3rd ANNUAL CLASS REUNION, AULANDER SCHOOL, 40s, 50s, 60s - 14 May 2011

As of 2 May 2011, 235 People, who Attended Aulander School in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s (the classes of 1940 through 1963), will be Present for Our Reunion on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the gym in Aulander! ALL IS WELL!

TIME: 3:30 P. M. Until. DINNER SERVED: 5 P. M.


How many people are planning to appear in kelly green and white?


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For enlarged photos go to just below the photo of Mr. Acree and click on the Flickr site. All photos on Flickr can be enlarged. All photos on the Aulander main page are also on Flickr


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On the Aulander main page, in the left hand column, beginning with the photo of the Aulander Fire Department and Rescue Squad and those photos that follow it, double click on the photo and it enlarges.


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COST OF REUNION DINNER, on Saturday, MAY 14, 2011, is $18 PER PERSON



THE COMBINED COST OF THE MEAL, GRATUITY, TABLES AND CHAIRS, DELIVERY, SET UP, AND PORTABLE TOILETS REQUIRES COST OF $18.00 PER PERSON FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE MAY 14, 2011 REUNION.



Please mail your checks made out to the person identified as collecting money for your class, no later than April 22, 2011. Many of costs identified above have to be paid before the Reunion, thus, we need the money to pay for many of the above services.



Members of the committee are paying, from their own pockets, for stamps, envelopes, paper, as well as table cloths and decorations.



THIRD ANNUAL REUNION DINNER FOR PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED AULANDER SCHOOL IN THE 1940s, 1950s, & 1960s .



FOOD AT THE REUNION WILL BE PROVIDED BY: PARKER’S BARBECUE, WILSON, NC [Eastern NC Barbecue, fried chicken, Brunswick stew, barbecue potatoes, hush puppies, corn sticks, coleslaw, tea and banana pudding]



SATURDAY, 14 MAY 2011 at the AULANDER GYM. DINNER AT 5:00 P.M. VISITING 3:30 TO 9:30 P.M.



AULANDER SCHOOL REUNION WEBSITE: http://aulander.blogspot.com [please check the website occasionally for newly posted updates on the reunion as well as new information and photos]



Please let us know as soon as possible about your attendance, mail your checks and helps us secure the necessary services, arrangements & reserve the food. Please let us know YOUR DECISION NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2010 and mail your check to the assigned person no later than April 22, 2011.



Again, we will not have a formal program so that everyone enjoys the maximum amount of time to visit with each other. We have not finalized the food yet, however, the cost will be determined by the size of the group.



On the reunion weekend, over the past two years, some of the individual classes have had a separate mean together. The class contact people organize these events and they are exclusively by individual classes.


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Classes from the 1940s to 1954; also the Classes of 1956 and 1957, make out checks to and mail to:


Rachel DEMPSEY Morris

P. O. Box 344

Aulander, North Carolina 27805

252-345-3601


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Class of 1955 make out checks to and mail to:


Becky DILDAY RAWLS

202 Sheriff Garrett Road

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-345-6272


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Class of 1958 make out checks to and mail to:


Donald LEGGETT

3482 NC Hwy. 305

Rich Square, NC 27869

252-539-2489


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Class of 1959 make out checks to and mail to:


Anita TERRY Taylor

2000 Miller Ave

Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-420-4472


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Class of 1960 make out checks to and mail to:


Theresa LASSITER Brinkley

932 Menola-St. John’s Rd.

Woodland, NC 27897

252-587-4521


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Class of 1961 make out checks to and mail to:


Jean PEELE Rhea

103 Albemarle Drive

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-6214


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Class of 1962 make out checks to and mail to:


Turk ASKEW

PO Box 657

Aulander NC 27805

252-455-0571


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Class of 1963 make out checks to and mail to:


Daniel Earl LASSITER

PO Box 37

Aulander, NC 27805

Phone: 252-345-2621


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THIRD ANNUAL REUNION DINNER FOR PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED AULANDER SCHOOL IN THE 1940s, 1950s, & 1960s [with a special invitation to those who did not graduate. If you wish to attend contact your class representative listed below.]


SATURDAY, 14 MAY 2011 at the AULANDER GYM. DINNER AT 5:00 P.M. VISITING 3:30 TO 9:30 P.M. [site of numerous Aulander boys and girls Bertie County championships and countless victories by our champion Green Demons]


Food at the Reunion Dinner will be provided by Parker's Barbecue of Wilson, North Carolina!


AULANDER SCHOOL REUNION WEBSITE: http://aulander.blogspot.com [please check the website occasionally for newly posted updates on the reunion as well as new information and photos]


Please let us know as early as possible about your attendance, it helps us make arrangements & reserve the food. Please let us know YOUR DECISION NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2010.


Again, we will not have a formal program so that everyone enjoys the maximum amount of time to visit with each other. We have not finalized the food yet, however, the cost will be determined by the size of the group. When the dinner arrangements have been completed you will received a communication, either by mail, email or phone call. We assure you that we are motivated to secure the best food possible for the least money.


On the reunion weekend, over the past two years, some of the individual classes have had a class breakfast or a lunch together. The class contact people will take the responsibility for organizing these events as well as informing their classmates of the time and place. These reunion events are exclusively by individual classes.


Class contacts from last year have agreed to help again this year plus new contact people for the 1960s classes. We welcome any of you who wish to help with this year’s event. Your help will be very much appreciated. Alums from 1951 through 1954 please contact Rachel Dempsey Morris, Class of 1957 listed below. Thus far, the following people have agreed to help with the dinner this year:


CLASS OF 1963 - DANIEL EARL LASSITER. Phone - 252-345-2621

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CLASS OF 1962 - TURK ASKEW. – Phone - 252-455-0571 - Email - mask@erinet.com

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CLASS OF 1961 - JEAN PEELE RHEA – Email at: jeanrhea@net-change.com Phone - 252-332-6214: JERRY BANKS 252-796-9425 & Carolyn Hall Hockaday – Phone - 252-536-1609.

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CLASS OF 1960 - TERESA LASSITER BRINKLEY (W) 252-345-1875 (H)252-587-4521

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CLASS OF 1959: ANITA TERRY TAYLOR. Phone: 757-420 4472. Email: ataylor93@cox.net

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CLASS OF 1958: DONALD LEGGETT. Phone: 252-539-2489. Email: don.mary.leggett@gmail.com

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CLASS OF 1957: RACHEL DEMPSEY MORRIS Phone: 252-345-3601. Email: lrmorris@roadrunner.com and SKIP ROWE Phone: 704-532-9720 Email: GROWE9@carolina.rr.com

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CLASS OF 1956: MARY ANN ODOM CASTELLOEPhone: 252-345-3641 [H] and SONNY BELLPhone: 708-481-2179 [H] Email: earl.bell3@gmail.com

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CLASS OF 1955 - BECKY DILDAY RAWLS Phone: 252- 332-5902. Email: rawls202@clis.com

AND MARION LASSITER DILDAY – Phone: [252] 332-5902

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CLASS OF 1950 & CLASSES OF THE 1940s: THOMAS HALL,150 Jernigan Swamp Rd., Ahoskie, NC 27910. Phone: 252-332-7509. Email: emilybhall@embarqmail.com


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Addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for the Class of 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963 are listed below. If you see a missing classmate for whom you have an address, phone number or email address please send it to Sonny at earl.bell3@gmail.com. Email addresses are the most helpful because that makes communication with the person faster and saves money on stamps, envelopes and printing. Thanks for your help.


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1960 Aulander Football Champions - Team

1960 Aulander Football Champions - Team
Thanks to Jean Peele Rhea, Class of 1961, for the Photo

1960 Aulander Football Champions

1960 Aulander Football Champions
Thanks to Jean Peele Rhea, Class of 1961, for the Photo

PEL JONES - 1961 - IN MEMORIAM

PEL JONES - 1961 -  IN MEMORIAM
MANY THANKS TO PEL and MARGARET JONES FOR THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO SO MANY PEOPLE IN AULANDER

Easter, 1957 - Class of 1961

Easter, 1957 - Class of 1961
Thanks to Jean Peele Rhea, Class of 1961, for the Photo

Aulander in 1932

February, 1932

"AULANDER. - The Windsor boys and the Aulander girls were winners in the Bertie County basketball tournament. Members of the girls' team are: Jean Holloman, Enid Mitchell, Alice Mae Davidson, Mavis Mitchell, Marjorie Mitchell, Bruce (?) Dunning, Janet Vaughan, and Rosalie Eanes."

"AULANDER. The new Aulander High School burned to the ground during the night. The $40,000 building was a total loss."

published in a local newspaper, probably either THE HERALD or the BERTIE LEDGER ADVANCE in February, 1964

Paper and Information by Donald Leggett, Class of 1958, whose mother Alice Mae Davidson, was a member of Aulander's 1932 Girls' Bertie County Tournament Champions.


Class of 1950

Class of 1950

Class of 1956

Class of 1956

Aulander Baby Parade 1939

Aulander Baby Parade 1939

Aulander Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad - 1958 Thanks to Thomas Hall for this Photo

Aulander Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad - 1958   Thanks to Thomas Hall for this Photo

Aulander High School, Class of 1950, 30th Reunion - 1980 - Thanks to Thomas Hall for this Photo

Aulander High School, Class of 1950, 30th Reunion - 1980  - Thanks to Thomas Hall for this Photo

Diploma of James Milton Harmon, 1939 - Thanks to Gail Jones for the Photo of Her Dad's Diploma

Diploma of James Milton Harmon, 1939 - Thanks to Gail Jones for the Photo of Her Dad's Diploma

1939 Class Signatures and Who's Who - Thanks to Gail Jones for This Information

1939 Class Signatures and Who's Who - Thanks to Gail Jones for This Information

Aulander High School, Aulander, Bertie County, NC - Class of 1939

THE CLASS OF 1939 at AULANDER HIGH SCHOOL and THEIR FAMILIES: [Thanks to Gail Jones for the initial list of class members]

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[as they appear in the United States Census of 1930, either living in Aulander or in other adjoining townships in Bertie and Hertford Counties, North Carolina. In fact, the students in the Class of 1939 lived in one of three Bertie or Hertford County Townships: Mitchell’s (Bertie), St. Johns (Hertford) or Snake Bite (Bertie). Unless otherwise indicated, all members of the class, listed below, lived in the Town of Aulander.]

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JACOB C. BATTS, JR., age 7. his parents were: Jacob C., Sr. [59] and Stella M. [52] Batts, living at 3 Main Street, with a brother named Samuel Batts, the man who cooked the best cheeseburgers and meals in eastern North Carolina! Jacob C. Batts, Sr’s occupation is listed as: operating a Repair Shop.

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TURNER F. BAZEMORE, JR., his parents were: Turner F. , Sr. [59] and Annie S. Bazemore, who lived at 4 Main Street. Turner F. Bazemore, Sr. is listed as a: “Disabled Soldier.”

