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 ~

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Scheduled Class Reunion Meeting

Our Class of 1959 reunion meeting has been scheduled for:

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Home of: Sue McNamara Fowler
Address: 905 Crawford Street, Vicksburg, MS

This meeting is very important because we have have about two and half months to get things worked out. We will keep everyone informed as we go along. All the classmates that live in town, please try to attend! All our classmates that live out-of-town...will keep you updated on our progress through emails and on our blog at Class of 1959.

Thanks and have a great day!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

St. Aloysius Flashes "Little Backs"

The picture below was taken from Sunday, January 4, 2009, The Vicksburg Post, from an article, A View From The Top. This is a collection of historic photos taken in and around Vicksburg and are featured on Sundays only. Many of the photos are from the J. Mack Moore Collection at the Old Court House Museum. Though not all photos were taken by Mr. Moore, they are part of the collection given to the museum by longtime Vicksburg Post managing editor Charles J. Faulk. Appropriate photos from the public will also be accepted and published. To submit a photo, contact Karen Gamble at 601-636-4545.

A November 8, 1951, photo that appeared in The Vicksburg Evening Post showed five members of the St. Aloysius High School football team that their coach, Joe Balzi, called the "little backs." The boys were second string when this photo was taken, but they went on to be quite the winning team during their senior year. "We were invited to a bowl game, but Brother Mark declined, saying it was time for us to get back to the books," said Joe Durst, who submitted the photo. The "little backs" are: from front, Howard Madison, Johnny Wood and Joe Durst. Back left is John Wilson Ellis, and Freddy Groome is at right. Balzli, for whom the St. Aloysius field was named in 1995, was the football coach at the Catholic High School from 1936 until 1961.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

St. Al Starters Playing Last Game Tonight

Harold Logue, Robert Witty and Philip Doiron (Class of 1959)

John Hennessey, Jackie Mackey (Deceased) and Eddie Habert (Class of 1959)

George Evans, Joe Lindigrin (Deceased) and Ivan Cunningham (Class of 1959)

St. Aloysius Ends Grid Play Tonight As Battles Kilmichael
Balzi's Flashes Seek 2nd Straight Unbeaten Season
Kickoff Is Set For 7:45
Foe Has Scored 189 Points To 20 For Opponents
by Billy Ray (Sports Editor)
Coach Joe Balzli's St. Aloysius Flashes will ring down the curtain to a most successful football season tonight when they take on the Kilmichael Hornets, rated one of the strongest teams in North Central Mississippi. Kick-off is set for 7:45.
Kilmichael was scheduled only last week when North Carrollton, having a hard time this season, asked to be dropped. The Hornets, with an all-senior starting eleven, were quick to grab a change to show their talent against the undefeated, untied Flashes.
Kilmichael, enjoying one of its best years on the gridiron, has lost only two games, both by one-point margins - to Lexington and Durant - while accumulating 189 points in a high-geared offense. Only 20 points have been scored upon them all season, and that by the teams that have beaten them.
Lexington, the team the Hornets bowed to by one point, has been one of the two teams which battled the Flashes to the closest margin. At. Al edged Lexington in the season opener 19-13 and escaped powerful Mendenhall, kingpin the the Little Dixie, 12-7. The Flashes have been able to name their score in the rest.
For St. Al, 11 players will be playing their final game in Purple and White uniforms, including nine starters shown above.
(The St. Al mentor warned his players that he was expecting one of the toughest games of the year...that tonight's foe has a great team, one that can go all the way on any given play - and the bad thing about it, we haven't been able to scout them, therefore, we don't know what to expect from them)
Bob Witty: St. Al 59 - Kilmichael 25. Score was 39-0 at half and Balzi had all starters dress in street clothes except for me so I could play defensive back as Kilmichael had tall ends who were catching passes over our short 2nd string team.
Courtesy of Robert "Bob" Witty (Class of 1959)

Friday, January 23, 2009

St. Aloysius Flashes

Photo courtesy of Robert "Bob" Witty (Class of 1959).

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Southern Cultural Heritage Experience

The Southern Cultural Heritage Complex, a Mississippi Landmark property and formerly the St. Francis Xavier Convent and Academy....architectural history from 1830 to 1954. To find out about upcoming events and programming or to inquire about rental of the auditorium, call 601-631-2997.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Robert "Bob" Witty (Class of 1959) sponsored, Theresa Martin Kitowski (Class of 1959) at Homecoming. (Contributed by Bob Witty)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Can you remember this?

Click on menu to see up close!

Yes, I remember Woolworth's. Do YOU? I guess we're not kids anymore......

If any of you have doubt about what we as kids paid for a coke and a sandwich at Woolworth's (How many don't know what Woolworth's was?) in the 1950's, here's proof of the era we lived in........Can you believe it was in ENGLISH ONLY!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bob Witty's Family

A picture that Bob Witty sent to me yesterday by email of most of his family with middle daughter and granddaughter excluded. A very nice family photo and love the shirt Bob!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


You can check the side bar to the left for recently posted autobiographies. I posted Marie Braun Yowan's yesterday. Would like to get more autobiographies before April. Please email me at
Thanks! Marian~

Friday, January 09, 2009

Patsy Glass Duncan

A Christmas picture with my girls. My daughter, Elizabeth (Buffy). Then left to right Amanda Kathryn, Rebecca Ellen and Sarah Elizabeth.

I went to SFXA from the first grade through the tenth grade. Loved every minute of SFXA. My absolute favorite teacher was Mother Clementine, my piano teacher. She was just like my grandmother. Loved her very much. I have a porcelain doll that belonged to her. I graduated from Cooper in 1959 than went to MSCW for two years and then to Ole Miss for two years. In 1963 I graduated with a BS in Business from Ole Miss.

Since both my mother and father families were from Tennessee I moved to Memphis. Worked for First Tennessee, then accepted a job as a systems engineer with IBM, but instead got married in 1965 to William Lloyd Duncan. He is a surgeon. We have two children, Elizabeth (Buffy) and William (Bill) and three Granddaughters. We moved to Martin, TN in 1971 and have lived here since then. Bill is a producer broker in Arizona and Buffy is an OBGYN practicing here in Martin. Martin, TN is 130 miles due north from Memphis, ten miles from Fulton, Ky.

Love, Patsy
Thank you Patsy for sharing your life story with us. We are all looking forward to seeing you and sharing our fondest school memories together. ~Marian~

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Officially Linked

I am pleased to announced that our blog, Class of 1959, has officially been linked to the Vicksburg Catholic Schools website under the Development & Alumni Affairs Office site. We all look forward to our class reunion with great anticipation and will be making plans for the BIG EVENT to be held this coming April! Stay tuned classmates!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Enjoy classmates!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Marie Braun Yowan's Family

I received this photo of Marie Braun Yowan (Class of 1959) today of her with her family taken at Ocean Isle, North Carolina where her husband Bill's parents have a home. Shown with Marie is her husband, Bill, daughter Sandy and son Gary. She said that she is looking forward to seeing everyone this spring at the reunion. ~Marie
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