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 ~
The annual Spaghetti Dinner of S.F.X.A. was held by the Mercy Auxiliary on Saturday, October 22, from 10: a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The students sold tickets and the Junior High and High School girls served tables.
A profit of $2,770 was made from the dinner itself and the different stands. (Taken from the Maryon)
On October 27, 1955 a joint meeting of the S.F.X.A. Sodality and S.A.C. Confraternity was held in the O'Beirne Gym. The two best papers on the ideal Catholic Boy and Girl were read. A discussion was opened on the papers.
Modesty, unselfishness, good grooming, etc., were some of the points brought up and discussed at the meeting. Those present at the meeting were Brother (?), Father Green, and Sister M. Assumpta, and members of the Sodality and Confraternity. The meeting was closed with a prayer. (Taken from the Maryon)
The first meeting of the Junior Sodality was held on Wednesday, October 19, 1955 in the Library. The seventh and eighth grades were present. Elections were held. The results were as follows: Agnes Banchetti, Prefect; Vera Franco, Vice-Prefect; Marcia Coleman and Anna Louis Steen tied for Secretary and Rita Martin, Treasurer. It was decided that Anna and Marcia would take turns writing the minutes. (Taken from the Maryon)
The Sodality this year has been very active. We have undertaken many projects and are sure they will be successful. One of the recent ones is the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Each year at these times we get baskets and fill them with food for the poor.
Another is that we are going to take turns visiting the sick and old.
Especially for Advent each room has an Advent Wreath. These are a few of the projects. Keep it up girls and we will have a very successful year. (Taken from the Maryon)
Testing 1, 2, 3. Can you hear this? This is the voice of millions asking you to help us and send us books so that we may become educated like the rest of you. We send thousand of letters every day to schools asking that others to do the same, so that we might learn about the many improvements of the world around us. We beg you to collect books that are of no use to you and send them at once to us so that we may read and study them.
If you have not already discussed this project in a group please do so. I am sure that there are some kind students who will be willing to help us get the training that God would like us to have so that we may do His Holy Will and follow in His footsteps. Don't do this without consulting your principal or your teacher, but please do so as soon as possible. However, I am sure they would be glad for you to help us. We will pray for them as well as for you, for they are the ones that have educated such generous girls in such a wonderful school.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you we would like to know what is happening here in our country of Africa, so write to your nearest Castle, at Shattuc Ave. Cincinnati 26, Ohio.
Bye for now and please don't forget to write us and send us those books. (Taken from the Maryon)
Can you imagine a hayride, wiener roast, and dance all rolled into one? We did, and had one Saturday, November 12.
Promptly at seven, Betty Lou and Arthur, Glenda and Michael, Patty and Richard, Gloria and Bill, and Anita and Ted picked up Monetta, David, Rosemary, and Paul for a gay ride. The truck was filled with hay and we rolled merrily on, singing, laughing, and joking. Time passed and we thought of cold drinks and hot, hot days-so we rode to the picnic grounds. Arthur started a roaring fire while the rest of us prepared the food and wires. After the roast we went to the K.C. Hall for a dance. The decoration there was Autumn Leaves and we entered the Hall to the tune of that song. We danced 'till curfew time when we rode leisurely home tired but happy hay rider's. (Taken from the Maryon)
On Sunday, October 2, Fran B., Linda J., Francis S., and Betty Rose S. piled into Fran's car and set out for Rodney, MS, in search of a Rodeo to be held in that vicinity.
Passing Port Gibson, they rode 35 miles in the wrong direction before noticing that they were low on gas. As no gas station could be found, they went back to Lorman, MS, where they bought some gas and found the right road.