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WILLIE RAY BURCH, age 9, her parents were George H.[41] and Mary E. [44] Burch, who lived on at 290 Eason Swamp Rd or Hexlena Road, Mitchell’s Township, Bertie County, NC [the two roads run together in the census record]. George H. Burch’s occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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LILLIAN CHARLTON, her family must have moved to Aulander or the adjoining area after 1930.

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FLORENCE COOKE, age 7, her parents are Jack E. [49] & Myrtle [35] Cooke at 164 Broad Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC Jack E. Cooke’s occupation is listed as: Cashier in a Bank. I remember Ms. Myrtle as one of those rare people who treated kids like they were her equal. HONORS: Class Secretary. Salutatorian.

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FANNIE E. DAVIDSON, age 8, parents are James C [48] and Ethel J. [35] Davidson, living at 232 Aulander Road in the Roxobel area, Mitchell’s Township, Bertie County NC, she must have had a substantial ride to school or stayed in Aulander with relatives during the school week. James C. Davidson’s occupation is listed as: Farmer. Ethel J. Davidson was born in Virginia.

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HERBERT DAVIDSON, age 13 (could be a misprint), brother of Fannie E. Davidson, his parents are James C. [48] and Ethel J. [35] Davidson, living at 232 Aulander Road in the Roxobel area, Mitchell’s Township, Bertie County, NC, they could have moved to Aulander after 1930, or he would have had a substantial ride to school, or, perhaps, stayed in Aulander with relatives during the school week. James C. Davidson’s occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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MARY DREW, age 7, living with Lilden [50] and Mary [32] Early at 218 Oil Mill Street in Aulander, Mitchell’s Twp., Bertie County, NC. Lilden Early is listed as: Merchant in General Store.

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ALBERT HALE, age 7, son of Ernest B. [36] and Cora [41] Hale, who lived at 322 Lewiston Road or Hwy., Mitchell’s Township, Bertie County, NC. Earnest B. Hale’s occupation is listed as: Farmer. He was the brother of Thomas Hale.

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LOIS HALL, age 7. daughter of J. T. [49] and Essie [44] Hall who live in St. Johns Twp., Hertford County, NC. J. T. Hall worked in a saw mill.

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LOIS J. JERNIGAN, age 9, her parents were Jodie [58] and Alice [54] Jernigan, who lived in Snake Bite Twp., Bertie County, NC. Jodie Jernigan’s occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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CHARLOTTE L. JOHNSTON, age 7, parents were Nathaniel [40] and Velma R. Johnston [29] who lived at 195 Oil Mill Road. Nathaniel Johnston’s occupation is listed as: Manager, Filling Station.

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JAMES MILTON HARMON, age 9, son of James R. [43] and Theodoshia Todd Harmon [30] who lived in Snake Bite Township, Bertie County , NC. James R. Harmon’s occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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MARIAN R. HOGGARD, age 7, daughter of Benjamin F. "Bennie" [33] and Margaret (?) Hoggard [32] who lived at 28 Main Street in Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Bennie Hoggard’s occupation is listed as: Clerk, General Store.

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NORMA W. HOGGARD, age 6, daugher of Benjamin F., “Bennie” [33] and Margaret [32] Hoggard, who lived at; 28 Main Street in Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Bennie Hoggard’s occupation is listed as: Clerk General Store.

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ANNIE RICE HOLLOMAN, age 7, daughter of Spurgeon [38] and Annie [33] Holloman; living at 162 Broad St., Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Spurgeon Holloman, Sr.’s occupation is listed as: Barber. HONORS: Class Poet.

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SPURGEON SOGENT HOLLOMAN, JR., age 9, son of Spurgeon, Sr. [38] and Annie [33] Holloman; living at 162 Broad Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Spurgeon Holloman, Sr.’s occupation is listed as: Barber.

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ALICE MITCHELL, age 8, her parents were Mortimer [47] and Reva H. [38] Mitchell; living at 176 Broad Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Mortimer Mitchell’s occupation is listed as: Farmer. HONORS: Class Vice President and Historian.

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*JACK MYERS, age 8, his parents were Raleigh B [age 45]. and Janis Morris Myers [age 46] living at 163 Broad St., Aulander. Raleigh's occupation is listed as: Candy Salesman. HONORS: Most Popular Boy.

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IRIS “Puddin” PAYNE, age 6, daughter of Lesley J [39] amd Jeanette [29] Payne, both of whom were born in Virginia; living at 158 Broad Street. Occupation: Owner of a Stave Mill. Thomas Hall remembers the Stave Mill exploding when struck by lighting in 1939, killing several people. HONORS: Class Treasurer. Most Beautiful Girl.

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CARRIE E. RAWLS, age 7, her parent were H. G. [34] and Dissie ? [31] Rawls, who lived at 4 Odom Road in St. Johns Twp., Hertford County, NC H. G. Rawls’ occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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MARGARET SLADE, age 7, daughter of William G. [30] and Sarah E. [26] Slade, living at 86 Commerce Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC William G. Slade’s occupation is listed as: owns Cleaners

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PAULINE S. TAYLOE, age 7, daughter of Langley F. [44] and Ruth [39] Taylor, living on 101 Commerce Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC. Langley Tayloe’s ccupation is listed as: Gold Star Store, Manager. HONORS: Class President. Valedictorian.

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WILLIAM ASA WILLIFORD, age 9, son of Joseph R. [44] and Virginia E. [42] Williford at 34 Main Street. Joseph R. Williford’s occupation is listed as: Manager, Brick Mill. HONORS: Most Handsome Boy

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ELMER WARD, the signature is difficult to read, any ideas on the name? An Elmer Ward does not appear in Bertie County, NC in the census records for 1930.

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ERCELL WHITAKER, age 7, her parents were John W. [46] and Della A. [45] Whitaker, living at 2 Lewiston Hwy. in Snake Bite Twp., Bertie County, NC. John W. Whitaker’s occupation is listed as: Farmer.

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VIRGINIA WORRELL, age 10, her parents were Eugene [38] and Bettie [37] Worrell, both born in Virginia; living at 170 Broad Street, Aulander, Bertie County, NC. His occupation is: Railroad Laborer.

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* The full name of Jack Myers was Raleigh Beecher “Jack” Myers, Jr. [6 March 1922 – 10 August 1971] Born: Aulander, Bertie County, NC,. Died: Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County, NC. Wife: Agnes Freeman. They lived in Hertford, NC. He was a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. He is buried in the Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh, NC. His father was: Raleigh B. Myers, Sr. of Aulander and his mother was Janie Morris.

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In 1930, several teachers, at the Aulander Graded School and High School lived on Broad Street. First, living at 159 Broad Street where Edward E. Ward, age 50, who is listed as head of household, lived with his wife Nellie, age 37. The four boarding teachers at Aulander Graded School were: Ms. Sarah E. Stone, age 25; Ms. Eva Norton, age 30; and Ms. Pattie Royster, age 26. The fourth boarder was Alice Cook, age 21, an Aulander High School Teacher.

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Two other teachers, Ms. Mary G. Pruden, at Aulander Graded School, and Ms. Ruth Stallings, at Aulander High School lived with Lesley J. and Jeanette Payne at 158 Broad Street in Aulander.

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Also, notice that the diploma for James Milton Harmon lists, as of 10 May 1939, the Aulander High School Principal, School Board Officials and Bertie County Superintendent.

The Principal of Aulander High School: S. V. Parker, Jr.

The Superintendent of Bertie County Schools: Herbert W. Early

Chairman of the Local Aulander School Board: Herbert Jenkins, Sr.

Secretary of the Local Aulander School Board: Lacy M. Early

Aulander, 1890

AULANDER and BERTIE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 1890

The information on Aulander and Bertie County listed in this business directory, while brief, is important because of the absence of the United States Census for 1890, it burned in Washington, DC.

AREA: 720 square miles

POPULATION: 16,401

WHITE: 6,814

BLACK: 9,589

COUNTY OFFICERS:

Bertie County Commissioners: Andrew J. Dunning (Aulander), E. E. Etheridge, J. B. Stokes, W. A. Capehart, J. C. Freeman, Chairman

Supintendent of Public Schools: D. E. Tayloe

County Board of Education: J. W. Mitchell, W. H. Smithwick and R. W. Askew, Chairman

PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN BERTIE COUNTY

51 White Schools. 41 Black Schools.

TOWNSHIPS AND MAGISTRATES:

MITCHELL’S TOWNSHIP: J. M. Early, W. W. Askew, Abram Jenkins, Robert Dunning, R. J. Dunning and W. D. Hoggard [Aulander]

SNAKE BITE TOWNSHIP: Frank Taylor, H. K. Parker, N. Bunch, and J. R. Cherry (Lewiston).

BERTIE COUNTY TOWNS AND POST-OFFICES:

Aulander, 200 people

Avoca, 150 people

Drew

Exeter,

Hexlena

Howard, 30 people

Lesiston, 375 people

Mount Gould, 25 people

Powellsville, 75 people

Roxobel, 150 people

San Souci, 60 people

Walke

Windsor (Court House), 650 people

CHURCHES

Names, Post-officers, Pastors and Denominations

Baptist Church, Aulander – T. T. Speight, Preacher

Conarity Baptist Church, Aulander – T. T. Speight

HOTELS

Dunning House, Aulander, H. J. Dunning

LAWYERS

None listed in Aulander

TEACHERS

None listed as living in Aulander

FARMERS

Aulander: Joseph Connor; Andrew J. Dunning; W. J. Dunning,; James M. Early; Miles Eure; J. H. Hale; A. T. Harmon; W. M. Marsh; C. W. Mitchell; W. H. Mitchell; Joseph Powell; J. H. Rawls; Abner Rawls; John Rice; Asa Saunders; M. L. Taylor; J. G. Willoughby; G. Williford; and J. J. Williford.

