Jefferson, Georgia ~ 1955
News around Jefferson . . .
Playing at the Roosevelt Theater in early January was Rod Cameron in “Ride the Man Down’ on Friday and Saturday. “The Kentuckian” on Monday and Tuesday and “A Prize of Gold” with Richard Widmark on Wednesday and Thursday.
In March as Dr. J. K. Adams and his wife visited her parents in Sardis, just outside Augusta, Mr. Adams was involved in an automobile accident. He was taken to Augusta Memorial Hospital with a leg injury.
Roy M. Whitehead served as Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Bob Freeman of Jefferson Mills was elected Commander of the Albert Gordon Post 56 unit of the American Legion.
The Salk vaccine was distributed to Jefferson citizens at the Community Clubhouse on May 16.
In May you could purchase a 1952 Dodge 2-door sedan with 18,000 miles for $ 1,095 and a 1952 Crosley with 23,000 miles for $ 295 at Joe B. woods Used Cars in Commerce.
Nat Hancock, Jr. was working with the Jackson Herald as a sports and high school event reporter.
In June Y. D. Maddox, a junior animal husbandry student from Jefferson High school won the grand championship in the University of Georgia Annual Little International Livestock Show . He won the top prize for his showing of a Duroc Barrow hog.
On June 8, five Jefferson businessmen petitioned for a charter for the Crawford Long Museum. They were L. F. Elrod, R. M. Bailey, Edmond Garrison, Morris Bryan, Jr. and Tom Williamson. It was for 35 years and listed as a non-profitable organization.
In mid-May the Jackson Herald started a promotion to increase subscriptions. The citizen in the designated subscription area could garner commitments ( or votes as they were called ) and win a new 1955 Chevrolet 4-door sedan. Second prize was $ 750.00.
On July 4, the contest ended with Mrs. J. B. Alexander winning the car and Mrs. A. D. Allen finishing second to collect the $ 750.00. Third place went to Miss Elizabeth Echols, fourth place to Mrs. Coy short, fifth place to Mrs. John D. Braselton and sixth place to Mrs. Glenn Gee.
Prizes were established for the County 4-H fair to be held in Jefferson on September 30. Prizes of $ 10.00 will be awarded in each class for first place, $ 7.00 for second place and $ 5.00 for third place. Classes included Hereford, Guernseys, Dairy Cattle, Steers, and Hampshire and Duroc swine.
August saw A, D. Bolton advertise a 1953, 2-door Chevrolet for $ 995.00, a 1952, 4-door Chevrolet for $ 895.00 and a 2-door, 1947 Studebaker for $ 96.00.
The Independent Union of Szekely Employees won the union election held last Monday afternoon at the plant of O . E. Szekely Associates inc. The Indepenent Union received 81 votes to 76 for the International association of machinists, AFL- CIO.
There were 21 votes challenged. These were taken in sealed envelopes to Atlanta by the National Labor Relations Board representative who conducted the election.
According to Willis H. ( Totsi ) Wilbanks, the Independent Union is of the opinion that 18 of the challenged votes were in favor of the Independent Union, which would give then a margin of 24 votes.
The Machinists union had five working days to file an objection. No Action has been reported at this time.
This was a run-over election for one held on May 23. In that election there was a tie of 79 to 79 between the Independent Union and the Machinists Union, AFL- CIO.
Mr. Morris Bryan, Jr. was elected to the State Board of Regents to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Edgar Dunlap of Gainesville.
A group of Jefferson Businessmen submitted a petition to the mayor to redesign the current square. They claimed it created congestion for traffic and difficulty in parking for their customers.
In October Keslers Supermarket was advertising; Pet Milk - 3 cans for $ 1.00, I pint of Mayonnaise for $ 0.38, Crisco - $ 0.89 can, I dozen eggs - $ $ 0.45, Grapes - $ 0.10 per pound, Lettuce - $ 0.10 per large head, Ground Beef - $ 0.29 per pound and Aunt Jemima Pancake mix - 20 ounce bob - 2 for $ 0.35.