Two hours, ten different directions, and a broken axle later, they arrived at Rodney. Finding the Rodeo at last they sped through the gate just as someone yelled, "Tickets, please!" Just then a loud "yippee" was heard and everyone began filing out the gate. The Rodeo was over. (Taken from the Maryone)
Monday night, October 31, the Seniors had their last Halloween party at Delia's house. We had the best hamburgers, potatoes, and coffee you have ever tasted. Dancing and gossiping were the main activities for the evening. Here are a few items of interest; Did you know that Jo, Janice, and Shirley H. have started a "Bop Trio"? Did you know that Bobby Durst is a great photographer? Did you now that about, THREE girls like the same boy? Did you know that a DEAR FRIEND of Betty Mc's took us all home? "And so "Good night"!!! (Taken from the Maryon)
Two--four--six--eight, who do we appreciate! Delia, Mary, Joe, and Shirley! This tribute to the senior cheerleaders first brought the realization that "This is the last time I'll be cheering for a football game." I guess we had all thought about this being the last game, but not until now did it hit us in the face.
For us, this is the end of cheer leading and all the fun and work that go with it. There will be no more practicing, preparing for pep-rallies, decorating goal posts, and making rah-rahs for games. Most of all, no more will we tingle to the thrill of walking though the gate to the tune of the band and racing to the stands so as not to miss a single measure of the music and excitement.
We have cheered the final minutes of the game away and proceed to congratulate the boys on their splendid performances. When asked, "How do you feel now that it's all over?" the boys pretend to be indifferent, but they can't hide the tears in their eyes and the choke in their throats. Yes, this last game is hard for them to accept. Much harder than for us cheerleaders. Still we are proud to have been a part of this great team and to have cheered them through their victories. (Taken from the Maryon)
The Student Body is now the proud owner of a brand new record player. We're sure everyone is happy about this accomplishment. The Students are now planning a Christmas Dance. Let's pitch in and make it a success. (Taken from the Maryon)
Miss Mary Bea Brunini, President of the Senior Class, was one of the 4,000 semi-finalist in a scholarship contest. Mary Bea will compete for the scholarship on January 14. From the Senior Class, the best of luck! (Taken from the Maryon)
Funeral services were held in the Sisters of Mercy Chapel for Sister Mary Francis Xavier and Sister Mary Raphael. Sister Francis Xavier died on October 25, and Sister Raphael on September 15. These two Sisters will be missed by all the girls, especially those who were taught by them. (Taken from the Maryon)
On November 8, the Chemistry and Science classes accompanied by Sister Mary Elise, and Sister Mary Assumpta, boarded the Mississippi Power and Light Company bus for a trip to Jackson, Mississippi. Arriving in Jackson at about 9:30, they first made a short visit to the State Capitol. Next they went to the Power and Light Company where they were taken on a tour of the entire plant. Then dinner was served. (Half a chicken (fried), potato salad, pickle, rolls, cokes, and cake) A short cartoon was shown describing the advance of electricity within the last century. After a very enjoyable and educational visit they boarded the bus back for Vicksburg. (Taken from the Maryon)
On Sister Callista's eventful feast day, the Student Council sneaked into her office to set the stage for a big surprise. Excitement mounted as these girls experimented for about 30 minutes with a very troublesome PA system. Evey available nun was brought in on the secret, but the loudspeaker remained stubbornly silent. Finally Sister Ethelbert came dashing in with the solution.
Though the little group in the office was aware, strange, hushed noises had been flowing from the loudspeaker in Sister Callista's class. When Myrtle L. was sent to find out what was going on, the council rushed her back with solemn orders to report that there wasn't a soul in the office.
At last, at about 11:15, Mary Campbell was on the air with her feast day greetings. All the girls joined in singing "Happy Feast Day." Then Sister was left waiting, with directions to "sit tight", for the gift the officers of the student Body delivered.
