Archive for October 29th, 2009

Letter to “Polly” Packett, 12/20/1935

October 29, 2009
Polly Packett
Dearest Evelyn

L.C.H.S.  12/20/’35

Dearest Evelyn,

I’m in no mood for study this morning, so I’m going to do a little discoursing with you.

I just want to tell you that I heard so many nice things about your jokes this time, so you see your work is appreciated.  I appreciate your work very much.  As I’ve told you before, I don’t see how I could get along without you.

I’m wishing for you the merriest and most joyous Christmas you’ll ever have.  I want you to know that you have my love always and my best wishes for you in every way.

Don’t ever get in the dumps ’cause you think you’re no good, etc.  You’re most certainly a grand girl, and God gives everyone a talent, and you’re not left out.  So just keep a smilin’.  You’ll amount to something, my dear.

You’ve been nicer to me and more help to me than anyone I know in my work, and I appreciate it more than you know, and I’ll always be your friend.

Good luck to you always; God bless you with the choicest of blessings.  That’s the best Xmas wish I know.

Very sincerely,

Annie Lou


(Annie Lou is Annie Lou Overton, the editor of the high school newspaper.  My mother was an associate editor and wrote jokes for the paper.)

The Staff of the LCHS “Orange & Black”, 1936

October 29, 2009

The Staff of the LCHS "Orange & Black", 1936

“Maybe it doesn’t look so much like it, but the staff of Lenoir City High’s “Orange and Black” are spelling the letters “L C” on the bank near the gym, as well as posing for The News cameraman.   Perhaps that “C” doesn’t look so good but the pretty misses who (with the help of the boys) write the articles and get the ads for the school publication make up for it.”

“Reading top to bottom on the “L”:  Mary Alice McNew, Martha May, Mary Nichols, Margaret Cooper, Margaret Breazeale (business manager), Anne Lou Overton (editor), and Miss Laura Glover (sponsor).”

“Top to bottom on “C”:  Bertie Fields, Cecil Simpson, Charles Riggle, Bob Pardue, Frank White, A. B. Goodwin, Jimmy Hartsook, and Evelyn Packett.”

What’s the holiday?? Easter!!

October 29, 2009

Ma, Pa, LittleSis, & CowGirl

Yup.  Must be Easter. 

Note the matching dresses, with white gloves, and white lacy anklets & patent leather buckled shoes.  I don’t remember my mother ever wearing a hat.  So.  Must be Easter.  Pictures must be made.


LilSis & YoursTruly

BigBroBob has identified the car as belonging to Will & Irma Jaques, our seasonal neighbors.  Irma had family ties to the area, and she and Will lived part-time in East Tennessee in the summer, and part-time in far-off Florida in the winter.  Every spring when they arrived, they would bring us little presents, like a doll or a stuffed animal or a special dress or purse.  I remember that the little purses that LilSis & I are carrying came from Irma & Will, and probably the matching dresses, too.  Will & Irma also had the special distinction of having me for a godchild.  Ta-Da!


Future CowGirl & Bronc Buster

I see the old push mower behind the Cadillac.  And who is off to the right side of the picture?  Somebody verrry hairy.  I hope it’s the dog Scrapper.

These pictures were made in the side yard.  The field where the daisies are growing belongs to the Chatham family.