Belk of Commerce had their Christmas sale the last of December with boys dress shirts selling for$ 1.98, Boys slacks at $ 5.95, boys cowboy shirts at $ 1.75, boys all-weather jackets at 3.95 and 3 handkerchiefs for $ 1.00.
Jefferson High school News . . .
As the season progressed for the Dragons they beat Braselton 59 - 47 and blasted Commerce 67 - 37. Edwards continued to score around 12 to 20 points per game with capable assistance from Bucky Johnson, Wayne Wages and Hershel Middlebrooks.
The Dragons went through the season with an 18 - 2 record, losing only to Cumming and Braselton. They avenged both losses.
Now they were prepared to go onto the sectional tournament to be held once again in Jefferson.
The Dragonettes had finished with a mini-flurry winning 4 of their last 6 games to finish with 6 wins versus 15 losses. They had moved Junan Davis to a forward slot when an illness situation prevented about one-half of the team from playing against South Habersham. The Jefferson girls won the game with two new forwards. Linda Meade and Junan Davis joined regular Jackie Wilson at the forward slots. With Wilson scoring 14, Meade scoring 12 and Davis scoring 9 they won the game 35 - 28 in Cornelia. In their next game against Cumming the same lineup scored only 20 points as the girls fell 56 - 20. They reinstated the lineup of Murphy, Wilson and Ricks in the next game and beat Commerce 51 to 26 with Murphy scoring 21, Ricks 9 and Murphy 8. Linda Meade and Junan Davis also played at forwards and scored 7 and 6 points respectively.
In the sectional tournament in Jefferson the boys blew by Buford 75 - 69 with Edwards scoring 33 points for a new Dragon scoring record. In the semifinal Bucky Johnson joined Edwards in the scoring parade as they scored 22 points each in a 72 - 54 win over Towns County. In the Finals Edwards scored 18 and Johnson 16 with Wages tossing in 12 in a 50 - 46 win over Union County.
Since a redivided state tournament format allowed only one team to advance from the regional tournament to the state, Jefferson missed out on a state bid when they fell to old rival Cumming 51 - 49 in the region final. They had beaten a very good Canton team 63 - 56 to advance.
For the season Jerry Edwards had scored 412 points for an average of 16 .6 points per game. A Jefferson record. Bucky Johnson had scored 365 points for an average of 14.6 points per game. Wayne Wages had also averaged in double figure with 280 points for 11.2 points per game. It was an outstanding season as their final 22 - 3 record indicated.
The Dragonettes were led by Lillie Murphy with 327 points for 13.2 points per game. Jackie Wilson had averaged 7 .3 points per game and Reba Ricks had averaged 7.2 points per game as a freshman. With Ricks, Linda Meade and Junan Davis back at forwards the future looked bright for the Dragonettes.
The Jefferson B-Team boys had completed a 14 - 1 season with only a 38 - 36 loss to Braselton marring their record. They had beaten the Braselton team by 15 later in a rematch. The team consisted of Billy Ricks - 150 points for a 10.0 average, Dale Murphy - 149 points for an 11.9 average in 13 games. “Ace” Adams scored 72 points for an average of 5.5 points per game. Other team members that had all contributed during the season were; Nat Hancock, Gary Duke, Johnny Melvin, John Kesler, Charles Gilbert, Jerry Mitchell and Charles Evans.
Between the end of Basketball season and the start of track season the Dragons went through two weeks of spring football training. The end of practice was concluded with the annual “J” Day game. The team was divided into two squads ~ the “White” and the “Blue.” The Blue team romped over the white team 38 - 13 as Billy Ricks ran for three touchdowns on runs of 50, 40 and 3 yards. Benny Tompkins added two touchdowns, James Black scored one and Monk Tolbert had a touchdown run. Wayne Wages and Woodrow Stewart played throw and catch for the Whites, but it wasn’t enough to outshine the Blue team running backs strong performance.