SOURCE: BRANSON’S NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL ALMANAC: FOR THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1890, AND, UNTIL THE 4TH OF JULY, THE 114TH YEAR OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE [Raleigh, NC: Levi Branson, Publisher, c. 1890]: 103 – 106. (Volume 3, Number 3, 23rd Year of Publication)

Aulander High School - Football Team - 1927 - 1928 - Photo from Thomas Hall, Class of 1950

Aulander High School - Football Team - 1927 - 1928 -  Photo from Thomas Hall, Class of 1950

Aulander High School Baseball Team - Spring, 1928 - Photo from Thomas Hall, Class of 1950

Aulander High School Baseball Team - Spring, 1928 - Photo from Thomas Hall, Class of 1950

Aulander High School from Anita

Aulander High School from Anita

Aulander Boys Win Bertie Tournament Championship, 1955

Aulander Boys Win Bertie Tournament Championship, 1955
FRONT [L to R]: Sonny Bell; Paul McCaskey; Bubba Peele; Lloyd Parker; Pete Parker; Bill Chamlee. BACK: Thomas Powell; Dick Butler; Skip Rowe; Reggie Terry; Jack Bell

Aulander Boys Tournament Champs, 1955

Aulander Boys Tournament Champs, 1955
FRONT [L to R]: Lloyd Parker; Paul McCaskey; Sonny Bell; Bubba Peele; Pete Parker; Bill Chamlee. BACK: Reggie Terry; Skip Rowe; Dick Butler; and Coach Joe Acree

Aulander Boys Wins Bertie County Tournament Championship and Sportmanship Awards, Spring, 1955

From: THE HERTFORD COUNTY HERALD [March, 1955], published in Ahoskie, NC

“Aulander Boys, Colerain Girls Are Bertie Tournament Champs”

Aulander. For the first time in three years the Wolfpack of West Bertie High School has suffered a defeat at the hands of a Bertie County team. Coach Joe Acree’s Green Demons of Aulander rode rough-shod over the defending champions Saturday night in the championsip game of the tournament and when the final whistle sounded the score stood Aulander 67, West Bertie 51.

The two teams will now meet on a neutral court to determine who will represent the county in the regional play-offs since West Bertie was the winner of the regular season play.

No less exciting was the finals in the girls’ division which saw Colerain defeating Merry Hill by a score of 51 to 48. The Colerain girls, defending champions were edged out for the season play by Merry Hill but came back to take the tournament championship on Friday night.

Other action on Friday night placed the Aulander girls as consolation winners over Windsor by a score of 36 to 34.

The Colerain boys won consolation honors in their division by defeating Windsor on Saturday night, 44 to 42, in a thrilling ball game.

Team sportsmanship awards were given to the Aulander boys and to the West Bertie girls.

The selection by the coaches placed the following boys on the all-conference team:

Wilbur Castelloe, Windsor; Bubba Peele, Aulander; Jack Mitchell, West Bertie; Tommy Bazemore, West Bertie, Carroll Britt, Colerain.

In the girls’ division the following were honored as all-conference selections:

Guards: Treva Daniels, Colerain; Becky Dunning, Aulander; Peggy Hall, Aulander; forwards: Ann Barnacascel, Merry Hill; Valentine Powell, Aulander; Carolyn Taylor, Colerain.

Misses Daniels, Dunning, Hall and Barnacascel were selected for the second consecutive year.

Attendance at the tournament was very good. Entertainment was furnished at halftime of each game.

PICTURE Inscription: AULANDER – A happy Aulander group faced the camera after defeating West Bertie in the final round of the tournament. They received trophies for the tournament championship and sportsmanship. Left to right: Sonny Bell, Paul McCaskey, Bubba Peele, Bro Parker, Pete Parker and Billy Chamlee. Back row: Thomas Powell, Dick Butler, Skipper Rowe, Reggie Terry and Jackie Bell.

Welcome Classes of 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959

Welcome Classes of 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959
Rachel's Welcoming Sign

Aulander High School Reunion - 18 April 2009

Aulander High School Reunion - 18 April 2009
A Larger Picture Below in Left Hand Column

Aulander High School - 1928

Aulander High School - 1928
from 1985 Centennial Booklet

Aulander High School

Aulander High School
from the 1953 Annual, Carolyn Burden, Editor-in-Chief

Wording of the Above Quotation

As the rising sun is but a
promise of the glorious day a-
head, so our school days, rich
in experience and attainment;
are the assurance of the gold-
en future to come.

Aulander School - About 1957

Aulander School - About 1957

Aulander Community Building - 1940

Aulander Community Building - 1940
from the 1985 Centennial Booklet

Ella Wingate Early [1879 - 1967] from the 1953 Annual

Ella Wingate Early [1879 - 1967] from the 1953 Annual
Teacher, Aulander High School for over 50 years

From the Dedication of the 1953 Annual to Miss Ella

"Miss Ella" teaches senior Eng-
lish, French, and mathematics,
is director of the Dramatics
Department and sponsor of the
Beta Club.

Joe Acree about 1949

Joe Acree about 1949

Aulander Street - About 1900

Aulander Street - About 1900
from a 1907 post card

The Green Demon - Cover 1956 Yearbook

The Green Demon - Cover 1956 Yearbook

Aulander Green Demons Fight Song

How many of you devoted some time to taking the water can and searching for that precious liquid in the wilds near our athletic school bus as it sat along the side of a road with steam bellowing from the overheated radiator? In the 1950s, remember our trips during the basketball season, when we had an away game? We would load the boys and girls basketball teams plus our cheerleaders on to this bus and rock it, to our appointed competitive destination, with conversation, laughter and singing. When we passed through any town, we lowered all the windows and sang, at the top of our voices, the following:

"When Aulander marches down the line,
and everybody looks to see her shine,
our colors green and white fly everywhere,
it makes us happy when we see them flying there,
we've come today to show our pep and vim,
we've come today to show that we can win,
we going to tie our colors everywhere,
hurry up!
Aulander! [sung "Au" "land" '"der!"] Rah! Rah!"

After the game, as the bus rattled home, everyone was very quiet and the windows, somehow, always seemed to fog up! How many of you have memories of these wonderful times when we were young?

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Classes Prior to 1955

CLASS OF 1950-AULANDER HIGH SCHOOL

(COMPILED BY THOMAS HALL AND NANCY ACREE. February, 2010)


SHERWOOD RAWLS (BECKY DILDAY, Class of 1955)

202 Sheriff Garrett Road

Ahoskie, NC 27910


THOMAS HALL (EMILY)

150 Jernigan Swamp Road

Ahoskie, NC 27910

Phone: 252-332-7509. Email: emilybhall@embarqmail.com


STANLEY DEMPSEY (FAYE)

86 Meadow Road

Spring Lake, NC 28390


JANET BRITTON HOGGARD

[3 June 1932 - 26 December 2010 in Aulander, NC]

BETTY BRICKHOUSE FARLESS

700 Monroe St.

Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870


JANE CASTELOW ROGERS (JOHN)

3528 Vesta Dr.

Raleigh, NC 27609


RODANTHE (PETE) PERRY HALL

PO Box 396

Aulander, NC, 27805


JULIA MORRIS GIETZ

171 Conavo Road

Orange Park, Florida 32003


MARTHA ANN PARKER TERRY (HUBERT)

1901 Meridith Ave.

Tarboro, NC 27886


NANCY DUNNING ACREE

PO Box 431

Aulander, NC 27805


LOUISE DAVIDSON PARKER

1029 Connaritsa Road

Aulander, NC 27805


INEZ TODD SIMONS

PO Box 232

Powellsville, NC 27967


MABEL BURDEN OVERTON

[13 September 1931 - 8 February 2010 in Ahoskie,NC]

WILLIS BRICKHOUSE [Class of 1952]

3918 Blairwood

High Point, NC 27265


CAN NOT FIND:

Eileen BURKETT Roberson


DECEASED:

Alvah E. Bradley [19 May 1929 – 21 June 2008 in Ahoskie]


Janet Britton Hoggard [3 June 1932 - 26 Dec 2010 in Aulander,NC]


Mabel Burden Overton [13 Sept 1931 - 8 Feb 2010 in Ahoskie]


Donnell “Don” Muse [28 April 1932 – 28 June 1998 death in Hampton, VA]


Sidney Rogerson [27 Jan 1933 – 4 February 1994 in Ahoskie]


William R. Slade [9 Dec 1929 - 28 Feb 2006 in Tarboro]


Jackson Terry [8 August 1932 – 1 July 2001 in Roanoke Rapids]


******************************

CLASS OF 1954


JANE HUGHES BARMER

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

806 Saint John Millennium Rd

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-4331


CAROLYN BURDEN [PEELE]

(also, see Bubba Peele, Class of 1955)

113 Broad St

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-0698


GRAHAM N. DEMPSEY

605 Crimson Ivy Lane

Chesapeake, VA 23320-3547

[757] 312-0504


GERTRUDE DEMPSEY [DAVIS]

212 NC Hwy. 561 E

Ahoskie, NC 27910-8832

[252] 332-3679


MARIAN DUNNING DILDAY

138 Dilday Rd

Colerain, NC 27924

(252) 332-5902


HARRISON HARRELL

Aulander, NC 27805


EDITH HARRINGTON [SMITH], Aulander

416 West Tyler School Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805-9583

[252] 344-5201


GLORIA HERRING CADDELL [Earl W.],

8132 Jerrylee Road

Norfolk, VA 23518-2322

[757] 587-2278


RICHARD W. “DICKIE” FEHER [Kay]

1642 Early Station Road

Ahoskie, NC 27910-9680

252-332-3588


KATIE ANN PEELE [Rawls, Stanley, Class of 1952]

712 East Main Street

Aulander, NC 27805-9452

[252] 345-4641


MELVA M. RAWLS, PA [Florence]

115 Robin Ln

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

(570) 784-5975


MARK W. TERRY, (Jean)

P. O. Box 92

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-6081


EUGENE TODD [?]

733 Plantation Estates Dr, #D

Matthews, NC 28105

704-814-9421

[only Eugene Todd listed in NC, age 79]


Mary Frances TODD Phelps

1423 King Street

Windsor, NC 27983

252-509-5293.


