes, but the spirit of St. Aloysius came through.  Classes resumed the next day in temporary quarters.  After noon on the day of the fire VHS and WC students showed up to help with the salvage operations. 

Suzan N. David Ebeling:  The comments by the photo states the fire damage was mainly to the third floor and roof. The second floor auditorium and other parts of the building also sustained damage.

Robert King:  I remember that day that it started in the back area of the library.

Suzan N. David Ebeling:  I was on duty at Station #8 the day of this fire.  We had to go to Central to back up because every other fire truck was at this fire.  Then we get a call to a trailer fire on Hwy 27.  This is when the City Fire Dept. responded to the county.

Burnie Ewell Ratcliff:  Was there...Then we started handing textbooks from the classrooms in a chain hand to hand. God bless Father Alfred Camp for his leadership, wisdom and strength! 

Evelyn C. Weaver:  I graduated that year.  We were in trailers the rest of the year. 

James Sullivan:  Walked those halls for 11 years then to H. V. Cooper High School.

Leslie Evans Falgoust:  I was in the 7th grade.  Helped clean out everything that could be salvaged.  It was a sad day.  7th and 8th grades had to move back to St. Francis for the rest of the year.

Betty Foster DeRossette:  I cried and cried!

Carol L. Guion:  When it was still Clay Street School, my second grade classroom was the one on the first floor on the left.  Don't know why I remember that.  I also remember there were wooden floors.

Flavia Overman:  My brother was going there the year it caught on fire.  He was a Senior, Steve Ethridge.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

ST. Aloysius/SFXA Alumni Banquet

St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet

Join us for the Annual St. Aloysius/St. Francis Xavier Alumni Banquet Saturday, April 18! We will be honoring the 1965 classes as well as the Class of 2015, but all alumni and guests are invited to attend. Mass will begin at 5:30 at St. Michael Catholic Church, and the social and dinner will follow in the Parish Hall. Register by clicking on the link, or for more information contact the Alumni Affairs office at 601-630-9762.

The latest Thunderbolt:

The Vicksburg Catholic School Annual Luminary Prayer Service will be held April 1 at 8:00 PM on Balzli Field. To purchase a luminary, click on the picture which will take you to the form that can be returned to either school office. Please join us for this beautiful service!

April 18, 2015 * 5:30 PM
St. Michael Catholic Church

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Best Ever Erected Building In This City

This building is one of the best ever erected in this city, consisting of an exhibition hall, vestibule, stage and tier of dressing rooms on the lower floor, which measures over all 120 x 60 feet clear to the ceiling.  The auditorium measures 80 x 60 feet and has a rake of three feet from rear to footlights, and will seat one thousand persons...on either side of the main stage are orchestral balconies which accommodate each of two grand pianos...the drop curtain is a richly painted...scene of the pier in the Bay of Naples...untitled newspaper...1885.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mardi Gras Parade & Gumbo Cook-Off

Last Saturday was a perfect day for the Mardi Gras Parade and cook-off but unfortunately I had to miss both because I had already made plans to go out-of-town.  Here are a few photos that was taken by my Facebook friend, Brandi Bryant Hoxie, of the events.  My classmates who live in town that did not go and for those that live out-of-town, I wanted to show you what you missed.  Maybe next year you can come and enjoy the fun.  I sure hope to be there and that the weather will be just as nice.

Southern Cultural Heritage Center formally our Alma Mater, SFXA.

Under the tree-shaded south side of Crawford Street and across the street from the site of the political rally from the movie "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou," cauldrons boiled and bubbled, sending the aroma of sausage, chicken, duck, seafood and other delicious scents over and through the throng of people waiting in line for their taste of the cooks' art. 

The Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation's fourth annual Carnaval de Mardi Gras and Gumbo Cook-off at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center drew an estimated 1,500 people who queued up at tents and booths bearing the names, 'Quack Attack," "Em Cluckers," "Mud Bugs," "Redwood Rednecks," "Nobie's" and "Gumbones Hedz" for a taste of the dish that is part of the Gulf south's culture as Cajun, New Orleans brass band and zydeco music floated out through several speaker systems.

Warmer weather with the high temperature in the mid-60's and clear skies cooling to 60 helped the mood of the event.  Three booths, Riverwalk Casino's Rocky's Roux Dawgs and May & Company, serving the more traditional seafood gumbo.  Roux Crew's offering included shrimp, crab and oysters.

One booth, Quack Attack, operated by Jeff Richardson and Ty Wamsley, offered duck andouille sausage gumbo to the sounds of  zydeco music. "These are ducks shot right here in the MS Delta," Wamsley said.  

Mud Bugs offered another variation on the chicken and sausage recipe with a turducken gumbo featuring chicken, duck and turkey meat and gumbo. 

Roux Dawgs took first place in the seafood gumbo category, winning $200 and a free entry for next year's competition.  May & Company finished second, with Riverwalk Casino placing third.  In the non-seafood gumbo category, Novie's took first place and the $200 prize and free entry for the 2016 competition, Redwood Rednecks finished second, while J. Daddy Parms was third.  Nobie's also had the best booth display.  The Creek Krewe received the people's choice award. 

Mike and Jan Cronin Jackson enjoying the cook-off!
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