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 Mater's, 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 ~

Friday, February 29, 2008

At Culkin

~ Head coach Erwin Baylot (right) and new assistant, Richard Beasley, center activity last night on ace junior quarterback, Glenn Griffing, who is expected to spark the Blues to another great season. Griffing passed for 16 touchdowns last year and scored two more on keep plays.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

At Redwood

~Coach J. D. Dorman (right) talks over the situation with returning lettermen, bottom row, left to right, Jimmy McCluskey, Donald Oakes, and James McCluskey. Standing, Charles Hintson, jack Cooper and Richard Bounds. Missing, Clayton Wright. Redwood held first workouts last night. (Photo by B. Ray)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Back Again At St. Aloysius

~These ten lettermen were on hand yesterday (March 4, 1957) as St. Aloysius began spring football practice, left to right, front row, tackle Leo Koestler, blocking back Jimmy Monsour (deceased), fullback Eddie Habert, end Harold Logue and guard Jackie Mackey (deceased). Standing, end Don Riddle, center George Evans, Guard Mike Morrissey, guard Thomas Gordon (deceased) and center Geroge Ettinger. (Photo by B. Ray)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

SAHS Touchdown Club Trophy Recipient

~ Mike Hosemann (left), St. Aloysius right end, was the Flashes' recipient of the Vicksburg Touchdown Club's football trophy. He was presented the trophy yesterday in school assembly by Ed Irwin, president of the club, for being selected by teammates as the Most Valuable Player on the squad. (Above photos by Billy Ray)

Monday, February 25, 2008

St. Aloysius Letter Winners

~Twenty-one St. Aloysius football players were presented letters and jackets in school assembly yesterday for their part in giving St. Aloysius an undefeated football season. The honored players are pictured above, front row, left to right, Jimmy Monsour (decreased), Gordon Sutton, David Etheridge, Neil O'Neill, Richard Childress, Billy Howell and Ivan Cunningham. Second row, Leo Koestler, Joe Lindigrin, George Ettinger, Jackey Mackey (deceased), Eddie Habert, George Evans and Harold Logue. Third row, Paul Hosemann (deceased), Billy Jennings, Bobby Davidson, Mike Morrissey, Mike Hosemann, Donnie Riddle and Tommy Gordon.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

At Carr Central

~Greenies gather around coaches for chalk drills as opening drills commenced yesterday morning. Team will work out in shorts this week, go into full dress next week. Greenies are defending Big Eight champions.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

At St. Aloysius

~Full gear was the order of the day for Joe Balzli's St. Aloysius Flashes as first drills were held yesterday afternoon. Early comers donning gear are, left to right, manager Bob Wilkerson (deceased), Mike Morrissey, Paul Chatham (deceased), Eddie Lucchesi, George Evans, Don Riddle and Jesse Jones.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tough Schedule....

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

St. Aloysius Homecoming Queen and Royal Court

~Miss Judy Hale was crowned St. Aloysius Homecoming Queen at Farrell Field here last night (Friday October 11, 1956) where the Flashes were host in a rival gridiron battle against the Natchez Cathedral Greenies. The Queen and Royal Court and the St. Aloysius football players who sponsored them are: left to right, Peggy Calcote sponsored by Butch McCormick (deceased), Bettye Ann Smart sponsored by Joe Hossley; Andrea Kelly sponsored by Tim Vollor; Joy Canizaro (decreased) sponsored by Paul Loyacono; Queen Judy Hale sponsored by Eddie Luchessi; Frances Powell sponsored by Karl Nicholas; Rosalye Wilkerson sponsored by Jesse Jones; and Patsy Glass sponsored by Paul Chatham (deceased). The Flashes racked up their 15th consecutive gridiron win at the jubiliant Homecoming tilt by thrashing Natchez Cathedral 32 to 0. (Photo by John Halbach)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sportsmanship Trophy

~Coach and Player Exhibit Trophies. Coach Peggy Swett, left, holds the Sportsmanship Trophy, which will be on permanent display in the St. Francis Xavier's Academy in Vicksburg, and Shirley Farish has a smaller replica. Miss Farish's name will be engraved on the large trophy. (Photos by Billy Ray)

~Receives S.F.X.A. Sportsmanship Trophy. Coach Peggy Swett is shown presenting the St. Francis Xavier Academy's basketball Sportsmanship Trophy to Shirley Farish, member of the team and a senior, at the annual banquet honoring the Blue Streaks. The event was held in the cafeteria of the O'Beirne gymnasium in Vicksburg on March 31.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

SFXA Girls Are Champs

~Sure-Shot Shirley - One reason for St. Francis' success this season was its "Triple-S" attack by "Sure-Shot Shirley", meaning Shirley Farish and her seldom-missed charity tosses. During the regular season, Shirley averaged between 15 and 20 free pitches per game. In above photo is one of her shots ripping the basket to perfection. Action occurred in last nights championship battle against Redwood. Also against Hazel Walker last night in a free throwing exhibition at City Auditorium, Shirley made good on 14 out of 15 yet got beat as Hazel had 15 for 15.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Come On Girls, Stretch

~If stretching is good for the body, these girls should be in good shape. Action took place in the county girls' championship game last night at Redwood won by St. Francis 59-43. (Tourney photoes by B. Ray).