TOMMY WILKINS

207 Rachel Drive

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

252-338-8125



MIRIAM DEMPSEY PAGE (Deceased)

[3 August 1936 – 2 December 2002 in Cary, NC]


JIMMY WHITE (Deceased)

[7 April 1937 – 2 March 2003 in Ahoskie]


JACK CASTELLOE (Deceased)


MARY FRANCIS WHITE (Deceased)




Home Addresses, Phone Numbers and Email Addresses - Classes of 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959

HOME ADDRESSES, PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES - CLASSES FROM 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 AND 1959


CLASS OF 1955


Charles and Irene BAUGHAM Futrell
274 Riverbend Rd North
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 734-0148


Winston BYRD
6173 Embry Bend Road
Lincoln, Alabama 35096
[205] 763-9251 [cell]

*Sherwood and Becky DILDAY RAWLS
202 Sheriff Garrett Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
[252] 345-6272
rawls202@clis.com

*Dick and Becky DUNNING DeCoste
1705 Duval Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
[336] 288-5146

*Bill and Peggy HALL Stoffregen
10805 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27614
[919] 847-6308

Herman and Daphne JENKINS Dupont
8639 Devon Drive
Norfolk, VA 23503
[757] 588-8554

Joe and Jenny COOKE JENKINS
[See Class of 1956]

Fred and Barbara LASSITER Andresen
139H Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-3271

*Robert and Marion LASSITER Dilday
138 Dilday Road
Colerain, NC 27924
[252] 332-5902

*Percy and Lynette MITCHELL Bunch
210 Holly Hill Road
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
[252] 398-4630

*Jo Ann MYERS Freeman
301 Cooper Avenue
Windsor, NC 27983
[252] 794-3193

William and Carolyn BURDEN PEELE
113 Broad Street
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-0698

*********************
DECEASED: Leslie "Dick" Butler, Donald Hale, Bobby Jenkins, Vernon Hoggard, Toby Powell & Mary Lou Minton
******************************

CLASS OF 1956


Charlie & Bonnie BARNES PARKER
360 Toulon Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28405
[910] 793 6327 [H]
bonniebparker@bellsouth.net


Ken and Janice BAUGHAN Lowden
209 W. Ash Road
Sterling, VA 20164
[703] 430-4140

Sonny and Donna BELL
741 Brookwood Drive #5
Olympia Fields, IL 60461-1543
[708] 481-2179 [H]
[708] 263-3569 [cell]
email: earl.bell3@gmail.com

Katherine [Kathy] BURDEN
Box 61
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-0105 [H]

Kay BYRD Marshall
417 W. Bernard Drive
East Bernard, TX 77435
[979] 358-0258 [cell]

Bill and Gail CHAMLEE
2523 SE Vicksburg Street
Bartlesville, OK 74006-7583
[918] 335-0817

Joe and Jenny COOKE JENKINS
3933 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
[252] 441-7665

Lance and Marcella COOKE Cockerham
7818 Huntsman Blvd.
Springfield, VA 22153
[703] 455-6522
ltcockerham@verizon.net

Molly COOKE
8612 Burling Wood Drive
Springfield, VA 22152
[703] 569-6527

Bob and Violet COOKE
230 NC 561W
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Earl and Linda FARMER
500 Boyette Road
Four Oaks, NC 27524
[919] 963-3588
farmer622@earthlink.net

Bobby and Minerva HALL Matthews
202 Rogerson Avenue
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-2871

Jerry and Betty HARRELL
1598 West State Highway 258
Galena, MO 65656
[417] 357-6088

Buck and Michele HOGGARD
4057 Maple Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23321
[757] 436-0728
email: hogge5@cox.net

Ray & Lurleen JONES Hobbs
310 North Chestnut Street
Woodland, NC 27894
[252] 587-2301

Robert " Bobby" LASSITER
810 St. John-Millennium Rd.
Aulander, NC 27805-9701
email: rgl@embarqmail.com
[252] 345-1416

Jean Ellen ODOM James
310 Stanwood Drive
Greenville, NC 27886
[252] 756-1662

Mary Ann ODOM Castelloe
219 Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-3641 [H]

Lloyd W. PARKER
2341 Big Ben Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
[252] 355-7435
parkerlwp@embarqmail.com

Pete and Elaine PARKER
22 Loyal Lane
Weaverville, NC 28787
[828] 645-0415
email: william.maurice.parker@gmail.com

John and Valentine POWELL Hurin
9550 Crown Ridge Drive
White Lake, MI 48386
[248] 698-4246 [can not travel]

*Bettie Paige RAWLS Terry
Roanoke Rapids, NC
[252] 678-4830

Bob and Marion RAWLS Auker
Rt. 1, Box 149A
Roaring Springs, PA 16673-9602
[814] 224-1225

James[Jim] and Jean RAWLS
4006 Shiland Drive
Greensboro, NC 27406
[336] 674-2512
jrawls2@triad.rr.com

Sherwood & Nora RAWLS
206 Snipes Street
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-5451

George and Elizabeth ROUNDTREE Jenkins
201 Cherry Street
Woodland, NC 27894
[252] 587-5371

Jim and Anna ROWE Summerlin
310 East Brookside Drive
Bryan, Texas 77801
[979] 846-5004 (can not travel)

William and Annette SHORES Blowe
St. John – Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 332-2463 [H]

Alice SKINNER Lassiter
P. O. Box 281
148 Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-6371 [H]

Eddie and Geraldine TERRY Newsome
P. O. Box 1309
Grandy, NC 27939
[252] 441-9181

Robert Lee TODD
211 Jack Branch Road
Windsor, NC 27983
[252] 348-3081 [H]

NO ADDRESSES FOR:
Ida Mae WILLIAMS whose mailing address is Windsor

DECEASED: Annie Lou HARRINGTON, Sidney MITCHELL, Evelyn and Elwood (Buddy) JONES, Dinah OUTLAW, Paul McCASKEY, Frances MINTON LASSITER.
*****************************

CLASS OF 1957

CONTACT PERSON

SKIPPER ROWE
*Skip & Esther ROWE
8100 Denbur Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
[704] 532-9720 [H]
[704] 763-7537 [cell]
GROWE9@carolina.rr.com

Jackson R. & Nancy BELL
8538 Glen Eagles
Naples, FL 34120
239-304-1305
jacksonrbell@aol.com

Arleen CONGLETON Beasley
Box 74
Battery Park, VA 23304
[757] 357-4894
[757] 803-5765 [cell]

Mary Sue CRISP [no address]

Leroy and Rachel DEMPSEY Morris
P. O. Box 344
201 N. Commerce Street
Aulander, North Carolina 27805
[252] 345-3601
[252] 287-6177 [cell]
email: lrmorris@roadrunner.com

Floyd and Collene HELMS

536 Broad Street

Saint Pauls, NC 28384

[910]865-4473 [H]

[910]734-0821[cell]


Mary Francis Lassiter [Ellis]

934 St. John-Millennium Rd

Aulander, NC 27805-9706


Evelyn Hoggard
206 Wiccacon Road
Colfield, NC 29722
[252] 356-4432
[252] 209-1223 [cell]

John [Jack] W. and Elizabeth JOHNSON Schoeb
2529 Bogese Drive
Petersburg, VA 23805
[804] 733-3613
Schoeb2@msn.com


Alfred & Ola Ray RAWLS MATTHEWS
P. O. Box 124
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-0236
[252] 287-5433 [cell]

Richard and Carol McCASKEY
31120 Collosse Road
Carrsville, VA 23315
[757] 562-6593

James W. and Barbara NELMS Connor
312 Woodlawn Drive
Williamston, NC 27892
[252] 789-4173

Larry and Rachel PARKER Bolton
1223 Willowbrook Drive
Suffolk, VA 23434
[757] 539-6566

Joe PEELE
3509 Taberna Drive
Greenville, NC 27834
[252] 355-7334

Lawrence and Nancy PITT
3305 Sawyer Way
Toano, VA 23168
[757] 566-3998
[757] 869-3246 [cell]
lpitt@cox.net

Reggie and Dorothy TERRY
561 Ballahack Rd.
Hertford, N. C. 27944
home: 252-426-7742
cell:252-312-6199

Shirley TERRY Hammond
3224 East Ocean View Ave. Unit #10
Norfolk, VA 23518
757-480-0072
757-348-8488 [cell]
email: sterry2456@aol.com


Raeford and Shirley Sadler
105 Jerry Lane
Ahoskie, NC 27910
[252] 332-2671
[252] 395-0631 [cell]

DECEASED: Nancy Lou COOKE, Carl DUNNING, Jimmy HOGGARD & David “Jabo” JOHNSON
************************

CLASS OF 1958

CONTACT PERSON

DONALD LEGGETT
Donald & Mary LEGGETT
Post Office Box 192
Rich Square, NC 27869
[252] 539-2489
don.mary.leggett@gmail.com

Gene and Barbara BARNES Davis
109B Jernigan Airport Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910
[252] 332-4758 [H]
[252] 332-4750 [cell]

James and Emma Lou FARMER Bridgers
143 Ray Farmer Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-5091
lubrid@embarqmail.com

Sue HUGHES
6675 Lake Island Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33467
[561] 432-8676

David and Mary Ann LASSITER
844 St. John - Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-1617

Charles and Loretta MITCHELL Eichhorn
1010 Lamp Post Lane
Greensboro, NC 27410
[336] 299-6783
ceichhorn@triad.rr.com

Wilson and Cynthia MYERS
426 North Main Street
Broadway, NC 27505
[919] 258-9978

Adolph and Molly WHITE ODOM
107 Bull Hill Road
Windsor, NC 27983
[252] 794-5272

William "Bill" and Janice ODOM
2213 Richmond Street
Hopewell, VA 23860
[804] 541-9146 [H]
[804] 894-0139 (cell)

Phil and Nancy PARKER
10 Lanier Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
[919] 942-6559

Marjorie RAWLS Clark
2345 Stonehave Road
Kernersville, NC 27284
[336] 869-5456

Bill and Shelba RAWLS Kessinger
6 Earcken Fern
Bluffton, SC 29910
[843] 816-1177 [cell]

Harvey and Becky SHORES Blowe
851 St. John - Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 245 - 8781


DECEASED: Jimmy Hoggard, Jimmy BURDEN, Joseph HARRIS, Mayo JACKSON, Emma LASSITER, John WILLIAMS and Robert NELMS.
*************************

CLASS OF 1959

[CONTACT PERSON]

ANITA TERRY TAYLOR
Jim and Anita TERRY Taylor
2000 Miller Ave
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 420 4472
ataylor93@cox.net

Milton & Ann ADAMS
129 Sterling Rd
Georgetown, KY 40324
abitofheavenfarm@bellsouth.net

Tony and Monica ADAMS
550 Center Grove Rd
Ahoskie, NC 27910
[252] 332-6103

Dan & Sonya HARRELL
109 Deer Path
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Chy64@netscape.com

Sidney & Rhonda JONES
1520 NC 11 S
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-1761

Bill & Sharron LEONHIRTH
2440 Camelback Rd
Richmond, VA 23236
sleonhirth@usa.net

Carmen J. & Florence MINTON Defazio
81 Lynford Rd
Richboro, PA 18954
[215] 355 9783

Richard & Carol MOORE
718 River Hills Dr.
Fenton, Mo. 63026
Phone: 636-305-0014
richcarolmoore@sbcglobal.net

Robert & Myrell NICHOLS Blowe
Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805-9701

Henry Shep and Ruth Overton
P. O. Box 12368
Ft. Pierce, FL 349-2368
[772] 595-1823
5807 Balsam Drive

David and Daisy PARKER Miller
327 Sugar Hollow Rd
Fairview, NC 27803
[828] 628-3225
davidm38@bellsouth.net

Alfred and Ola Ray RAWLS MATHEWS[See Class of 1957]
P. O. Box 124
Aulander, NC 27805
[252] 345-1761

Edward TAYLOE [no address]

*Hoyt & Peggy TODD
507 East Main Street
Aulander, NC
[252] 345-5311
Hoyt@coastalnet.com

DECEASED: Virginia PARKER, Rose LASSITER and Emma Pearl LASSITER
*************************

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS TO: earl.bell3@gmail.com or call [708] 481-2179

Address, Phone Numbers, Emails for the Classes of 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963

CLASS OF 1960


Theresa LASSITER Brinkley

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

932 Menola-St. John’s Rd.

Woodland, NC 27897

252-587-4521


Albert & Emily BARNES

3017 W. Clinton St.

Tampa, FL 33614


Melvin & Nancy BAUGHAM Chamblee

140 Beechwood Road

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-4175


Dave & Mary Alice BELL Bragg

397 Olsen Dr.

Elon, NC 27244

336-584-1817

mary-bragg@elon.edu


Thomas BURCH

1307 Hammond St.

Rocky Mt., NC 27803

252-446-5296


Kenneth CONGLETON

104 Lytham

Smithfield, VA 23430-6991

757-356-9305


J. R. and Barbara CONNOR Hasty

8313 US Hwy 158

Seaboard, NC 27876

252-585-0420


Billy & Rose COOKE Conner

P. O. Box 6

Aulander, NC 27805

252-209-4665 [cell]

connerw@roadrunner.com


Billy COOKE

P. O. BOX 524

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-2701


Zona DREW Scott

2041 Hamilton Ridge Rd., Apt. D

Oak City, NC 27857

252-798-6901


Richard & Diana DUNNING

P. O. Box 376

Star, ID 83669


Dorothy HOGGARD Turner

2519 Loma Vista Dr.

Emporia, KS 66801

[620] 3343-2011


Hersley L. HOGGARD, Jr.

