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her High School Class of 1949 Class of 1949 was the first graduating, 12th grade class in SC COntributed by Green Street. Stuart Rogers) The class members a brief of the of the Class of a unique is only a taste lives have I would be 'I didn't mention fine inspire us at Class of 1949 12th grade in SC. the stu- attended 11 people in of 1949 elected the 11th go directly to did well. I elected of the class. Were depression in 1931. We fifth grade started in ended when in the During the were called many duties. sugar, and rationed. I couldn't candy any- and other were in Most of us uncles, in WWII. things were effort: We col- Pennies [Copper. We had we pasted toward a -All the movie entered the sold war bonds. war which to $25 after ten a very patri- learned songs in World was ours. an exuberant any- Wanted to be if for it. Produced doc- executives, accountants - success our high veterans We babies were was a low during the 30s. were doing to encour- to skip the and go direct- an enthusi- in high the first had its own J. K Henry We didn't games, but that our enthu- the Field on ! alnpus on Stewart Blume is an architect. ORNeal Humphries became a doc- tor and was dean of the USC Medical School. Prira McManus Wright was and still is the legal secretary for the City of Columbia. Bunny Butler Hope was a secretary in library research and still works part-time at the SC House of Representatives. Joe Berry is an attorney and a successful lobbyist at the State House. His wife Charlotte was president of the American Red Cross. Bill Deloache head- ed an electric company and is now the director of Laurel Crest. I, Elsie Sutherland Rast Stuart Rogers, was on Lexington County Council, Mayor of Pelion, served in the SC House, and was president of the ' National Order of Women Legislators. Most of the women in our class were smarter than the men but chose to rear outstanding families and support their spouses in their ambitions. Theodosia Gailey Orr became an OB/Gyn physician. Hunter Rentz, Gene Baker, and Frank Harrison were also physi- cians. Bobby Wannamaker was a vet- erinarian. Harry Lightsey was president of the student body at Clemson, dean of the USC Law School, and president of the University of Charleston. Harry started out as a veterinarian. Walter Ragin was chief highway commissioner at the SC Department of Highways and Transportation. Duncan Breckinridge was a CPA. As a widower Duncan married Miriam Stevenson, former Miss Universe. Most members went to college in the South. Many went to the University of South Carolina or Clemson. Tuition was less than a. few hundred dollars. I could ride a bus to classes for a dime from King Street to Green Street. Most students did not have cars and lived at home or on campus. When I finished high school I received a lot of information from northeastern schools like Radcliff, Wellesley, and Swarthmore. But as a whole we weren't interest- ed in going to that cold country to school. A few went to Virginia. Tommie June Fairey went to school in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Susan Dodson Rogers and. Ruth Gudmundson Pierce went to Agnes Scott in Atlanta. Harriet Martin went to Stephens. We didn't think of the Ivy League Schools. We were centered on the South. Our world was smaller, Ames Wells was president of Richtex Brick. Harry Varn worked for Dupont. He married Joyce Enright, daughter of Rex Enright. Helen Wingate Bass ran the family business with her husband. Helen is a walking miracle. She was given three months to live and has survived cancer after 12 years. Tough lady. Barbara Fowler Lemmon modeled in New York, returned to SC and married Dr. Charlie Lemmon. I can remember that everyone was just gah-gah because Barbara had a champagne foun- tain at her wedding reception. In those days, the 50s, what we normal- ly had was ginger ale with lime sherbet. Wine wasn't much in vogue. We had to brown bag to events if we wanted alco- hol. We were still under the influence of the prohi- bition era. People bought liquor by the bottle. Grocery stores didn't sell "spirits." Martha Helen Sawyer was a Title One coordinator for Richland School District One. June Bouknight Taylor was a teacher as was her hus- band, Arthur. Frances Hagood Gibbes and Barbara Lemmon got their masters degree in library science. Fran was the librarian at the Dentsville schools and pioneered the multi-media approach to learning there. Leanne Skinner was widowed early and left The Dreher High School Class of 1949 with six children to rear. She did everything to give a good home to her chil- dren. She even delivered newspapers and worked as a security guard at the airport to support her family. After WWII, there were so many men look- Lug for:work that allthe periodicals like Good Housekeeping, Colliers, Ladies Home Journal, and Redbook discouraged us from any type of activi- ty outside the home. If our husband was depressed, overweight, mean, anything, it was our fault. I can remember my minister's wife saying "We can't be wrong all the time." These magazines put a terrible guilt trip on women. If a husband had any type of problem at all, it was the woman's fault. Jeanette Beasley Craig married Buddy Craig, a Presbyterian minister. Bobbie Ann McCarthy married a vet- erinarian and lives in Orangeburg. Caroline Williams married a career Navy man and lives in Charleston. Larry Brown retired as a colonel in the Marine Corps and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.. Maurice Werness finished Annapolis and retired as a US Navy fighter pilot. He now has an orange grove in Arizona. Harry Huggins was a command- er in the US Navy. Fred Wackym is also retired from the Navy and lives in Summerville. Carl Durham was a star of our first Dreher football team and is still in business. Mary Frances Barnett married Willie Wiles. Mitzi DuPre mar- ried Bud Matthews. Eliza Herndon married George Stone and taught at Dreher. Ellen Jacobus married Steve Deller who was an executive at Westinghouse. Wibby Noles married Georg Crepeau, who was a Naval aviator and lives in Alabama. Mary Lib Roseberry Saleh was Mayor of Euless, Texas. Mickey Rush Klein lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia and reared five children. Patsy Savage married Carl Schwartz and lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Leila Ann Sullivan Palmer taught voice at Columbia College and is active in many musical events in the Midlands. George Griffin is an artist whose wife, Jane, was Lexington County librarian for many years. Miller Lide was active in the theater in New York. Olin McElveen was an executive at R. L. Bryan. Tommy Slagsvol. was the father-in-law of Jimmy Buffet and the father of five children with a little help from Sally. Beb Davis was a school principal. Eldridge Rhodes is retired from the state of SC and a newly- wed in his 70s. Henry Cauthen was president and CEO of SC Television and president of the National Organization of Public Broadcasting. Charlton Bowers also worked at establishing educational television on the facilities end and helped supervise the building of some of the stations. Caroline Wainner James continues to be called  duty as a nurse and is liaison to the American Red Cross. Vera Ann Carter Peters lives in Charleston. Patricia EUiott Orr reared five children and lives in Irmo. The Howard twins, Jean and Jane live in Illinois and North Carolina respectively. Patsy Kleckley Owens was a military wife and lives in Columbia. Mary Ann Sanders was married to attorney Ray Seigler, widowed and is now married to Lacoste Munn. Tea Searson mar- ried attorney Jack Simrill and lives in Hilton Head. Wanda Edwards is married to Al Cook, an attorney, who managed Floyd Spence's Washington Office. She sells real estate at Fripp Island. Curtis Crowder is a Presbyterian minister and hospital counselor. Most of the class of 1949 married and had a family and are now enjoy- ing their grandchildren. 1964 Dreher-AC Flora High Schools' 40th Reunion October 23 from 6 pm-midnight Forest Lake Country Club Smart casual $50 per person