For whatever reason, 1983 was the year—at least in Fort Meade, Florida—to commemorate the Class of 1912.
At least twenty eight of the class members of 1912 were able to attend the special event held in their honor on the evening of September 22, 1983. Along with them were official representatives of the school district, duly listed on the front page of the event’s program.
Student Body of 1912
Fort Meade Junior Senior
September 22, 1983
School Superintendent: R. Clem ChurchwellSouthwest Area Superintendent: Billy D. BrownSchool Board Members:Claude Ridley, ChairmanNancy Simmons, Dist. 1Dan Hutchison, Dist. 2J. J. Corbett, Dist. 3Ted Aggelis, Dist. 5
These school officials were joined by representatives of the community in welcoming those class members of 1912 still able to gather together in the city that evening.
The only reason I know that is because of the long-standing friendship and correspondence between two school chums—one who made it to the event, and one who did not. Zemla Doke—now Zemla Griffith—had returned to her childhood home in Fort Meade to attend this special event, and then to send some mementos of the occasion in a letter to her longtime friend and former classmate, Rubie McClellan Davis.
“Back to School” Night
Honoring Student Body of 1912
Student Council President
Invocation………………………Rev. Lawrence Sthreshley
First Presbyterian Church
Former School Board Member
Proclamation……………W. J. Loadholtes
Mayor of Fort Meade
Introduction of Students From Fort Meade
School — 1912…………….Tom McDonald
Closing Remarks………………Carl Newsome
Peaceful Missionary Baptist Church
Open House and Refreshments
“Home of The Fighting Miners”
It was interesting taking a look at the list of attendees for the event. While not one of the names mean anything to me—other than as classmates of my grandmother, Rubie Davis—it was fun reading through the list and mentally constructing family constellations, wondering if Edith McAuley Allen and Don McAuley were actually siblings, or just coincidentally carried the same surname during their school years. Were Jeanette Rivers and Wiley Rivers brother and sister? Were John Enzor and Julia Griffin Enzor childhood sweethearts?
Student Body of 1912
Edith McAuley Allen
Naomi Griffin Drane
Julia Griffin Enzor
Inez Prine Garrard
Zelma Doke Griffith
Maude Lightsey Jones
Lucille Wingate Long
Mary Wingate Martin
Quessie Nobles Pierce
Eva Rivers Sexton
Mrs. S. L. Nobles Townsend
I know lists like this can make for dull reading, other than the mind games we construct for ourselves as we peek at ephemera from days gone by. However, by typing in these lists and posting them online—as many in the blogging world who participate in amanuensis memes do—we dig into all the forgotten records of the past and add to the plethora of digitized resources which, having been found, allow other family history researchers to add yet another tiny sliver of life to the portraits of their own ancestors.