821 Glenwood Dr.

Hattiesburg, MS 39401


Dewey & Diane HOWARD

9400 Bill Reed Rd.

Boltewah, TN 37363

423-892-4839

deweyhoward@yahoo.com


Sidney and Mary JENKINS

P. O. Box 820

Aulander, NC 27805

252-3345-1971

mvjen@embarqmail.com


Jimmy & Sue JENKINS Joyner

3611 Grammersy St.

Greensboro, NC 27410


Faye JOHNSON Thompson

302 US Hwy 13N

Windsor, NC 27983

[252] 794-3784


Billy Ray LASSITER

104 Bruce Farmer Rd

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-1151


Jennings & Anne POWELL White

308 E. Main St.

Conway, NC 27820

252-585-0802

annepwhite@embarqmail.com


Mattie POWELL Slack

1031 Three Dog Rd.

Chapin, SC 29036

803-781-4769


Jo Ann PRITCHARD McNall

222 North Park Ave.

Williamston, NC 27892

252-792-5247


Gerald RAWLS

112 Mundy Cove Rd.

Weaverville, NC 28787

828-658-3689


Gene T. ROWE

9005D County Line Rd.

Rocky Mt., NC 27803


Warren & Lynn SLAUGHTER Smith

725 River Cottage Rd.

Edenton, NC 27932

252-221-2050

was1137@gmail.com


Coley & Lou TERRY Brickhouse

122 Yellow Hammer Rd.

Tyner, NC 27980

252-221-2050


Jesse & Mary Anne WHITE Croom

408 Bay Point Dr.

Edenton, NC 27932

252-482-3908

jmacroom@hotmail.com


Adolph & Mollie WHITE ODOM

107 Bull Hill Rd.

Windsor, NC 27983

252-794-5272



Class of 1961


Jean PEELE Rhea

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

103 Albemarle Drive

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-6214

jeanrhea@net-change.com


Mike ADAMS

28 W. Preston St.

Hampton, VA 23669

757-723-7661


Jerry BANKS

35 Rhodes Haven Drive

PO Box 65

Columbia, NC, 27925

252-793-9426

252-394-5310


Annie Mae BAZEMORE Edwards

1503 Carlos Drive

Greenville, NC 27834


Linda BLAND Castello

501 NC 42 West

Aulander, NC 27805

252-332-4256


Robert W Chamlee

12258 N Oaks Dr.

Ashland, VA 23005

804-798-6320

bocham@verizon.net


Marilyn CONNER Daniels

121 Tayloe Drive

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-4148


Judy COOKE Hughes

2608 NC 305

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-3061

252-862-6223 [cell]


Ronald COOKE

PO Box 633

305 Cashie St.

Windsor, NC 27983

252-332-9657


Patricia HALE Wagner

214 Juniper Circle

Advance, NC 27006

336-998-3535


Faye COWAN Harris

320 Baker Street West

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-5477

252-287-7676


Mary Carolyn HALL Hockaday

1455 Thelma Road

Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

252-537-1826

252-536-1609

chockaday@embarqmail.com


G.C. HALL

114 J.T. Hall Road

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345 2261


Jackie HARRINGTON Kiest

101 Newhaven Court

Garner, N.C. 27529

919-772-6885


Margaret Dare JENKINS

Pinewood Manor Adult Care

240 Early Station Rd.

Ahoskie, NC 28910


Judy HOGGARD Kunkler

102 Smith Ave.

Portsmouth, VA. 23701

757-465-9383


John Lee JENKINS

1001 Steeple Run

Lawrenceville, GA 30043

770-513-0943


Wayne JENKINS

1156 Circle Drive

Robersonville, N.C. 27871

252-795-4756


Bernard LASSITER

4006 W. Weaver Road

Hampton, VA 23666

757-896-1919


Clingy L. LASSITER, Jr.

P. O. Box 454

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-1031


Violet JONES Cooke

230 NC 561

Ahoskie, N.C. 27910

252-332-2677


Melba PARKER Blowe

944 NC 561 W

Aulander, N.C. 27805

252-332-8295


Betsy PATRICK Sawyer

P.O. BOX 594

Washington, NC 27889


David RAWLS

15213 Trump Town Road

Windsor, VA 23487

Home – 757-357-9131


Judy RAWLS Cooke

106 Fort Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27805

252-446-1105


Mattie PITT Pierce

206 East River Road

Colerain, N.C. 27924

919-356-4402


Jo Anne ROWE Willis

115 Colonial Lane

Simpsonville, S.C. 29681

864-234-0010


Henry W. (Duke) STOUGH (Beverly)

103 Watershed Rd.

Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-669-6351


Gail TAYLOE

PO Box 365

Aulander, N.C. 27805

252-345-5861

252-209-7364 [cell]

wife of Steve TAYLOE


Linda TINKHAM Lane

509 Infinity Road

Durham, N.C. 27712

919-447-8684


Dean DEMPSEY White

PO Box 181

Aulander, N.C. 27805

252-345-3401


Carol WHITE Banks [Deceased]


William Hansel (Bubba) BELL [Deceased]


Carroll CONNER [Deceased]


Dorothy DREW Mizelle [Deceased]


L.C. HALL [Deceased]


Pete HALL [Deceased]


Robert Lee HARRISON [Deceased]


Martha Alice BELL Jenkins [Deceased]


Bob JENKINS [Deceased]


Judy JERNIGAN [Deceased]


Steve TAYLOE [Deceased]



Class of 1962


Turk Askew

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

PO Box 657

Aulander NC 27805

252-455-0571

mask@erinet.com


Debra M Harmon

113 Charlie Harmon Rd

Aulander, NC 27805

252-794-4344


William “Bill” E. Rawls

115 Bruce Farmer Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-2391 or 3147


Bill Dunning

948H St Johns-Millennium Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-1714


Tommy Mitchell

2005 Lancaster

Tarboro NC 27886

252-823-8849


Lessie Lassiter Cale (Robert)

PO Box 39

Aulander NC 27805

252-345-9664


Jimmy Rawls

437 Rawls Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805


Alex Terry (Susan)

120 Bruce Farmer Rd

Aulander NC 27805

252-345-0798


Dick Parker

Whispering Pines Mobile Home Village

192 Bypass 28

Derry NH 03038


Dick Hall (Jane)

104 Wheeler Dr

Merry Hill NC 27957

252-482-8842


Mack Penwell

1762 Suburban Dr.

Morganton NC 28655

828-391-1050

makatak@aol.com


Donald “Donnie” Lassiter

146 Ray Farmer Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-1506


John Vann Hall (Linda)

1515 Clearwater Dr

Sanford NC 27330

919-776-6475

jvhall@windstream.net


John C Outlaw

413 E Main St.

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-1631


Janet Davidson Jaspers (Glenn)

160 Ocean Terrace

Ormond Beach FL 32176

386-441-2971

jjaspers@cfl.rr.com


Ronald “Ronnie” Byrd [Anne]

448 Lee Jernigan Rd.

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-2717


Becky MITCHELL Mann

P. O. Box 815

Lillington, NC 27546

910-893-4830


Henry E. Lassiter

116 Bruce Farmer Rd.

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-4101


Sandra Johnston O’Connor

2960 Highway 190 W

Port Allen, LA 70767

225-382-0613

soconnor15@cox.net


Ann OUTLAW Pearce

2641 Railroad St.

Winterville, NC 28590

252-355-0001 [H]

252-341-2245 [cell]

aopearce@suddenlink.net


James Overton (Dee)

339 Jay Trail

Murfreesboro NC 27855

240-938-6971

james.overton@navy.mil


Ruth PRITCHARD Eure

101 Court St

Apt 313

Edenton NC 27937

252-312-7389

eveeure@yahoo.com


Judy WHITE Edwards

105 Marshall Avenue

Williamston, NC 27892

252-792-3163

judyh5344@embarqmail.com


Rachel LASSITER Rabeau

2811 Lambert Trail

Chesapeake, VA 23323

757-487-9667


ADDRESSES UNKNOWN


Rachel Narron


Howard Harmon


*************

Roy Todd (Deceased)


Norma Pierce (Deceased)


George Byrd (Deceased)


Wayne Outlaw (Deceased)


Franklin Winslow (Deceased)


Beecher Cooke (Deceased)



Class of 1963


Daniel Earl Lassiter (Sue)

CLASS REPRESENTATIVE

PO Box 37

Aulander, NC 27805

(252)345-2621


Jane Austin Futrell (Jimmy)

9698 US 258

Murfreesboro, NC 27855

252-398-3063


Eileen Rawls (Jim)

108 Dunning Road

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-6541


James Allen Austin

951 NC 305 S

Aulander NC 27805

252-345-6701


Barbara Cooke Owens

115 Odette Lane

Winton, N.C. 27986

252-358-1320


Foy Nicholes Askew

St. Augustine Fl. 32084

nickaskew@msn.com


Thomas Cowan (Lucille)

1113 NC 305

Aulander, NC 27805

252-345-3651


Harold Wayne Davidson

PO Box 332

Aulander, N.C. 27805

252-345-8921


Maxine Rawls Dunning (Earl)

12110 Haleyon Way

Prince George, Va 23875

804-541-6321


Carolyn Terry Wolpert (Joe)

117 W. 78 St.

Kansas City, Mo 64114-1824

716-649-9746


Robert Earl Barmer

120 Evergreen Street

Ahoskie, NC 27910

252-332-6267


Carol Evans Whitaker (Carl)

517 N. Broad St

Suffolk, Va 23434

757-539-4991


Elaine Parker Anagnos

19 Aubern Rd

Londonderry, NH 03053

603-432-7262


Carilon Nelms Vaughan (Lee)

378 Hiden Blvd.

Newport News, Va 23606

757-485-8506


Betty Dunning Lane

286 US 17 Business North

Hertford NC 27944

252-426-2071


Sandra Burden Wetmore

1609 Fifth St.

Manhatten Beach Ca 90266

sandywetmore@earthlink.net


Melvin Dilday (Barbara)

7708 Cart Track Trail

Raleigh, NC 27615

919-848-8498

meldilday@aol.com

INDEX: LEFT SIDE NARRATIVES AND PHOTOS (a click on a picture listed under 3 below enlarges it]

1. Pictures, from the Annuals, of the People in the Various Aulander High School Classes from 1953 through 1959. [Also, posted on the Flickr website at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35677085@N05/ by doubling clicking on a pictures posted in Flickr, it will enlarge]

2. Information on the Aulander High School Reunion - Saturday, 18 April 2009 at Catherine's Restaurant - 5:30 P.M. Classes of 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959.