The Jefferson track team was made up of;
Donald Eberhardt, Bobby Manus, Jerry Edwards, Bucky Johnson, Howard Langford, Dan Hutchins, Windell Finch, Gus Johnson, Hoyt Harris, Woodrow Stewart, Benny Tompkins, Billy Ricks, Dean Brown, Donald Lord, Bobby Potter, Daniel Gasaway, Melvin Tolbert and Charles Gilbert.
Strong possibilities in the region and state were; Potter in the mile run, Tompkins in the 100 and 220 yard dash, Langford in the 440, Ricks in the 180 yard low hurdles and broad jump, Finch in the high hurdles and pole vault. Jerry Edwards was a state title threat in the shot, discus and high jump events.
In an early season meet with Commerce the Dragons prevailed 69 - 66.
Tompkins ran an 11.4 in the 100 yard dash and a 25.2 in the 220. Dan Hutchins ran an 18.7 in the high hurdles. Edwards on the high jump with a 5’5” jump, tossed the shot 35’1” and the discuss 102’5” to win all three events. Bobby Potter ran the mile in 5.24.7 to easily win the event. Coach Davis was later to say he saw good potential for the team as the season progressed.
In the district track meet the Dragons were defeated by Stephens County 68 - 67.
They traveled to the region meet in Athens where they finished second to Lawrenceville 66 - 64. In the region meet there were several outstanding performances by Dragon athletes. Bobby Potter ran a 5.10.2 mile. The best time in the state in class B. He was only a freshman. Edwards finished second in the high jump, second in the discus and fourth in the shot. He qualified for state with the two second place finishes. Billy Ricks finished second in the 180 yard low hurdles with a good 22.1 time. Bobby Manus ran a 2.17.3 880 to win the event.
Jefferson got points from Potter, Edwards and Ricks in the state meet. Potter finished third in the mile after a slow start. Edwards finished third in the discus and Ricks placed fourth in the low hurdles. The nucleus was there for a good track program over the next several years.
In June the Jefferson Touchdown Club awards went to Baseball Most Valuable Player - Billy Ricks, MVP track - Jerry Edwards, MVP basketball boys - Jerry Edwards, MVP girls basketball - Jackie Wilson.
The 1955 - 56 faculty was announced for Jefferson High school. It consisted of:
Mrs. Mary Lou Dadisman, Mrs. Sara Gurley, Mrs. Roberta Miller, Mrs. Cathryn Mobley, Mrs. Peggy Benton, Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, Mrs. Emma Nelle Spratlin, Miss Frances Roberts, Mrs. Hilda Tonge, Mrs. Anna Mann, Mrs. Edythe King, Miss Annie Roberts, Mrs. Mable Harrington, Miss Dorothy Sink, Mrs. Louise Boggs, Mrs. Stella Ash, Miss Irene Rankin, Miss Frances Smith, Mrs. Ginger McManus, Coach Fred McManus, Walter Gunter, Mrs. Miriam Moon, J. L. McMullan, H. A. Fleming, Mrs. Lannette Shrigley, M. L. Holliman, Mrs. Marie Smith, Coach John Davis, Miss Viola Turpin, Miss Martha Jo Blackstock, Guy Butler, Miss Mary Jane Hutchins, Mrs. Betty Anne Maddox, Miss Louise Powell and Mrs. Annie Appleby.
Guy Butler was the first full-time Music Director in Jefferson High School history. He had a Masters in music from Northwestern University.
1955- 56 Girls basketball squad starters and other team members;
Bobby Wilson - Guard, Mary Nelle Davis - Guard, Sarah Ellen Shropshire - Guard, Lilly Murphy - Forward, Junan Davis - Forward, Reba Ricks - Forward, Other team members; Linda Meade, Martha Ann Langford, Marci Head, Kathleen Whitehead, Francis McNeal, Doris Skelton, Barbara Eberhart, Sandra Evans, Doris garrison and Emma Lou Murphy.
The boys starters and team members:
Wayne Wages, Louis Gailey, Benny Tompkins, Billy Ricks, Edwin McClure- starters, Others; Woodrow Stewart, Johnny Melvin, Nat Hancock, Bobby Potter, Jerry “Ace” Adams and Gary Duke.
