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 ~







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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Exactly what day was the fire? Did any papers survive? Newspaper archives, old yearbooks, financial records, etc? Thanks.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Not sure what day was the fire but will try and find out and post back here. Thanks for coming by. Marian

Marian Love Phillips said...


Per Bill Ford of Vicksburg, Class of '67 - Fire was in April of 77. Most of the records survived as the fire was contained in the west end of the third floor. I saw filing cabinets on the second floor with the records in them. Of course there was heavy smoke and water damage throughout the building.

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