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Look Back In Yalobusha History

Local Schools Observe Lunch Week In ’63

National School Lunch Week was being observed at the Water Valley Schools 50 years ago and the Herald published several photos in the Oct. 17, 1963 issue.
According to the article, the lunchroom had only been in operation here for 15 years (starting in 1948). Manager Ludie Appleton said that 7,791 meals were served the first month of the 1963 school year and $2,079.06 was collected from students. However, the cost of the meals was $2,905.31.
The school received supplements from the state and federal governments, as well as commodities from the USDA to make up the difference.
Those are the technical details. What many don’t know or don’t remember is that some youngsters didn’t have the 25 cents for a meal and often sat in their desk or went outside to noon recess while others ate. Teachers or the room mothers would sometimes pay so that a child would have one good meal that day.
Among the photos was one of Ludie holding up a tray of the best rolls ever made anywhere. When you added a half-inch slab of government butter, you were crossing the line into gourmet eating. A crafty kid could trade his dessert for a pair of those rolls. I can remember one of my classmates stick-ing a fork deep into the hand of an older bully who tried to take her roll.
The other “lunch room ladies” pictured were Mrs. Sonny Walker with a gallon of French dressing and Mrs. Cora Beene using a multi-cutter to punch out the rolls.
And, yes, they all had on their required hairnets.

Through The Years From The Herald

• 5 years ago, Oct. 16, 2008 – Excitement was building as the county looked forward to the November opening of the Windsor Foods plant in Oakland.
The Water Valley Main Street Association named Susan Hart as new manager.
Glenn and Melissa Kitchens had the October Yard of the Month.
The Blue Devils earned their first win in division play against William-Sullivan, 39-6.
• 10 years ago, Oct. 16, 2003 – WVHS EAST Lab students pictured reworking the Betty James Science Center at Davidson Elementary School included Jamie Cofer, Everlina Hervey, Harry Bethel, Tina Carpenter and Devin Moore.
Band students selected to attend the prestigious Mississippi Bandmasters State Clinic on the Gulf Coast were Markie Jackson, Meredith Stevens and Dana Henderson.
• 20 years ago, Oct. 14, 1993 – The First Presbyterians were planning their 150th anniversary celebration.
Homecoming Royalty for WVHS: Seniors Thomasina White, Heather Horan, Angela Gordon and Cathey Maynor; Juniors Naketa White and Jinny Fachman; and Sophomores Mandi Haley and Delita Hawkins.
The Blue Devils would face Rosa Fort for their homecoming game. They had just come off a 40-14 win over Charleston in division play.
• 30 years ago, Oct. 20, 1983 – Among several hundred people attending the open house at Water Valley Elementary School were Ann and Larry Carr and their children (who were pictured in front of some of the Halloween decorations) Cheri Ann, John and James.
The Blue Devils lost a hard fought game to Oxford, 6-0, in overtime.
Missy Anthony, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Anthony, brought home a first place at the state horse show riding “Try My Fancy” in the Buck-A-Roo class.
• 40 years ago, Oct. 18, 1973 – The Blue Devils defeated the Calhoun City Wildcats, 46-20, to boost the team’s loop standing.
• 50 years ago, Oct. 17, 1963 – The Devils and Cold-water still held the lead in the Chickasaw Conference after the Devils took Marks, 47-0.
The junior high cheerleaders were  Brenda Morris, Peggy Simmons, Brenda McKay, Brenda Simmons, Jackie VanWinkle and Toni Hill.
• 60 years ago, Oct. 15, 1953 – Mrs. John Throop was chosen as Mrs. Water Valley from a field of 78 entries. First alternate was Mrs. E. L. McVey and second alternate was Mrs. S. I. Perkins.
Miss Elsie White was named Homecoming Day Queen of WVHS. Her escort was Gaylon Booker.
• 70 years ago, Oct 7, 1943 – There would be no railroad passenger service through Water Valley. Illinois Central representatives said that the company was unable to obtain additional passenger equipment and the government would not allow them to put any new trains in service that weren’t running in 1941.
The Blue Devils were about to open their 1943 season against the Grenada Bulldogs at Grenada. The team, under coach S. C. Shoemake, had 23 men on the squad including a number of lettermen. But, the team would go to Grenada without their right guard, Jack Gurner, Sr., who had broken his leg during practice.
Coffeeville attorney Ike Stone continued his tirade against the dams, asking area residents to get up petitions to be taken to Washington.


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