Tuesday, April 06, 2010

4-B Class at Waterman St School - c1950


Our academic year in the 4th year was cut in half by two teachers. One teacher left us and a new one took over. One was an old witch, like the Wicked Witch of the West and the other was a pretty gentle thing, which was Miss Rakstraw. This is Miss Rakestraw here.
Left to Right:
3rd Row: Mickey Wilbur, Gresham Howren, ?, Jo Ann Mitchell, ?, ?, Jerry Flowers, Larry Southern, Van Calloway, Sam Carsley, ?
2nd Row: Janice Benson, Patricia Rainwater, Betty Edwards, Donna LeVann, Alice Tibbetts, ? , ? , Janice Belmore,? Carolyn Mills.

1st Row: Tony Hester, Me, Archie Richardson, Frankie Holder, Walker Gaines, Robert Martin, Tony Partain, ? , ?

There is a girl in this picture that the kids made fun of. Her only crime against society, as far as I know, was living in an unpainted shack with her parents. Kids can be cruel. I don’t know what ever happened to her, but I hope she made it big.

What we didn’t know at the time that many of us that lived on the south side were poor. One friend who went to Park Street School said, “We didn’t know we were poor until our teacher told us..”
Any corrections you have, as I said before, on these pictures, please let me know.

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