We hope, Sister, that you enjoyed the surprise and present, and we also hope that you have many more pleasant feast days. (Taken from the Maryon)
Mary Campbell, our good little girl, is well-known all over the world; To make a living she sells canoes, And what does she use?? Her worn-our shoes. I'm sure you remember out of all the rest, Josephine Nohra, that sweet little pest; She found a new way to make money, They had to put her where it ain't funny. Shirley Mullen, who was such a tease. Now wishes that she wouldn't sneeze; Cause now she'll never get to the top, Being Co hostess at Randy's Record Shop. The girl who was so good at the hop, is now slaving behind a mop; Of all the Janitors she is the boss, Its Janice Jabour, our own little hoss. Shirley Habeeb, so coy in her way, Was quite a star in the Senior Play; She run Marilyn Monroe into the ditch And is now on Broadway in the Seven Year Itch. Bea Brunnini was quite a bird, Always seen and never heard; I wonder why it came about, That she is manufacturing Sauer-Kraut? (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
As we enter Saint Al's most hallowed halls The chest-swollen seniors answer last roll call. The first name called is Eddie Bradera The grid-iron hero and iron-fisted terror. With slide rule and pencil and chemistry book, "Here" calls Class Genius, William Cooke. Joe Crevitt's to be honored for his quick mental skill: "Don't know the answer now and probably never will." Jerry Cronin, the lover, was sent to the Brothers'; Hold have married the teacher, if sent to another's. With supple skill does his sinews employ, The shot-putting marvel, Frank Ethridge..."Elroy." Sad parting indeed, no more teachers to harrow, Farewell William Wayne (called "The Goose") Gargaro. We'll see more of him if bad luck prevail... In a hospital bed lying Horrible Hale. Norbert "T" Johnson's a happy man, Copies and yak-yaks to beat the band. Ted Marshall's the owner of royal blood, you know: Team captain and King of the C.Y.O. "Melsheimer," whispers J. B. just a-wishing He won't jump up and start talking "bout fishing. Pride of the class...we're happy to state Claude Riddle can vote when he graduates. Donald Roth, alias Mike Mahoney. Holds women in general are so much baloney. Wilbert Seid crossed the sea his knowledge to fatten. He no sooner learned English when he had to take Latin. Epitome of Manhood, Exponent of Might. Don't pick on John Shaughanessy if you choose to fight. A man with a choice is handsome Ray Terry. Will it be Brother Ray, or perhaps Mister Mary? Just one strong wind which is likely to blow And out of the window Jack O. Wood will go. Guys, we think you're swell. May your good luck never cease. But we can't say how much With just two lines apiece. Written by Karl Nichols and Robert Wilkerson (Who are living in the shadow of the Seniors' glory) Taken from 1956 Maryon
It was a bumper year for football at Saint Al's this past season! The Purple Flashes harvested eight victories in as many performances. Not that fine (?)ams aren't the usual thing at (?)C, but this was an exceptionally fine one. Needless to say, the highlight of the season was the big upset slaughter of the Natchez Green Wave, fifty-one to seven. All the players will tell their grandchildren about that one!
As a fitting climax to this successful year, the "A" Club and the "Mothers' Club" held the annual Football Banquet at which beautiful Northwestern Purple Aloysius jackets were distributed to the letter men. The only one to receive a jacket with three stripes was Eddie Luchessi "The Zebra." Co-Captains, Teddy Marshall and Ray Terry sported two stripes and a star apiece. Those receiving two stripes were William "Goose" Gargaro, Norbert "T" Johnson, "Farmer Jim" Nicholas, "Tiger" Jones, and "Buzzy" Koestler. William Cooke, Jerry Cronin, Joe Crevitt, Perry Hale, Cooter Hebler, Jacky Wood, Paul Layacono, Time Vollar, "Lightning" Mike Morrissey, and Jacky Mackey. arless substitutes who were presented with gold footballs are: Geo. Evans, Bobby Melsheimer, Clifton McMillon, Robert Davidson, George Ettinger, Eddie Habert, Monk Monsour, Joe Hossley, Bob Geary, Butch McCormack, Tommie Gordon, Harold Logue, Paul Chatham, Rollo Quirk, and Killer Riddle. Laudable managers who received jackets were Oscar L. Strickland, "Hot Poppa" Herrod, and Robert Crump Wilkerson!!!
The team wishes to take this opportunity to thank the eight beautiful Cheerleaders. Gold-Colored letters with a purple megaphone imprinted on them were given to Mary Campbell, Shirley Mullen, Josephine Nohra, Delia Durst, Judy Hale, Dooley Bell, Kay Steward, and Becky Bell.
