|A Last Look at Dear Old Minden High
School days remembered
A look at the yesteryears of Dear old Minden High
Compliments of Juanita Agan and the Minden Press-Herald
Photograph's at the bottom are compliments of Ann Mays Harlan
Next Saturday, July 9, we will be allowed to once
again, for the last time, walk through the halls and
rooms of the 1924 High School Building. This generation
calls it the old building and I suppose it is
old. Since I am a year older than it is, I guess I
qualify for being old, too. And so our old high school
building is scheduled to be torn down this summer and a
new building erected in its place. The building may be
gone, but not the memories, some sad, some happy, some
The old building of Minden High will be open for the last time Saturday.
As I enter the front entrance I remember when the
parapets were much higher, in fact when you sat on them
your feet hardly touched the ground. When the old (to us)
1910 building was raised the lot was graded down and the
dirt filled in on the front of the 1924 building. That
made the parapets much lower.
The Principals Office
On the right was the principals office where Mr.
Emmons was along with his secretary.
If you walked straight ahead you would enter the
auditorium. Many memories from that room, prominent among
them would be the high school graduation exercises.
Someone built risers for the stage so that we could all
be seated and all be seen. My graduation dress was pink
dimity with a square neck back and front. The risers were
close together and I remember the fern in the bouquet the
girl behind me held ticked my neck. It was all that I
could do to sit still as the fern moved across my neck.
It was a hot night and I itched from that
fern. I was so surprised and so shocked, but so happy to
hear my name called as the recipient of the American
Now if you took the left hall instead of going into
the auditorium, Miss Ruby Craton and Mr. J. B. Leftwich
had their class rooms on that end of the first floor.
Miss Craton made History just about my favorite subject.
She was such a sweet person, always with a smile on her
face, and such an excellent teacher. Mr. J. B. Leftwich
was far ahead of his time in teaching methods when he put
into practice the lessons we learned in Biology. We
learned of filling the decay in trees and helping them to
live longer. He had us scoop out the decay and mix up
cement and fill the hole. The trees lived and continued
to grow. He had us research many subjects, write a paper,
and deliver it to the class. Today that might be
considered an Accelerated Class. My memories
of these teachers are such happy memories.
The Second Floor
Upstairs Mrs. R. A. Baker, Miss Kuma Shealy, Miss Mary
Annie Wall and Miss Mary Bell had their classrooms. There
are so many stories that I could tell you of each of the
teachers. Mrs. Baker was such a gentle teacher, but such
a kind and loving person. Now Miss Wall had an eye
problem, and I was not sure if she was talking to me as
her eyes were crossed. But she taught us the
meter of verse, and I can still hear her as
she beat out Iambic Pentameter which was the meter we
were studying. She would say the stag at
eve......had drunk his fill.........where
danced the moon ......on Monans rill. I
still can hear, and I notice the meter of poetry today
because of her. Miss Bell was such a tiny teacher, very
short. She was also a kind person. We have all known
about the wonderful Christian lady Miss Shealy was. She
kept a Bible on the corner of her desk. She had a
particular problem in Geometry that she called the
bridge of fools and if you did not get that
problem you were sunk. They expected
much of us and we came through for them. They
taught. I loved each of these teachers and still remember
many of the things they taught us.
These were the days of the Great
Depression and life was not easy for many of us,
but we coped and came out of the deprivation stronger,
A Word of Advice
Our childhood dreams have ripened, and weve
learned a thing or two from hopes weve seen,
fulfilledassorted troubles weve been through.
Photographs taken at the July 9, 2005 Tour
Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan unless noted otherwise
1. Claire Turner Fussell, (('65)Ramona Wigley('44), Carolyn Sale McDaniel ('54), Morris Busby ('75) & Linda Fomby in the background
(Identified by Barbara Mendenhall Mclemore)
2. Wanda Monzingo Ballard ('52)& Waurynne Hurley Neely ('52), Standing in the background from l-r looks like Monette Grounds ('57), Billy Kidd (54) and Marcelee Robinson Culpepper ('57)
3. Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh (Class of 1955)
The six flags found in the classrooms were given to WWII Veterans who came to the tour
4. Jim Gritzbaugh compliments of LeVerne Langheld Kidd
While looking at the website for mindenmemories@.org, Under the subtitle "A Last Look at Dear Old MHS School Days Remembered" I noticed a plea for the identity of the person behind #4 Jim Gritzbaugh. This is Julius Hinze, the husband of my cousin, Betty Simolke (class of '59). Julius graduated from Doyline High School about l957.
If so please e-mail MindenMemories@AOL.COM
5. Peggy Staples ('51) and her niece, Cyndy Pugh (Daughter of Bobbie ('48) and Rex Pugh) In the background is Bobby Moorehead
6. Mickey Watson ('54) and Bernard McCoy ('51)
7. Maurice Whitlow and Carolyn Sale
8. MHS Principal, Morris Busby ('75) and James Madden ('56)
9. Jim ('56) and Billie Turner
10. Cleve Strong & Sonny Hargrove ('60)
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