May 22, 1956: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald on this date 49 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 22, 2005

Student Key Club officers installed

Four new Key Club officers were installed at the Suffolk Kiwanis Club dinner meeting yesterday by Robert E. Redding Jr., Lt. Governor of the 13th division capitol district of Kiwanis International.

Ronnie Luke was installed as new president, succeeding Edward Blanchard; Harold Familant is the new vice president, succeeding Bill Elliott; Mac Burton is the new secretary, succeeding George Birdsong.

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Redding announced the appointments at the annual installation banquet that was held at the Shrine Club.

After the dinner the guests were introduced and Harold Familant reported the Key Club’s activities in 1955-56 Suffolk Key Club members were cited as the most active club in the Capital District, he noted, because of such activities as selling soap, raising money for the March of Dimes, being active in the fire prevention program and selling basketball tickets.

Moffo to manage pool opening date June 8

The Suffolk swimming pool on Constance Road will open on June 8, it was announced today by Dr. James M. Habel, president of the pool corporation. Habel also announced that the pool will be under the management of Mike Moffo, high school teacher, and assistant coach.

Season tickets for the pool are now on sale and applications may be secured from any member of the board of directors of the pool or at the Suffolk News-Herald office. Directors in addition to Habel are William Reid, William Vaden, Jack Baird, W. J. Missett, Jack W. Nurney, Frank Sheffer, George Thorton and Ike Elmore.

The tickets will cost $15 for the season. Holders of season passes may use the pool anytime without further charge. Individual admissions will be 20 cents for children under 16 except at night when admission will be 40 cents to all. Swimmers over 16 will pay 40 cents.

Bible class meets with Mrs. Bradshaw

The Woman’s’ Bible Class of Liberty Spring Christian Church met last night at the Church. The president, Mrs. N. H. Bradshaw, conducted the business session.

Committees appointed for June are: Personal Service, Mrs. W. E. Griffin; flowers for sick, Mrs. D. C. Butler; program, Mrs. W. J. Winslow; serving, Mrs. W. E. Duke and Mrs. J. W. Duke.

Personal service reported 52 visits, 15 trays and 7 flowers sent during the month of May. Mrs. Wallace E. Griffin Sr. was appointed Treasurer for the unexpired term of Mrs. C. E. Byrd who is ill.

An interesting program was president by Mrs. Raymond H. Phelts, after which refreshments were served by Mrs. Jess F. Turner and Mrs. L. F. Horton, assisted by Miss Ellen Perry.

East Suffolk High has talent show

The tenth and twelfth grade of East Suffolk High School presented a Talent Show yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Proceeds went to the Cafeteria Fund. Josephine McDuffie was mistress of ceremonies.

The following students took part Vernelia Johnson, solo; Herbert Ricks, Elgin Lowe Jr. and Rosemary Mayfield, piano solos; Mary Byrd and Sylvia Sugars, clarinet and saxophone duet; Jean Lee and Dorothy Yates, Mable Bullock and Mary Watkins, Helen Randall and Margaret Lyons, vocal duets; Lois Rice, Wilbur Cherry and Doris Cromwell, dance sequence; Daisy Blair, Mary Watkins, Jean Lee and Frances Taylor, quartette; Alton Burke, William Armstong, Amos Irvin and Howard Blair, quintet; Mable Bullock, Abraham Gatling, Aubrey Lowe, Herbert Ricks and Abraham Gatling, trio.

Booker T. PTA piano fund is successful

The PTA of Booker T. Washington High School held its final meeting for the school year last night in the auditorium. Mrs. Gladys Colden, who presided, announced that the final payment had been made on the piano. The drive for $1,195 which started three years ago officially ended last night. The members present voted to thank various organizations, donors the general public, and the school choir and dramatic club for their help and contributions.

Rufus Jones, an ex-president of the PTA, suggested a rising vote of thanks to J. F. Peele Jr., principal of Booker T. Washington High School, for his great interest in spearheading the piano drive and his untiring support of the PTA organization. It was the general feeling of the membership that Peele’s efforts played a major part in the drive’s success.

A vote was taken and the tribute was paid to Peele for his outstanding work as a principal and civic leader.

– Compiled by Jennifer Rose