Class Photo

Graduating Class of 1928

This photograph was submitted by Louise Perkins and she writes,

"Greenbrier High School Graduating Class of 1928. The only person I can identify is first row on the left is Oleta May Arritt Collins.
Some of the graduates may be the following which is a list of persons graduating from 8th grade: Mary Margaret LEE, Lucy LEE, Glenia LONG, Pauline McDANIEL, Mary HOUCHINS, Adelia PHILIPS, Katherine SYDNOR, Alice PALMER, Rosalie HOWARD, Frances GROVE, Edna WORLEY, Fred JETER, Doran SAMPLES, Thomas CLIFFORD, Thomas DOUGHTY, Charles GEORGE, Edward DUNN, Robert VAUGHN, Billy BLAKE, Fred WOODRUM, Howard VAL.
East Ronceverte: Oleta ARRITT, Ileen GREEN, Elsie SAMPSON, Paul MORRIS, Russell HOGSHEAD."

If anyone can identify these students, Louise would like to hear from you!

Special thanks to Louise Perkins for providing us with this picture!

UPDATE!! The following is an email response to the above photograph. Another Greenbrier Family connection is made!

From: "Lori Samples/Bill Tworek" [] To: "Valerie F. Crook" [], "Louise Perkins" [], [ Subject: Greenbrier High School Reunions-high school info Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 22:20:20 -0400

To Louise and Valerie and anyone else who want to read about the Greenbrier Class of 1928, It is rare that someone has something I DON'T!!! My grandfather was a PACK RAT.... and from the class of 1928, and you guys gave me his high school graduating picture, what a rare find. Thank you so very much. This photo you give reference to was NOT an 8th grade graduation (I have his diploma etc...) but a HIGH SCHOOL 12th grade Graduation as he told me. He was born in 1909, so he would be 17 years old in this photo, which looks more like what the fellows ages are.

Second piece of info, which one is my grandfather? He is DEAD CENTER in the back row, three people to his left, three people to his right. His name is Doran K. Samples, Sr. It might be neat for you to look at his picture for one reason, all the books that I have? They belonged to him. He was a wonderful man, and it is in his memory that I do these lookups and transcribe historical data to share with the group.

There was an ALL CLASS reunion, which I am sure some of you remember. It was HUGE (between 3000-4000 people attended). This took place at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds, in Fairlea on May 25, (I THINK in 1985). I have a copy of the book that was printed to commerate the celebration. What a piece of history this is. With a big old grin, I have to say, my grandfather (Paw Paw) wrote the passage for his class of 1928, for which the picture is up at rootsweb. Note, I also have an original copy of their class play "East is West" published in 1924, which they used to study from, as well as their original program, and a banner advertising the play. I also have the play write and sheet music from Pocahontas, which they also did that year.

This is what my grandfather wrote:
Class of 1928
Class Motto - Backward Never, Forward Forever
Class Colors - Green and White
Class Roll -
Girls -
Oleta Arritt (Pitcher)
Hazel Burdette (Miller)
Edith Boone (McMillion)*
Alice Carr*
Pauline McDaniel*
Stella Longanacre (Young)*
Mary Margaret Lee
Alice Palmer (Handley)
Kathleen Dodd (Fridley)
Frances Grove (Franklin)
Vada Campbell
Thelma Hodges (Sheppard)
Lucy Lee (Donahue)
Helen McMann (Crizer)
Caroline Ervin (Hoke)
Glema Long (Auldridge)
Dorothy Brown (Hinkle)

Boys -
Thomas P. Doughty
Edward Dunn
Charles George*
Robert Vaughan*
John Jackson*
Robert Wagner*
Earl Yates*
Henry Kauffelt
Doran Samples
Thomas Clifford*
Fred Lilly*
Ray Sherwood*
Fred Woodrum
Welford Jones

Principal: R. S. Richards * Deceased at the time of printing

Reminisces: The Greenbrier High School Class of 1928 was probably unique in several ways. You have probably heard of students graduating SUMA CUM LAUDE or MAGNA CUM LAUDE, but the class of 1928 graduated PERSONA NON GRATA for they had to burn the School House down to get rid of us. The School House burned sometime January 1928, shortly after Christmas vacation and just in time for mid-term examinations. We then had classes in the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church and our graduation exercises were held in the National Guard Armory.

