The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 23, 1953 · Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 1953 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAOB OSCEOLA NEWS Si art * As Always, Miss Virgie Rogers Returns to Wi/son Classroom *"• For 26 of her 27 yssrs ol teaching in Wilson School. Miss Virgie Rogers has told herself, and her family she wasn't coming back to Wilson again next year—and for 26 of the 27 .times she has told that to her family, they have replied, "We'vt heard that before." Year after year, when time came to re-new her contract, the name, Virgie Rogers, is proudly signed 'on the dotted line. It just wouldn't seem like Wilson High School with Miss Rogers' seat being occupied by another teacher; senior trlpa wouldn't be complete without her going along to see that everybody had fun and didn't forget their overshoes. She ha» been on so many bus trips with the seniors, going to the same places so many times, she can (Skect the bus driver from the back xat and when the seniors are completing their high school memory books by winding up with their senior trip, they all run true to form when they praise their senior sponsor and tell of the funny little things that Invariably happen and how Miss Virgie was always responsible for making every trip the best one yet. Being senior sponsor for 20 years, she has taught the children of some of those young boys and girls she watched over In their high school days and its those things that-keep bringing her back year after year, "to/ilson has become home and the Bople in It are her friends. Being the daughter of a Methodist min ister meant moving from one place to another as she was growing up and Wilson is the only place she has lived since she came there in 1925. She has gone through floods and depressions with .the people; fihe has known their joys and their sorrows and those are the things that make up a person's life. IN THE summers, when she isn't taking special courses, she spends them with her mother in Sheridan, Ark. Her father died in 1943. It was due to her father's spiritual guidance and his desire for his six sons and daughters to develope taste for the better things in lite and his supervision in selecting the proper books they read that has made Vtrgie Rogers the wonderful person that she is. The children were aware of the sacrifices it took lor their minister father to educate them and felt i long as he was willing to go to ^any extent for their education and the skimping their mother had to do that it was little enough for them to do to make every year in school | count and they all did. Three school teachers in the lam- I lly were the results of the parents' sacrifices. One sister IK teaching in [ New York, another sister taught until her marriage. • Miss Rogers is a graduate of the Galloway College at Searcy, which was absorbed later by Hendrix. It was during her senior year In college that she made up her mind to be a school teacher. She had majored in English and was Interested in foreign languages—later receiving her masters degree in Latin and Spanish. A young lady who had graduated from Galloway, Miss Nell Dyer, was friend of Miss Rogers and had taught Mathematics in Wilson, resigning to become a missionary in Korea. It was through her friendship and admiration that prompted Miss Rogers to apply for the vacancy. WASN'T exactly what she jf$id wanted but it was t.he only vacancy at the time, and listening to Miss Dyer tell of Wilson and th« wonderful people who make up the community, she accepted the position. Coming to Wilson in 1925 as a very young school teacher and . . . Miss Virgie Rogers trying to fill tne vacancy left by Miss Nell Dyer, was a big undertaking. Ed McChristian was superintendent at that time and after his resignation, Mr. Bird was his replacement. Miss Rogers smiled and said that there was a bird, a wren, said that there was a Bird, a Wren, and a Deer teaching in South Mississippi County at the same time. When Mr. Bird came to Wilson, Miss Rogers was given the English and Spanish classes, exactly what she had always wanted, "but the four years of math teaching wasn't to bad," she added. Her physical features surely don't show any wear and tear and il I didn't know she had been teaching for 27 years, nobody could convince me, so it goes to show when you deal with, young people now-a-days some of it rubs off. "Young people are on the ball, she added, with a sparkle in her eye "and they don't want an old fuddy duddy for their teacher, so re gardless of how busy I am grading papers, when one of their favorite TV programs come on, I sto; every thing ancr watch it so I wil be able the next day to know wha they are talking about—that's