Also, the names and class of the one hundred and ten [110] people attending the Aulander High School Reunion on Saturday, 18 April 2009 at Catherine's Restaurant beginning at 5:30 P. M. [Posted: March 1, 2008]

3. Group Pictures of the Girls and Boys Athletic Teams, May Courts, Cheerleaders, Bus Drivers and Elementary Classes including [in order of posting]: the Sam Batts Dancers; the Boy's Baskeball Team, 1954 - 55; the Class of 1957 as Sophomores; the 2001 Reunion for the Class of 1956; the baseball team for 1953 - 54; the baseball team for 1954 - 55; the FFA for 1953 - 1954; the boy's basketball team for 1955 - 56; the girl's basketball team for 1955 - 1956; the bus drivers (by popular request) for 1955 - 56; the football team for 1955 - 56; the Class of 1955 in Ms. Parker's 5th grade in 1948; part of the Class of 1956 in the 5th grade; and the Class of 1956 as Freshmen in 1952 - 53. [These pictures will enlarge if you double click on them.]

4. A History of the Town of Aulander from the 1985 Aulander Centennial Program as published at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/-ncbertie/aulander.htm

5. How the Spring Trip to New York City was Organized and Continued by the Class of 1956

6. Fourth Grade - Aulander School - Aulander, NC - 1947. People identified thus far [Wednesday, 18 February 2009]

7. The Parliamentary Procedure, Livestock Judging, Seed Judging and Field Day Teams at Aulander High School in the 1950s. [posted: Saturday, 21 February 2009]

8. Our Latest List of Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Email Addresses for the People in All Classes from 1955 through 1959. Please send corrections or additional information to: earl.bell3@gmail.com. It will be immediately posted.

People Attending the Class Reunion on April 18, 2009. Posted: March 16, 2009

UPDATED LIST OF THE PEOPLE ATTENDING THE REUNION ON SATURDAY, 18 APRIL 2009.

Total: 110 people will be attending the reunion. Catherine’s Restaurant, Ahoskie, NC – 5:30 P. M.

Monday, 16 MARCH 2009. [PLEASE READ THE MESSAGE AT THE END OF PAGE TWO.]

Everyone please check the information below and make sure it is accurate. If you do not appear on the list and should or if corrections are necessary please email them to Sonny at: earl.bell3@gmail.com or call him at [708] 481-2179. Also, if you prefer, email or call the contact person for your class.

NOTE: FOR CLASSMATES WHO MISSED THE MARCH 1 DEADLINE, WE HAVE THE SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN MORE PEOPLE WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE REUNION. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE CONTACT PERSON FOR YOUR CLASS.

PEOPLE ATTENDING OUR SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH REUNION: CLASSES OF 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959 as of March 7, 2009. Please correct any mistakes in the information listed below by informing either: Sonny [1956]; Mary Ann Odom[1956]; Rachel Dempsey [1957]; Skip Rowe [1957]; Donald Leggett [1958] or Anita Terry [1959]. Thanks for your help!

Also, there are three related reunion events on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th:

1. the Class of 1959 will have its 50th anniversary class reunion dinner on Friday night at the Jernigan Bed and Breakfast, more detailed information is available from Anita Terry Taylor.

2. the Class of 1958 will have a class breakfast in Ahoskie on Saturday morning, more detailed information is available from Donald Leggett.

3. a lunch in Ahoskie on Saturday, April 18th for the Harrell, Powell and Odom Families, more detailed information is available from Jerry Harrell.

CLASS OF 1955 [10]

Becky Dilday: Contact Person. email: rawls202@clis.com. phone: [252] 345-6272

Sherwood and Becky DILDAY RAWLS [2], Becky DUNNING DeCoste & husband Dick [2], Lynette MITCHELL Bunch [1], Peggy HALL Stoffregen & husband Bill [2], Marian LASSITER Dilday & husband Robert [2] and Jo Anne MYERS Freeman [1]

CLASS OF 1956 [24]

Mary Ann ODOM Castelloe and Sonny BELL – Contact Persons. Mary Ann: [252] 345-3641. Sonny: email address: earl.bell3@gmail.com or phone: [708] 263-2179 [cell] or [708] 481-2179 [Land].

Sonny BELL & wife Donna [2], Kathy BURDEN [1], Earl FARMER & wife Linda, [2], Jerry HARRELL & wife Betty [2], Buck HOGGARD & wife Michelle [2], Bobby LASSITER & Elaine Ward [2], Emma LASSITER Bracy & husband James [2], Mary Ann ODOM Castelloe [1], Pete PARKER & wife Elaine [2], Betty Page RAWLS Terry [1], Sherwood RAWLS & wife Nora [2], Alice SKINNER Lassiter [1], Geraldine TERRY Newsome & husband Eddie [2], Leroy Bell and Robert Lee TODD [1].



CLASS OF 1957 [22]

Skip ROWE & Rachel DEMPSEY Morris – Contact Persons. Skip: GROWE9@carolina.rr.com Phone: [704] 532-9720 (Land Line). Rachel: lrmorris@roadrunner.com Phone: [252] 345-3601

Skipper ROWE & his wife Esther [2], Jack BELL & his wife Nancy [2], Rachel DEMPSEY Morris & her husband Leroy [2], Elizabeth JOHNSON Schoeb [1], Mary Frances LASSITER [1], Richard McCASKEY [1], Barbara NELMS Connor & her husband James [2], Joe PEELE [1], Lawrence PITT & his wife Nancy [2], Shirley Jean COOK Sadler & her husband Raeford [2], Reggie TERRY and his wife [2], Alfred and Ola RAWLS MATTHEWS (also, see Class of 1959) [2], Cleo HARMON [1] and Shirley TERRY Hammonds [1]

CLASS OF 1958 [27] - also, a class breakfast in Ahoskie on Saturday morning, contact Donald LEGGETT– Contact Person. Phone: [252] 539-2489

Donald LEGGETT and his wife Mary [2], Carol HARRELL Bland and daughter Crystal Edmonds [2], James and Emma Lou FARMER Bridgers [2], Sadie and Gloria HERRING [2], Sue HUGHES Strogis and her husband George [2], David LASSITER and his wife Mary Ann [2], Charles and Loretta MITCHELL Eichhorn [2], Wilson MYERS and his wife Cynthia [2], Adolph ODOM and his wife Molly [2], Bill ODOM and his wife Janice [2], Phil PARKER and his wife [2], Bill and Shelba RAWLS Kessinger [2], John WILLIAMS and his wife Judy [2] and Kenneth POWERS [1]

CLASS OF 1959 [26] - Also, a 50th anniversary class reunion dinner on Friday night at the Ahoskie Bed and Breakfast. Anita TERRY Taylor – Contact Person. Email: ataylor93@cox.net. Phone: [757] 420-4472

Anita TERRY Taylor [1], Milton ADAMS [1], Tony ADAMS & his wife Monica [2], Dan HARRELL & his wife Sonya [2], Bill LEONHIRTH and his wife Sharron [2], Carmen and Florence MINTON Defasio [6], Richard MOORE and his wife Carol [2], Shepard “Shep” OVERTON and his wife Ruth plus cousin Cleo HARMON from the Class of 1957 [2], Robert and Myrell NICHOLS Blowe [2], Alfred and Ola RAWLS MATTHEWS [2], David and Daisy PARKER Miller [2], Sidney Jones [1] and Hoyt TODD [1]

Class of 1955 [10], Class of 1956 [24], Class of 1957 [20], Class of 1958 [27], Class of 1959 [26]
GUESTS: FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR SPOUSES: Nancy Acree and Pel Jones

REMEMBER: EACH DAY, WE POST NEW STORIES FROM OUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS AND NEW PHOTOS FROM THE ANNUALS PLUS PHOTOS FROM THE PERSONAL COLLECTIONS OF OUR CLASSMATES ON OUR AULANDER WEBSITE AT: http://www.aulander.blogspot.com ALSO, ALL PHOTO ADDITIONS APPEAR ON OUR FLICKR PHOTO SHARING WEBSITE AT: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35677085@N05/

Further, updates for our class events and the current addresses for about 95% of our classmates, from 1955 through 1959, are posted at our Aulander website. At the top of each column, on the Aulander website, there is an index for both the left side column and the right side column. The right side column posted photos can be enlarged for better viewing on Flicker. Photos posted on the left side column can be enlarged, in fact, they are even larger than the ones on Flickr. All photos on Flickr may be enlarged by a click on the photo. IF YOU WISH TO SEE THE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF AND YOUR CLASSMATES BUT DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER, GO TO YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ENTER ONE OR BOTH OF THE ABOVE WEBSITE ADDRESSES IN ONE OF THEIR COMPUTERS FOR USE BY PATRONS. IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM FINDING THE WEBSITES YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIAN WILL ASSIST YOU. ENJOY!

Enlarged Pictures of Classes at Aulander High School from 1953 through 1959

If you wish to enlarge the pictures for a particular class or all classes go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35677085@N05/ or simply click above on CLASS PICTURES ON FLICKR

Once it opens, bookmark it so it will be easier for you to return to the website.

You will need a Yahoo email address to use as your I.D. to use Flickr. Yahoo email addresses are free. I have one only to use the Flickr website. Everything is free including use of the site and the email address.

Also, everyone can add their own pictures to our Flickr website for sharing with all of the graduates from Aulander High School from 1953 through 1959. Enjoy!

If you have problems using this website contact me at:

earl.bell3@gmail.com

Class of 1950 from Nancy Dunning Acree

Class of 1950 from Nancy Dunning Acree

Class of 1950: Identification of Class Members

First Row (seated) - Julia Morris, Eileen Burkett, Martha Ann Parker, Nancy Dunning, Louise Davidson, and Inez Todd.

Second Row - William Slade, Janet Britton, Betty Lou Brickhouse, Jane Castelloe, Rodanthe (Pete) Perry, and Sidney Rogerson.

