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Annual Senior Play Friday Night, May 14, Begins Graduation

Charlton County Herald

May 14, 1948


Friday night, May 14th, the Senior Class of Folkston High School will present their annual play in the Grammar School auditorium. The play, entitled “One Delirious Night”, is a three-act comedy and the pupils have trained themselves well for its presentation. It promises to be one of the best given on the Folkston school stage yet this year.  It is, according to members of the cast, packed with fun and laughter bringing at the same time a true-to-life story.  Proceeds of the play will be used by the class for their trip, the destination of which will be Key West.


The cast, in order of their first appearance:  Lilly Clark, Mrs. Arnold’s maid, Ruby Gibson; Lesty Daggs, her steady and a crook, Gilbert Wildes; Mrs. Martha Arnold, a tyrannical grandmother, Inez Barefoot; Hannah, her cook, Uldine Thrift; Patricia Arnold, “Pat”, her granddaughter who has hallucinations, Maxine Lewis; Sally Winfrey, Pat’s chum, Margaret McLean; Dick Delray, Pat’s fiancé who has fits, Joe Stover; Freddie Frenwick, Sally’s admirer, Kelly Eaton; Paul Hammond, alias Hawkins, the butler, Wayne Guy; Col. Frank Delray, Dick’s absent-minded grandfather, Julian Huggins; Mavis Jordan, Col. Delray’s secretary, Dorothy Powell; Dr. Green who can cure anything, Gene Crews; O’Brien, police officer, Leonard Hannaford.


The curtain is promptly at 8:00 P.M.




May 28, 1948



Final plans have been underway this week for the closing of the Folkston School for the current term with the term’s examinations and activities in connection with the closing exercises taking up the attention of the teachers and students.


According to reports, the school is closing a highly successful term under the direction of V.P. Folds, as Supervising Principal and his corps of teachers, with one of the school’s largest graduating classes. The class is composed of twenty-nine promising students.


The closing exercises get underway Friday night May 28th when the pupils of Mrs. S.S. Sarvis, music teacher, will give a piano recital in the Grammar School auditorium.


The Baccalaureate sermon will be Sunday morning, May 30 at 11:00 in the Grammar School auditorium, delivered by the Rev. Joe Bridges of Homerville.


The following is the order of service:



Hymn, “All Hail the Power” by the congregation

Invocation, Rev. R.T. Jones


Hymn, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” by the Choir

Sermon, Rev. Joe Bridges

Hymn, “Stand Up For Jesus” by the congregation

Benediction, Rev. Joe Bridges



As usual, both churches will call in their morning services to attend this service at the school building.  But the regular evening services will be held, it is announced by the pastors.


Final graduation exercises will take place Monday night May 31 at 8:00 o’clock in the Grammar School auditorium when the twenty-nine graduates, 14 girls and 15 boys, will receive their diplomas. The literary address will be delivered by William S. Smith, County School Superintendent.



The program for the evening is announced as follows:



Invocation, Rev. F.J. Gilbert

Salutatory, Miss Orrizell Crews

Literary address, William S. Smith, County School Superintendent

Instrumental Solo  “Artist’s Life” by Mallette Brown

Presentation of diplomas

Valedictory address, Miss Inez Barefoot

Alma Mater, Senior Class

Benediction, Rev. R.T. Jones


Joe Stover received Honorable Mention as the third student in line.


After graduation the class is scheduled to take a sightseeing trip to Key West, Florida and other points of interest in the “Sunshine State”.


The 1948 graduation class has the distinction of having more boys, by one, than it has girls, as follows:  Uldine Thrift, Inez Barefoot, Ruby Gibson, Margaret McLean, Maxine Lewis, Dorothy Powell, Mittie Chesser, Gertie Lou Chesser, Madeline Sikes, Agnes Crews, Grace Crews, Orrizelle Crews, Irene Prescott, Angieline Nazworth, Leonard Hannaford, Julian Huggins, Gilbert Wildes, Wayne Guy, Eugene Crews, Ray Snowden, Roy Taylor, Joe Stover, Joe Ward, Waudell Crews, Kelly Eaton, Jackie Bennett, Merrill Huling, Floyd Johns and Charles Player. 





June 11, 1948



Carefree and enthusiastically, the fourteen girls and fifteen boys who graduated from the Folkston High School Monday night May 31, left Folkston Monday morning for a week’s tour of Florida. Mrs. J.D. Roddenberry took the trip with them as official chaperone and Wade Chesser as bus driver. They are expected to return home late Saturday, June 12th.


Their tour includes first a visit to St. Augustine where they visited the alligator-ostrich farm, the Fort, Marine Studios, the Fountain of Youth, oldest house and schoolhouse in the United States and many other places of interest.


From this point their itinerary took them to Daytona Beach as well as other cities on the Florida east coast as far as Key West.  Leaving Key West enroute home they were to travel the western portion of Florida, via Tampa and other cities with points of interest.


[ Mrs. Roddenberry made good on her promise that if she lived through this trip, it would be the last one she would volunteer for. In addition she said she might even quit teaching.

She did! ]

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