keeping your spirits young," she added. "It's the human element of showing others—and especially young peo pie that you are interested in them and all their problems without prying into their privacy. All young people have problems which to them are big] I'm always willing and happy to listen to them and if the> ask my advice, I'll .readily give it to them to the very best of my knowledge- But teachers should nev- • show undue curiosity. "YOUNG PEOPLE are entitled to their rights and thoughts, and the east we can do is respect them as an individual is show them our love and hope they love us. Be interested in their likes and dislikes is the best way to get along with them. "If you don't run Jnto a boy who lives and breathes baseball, he's as serious about it as the girl who «eps up with the latest fashions. No two people, young or old, are alike and the sooner people and es- . , no fuddy duddy . . . pecially teachers realize that, the easier it will be to get along and the quicker you'll find out that is "the type person other people wan* around them. "Life is more or less like a bom- ov the things we throw at others returns to us Just like we send them out. Teachers hrtve to work hard nl their Jobs." Miss Rogers continued. 1 and continue to grow in their field. There is a constant adjusting. Things have chmiged in the teaching profession in 27 years but the fundamentals are the same and will always be. I don't remember my method of teaching when I first came to Wilson but I can see the change in others so I know I must have changed too," she smiled. "All education doesn't come from books. Our changing world has seen to that and it takes a heap *o living to be a real success—not in being able to show a big bank account but to be able to get along with people. "When that has been mastered, then you are a success and the rest comes easy..Young people have receptive minds. Some things come easy for them and some come hard. Its a general inclination for a child a child to want to be on their own and the things they discover for themselves is like a brand new world opening up for them. "ANY CHILD is entitled to be well born and get an even break wtih life, but sometimes circumstances beyond the control of their parents alter the situation in giving ,heir children a break. "The faith of American people in education has produced some very remarkable results and most^-not all—boys and girls have a straight path leading from the kindergarten o the State University—with tuition free all along the way any joy or girl who is blessed wit'h good icalth and a determination to amount to something in the eduoa- ;ion field h'as no excuse in not ob-: aining a good education. Of course .here are a lot of exceptionally bright children who are never afforded those opportunities due to their parents thinking they got by vithout an education.^ But in this day and time, getting by isn't enough and children of parents who aren't overly ambitious for themselves or their offsprings fail them. I found out an awful lot," Miss Rogers said, "when I took school census. Slopping at typical sharecroppers' homes and seeing bright- ooking children who had never been to school a day in their lives, akes us back to colonial days vhen there were no adequate facilities lor children of that type. But in these modern times, with school buses passing right in front of their houses, there is np excuse STA^RR GAZING Been to a five-year-old's birthday party lately? 1 have. My two little '•slum-tost Brundchlldren - in - the world." 3' 2 and 4'.j, were invited to little Searcy Mcai-s' birthday party last week and since their mother IK fresh out of the hospital and has to be in bed, 1 won unanimously to take them. They're the clinking-vine type and my lap ain't what it used to be. We arrived in freshly 1 donc-up Sunday School clothes, With me in nicely-starched blue chnmbrny, which ain't exactly wrinkle-proof as the nd said in the big catalog. I hated to start something with the mothers and grandmothers sitting around who also had "lap organs" but two on one lap makes your heels sink down in the dirt so deep I decided to take my shoes otf. Gosh, that feels good. Every time little Searcy's mother or grandmother passed by us, one of my "smartcsl-grandchlldren-in- the-world," started his chant, "I want thum birthday cake"—"when are they gonna give us thum birthday cake"—"I'm going home If I don't get thum birthday cake." Shushing and nudging didn't help a bit. so trying to get their minds off eating, I suggested they get off my numb Ian and go slide- ike the other children. They would have, but I couldn't climb the ladder that went up the slide. The cake, which was one of those clown cakes copied from McCall's nagazine. was passed around and by the time the last one was served, my two "smartest-grand- children-in-irie-world" started asking for second helping. To keep down a riot, I worked my feet back into my shoes and 'hobbled out to the car with the two "smartest - grandchildren - in the - world," and headed home. Their mother, who was lyinp uo in bed enjoying the first book she's or the children not to take advantage of the opportunity that is dropped right in their parents' hips. 