First Grade Class, 1937 (Updated)

Below is a photo of Miss Raye Crabtree’s first grade class in 1937, standing in front of what was then the relatively new gymnasium.  The photo is courtesy of Gayle Garner, who is the boy in the middle of the front row.  If any reader can identify any of the other class members, both and Gayle would appreciate it.


UPDATED 11/10/10:  Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard, who was a member of this class, has graciously furnished with a list identifying most of the members of this class, and has also furnished another photo of the same class as fourth graders in 1940!

In the photo above, the first graders are:

Front row, L-R:  Sadie May Tompkins, Jane Riley, Martha Jean Baker, Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Glayes Burns, Paulene Burns, _____ Benefield, William Adams.

Middle row, L-R:  James Thomas Benefield, Ann Barker, Glen Newton, Earlene Tucker, ____________, Nettie Baker, Lucy Short, Georgie Philips, Doris Jean Daniels.

Back row, L-R:  ____________, Clovis Harvin, Margret Beason, Ethel Lambeth, Odessa Stanley, Charles Haley, Opel Powell, Lola Brown, Chester Cross.

And below is the 1940 photo of the same class as fourth graders:


Front row, L-R:  Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Gordon Lewis Jones, J. B. Hartsfield, Opel Smith, Jane Holland, Netty Baker, Lucille Arnold, Alice Moore, Susie Weems, Martha Jean Baker, Doris Jean Daniels.

Middle row, L-R:  Carol _______, Andrew Whisenhunt, Dan Howard, Ann Barker, Betty Jo Henderson, Margret Young, Glades Burns, Austen Templeton, Lucy Short, Charles Haley, Haward Hodges, Opel Powell.

Back Row, L-R:  Carl Adams, Dorothy Black, Ethel Lambeth, Rosemary Brown, Odessa Stanley, James Elbert Newton, Earlene Tucker, Charlene Welborn, Clovis Harvin, Geneva Sandlin, _____________.

Standing in back is William Church.  The teacher is Miss Christene Smith. wishes to thank Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard for sharing these photos and this information.


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