This song is a poignant reminder of times gone by.
Memíries, light the corners of my mind
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Memíries, may be beautiful and yet, whatís too painful to remember
So itís the laughter we will remember whenever we remember
Memories - we all have them - we all have stories to tell. Would you like to share memories of your days at either Rison or Dallas Village or both? We would like very much to read your story.
Your memories can be whatever - 'funny, happy, silly, sad - they'll still be interesting to those of us who have a need to be taken back to that long ago time "where the living was easy" (or was it easy? - maybe it was and maybe it wasn't).
And, if you could, how would you like to go back in time? What if you could revisit Rison School or Dallas Village, or both? If you could, where would you want to go, and what would you want to see or do? For example, were you a star in sports? Or do you wish that you had been a sports star? Were you the most popular student in your class? Or, were you the brightest, or a great singer? Please share with us the way you wished things might have been. Were there things that you wished you had said or not said? The obvious thing that some of us may have wished was to have been THE MOST POPULAR - much in pursuit! That might have been fun. Were you extremely shy and, if you could go back, would make every effort to be an extrovert? Tell us all about it.
As the memories have come in and we read them, it's as if we're feeding off them and eagerly look forward to the next one.
Please send your memories to the email address at the bottom of the page.
Foreground, auditorium floor, left to right: Lucille Brazelton (piano), Grady Cope (drums), ?? (violin), J.E. Gunn (violin), ?? (horn), Charles Gentry (trombone)
Stage, seated, left to right: Jean Schrimsher, Clarice Certain(?), ??, ??, Vivian Baucom
Back row, standing, left to right: Bob Englebert, 2nd(?), 3rd(?), 4th(?), 5th(?), Clarence Carroll, Curtis Schrimsher, Cecil Fain, 9th(?), 10th(?), 11th(?), 12th(?), 13th(?), 14th(?), 15th(?)
Do you know the missing names?
Left to right:Jean Schrimsher, Vivian Baucom, Lillian Cates, Geneva Fitch, (?)Hughes(?), Frances Burgess (the winner), Dixie Routt, Edith Luna, Frances Rousseau, Gwendolyn Jeans(?) Alma Trapp, Mary Phillips, Mary Frances Gault
Center row: Ruth Esslinger, director
Back row, left to right: Nina Ann Green, Mildred Magness, Dot Moore, Joyce Owens, Peggy McElroy, Mary Ann Fisk, Mary Lou Fitch, Juanita McGee, Loretta Gray, Betty Corder
Not pictured are Martha Green, and Bill Starr who made this picture.
1. Betty Towery; 2. Carolyn Beck; 3. Joyce Little; 4. Nancy Landman; 5. ??; 6. Bryant Benson; 7. ??; 8. ??; 9. Tony Campbell; 10. ??; 11. ??; 12. ??; 13. ??; 14.Phillip Allen; 15. Wayne Stinnett; 16. Margo Williams; 17. ??; 18. Glen Allen; 19. Rodell Walker; 20. Billy Berry
Do you know the missing names?
The group also visited the State Prison where several of them bought little red "electric chairs" that were made by one of the prisoners. At the 2005 reunion, Martha Green Dodson said that she still has her little red electric chair and here's a picture of it:
Mary Ann Kendrick Wins Second Place
MR. FAIN CROWNING THE QUEEN AND KING ON THE STAGE AT RISON SCHOOL
Stars in the Operetta, "Go West Young Man," presented in 1955 or 1956
Do you know the missing name?