'There is no excuse for illiteracy erangj the things we do for others in the United States, not even among handicapped children because there are schools in every s'ate that provides for every type child. Until there is a compulsory law in every state and truant officers on the job we will always have a certaio amount of illiteracy — but it could be abolished." During the depression, when school teachers were paid in warrants that couldn't be cashed until the following September, Miss Rogers said, Mr. Bird would go out every ; month and collect here, there and yonder and would divide equally the spoils among the teachers regardless of what their regu- Sec ROGERS on Faee 10 had time to read In years, got up and let me go to beu. 1 still say children are lor young parents. The cornerstone of the capitol was laid Sept. 18, 1793; Congress established 0. S. Supreme Court Sept. 24, 1789. and Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean Sept. 25, 1513. Lost time is like a run in a stocking, it gets worse. Have you always wondered what the governor of North Carolina said to the governor of South Carolina? It was merely this: "Excellent notion. It IS a long time between drinks." On the Social Side.,. The ignorant person always adores what he cannot understand; to me that is the best definition yet for communism. The .eternal triangle — Rita, Lana, Ava. The females of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat. Some man said that, not I. The nv.m who first invented the art of supporting' beggars, made a lot of happy folks unviappy. It's nice to be important, but it's just as important to be nice. Gentlemen prefer blondes, but six out of ten of them marry brunette? — surprised? Saw in the paper where an 85- year-old man in Jonesboro fell out of a tree he had climbed to gather nuscadines. What I want to know s, how he ever got up there in ,he first place. Ex post facto! — or. I hope he got what he went after. Poise is the pose that ma^es others think you know what you're doing. It's no sign of intelligence to argue with a person who has none. Taxpayers don't have to pass a civil service examination to work 'or the government. A good way to break a bad habit is to drop it. U. S. Courts acquit 54 per cent of all women tried compared with 37 per cent of the men. Tea For Teachers Approximately 150 attended the Ira given for the teachers in th three Osceola schools. Sunday aft' nrnoon in the education building of the Presbyterian Church. Introducing the new teachers and greeting the old teachers were Mrs. Arthur Rogers, Mrs. AUen Sea graves, Mrs. H. E. Phillips, Mrs. P. D. Johnson, Mrs. Blanche Cleere and Mrs. C- B. Driver. The long banquet table was overlaid by a lace table cloth and was centered with a long arrangement of daisies in deep shades of rose, pale yellow gladioli and, daisies added contrast to the arrangement. White wicker baskets filled with yelLaw mums and gladioli were placed aroud the room- Mrs. Harold Ohlendorf and Mrs. David Laney presided at the tea and coffee service. An array or canapes, nor d'oeuvres and s* r eet meats, ran the length of the table. Mrs. R. C. Bryan, Mrs. Dick Cromer, Mrs. Newton Johnson. Mrs. E. L. Taliaffero and Mrs, Joe Cromer assisted in .serving. Organ music by Mrs. Donald Wertz was heard throughout the afternoon. Class Entertained Dane Fergus invited his Sunday School Class over to the Methodist Church before Sunday School time, Sunday morning and served them a breakfast of ham and eggs and hot biscuits. Celebrates Birthday Beth Prewitt celebrated her fourth birthday Friday by asking seve- iti1 of the tricycle set over for games and to help her enjoy her decorated birthday cake and ice cream. Beth passed out favors to all her guests. Has Birthday Parly Dana baniLes also celebrated her fourth birthday last week by having a party at her Country home, 'rump! DELIVERY SERVICE I'hont 4507 Hoars: S a.m t« It p.m. w<tk DeM*«j to 1 p.m. WOODS DRUG STORE tt\ Weil Main Rt Thursday afternoon. Personal* Mr and Mrs. S. W. Bowker »r« spending several days this w«k In Little Rock. Collie Cowrance has enrolled In the University of Mlwourl and left last week to begin his freshman year. 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