A Memory Book of Nellie Mae Pasal
Palacios High School
May 2 - All Senior class assembled out on the porch until Mrs.
Elliott invited us in. We found our place cards.
After the first course Miss Vic Elder gave us the meaning of "Know
Then Mary Bolfing told us about the funniest thing that had ever
happened to her. Cora Anna told us about her most embarrassing
Through Know Man's Land
Guide - Miss Elder
Upward Glance - Mary Bolling
Fun Along the Way - Cora Anna
In the Dark - Jane Elder
Music - Cleo Hankins
A Mountain Pass -
The Little Brown Church - Albert Dorris
A Bridge to Cross - Miss Hayes
Chiming Bells - Mr. Frazier
Campus Travels - Miss Stock
Cleo Hankins sang a solo, then Miss Hayes gave
Jane Elder told us about the most difficult situation that she had
ever had which was very funny. Albert Dorris then told what his
church really meant to him. Rev. Frazier of the Baptist Church gave
an interesting talk which we all enjoyed and last but not least at
all was a wonderful talk given by Miss Stock as she urged us all to
attend some college.
Junior-Senior Banquet Held Saturday Night
On the evening of Saturday, May 9, the Juniors and Seniors of
Palacios High School assembled at Hotel Palacios for their annual
banquet given in honor of the class of 1925. Promptly at eight
o'clock the doors of the large dining room were opened and the
company marched into the beautifully decorated room to strains of
music rendered by Miss Ruth Skinner at the piano, John Richards and
Miss Muriel Green, violins and Jim Green cornet. Spanish colors were
used for decorations. The place cards were Spanish dancing girls and
the waiters were members of the H. E. Class dressed as Senoritas.
When all had found their places the invocation was given by Rev.
Gillespie and the address of welcome by Rupert Elliott.
A delicious dinner, served in four courses, prepared by the genial
host and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Jennings, was heartily enjoyed
as was the delightful music furnished by the orchestra.
The program arranged for entertainment opened with a violin solo by
John Richards, followed by a duet by Mrs. R. J. Sisson and Mrs. O.
C. Arnold. The Class Prophecy, which was read by Johnnie Bonner came
next and was one of the most interesting features, but not many wish
to see this class prophecy come true. Edna Mae Reynolds and Bruce
Berger, presidents of the two classes, each gave short talks, and
then Bruce presented the Juniors their flag, which had been taken
from them by the Seniors in a flag fight last February, and thus
closed an evening of fun for all and one long to be remembered.
Paper and date unknown
May 9 - Gayly attired we all met at the Hotel Palacios and to the
strains of music we all marched into the large beautifully decorated
dining hall where we found our place cards and after the invocation
by Rev. Gillespie we were all seated. Rupert Elliot made the speech
of welcome which indeed made us all very welcome. The class prophecy
was very interesting and was especially enjoyed by all of the
seniors. We all had a real nice time realizing this to be our last
In the year of 1914 A.D. a serious and intelligent bunch began their
school career. During their first year they gained their sand for
future life--from the first grade sand pile. In the year of 1925
they left old P. H. S. with honors, and their places were filled by
the very energetic juniors.
This gang after leaving school went out into the world, each seeking
their highest ambition. Time flew swiftly, and it was in the year of
1942 when I made a visit back to old Palacios.
When I stepped off of the Palacios limited, the first thing that
attracted my attention was a large factory erected close to the sea
shore with this sign upon it, H. Stapp, Shrimp Packing Co. I decided
I would go over and have a talk with my old school mate. When I
entered the factory, facing me was a door with this inscription on
it. Howard Stapp Sr. President. After shaking hands with Howard and
discussing his business for a short while the subject changed to our
old school mates. The first one being Angus McFarland who had become
a great stage actress in New York. Howard told me he had received a
short letter from her some time back and she was getting along fine,
except she was having trouble with her teeth, because the part she
played on the stage is very hard on teeth. About this time a very
beautiful lady entered the office. I arose and Howard introduced her
as his wife and behold I recognized her as Lucille Hogg. I bid them
goodbye. As I passed the Hardware store I noticed a short stubby man
standing on the corner, with his thumbs in his vest and a star on
his coat. When I passed him I recognized him. He was Bruce Berger.
He told me that his wife, Nellie Mae, had always longed for him to
hold a responsible position, so he accepted the office of city
marshal. Bruce asked me to spend the evening with him so I accepted.
During the evening we talked of old times. I asked him what had
become of Paul Braden. About that time in walked Paul Braden, with a
big chunk of ice. He told me he had become a successful ice man, and
had married the flower of his life, Mary Bolling, who was I remember
the flapper of the town. After Paul had left, Bruce gave me a
picture of a man who I recognized to be Truett (Shot Gun) Rogers,
and below this picture was a warrant for his warrant for the
kidnapping of Velma Sherfield. Bruce then told me of the rest of his
classmates. Johnnie Grant and Cora Anna Hendrick highest ambition
was to get married but their advertisement in the Palacios Beacon
was ignored, so they left for parts unknown. Faye Green was trying
to reduce by using the wash board daily, while her old pal Margaret
Nester was slinging hash in the Hale Café. Ruth Lewis and Meta
Baxter have established a beauty parlor on the corner of Main, and
13th street, and were doing a rushing business. Wanda Gray had given
up her ambition of becoming a school teacher and was running a
rooming house in College Port with Lula Hagler and Beryle Forehand
two old maid school teachers staying with her. The last time Bruce
had heard of Jewel Smith, she was using her wonderful voice for
drawing crowds in a medicine show. Reba Curtis and Ruby Chamblee
were wives of successful cotton farmers in Caranchua bottoms. Bruce
said that if I would stay for supper we would go to church. After
supper we went to the last Presbyterian Church where they were
having a revival meeting held by Pastor Dorris who preached the
gospel, and his wife Katy Hammond led the song service. Upon the
Amen seat set a very old looking and feeble man. Bruce asked me if I
recognized hi. I said I did not and he told me that it was Mr. H. C.
Lewis, our used to be principal and athletic director in 1925.
May 27 - Jewelle Smith invited all of the
Senior class to her home for a may be last evening together of fun.
We played games all pretending to be athletics such as the bowling
game and the high hurdles. Angus won 1st prizes for having the
widest grin, it being 4 3/4 in.
At a late hour delicious refreshments were
served and we all left declaring it to be the best class party ever.
Index names: Cowger, Lewis, Grant, Bolling, Gray,
Hale, Hendricks, Nester, Berger, Braden, Stapp, Rogers, Hagler,
Hammond, Baxter, Hogg, Greene, Chamblee, Pasal, McFarland, Smith,
Curtis, Sherfield, Caylor