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 ~

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SFXA Glee Club

On front row left to right: Unidentified, Marlene Wilson Caston, Mytle Loviza Curro Alvarado and Theresa Martin Kitowski.

On last row right to left: Marie Braun Yowan, Margaret McCormack Tice, Deceased, Myself, Marian Love Phillips, Kay Hess Simms, unidentified, Katherine Meyer Turcotte, others not identified.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Top Row: Sister Mary Assumpta and Sister Mary Rita
Second Row: Sister Mary Pius, Sister Mary Elise and Sister Mary Ethelbert
Third Row: Mrs. James Wood, Sister Mary Isabel and Mrs. Fred Melsheimer

Sister Mary Callista, R.S.M.

Our Principal at S.F.X.A.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

SFXA Girls in Library

Here we are (I'm here somewhere) in the SFXA high school library back in the fifties. This picture is in the hallway at our old school which is now the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. (Click on picture to enlarge)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

SFXA's Intercom System

Pictured above is Sister Mary Callista Reddoch, (Principal), Monsignor O'Beirne and Sister Mary Romuald Burns checking out the schools new intercom system.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mass in SFXA Auditorium

After the tornado hit Vicksburg on December 5, 1953, it had destroyed St. Paul's Catholic Church and Mass was held inside our school auditorium until a new church was built.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Looking for Class Photos

Ina looking through some boxes to find material for our 50th class reunion.

A mannequin dressed up in a Sister of Mercy habit in our old 7 & 8th grade classroon where all the old photos, etc., are being held.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More Pictures of the Tunnel

Looking out towards Cherry Street - Playground was on the left.

My husband, Bob, worked for Anderson-Tully Company (ATCO), a lumber company, as Director of Labor Relations, coming to Vicksburg in 1980 from Champaign, IL. He worked with them until he went on disability retirement in 1994.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Visiting The Past At SFXA

Auditorium door to the right and looking out towards Crawford Street entrance.

Writings on the wall made by donors to the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation in the tunnels.

Ina standing on the upper court looking at the children playing hide and seek. Notice the grass and trees now that have been planted.

The incinerated is crumbling.

A handicapped ramp has been constructed for those who can't take the steps.

About two weeks ago Ina Lott Whittington (Class of 1959) and I went to our Alma Mater (SFXA), now the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, to look for some material/pictures for our "50" Class Reunion. While there I took some digital pictures around the school yard. Here we are on the lower court by the O'Beirne Gym. The corner classroom seen used to be the first grade and is now used for ballroom dancing. Jim Frechette comes twice a month to teach classes. He is a professional dancer and has a studio called, Applause Dance Factory in Jackson, MS. I attend these classes every once in awhile. Going back to the old school really brings on a flood of good and happy memories of days gone by.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Monsignors and Bishops

Left to right, Monsignor M. J. McCarthy, Monsignor Hannon, Unidentified, Bishop R. O. Gerow, Unidentified, Bishop Joseph B. Briene, Monsignor Josiah G. Chatham and Monsignor Quinn.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Priest With the Golden Pen

In common with many other rural parishes in the West of Ireland, Mayo Abbey had a long tradition of providing men and women for the religious life. Many generations of priests, brothers and sisters from the parish have preached the Gospel in Ireland and in the missionary fields of England, The Continent, Africa, Asia and The Americas.

1994 marked the golden jubilee of the ordination of one such man, Fr. James G. Brett, of Shinganagh. Fr. Brett has spent his life on the American Mission, in Mississippi. We reprint part of an article written by the Editor of "The Vicksburg Sunday Post", which was published in "The Western People" and "The Connacht Telegraph" six years ago.

Father James Brett had a flair for writing when he was a schoolboy in his native Ireland. When he came to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in June 1945, he made a hobby of composing short essays that touched the heartstrings. He wrote under the pen name of "Rusticus", which in Latin means "a lad of rural origin".

His work caught the eye of the late P. P. Cashman Snr., then editor of the Vicksburg Evening Post who persuaded him to write a column for the newspaper. For several years, "Rusticus" was a popular item in the Post. His copy was handwritten, letters immaculately drawn. Older printers would marvel at his manuscripts. "Studying Greek, I found their Alphabet very beautiful. Their delicate letters influenced my hand-writing" he said. After an interval at St. Paul, his priestly mission took him from Vicksburg to Greenville, Oxford, Shelby,and other towns. Four years were spent in his native Ireland, after which he returned to St. Paul's.

James Brett grew up in Mayo Abbey, on the West coast of Ireland, where his father farmed. He was one of eight sons, there were 11 in the household. They grew such crops as oats, hay and potatoes, raised cattle and sheep. "The idea of joining the priesthood developed gradually," he said. "It was probably always in my mind, but in the beginning it would be vague. I entered the seminary when I was 19." For 22 years he never visited home. Now he returns every year.