Thanks to the Mothers' Club for the enjoyable Mix ups after the games. The Team appreciates the support of the fans, especially their most envied rooter, Monsignor D. J. O'Beirne, who furnished the necessary equipment and donated the jackets.
This article would be incomplete without paying tribute the our Coach. Thanks a lot, Joe!!! Written by R. C. Wilkerson & K. Nicholas (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
Barbara Kay Stewart was born in San Diego, California, on February 12, 1940. After seven months residence, she and her family moved to Vicksburg where they have remained ever since. At the age of six, Kay started school at dear ole St. Francis and for the past 10 years has made it her Alma Mater. Kay always active in school affairs, shows her outstanding leadership by the many offices she has held during her years at school. In the fifth and sixth grades, she held the office of class secretary. In the eighth grade Kay was president of her class and rated second in the coveted American Legion Award. When asked what honor she received in her Freshman year, Kay announced proudly that being a Freshman in high school had been the only honor she had received and in her opinion, the best so far. In the tenth grade Kay was elected Cheerleader by the Student Body. She also held the office of Class Representative this year. During the glorious season of Homecoming, Kay was muchly honored and thrilled at being Football Sponsor.
Kay likes are many and far between. These consist of sweet pickles, grapes, dancing, reading and all sports. Her most interesting subjects are History and Mathematics. Kay's pet peeves are few but those which she does have are most emphatic. What she first and foremost hates is grippe people. Under this heading comes these girls who show no class or school spirit whatsoever. I think we can all agree with Kay on these two points.
Among Kay's activities are Choir, Glee Club, Basketball and Tennis Teams, Sodality, and Sophomore and Junior Maryon reporter. (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
Anyone who walks the halls of S.F.X.A. as often as I do could not miss the happy face of one particular Freshman. This girl is Catherine Marlene Wilson, who along with many other Freshmen has made many friends among the upper class men.
Marlene began her long journey through life on a beautiful, autumn day in September during the year of 1941. Beginning her school career at Jett Vocational Elementary School, Marlene remained there for two years. From the third grade up to the present time, Marlene has been attending St. Francis Xavier. Marlene owes her excellent English and expression to our beloved Sister Mary Vincent, who educated her in this art from the third to the seventh grades. She has also been a music student for the past five and one half years.
During the Tornado, Marlene received an honor which I am sure she can always be proud. At this time she received a Red Cross Badge.
Like Kay Stewart (soon to be spotlighted) her likes are many while her peeves are few. Listed under the major likes are dill pickles, oranges, dancing, and parties. Her favorite subject is Algebra. Because Marlene is so active herself, she dislikes people who are unenthusiastic and killjoys.
Marlene's main ambition is to attend college and finally become a pediatrician. She also announced further ambitions but due to present conditions, these I cannot print.
Outstanding among her school activities is basketball but she is also a member of the Glee Club and Choir. (Taken from the 1956 Maryon)
Ladies and Gentleman: As we approach Harrison Street we see a wreck!!! Pow! Wham! Crash! Call an ambulance; there's been an accident at the corner of Harrison and Cherry. Hurry!! Two hearts belonging to L.C. and S. J. no other serious injuries.
Wow, I'm glad that it's over. Now, let's see, oh yes! As we turn the corner, we gaze upon the field of C.C.H.S. Look! There's a touchdown. Made by Susan Taylor. There she goes over the goal post for David Smith. What luck.
Well, let's leave and go w-a-y out to Glenwood Circle. What's this? Oh, just C.J.K. sitting, on the swing outside that big brick house, nothing unusual. I wonder whose house that is - Let's see. Ummm? Oh yes! mmmh! Oh, the Warners. I wonder if that's any kin to H. W. Naw. Couldn't be.