We had a different principal for each of the four years. During our freshman Year we had Mr. C. L. Underwood who had been a military man and he really ran a tight ship. He had a rule that anything we did that required punishment, such as being late or smoking cigarettes, an hour had to be spent working on the tennis courts. There was never a shortage of workers and the clay courts were always rolled and in perfect condition.

For our Sophmore year we had Mr. McCusky, who was a red headed Irishman whose temper was easily aroused. In our junior year we did not have a principal, per se, but Mr. Buckley acted as principal in addition to teaching his regular classes, which were: General Science, Agriculture and Chemistry. In our Senior year, Mr. R. S. Richards was principal. He had been teaching and continued to teach Math, Algebra, Geometry and Physics. He ran a very tight ship. We who were SEniors didn't notice that very much for we were involved with the usual Seniors projects: Junior/Senior prom, Junior/Senior Banquet, Senior Class Play, an Operetta and a couple of picnics, as well as a trip through Organ Cave. There were not too many activities in schools back in 1928 - no band, no Hi-Y, or Tri-Hi-Y, no Honor Society, no Latin Clubs, -- just hit the ooks was it. We did have Football Teams and both boy's and girl's Basketball Teams.

Several of our Class of '28 started our schooling in the First Grade with Miss Celia Betts and then stayed together for the entire twelve years. The transition from Graded School to High School was quite a shock for most of us, for in the Grades we had the same teacher who taught all subjects for the entire year. In High School we had a different teacher for each subject and the milling around when classes changed was a little nerve racking until we became accustomed to it. They even separated the girls from the boys since we had a girl's homeroom and a boy's homeroom. Somehow we survived even thougha few fell by the wayside, some dropped out, some moved, and we had one of our most popular boys die after the announcements had been printed. We had one girl who was married before Graduation Day.

In our Freshman Year, everyone had to take music. Generally speaking, this was mostly Music Theory; learning the value of notes, signature tim, famous composers and the names given to their compositions. Our music teacher was Ms. Bernice Strong and she was just as cute as a speckled pup. One morning she had eight boys gathered around the piano trying to teach them four-part harmony. The other members of the class, not having anything to do just then, began to misbehave. Ms. Strong chased all of them out of the class, told them to report to the Study Hall and not to come back for they were through. She then used those eight boys and formed what was called "The Boy's Octet". They sang together for the remainder of their High School days and even went out for appearances at non-school functions such as church or club events. They also had a part in the Annual Commencement Program and in the Baccalaureate Service. By this time the girls had formed a Schumann Club and they also sang for these graduation ceremonies.

One little story is worth telling: "Ms. Strong had the eight boys from the Octet gathered around the piano, trying to teach them Victory Herbert's "Kiss Me Again". The Octet came to the phrase: "So fondly she'd hold me as softly she told me of love through the star-sprinkled night". It came out a little sour so Ms. Strong jumped up from the piano bench, slammed her hands down hard on all the keys she could reach and said, "Boys, that love through the star-sprinkled night was absolutely vile". That broke up the class for that day and Ms. Strong even had a good laugh when she realized just what she had said.

Our Senior Class Play was "East is West", sponsered by Mrs. Elsie Taylor. Two girls learned the leading part and did it so well that Mrs. Taylor couldn't decide which one should do the performance. She had intended to have one of them for a "stand-in" just in the even that one of them might become ill. The two girls were Alice Palmer and Lucy Lee and when stage time came they were both ready and anxious to go on. It confused the audience a bit, but she finally decided to let one of them play the first part of the play and let the other girl play the second part. It all worked out very well and the play was presented at the Grand Theater on May 8th with matiniee and night performances.

We also put on a comic operetta "Pocahontas", but there may have been some members of the cast who were from other classes -- memory grows dim after 57 years. In the operetta, Mar Margaret Lee had the audience rolling the aisles with her song as Ah Meek the Indian mother-in-law when she sang about the dinner party she gave.

These reminisces may never see print, but it has been fun trying to recall those happy care free days. We'll just close by repeating our Class Motto - "Forward Ever, Backward Never". Doran Samples

Thanks, Lori, for sharing your Grandfather's words with us!