Third Row - Jackson Terry, Sherwood Rawls, Don Muse, Thomas Hall, Alvah Bradley, and Stanley Dempsey.

Identification of Class Members by: Nancy Dunning Acree and Sherwood Rawls

IF YOU WISH TO VIEW AN ENLARGEMENT OF THIS PHOTO, TWO ARE AVAILABLE: ONE BELOW, IN THE LEFT HAND COLUMN AND ONE ON FLICKR PHOTO SHARING.

Class of 1953 - Part I

Class of 1953 - Part I

Names of the People in Class of 1953 - Part I

FIRST ROW {Left to Right]:
Reginald Bland, Wilbert Connor, Judy Powell, Amelia Rawls

SECOND ROW [Left to Right]:
Jean Johnson, Joseph Rawls, Dorothy Jones, Charlie Parker

THIRD ROW [Left to Right]:
Rebecca Hoggard, Stacy Leonhirth, Pauline Hall, James Harrell

FOURTH ROW [Left to Right]:
Hilda Jones, Carl Odom, Margaret Cook, Shirley Dixon

Class of 1953 - Part II

Class of 1953 - Part II

Names of People in the Class of 1953 - Part II

FIRST ROW [Left to Right]:
Willis Brickhouse, Ed Bell, Jean Hall, Jo Anne Phelps

SECOND ROW [Left to Right]:
Dana Hale, Alice Jane Dilday, Jean Baker, Virginia Broglin

THIRD ROW [Left to Right]:
Mattie Lou Lassiter, Julia Leggett, Mary Rawls, Jean Rogerson

Class of 1954 at Seniors - Part I

Class of 1954 at Seniors - Part I
from the 1954 Annual

Class of 1954 at Seniors - Part II

Class of 1954 at Seniors - Part II
from the 1954 Annual

Class of 1954 as Juniors

Class of 1954 as Juniors
from the Annual for Academic 1952 - 1953

Class of 1954 as Juniors - Part I

Class of 1954 as Juniors - Part I

Names of People in the Class of 1954 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Morrison Harrell, Melva Rawls, Eugene Todd

MIDDLE ROW [left to right]:
Gertrude Dempsey, Jane Hughes

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Edith Harrington, Mary Frances Todd, Gloria Herring

Class of 1954 as Juniors - Part II

Class of 1954 as Juniors - Part II

Names of People in the Class of 1954 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Tommy Wilkens, Dickie Fare, James "Jimmy" White

MIDDLE ROW [left to right]:
Katie Peele, Carolyn Burden

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Miriam Dempsey, Mark Terry, Graham Dempsey, G. J. Terry

Class of 1955 - Part 1

Class of 1955 - Part 1

Identification of the People in the Class of 1955 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Winston Byrd, Becky Dunning, Becky Dilday

MIDDLE ROW [left to right]:
Leslie "Dick" Butler, Vernon Hoggard, Bobby Jenkins

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Irene Baughan, Peggy Hall

Class of 1955 - Part II

Class of 1955 - Part II

Identification of People In Class of 1955 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Daphne Jenkins, Marion Lassiter, Jo Anne Myers

MIDDLE ROW [left to right]:
Joe Jenkins, Mary Lo Minton, Bubba Peele

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Barbara Lassiter, Lynette Mitchell, Toby Powell

Class of 1956 - Part I

Class of 1956 - Part I

Names of People in the Class of 1956 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Bonnie Barnes, Janice Baughan, Minerva Hall, Jerry Harrell

THIRD ROW [left to right]:
Sonny Bell, Kathy Burden, Annie Lou Harrington, Buck Hoggard

SECOND ROW [left to right]:
Bill Chamlee, Jenny Cooke, Bobby Lassiter, Sidney Mitchell

FIRST ROW [left to right]:
Marcella Cooke, Molly Cooke, Jean Odom, Mary Ann Odom

Class of 1956 - Part II

Class of 1956 - Part II

Names of People in the Class of 1956 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Lloyd Parker, Pete Parker, Marian Rawls, Betty Paige Rawls

SECOND ROW [left to right]:
Valentine Powell, Anna Rowe, Sherwood Rawls, James Rawls

FIRST ROW [left to right]:
Annette Shores, Alice Faye Skinner

Class of 1957 - Part I

Class of 1957 - Part I

Names of People in the Class of 1957 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Jack Bell, Arleen Congleton, Mary Lou Cooke, Mary Sue Crisp

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Rachel Dempsy, Carl Dunning, Jimmy Hoggard, Elizabeth Johnson

Class of 1957 - Part II

Class of 1957  - Part II

Names of People in the Class of 1957 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
David Johnson, Mary Francis Lassiter, Alfred Matthews, Richard McCaskey

MIDDLE ROW [left to right]:
Barbara Nelms, Joe Peele, Lawrence Pitt, Skipper Rowe

BOTTOM ROW:
Shirley Terry

Class of 1958 - Part !

Class of 1958 - Part !

Names of People in the Class of 1958 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Barbara Barnes, Jimmy Burden, Emma Lou Farmer, Joseph Harris

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Sue Hughes, Mayo Jackson, David Lassiter, Emma Lassiter

Class of 1958 - Part II

Class of 1958 - Part II

Names of People in the Class of 1958 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Loretta Mitchell, Wilson Myers, Robert Nelms, Adolph Odom

SECOND ROW [left to right]:
William Odom, Rachel Parker, Michael Powers, Marjorie Rawls

FIRST ROW [left to right]:
Shelba Rawls, Becky Shores, John Williams

MISSING IN THE ABOVE PICTURES:
Donald Leggett

Class of 1959 - Part I

Class of 1959 - Part I

Names of People in the Class of 1959 - Part I

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Milton Adams, Tony Adams, Danny Harrell, Sidney Jones

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Rose Lassiter, Bill Leonhirth, Florence Minton, Richard Moore

Class of 1959 - Part II

Class of 1959 - Part II

Class of 1959 from Anita

Class of 1959 from Anita

Names of People in the Class of 1959 - Part II

TOP ROW [left to right]:
Myrell Nichols, Daisy Parker, Virginia Parker, Ola Ray Rawls

BOTTOM ROW [left to right]:
Edward Tayloe, Anita Terry, Hoyt Todd

The Sam Batts, Community House and Chowan River Dancers, 1954 - 56

The Sam Batts, Community House and Chowan River Dancers, 1954 - 56
The Hound's Around! Sonny, Anna, Skip, Jenny and Pete

The Hound's Around: The Sam Batts, Community House and Chowan River Dancers

“THE HOUND’S AROUND”: AULANDER ENTERS THE TIME OF ROCK AND ROLL, ASSISTED BY THE DANCING FEET OF THE SAM BATTS, COMMUNITY HOUSE AND CHOWAN RIVER DANCERS, 1954, 1955 and 1956.


Beginning in early 1954, we favored three places for food, music and companionship. At the outset, we were four sophomores and one freshman at Aulander High School in Aulander, Bertie County, North Carolina. Our after school hangout, Sam Batts' Café, combined the best food with a jukebox for listening and dancing. On Friday nights, the Aulander Community House came alive as we played music by the sharing of our 45s at dances that ran from 7 to 10 P.M.. These town destinations were supplemented with our nightly jaunts to the roadhouses along the Chowan River, from Winton to Colerain. Their jukeboxes and dance floors provided an additional place where we improvised and personalized our dancing styles. Most often, these hangouts were our socializing places, except on Saturday and Sunday nights or when some unavoidable conflict intruded. During these times, the five of us, four from the Class of 1956 and one from the class of 1957, danced tirelessly to a mind altering music labeled rock and roll by some disc jockey from a distant place called Cleveland. Much of our energy flowed from our enthusiasm and commitment, as a group of dancers, to finding the radio or television stations, record shops and jukeboxes to instruct us plus locating a sustainable number of reliable, safe places to workout. Our pursuit of the radio stations playing this “disturbing” music, was a day and night obsession, enhanced by the first generation of rock and roll disc jockeys who had come out to play. On the slowest nights, we would ride "the square," an area defined by heading north from the stoplight in Aulander, to the corner where Charlie and Lloyd Parker lived, then a left west to the first southbound surfaced road, south to the Aulander - Roxobel road and then east, through Bloodfield, to the stop light. On these drives, that we deliberately slowed to a crawl, someone was always working the radio dial looking for THE music. While our knowledge was limited, our curiosity was boundless, as we assimilated this “outrageous” music designed to satisfy our young souls. Of course, we had never heard of Muddy “Mississippi” Waters who once commented that without the blues there’s a hole in your soul! We would have replaced the word “blues” with the phrase “rock and roll!”

Nighttime was THE time for locating rock and roll DJs because of the increased capacity to find distant stations. Our favorite D.J. laid down his licks, from Buffalo, New York, beginning at 7 P.M., Aulander standard time. It was one of the nation’s first powerful rock and roll stations serving twenty states and parts of Canada [see: http://www.hounddoglorenz.com]. His theme was a slow, dirty, lowdown, funky tune that he interrupted with a hip, cool voice announcing: “The Hounds Around!” His lead music was similar to a Bill Doggett piece but played even slower. Our favorite theme song, that he frequently used, was called “The Big Heavy!” played by some cat calling himself “Cozy Eggleston.” We thought the Hound was just so cool! He referred to everyone as “Real Cool Cats!” all in a falsetto whisper using a low-keyed, measured, soft, strung-out cadence and a slight hiss at the end of each declaration. At this time, Wolfman Jack listened to the Hound from his home in Brooklyn and would later admit that he copied the format and much of his ground breaking style.

Another source for the music was a radio station, with programming that aimed to satisfy the musical preferences of the local brothers and sisters. It broadcast from Henderson, NC, with hip- talking DJs featuring all the soul singers who were attempting to cross over to take a little change from the pockets of white teenagers. I remember one of their DJs introducing Laverne Baker with “and now here comes Miss Laverne Baker, the hip shaker and a heart breaker!” The on-air comments by these DJs revealed their awareness that the station’s audience now included a rapidly increasing number of white teenagers from all over the Roanoke Chowan region, northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

In our dance group there was not a single spectator, everyone wanted to dance and, believe me, we did! Sam’s Record Store, owned by a brother, just off the main drag, in Ahoskie had an excellent collection of the music for us to consider. Also, he provided record players so that we could listen to the music before deciding what to buy. Obviously, Sam had a significant financial incentive in educating us on the music. We were his avid students! We proved, beyond doubt, that when teenagers are highly motivated to learn, in or out of school, the sky is the limit! While we did not always agree about the music, there was no doubt that we became an imaginative, hard working and information-sharing group of rock and roll learners. No study group in school could hold a candle to our cooperative embracing of this new music. We read, listened, watched and, most importantly, immediately applied our new knowledge on the dance floor. This approach is nothing less than a very modern, state-of-art learning strategy!