1955 Jefferson High school Graduating Class ~ First Row, Barbara Simmons, Lynda Ann Truluck, Catherine James, Nancy Potts, Ann Mize, Jerre Alice Wilson, Annie Lou Clark, Eleanor Whitlock, Carolyn Davis, Gwenda Brothers, Jean Pinson, Shirley Wright, Mary Head, Joan Whitmire, Carolyn Wilkes, Jane McDonald, Claudine Merk, Norman Jean Adams, Joyce Duke, Treva Glosson, Lila Ann Bailey, Sara Ellen Shropshire, Dallas Ann Bond, Martha Langford, Thomas Highfield, Eugene Doster, Mary Ray Wofford, Lilly Murphy, Sallie Sikes, Kay Jones, Sara Frances Qualls, Martha Ann Langford, Charles Breazeale, Billy Crowe, Billie Dean McCain, Helen Dalton, Joyce Wood, Gus Johnson, Jack Scott, Hoyt Harris, Nat Hancock, Jerry Dowdy, Al Venable, Franklin Gilbert, Curtis Cooper, Calvyan Smith, Howard Crow, Johnny Garrison, Irey Voyles, Annette Crumley, Webster Samples, Wendell Finch, Woodrow Stewart, Kenneth Arnold, Jerry Johnson, Danny Carithers, Lewis Davis, Jr., Byron Thomas, Sharon Reeves, Charles Curruth, James Black, Bobby Hooper, Nelson Shumake, Charles Fleeman.
Other Sports News . . .
The Jefferson Day Camp opened on June 20 with 450 enrolled. By the end of camp 529 kids had enrolled in the camp and participated in activities.
Six tribes made up this years day camp with Coach Davis leading the “Cherokees.” He was assisted by Willie Craig and Sara Shropshire. The “Little Beavers” were led by Miss Evelyn Beatty. Assistants were Reba Ricks, Patricia Venable and Junan Davis. The “Mohawks” were led by Ginger McManus. Her very capable assistants were Hershel Middlebrooks, and Caroline Storey. The “Hawks” were led by Jean Ash with assistance from Woodrow Stewart and Franklin Gilbert. The “Seminoles” leader was Nita Stephens. On her staff were Jackie Scott and James Lee. Finally there were the “Apaches” led by Coach McManus. He was assisted by Junan Davis and Mac Arnold.
The usual events were available for the campers with plenty of free time for fun and games. All classes were in the morning with activities in the afternoon on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Archery, swimming, Ping Pong, hiking, nature study, riflery, golf, photography, woodcraft, first aid, body building, camp crafts and horseback riding on “Cookie” the Shetland Pony. This was a popular treat with the younger campers. Basketball, touch football, baseball, Basket weaving, tennis, diving, track and field, and just about any other activity you may want to participate in was readily available.
One thing Coach Davis was very adamant about and that was there were not to be any footballs around the camp other than the one used during class time instruction and the touch game in the afternoon. There were rumored complaints that a big Jefferson rival had asked the Georgia High School Association to look into the camp. They felt it was a football training camp that gave Jefferson an unfair amount of practice time during the summer. I attended the camp for five years and I never saw an abuse of the program, not even once. In knowing Coach Davis over the years, he never would have resorted to this practice under any conditions.
Campers of the year were two Jefferson eleven-year olds, Brenda Samples, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. I. D. samples of Jefferson, and Jerry Middlebrooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Middlebrooks of Jefferson.
The annual Indian Pageant was presented on July 29 at Memorial park. “Banna” is an original Indian Pageant. It brought to a close the 1955 Jefferson Day Camp. “Banna” was an Indian Princess. She was portrayed by Patricia Venable. Woodrow Stewart was cast as Talasee, the Indian Brave loved by Banna. Other members of the cast were Fred McManus as Umusauga the Creek Chief. Carrol Bufford Was the Indian runner with Franklin Gilbert as Running Deer. Jean Ash directed the pageant with narration by Nita Stephens.
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