A large man, Father Brett would lean back in his chair as he talked, clasp his hands in prayerful gesture. He would chuckle at happy memories, grieve over unpleasant revelations. He spoke softly in distinct Irish brogue that friends have likened to "the voice of God." He had come to America in an Allied convoy during World War II. The ships used evasive action to escape German submarines, landing at Montreal, Canada, instead of New York as scheduled. He came to Vicksburg by train. "It was June, and there was snow on the mountains in Canada. I was astonished at the size of the farms in the United States, particularly the Mississippi Delta. My father's place in Ireland had about 90 acres". Monsignor D. J. O'Beirne met him at the railway station when he arrived almost 45 years ago. Every year, a young priest would arrive from Ireland and would be extended a special welcome. "Three- fourths of young priests in Mississippi were from Ireland when I arrived. The country is more prosperous now, there are barely enough to fill the needs of the Church in Ireland," he said, lamenting the decline of young men and women entering religious life, particularly among the Irish-born.
Written by Charles Faulk, Associate Editor, Vicksburg Sunday Post (1994)

O'Beirne Gymnasium

"So goes the old Oak Tree!"

Site of Gym

"A gym at last!"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Reunion Meeting Last Night

We held our 4th reunion committee meeting last night and was able to get a lot accomplished. Those who attended at Sue McNamara Fowler's home were myself, Marian Love Phillips, Vera Marshall Brown, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Ina Lott Whittington, Jackie Melsheimer Doiron and Katherine Meyer Turcotte. Just a reminder that today is the day to have our registration information turned in with our monies to Sue. If you have not sent in your registration, please do so because we need to get a head count as soon as possible. Thanks! We look forward to seeing everyone soon! Happy Reunion!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First Holy Communion for SFXA & SAHS

Picture was taken April 1948 at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
(I'm the third one on right on second row).

Monday, March 16, 2009

SAHS ~ First Holy Communion

Courtesy of Gordon Sutton (Class of 1959)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Faculty of SFXA

(Click on pictue to enlarge)
Here is a picture of most of the nuns that taught us during our 12 years at St. Francis Xavier Academy. STANDING: Sister Mary Juanita, Sister Mary Josepha, Sister Mary Vincent, Sister Mary Rita, Sister Mary Angela, Sister Mary Francis Xavier, Sister Mary Callista, Sister Mary Felicita, Sister May Pius, Sister Mary Cyrena, Sister Mary Grace and Sister Mary Freda. SITTING: Sister Mary Aloysius, Sister Mary Annunciata, Sister Mary Scholatica, Sister Mary Clementine, Sister Mary Genevieve, Sister Mary Thecla and Sister Mary Isabel.

Our first grade teacher was Sister Mary Cyrena, Second grade, Miss Frances Herbert, Third grade, Sister Mary Giles, Fourth grade, Sister Mary Angelo, Fifth grade, Sister Mary Freda, Sixth grade, Sister Mary Freda, Seventh grade, Sister Mary John, Eighth grade, Sister Mary John, Ninth grade, Sister Mary Callista, Tenth grade, Sister Mary Assumpta, Sister Mary Romuld, Eleventh grade, Sister Mary Grace and Twelfth grade, Sister Mary Elise.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Class Reunion Meeting

There will be a Class Reunion Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Sue McNamara Fowler's home at 905 Crawford Street at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

SAHS ~ Class of 1959

Left to right - William "Bill" Marion Adams, Jr., John Richard Baker, Paul Booth, Edward Franklin Crevitt (Deceased), Ivan Hamilton Cunningham and Phillip Logue Doiron.

Left to right - George Quinn Evans, Wayne Morris Evans, Edward "Eddie" Rene Habert, John Albert Hennessey, Joseph Lindigran, (Deceased) and Walter Pitts Little.

Left to right - Louis "Sonny" Harry Logue, Alexander Birchett Mackey (Deceased), Loren "Larry" Laurence Miller, Mickey Albert Sullivan, Gordon Campbell Sutton, Jr., and Roy Vernon Turcotte.

Robert "Bob" Wilks Witty

Friday, March 13, 2009

SFXA Students in Uniforms

The courtyard at St. Francis Xavier Academy is abuzz with students in uniforms. Not sure when this picture was taken. It looks like our 2nd grade teacher, Miss Frances Herbert, standing with her students to the right.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our First Communion (1946-1947)

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Angel ~ Lucy Canizaro
First Row: Marie Braun Yowen, Katherine Meyer Turcotte, Ethel Lane Cessna, Linda Rose Kennedy, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Rosalie Wilkerson Baldwin and Sue McNamara Fowler
Angel ~ Ann Hardin Jackson
Second Row: Margaret McCormack Tice (Deceased), Marilyn Eustace, Patricia Stamm Rice, Patricia McNamara LeBlanc (Deceased)
Third Row: Mary Emily Duncan (Deceased) Marian Love Phillips, Katherine Hess Simms, Janice Calcote, Vera Marshall Brown, Jackie Melsheimer Doiron and Florence Murphy Boren.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


We have a correction on where to send the money for the reunion - It's 905 Crawford Street instead of 920 Crawford Street that was on the registration form....sorry for the inconvenience.
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