Remnants of the old ballroom dancing music of our parents still peculated at our social events, however, a new frantic style of dancing emerged riding the tidal wave created by songs like Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” [April, 1954], Little Richard’s “Tutti Fruiti” [1955], Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline” [1955] and Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” [1954]. These songs were on the jukebox at Sam’s Café in Aulander, available for purchase from Sam’s Record Shop in Ahoskie and on the roadhouse jukeboxes along the Chowan. In these early days of rock and roll music, the "appropriate" styles of dance were diverse and hugely improvisational. Only later, did the artist and their record companies, begin to cut records for the purpose of creating a new dance to increase their profits. Without much discussion or planning we developed a routine that flourished from early in 1954 to the summer of 1956. For those of us in the Class of 1956, it was the time of our sophomore, junior and senior years at Aulander High School.

The scale of the change in popular music was substantially larger than we knew. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Floyd Dixon and many more artists were introducing the city of Chicago to Mississippi Delta and East Texas roadhouse blues. The blues and church music, now called gospel, heavily influenced the birth as well as the direction of rock and roll. The signature instrument is the piano, in spite of the commercial emphasis, in the 1950s, on lead harmonicas and, later, electric guitars. If you have a heart, that churchy piano makes you lay your head over to one side as it sets up a song with a mellow introduction, then carries the melody to so many beautiful places just before it lays down the heavy licks on the most soulful parts for a bottomless list of rock and roll classics. Of course, the black folks who moved from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas to urban Chicago would not find the anticipated land of milk and honey. Their hard lives in this “Promised Land” gave the Delta blues a harder and more hip, cynical edge. When I hear the soulful harmonica players of Chicago it always brings back memories of the music I heard walking down the streets of Aulander in 1950s. The music to which I refer includes the funky versions of “Night Train” and “C. C. Rider” plus nearly all of the music of country singers like Hank Williams, the elder. In the mid-1950s, we knew absolutely nothing about the music of urban America. It was a golden edge for jazz with many of the nation’s finest performers in action including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Red Garland, the Duke and the Count, and many, many others. If I had known that John Coltrane and Nina Simone were born in North Carolina, out of unearned respect I would have listen to them very carefully. For me, I entered that magical world in the dorms my first year at Mars Hill College in the Blue Ridge of the Old North State. It was called "progressive" jazz which was and is, as one of Dave Brubeck’s LPs stated, “red hot and cool!” Sadly, these great jazz musicians were outside the range of our musical sensibility.

In these years, I do not remember a single Buddy Holly song on the jukeboxes in or near Aulander. Looking back, it seems that Madison Avenue poorly marketed music in rural-based small towns, like Aulander. At this early date, record distributors seem to have more of a say about what we listen to, even more influence than television, radio or mass marketing. Elvis might have been big after his six appearances on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, however, we rarely if ever danced to one his songs. Simply, we had large voids even in our conception of rock and roll music and that fact rendered our appreciation of these pirate vibes fascinatingly eccentric.

Our take of this rapidly changing music is expressed, in part, by our initial reaction to Elvis on television. On January 28, 1956, the date of his first national appearance, I was watching his first T.V. gig at Bill Chamlee’s house. On Saturday night, we regularly watched the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. Elvis came out and sang a medley of “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Flip, Flop and Fly” and “I Got a Woman.” As far as I was concerned “Shake, Rattle and Roll” enjoyed a better cover by Joe Turner or Bill Haley, especially Joe Turner, who was my favorite singer of music for fast dancing. Also, I viewed “Flip, Flop and Fly” as a song he owned. Further, Ray Charles was without peer “getting down" on “I Got a Woman.” Probably most revealing was that when Elvis started gyrating across the stage we were, literally, in the floor laughing. He seemed like some odd, novelty singer, with a nervous, out-of-control pelvis. Little did we know, that we were watching the beginning of the tragic career for pop music’s biggest icon and a singer who would later be canonized at Graceland.

Another barrier to immediately and accurately figuring out Elvis that night was the bizarre mixture of pop music during these days. It was a time when novelty songs held their own on the nation’s jukeboxes with the fading romantic ballads, sung 40s style, and the building shaking throb of rock and roll. For example, some of my favorite, novelty songs included Andy Griffin’s “What it Was, Was Football!” [1953], Nervous Norvus singing “Transfusion” [1956] and, later in 1960, Larry Verne’s “Please Mr. Custer, I Don’t Want to Go,” which became number one on the national charts. All these songs played to a very receptive national audience. At this early stage, even rock and roll had no unity of message or form. It was simply wild and that only made us love it all the more. For, this quintet of dancers we did not view the music as a protest against our elders or the inherited dominate culture. We certainly did not view ourselves as being on the cutting edge of some social movement. Simply, the music was fun and, above all, much of it was perfect for dancing.

One other factor of importance, for a local perspective on the people’s music, is the fact, that in Aulander, a competition existed between various types of popular music. The wash and grease racks of my dad’s Gulf station witnessed a daily battle between hillbilly and soul music. Our one radio was constantly being shifted from one type of music to another, always over the protest of someone. I liked a little of both, however, rock and roll, often influenced by both these musical preferences, preached for me. The sirens of it could only be silenced by hours of dancing.

In the mid-1950s, Aulander might have been a small town located in farming country, yet, we found plenty of places to dance. First, as previously mentioned, the jukebox at Sam’s Café was a magnate for many us after school. As we walked to Sam’s, one guy or the other, would lead on a song like “Since I Fell for You” with an extended “You” and the others would followed him into singing it, with as much harmony as we could muster. We had good training for singing these romantic songs from all our years of making a joyful noise giving voice to the magnificent hymns that filled our churches! One night, standing under the town’s one stoplight, a perennial place of much debate, conversation and occasional mischief, a general agreement emerged, at least among the guys, that the best place to take a young woman on a date was, yes, believe it or not - a revival. Of course, this opinion was subject to much disagreement as were most topics in dispute under the halo of the Aulander stoplight. This same style of good humored argument could be heard or participated in at Red Lassiter’s barbershop, Stacy Nelson’s Drug Store and Francis Tayloe’s department store. In those days, if you harbored a deep abiding wish to lose a debate, go argue with Francis Tayloe and your need vanished. As we puzzled over one of his stories about politics and living, it became painfully evident that he had forgotten more than we knew!

Back to the café of one Mr. Sam Batts, our primary after school hangout. It is common knowledge that he was the best cook! He definitely had his own way of doing everything and, when it came to food and manners, he was a perfectionist, at least in his café and in his own mind. Rumor had it that, at one time, he had been a cook in a big hotel in Washington, DC. All we knew about him was that Sam cooked the best plate lunches, burgers and fries that a down-home, red-blooded American teenager could covet. Also, in the mid-1950s, he had a well-stocked jukebox filled with rock and roll. We danced to the numerous grooves on it by Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Joe Turner, the Platters and Bill Haley. Our daily routine was to go straight to Sam’s after school, lean into the food and then dance to the jukebox’s most pulsating music until propriety and keeping family relations harmonious required us to go home.

Most of us loved Sam’s quirkiness especially his occasional chases, with a big old knife, after some wise cracking boy. The way we saw it, all of them could use the run to work off a little steam! We knew he had a big heart and cared about us. Why not? We ranked among his most loyal customers and, probably more importantly, every afternoon his place came alive with our energy.

During these years, the deal involved dancing at the Aulander Community House every Friday night We played our 45s on a small portable record player. It possessed an excellent dance floor. On many hot, steamy nights we danced until we were soaked with sweat. After four or five consecutive fast dances, we would step outside in the night’s cooling air to briefly recover from our exertions. Even with television increasingly consuming our time, we did not need a fitness program to improve our health. As Jackie Wilson would later sing, we worked out, early and often! On these Friday nights, without planning, a routine evolved for those of us who loved to dance. We rarely missed dancing on a Friday night. Now, the guys viewed it as “square” to arrive at the dance with a date, however, it was even less cool to leave the dance without a lady. Simply, for some mysterious reason, we the people, who certainly could not be viewed as very cool, preferred seeing what the night would bring. As the 10 P.M. witching hour approached the music slowed down, the Platters moved in with their friends, brought twenty pieces of luggage, and dominated the music. Without a doubt, at the Aulander Community House, on Friday nights, the time between 9 and 10 P.M should be viewed as magical! It was an experience that helped everyone appreciate the joy of just being alive and young!

Every other night of the week, usually when sports permitted, we began hanging, especially in 1956, at the roadhouses between Winton and Colerain on the “beautiful, blue” Chowan River. I am not sure we ever knew the names of these places. We knew the essentials; namely, where they were located and how to get there. We harbored only one demand, that they have a jukebox and permit us to dance without interference.

Our parents knew very little about this routine, however, Aulander in those days was a very different kind of place. Most people did not lock their doors or remove their car keys at night. In fact, we had one convict, on a low security work gang, who stole the same car in Aulander three times. When someone asked the owner of the car, why he did not remove the key, he replied that he “would not live in a town where it was necessary to remove his car key!”

Sports dictated the nature of our nightly jaunts to the joints on the Chowan River much more than parental direction. Simply, in football season, since we did not have a lighted field, we practiced in the afternoons. During basketball season, the practices ended about 9 P.M., thus, we headed for Winton later at night and often did not return home until 1 or 2 in the A.M. Of course, our mothers knew enough. My mom, who was not a big fan of the judgment exercised by teenagers, always warned me about the dangers of such gallivanting, however, she never raised the subject with my father or said to me “do not go to those places anymore!” Thank you mother!

These haunts on the Chowan were a little rough. Their clientale included sailors from the Norfolk naval base and fights did occasionally occur. The owners as well as the customers knew we were just kids looking for a place to dance and have fun. No one ever bothered us and we certainly did not bother a solitary soul. In 2009, it is hard to imagine that anything like this is even possible. It is a small measure of a wonderful time when most teenagers, who called Aulander home, were assured of a congenial, protected and sensible adolescence. None of us were drinking, smoking or threatening anyone’s safety. Also, we were not protesting against anything. We were just moving on, nothing more or less than a group of friends, in love with dancing and committed to finding places that allowed us the freedom to “bust a move.” We were definitely some of the Hound’s “real cool cats!

In the time of McCarthy and the Red Scare, we were comrades of a different kind. In our view, the foundation for our bond did not flow from the usual sources but rather it originated in a collective embrace of a scintillating music, mastering the techniques of it and, most importantly, joyously, together, stomping it all out with our best moves. My comrades in these musical escapades were my classmates from Aulander High who answer to the names of Jenny, Anna, Pete and Skip! With the greatest affection, I say to y’all - thank you, thank you, thank you!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Aulander High School Reunion - Classes of 1955, 56, 57, 58 and 59

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  1. Thanks to Dick and Becky Dunning DeCoste for these photos

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