Sunday, February 17, 2008

"Speedy" Puts On A Show

~Comfortably ahead in the late stages of the girls' country championship game at Redwood last night, little Katherine "Speedy" Meyer put on a razzle-dazzle dribble exhibition that had Redwood's girls going around in circles. St. Francis won 59-43 to become the new girls' champs.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Give Me That Ball!

~Katherine Meyer, who according to the Redwood girls, was slippery as an eel, goes sliding across the floor for the loose rolling ball in last night's championship game at Redwood, MS. Meyer not only was in on nearly every play but she was the high scorer also with 28 points. Way to go Katherine!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Champions

~These St. Francis Xavier Academy cagers are overflowing with joy - they had just defeated Redwood 59-43 for the Warren County girls' basketball championship a few seconds before picture was made. The happy champions pictured with their trophy are left to right, front row, Shirley Farrish, Katherine "Speedy" Meyer, Coach Peggy Swett, Rose Setaro, Agnes Banchetti and Patty Reese. Second row, Patsy Glass, Jackie Melsheimer, Rita Martin, Pat Booth, Carolyn Davis, Ann Hardin and Carol Strickland. Third row, Vera Marshall, Linda Melsheimer, Kay Stewart, Betty McIntyre, Joy Canizaro, Marlene Wilson, Theresa Martin, and managers Joyce Melsheimer and Judy Hale.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"The Ghost In The Glass"

~1958 Senior Class Play Program~

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Just Us Girls

~In the 10 grade I was in involved in the JUG, which stood for "Just Us Girls." It was made up of inter-media teams playing basketball and volleyball together. This was the name we chose to use.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Trophy Winner & Happy Joe!

~1955 VIRGADAMO TROPHY WINNER - William Gargaro, 17-year old senior guard of the St. Aloysius Flashes (right) was the recipient of the 1955 Anthony Virgadamo trophy award at the Flashes annual gridiron banquet last night. Shown presenting Gargaro the beautiful tropy is Bill Carrigan 1953 winner.

~HAPPY JOE - Joe Balzli (second from right), head coach of the St. Aloysius Flashes, was barely holding back the tears when this picture was made last night at the conclusion of the annual SAHS football banquet. Coach Balzli had just been presented $675.00 from fans and members of his team in appreciation for an undefeated, untied season, the first at Aloysius since 1939. Others in picture are left to right, Teddy Marshall and Ray Terry who presented a $75.00 gift certificate on behalf of the players; Mrs. Balzli and Bob Evans who presneted a $600.00 check made possible by Aloysius fans. (Photo by Billy Ray)

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Cheerleaders Awarded

~FLASHES-CHEERLEADERS AWARDED - St. Aloysius put beautiful Christmas wraps on a underfeated, untied season at the Flashes annual grid banquet last night when deserving members of the team were richly rewarded for their meritorius achievement. Above picture shows Aloysius players who were presented jackets and St. Francis cheeleaders who were awarded letters. (Posted in The Vicksburg Post on Tuesday, December 20, 1955).

Friday, February 08, 2008

May Devotion

~CROWNING CEREMONY - Miss Myrtle Loviza, 1959 graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy, led the crowning ceremonies at St. Paul's Catholic Church Friday.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Report Card

~ Somehow, I was able to hang on to my first grade report card through the years. This is a keepsake for sure! My first grade teacher was Sister Mary Cyrena and the Principal was Sister Mary Callista.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Award Winners

~ The three girls pictured above, all recent graduates of St. Francis Xavier Academy, were awarded honors upon graduation. Theresa Ann Martin, (left) had the highest grade average of the graduating seniors and was awarded a scholarship to Siena College in Memphis. Jackie Melsheimer and Katherine Meyer were given the Kiwanis Club award for scholarship, leadership and loyality to school and communtiy. (Vicksburg Evening Post, Wednesday, June 3, 1959) ~Photo by John Barbour

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Football Queen

~FOOTBALL QUEEN - Miss Marlene Wilson, senior at St. Francis Xavier Academy, has been named St. Aloysius High School football queen and will reign at Homecoming on October 24, 1958.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

1955 - 7 & 8 Grade Class

First Row: Alice Finane, Marcia Coleman, Charlene Guiney, Carolyn Davis, Sandra Allen and Bertha Dearing.
Second Row: Peggy Calcote, Sandra Hoxie, Agnes Banchetti, Tessie Burnini, Jane Cathy, Jackie Andrews, Bobbie Banchetti and Vera Franco.
Third Row: Marie Braun, Katherine Meyer, Sue McNamara, Marian Ann Love (Me), Ethel Marie Lane, Mary Emily Duncan (Deceased) and Theresa Ann Martin.
Fourth Row: Lynda Kennedy, Ann Freutel, Myrtle Loviza, Ina Carol Lott, Rosalye Wilkerson, Patsy Ellen Glass, Margaret McCormack (Deceased), Pat McNamara (Deceased) and Marlene Wilson.
Fifth Row: Barbara Ables, Jackie Melsheimer, Kay Hess, Muralyn Totty, Vera Marshall and Florence Murphy. Teacher ~ Sister Mary John
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