Well! Lets go out to Jackson Road a piece to Adams Street. Do you know whose pink shack that is? Of course-it's that France girl. Who does she like, won't tell!!! Oh well, I pity that poor boy!!! (Written by Lucy Canizaro and Carol Katzemeyer) (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
Attention all cupids! Lucy C., Sandra J., Kathy B., and Susan T. have been stolen! It seems, it all happened at a slumber party at the "Towne House" on Friday, April sixth.
Still monopolizing the seventh and eighth grade at S. A. H. S. is Patty H. with a certain seventh grade boy whose initials are D.S., one of her most ardent admirers. I wonder if I should talk to her.
Everybody went to the Senior Play. There is Carol K. with an adorable pink and white dress and matching pink duster. Judy J. wore a beautiful blue dress. Ethel Towne looked lovely in a pink dress. Looking their best were the Juniors attired in beautiful formals. The Junior boys didn't look so bad either.
The seventh grade is busily planning for the eighth grade graduation party and from the looks of things it's going to be a "Humdinger"! We're going to miss the eighth grade and their loud mouths. They seem real happy over going, through. I don't know if they want to get away from the seventh grade, Sister Ethelbert, or both.
We're glad to hear that Helen M. is out of the Hospital. She is back to digging homework, again.
Well, I see by the old clock on the wall that it's time to cram more personal pronouns into my feeble mind.
See you next issue!!!!!!!!! (Written by Susan Taylor) (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
With all apologies to the Ladies Home Journal column and sincere thanks due to the poor parents on whose bewildered comment this page was based. May it be a fitting memorial to all those poor suffering parents who can best tell when....There's a school girl in the house.....THERE IS A TIME IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN WHEN....Dad rummages furtively for his "one and only razor" just to find it's been used on the latest biology specimen and Mama finds her "brand new "Channel No. 5" drained dry with quite suspicious smells, drifting from her daughter's room.
When Grandpa finds himself employed as a "Ghost Writer" of composition during test week and indulgent Uncle Pete finds the nickle he used to toss to the "kid" has become a fifty-cent piece.
When Aunt Liza's treasured heirloom sofa becomes a resting place for pretzel-twisting phone callers and Johnny waits an impatient hour for "It" to finish dance preparations in the bathroom.
When dazed Grandma is rebuked for her ignorance of "Julius Caesar" and Mama finds to her sheer horror the nape danced off the living room rug!
When a once quite house turns into a crazy house lorded over by some unique specimen of making clad in faded jeans and buried under two fathoms of note book paper scribbled with literature and algebra with only a short stub of a pony tail showing...THEN YOU KNOW THERE IS A TEENAGER IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!! (Written by Glenda Betts) (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
Ah, Spring! There is no better way of heralding it than through the pages of fashions. The setting is Easter Sunday morning at St. Paul's while the characters are the students at S.F.X.A. The appearance of Alice G. in a darling, blue and white sheath causes quite a stir in the Choir Section. A few minutes later all eyes turned again as Mary C. breezed in wearing a bright, red sheath trimmed in white and a white sailor hat with red flowers. She looked terrific. A baby blue sheath with a white lace collar is modeled by Zita L., who really does it justice. Rosalie W. looked like a vision in her blue lace panel sheath. It seems to be the year for sheaths and all these girls wear them to advantage.
Dusters, too, were highly fashionable this spring. As if right on cue Joy C. walked in wearing a lovely creation of a red and black spring sheath and a straight black duster. Real sophisticated, Man! Rosemary Ellis, Judy H., and Delia D. all those dusters as their Easter apparel, and indeed they look like Park Avenue patrons. Well, I have come to the end of our chapter on fashions. I hope you have enjoyed thumbing through with me. (Written by Kay Stewart) (Taken from 1956 Maryon)
In our high-school Junior English class, the teacher was trying to impress upon us the importance of a large vocabulary. Sister told us that if we took a word and used it ten times it would be ours for life.
Just then I heard the girl sitting next to me saying something. Her eyes were closed and she was chanting, "Thuny, Thuny, Thuny, Thuny, Thuny, Thuny, Thuny Thuny, Thuny, Thuny. (Sonny) (Taken from 1956 Maryon)