North City Elementary School, Palos Street, Athens, McMinn County, Tennessee
Our teacher, dear Miss Elsie Taylor, is seated in the back seat on the last row by the windows facing Palos Street. She was born May 12, 1899, died December 2, 1994, in Athens, TN, and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens, TN. Full names of class members are listed if known. If more than one name is given, then the name commonly used is underlined; nicknames are listed in parenthesis if they were most often used. If deceased, known birth and death dates are provided following the name. The girls' husbands, if known, are listed in parenthesis. Rows 1, 2, and 3 are fifth graders while rows 4 and 5 are sixth graders. The "Baby Boom" was evident with this classroom of thirty-seven youngsters but not enough sixth graders to hire another teacher. Beginning with the first row on left, front to back, students are as follows:
ROW # 1 Don Webb seat 1, Avery Torbett seat 2, Sharon Dianne Sneed (Mrs. Rodger Dale Rogers divorced; later Mrs. Darrell Lee McKeehan) seat 3, Peggy Haffley seat 4, Brenda Sue Kennedy seat 5, Kenneth Keaton seat 6 (standing), Ernie Price seat 7 (standing);
ROW # 2 Patrick (Pat) Stewart (1st cousin to Tommy in row 5) seat 1, William David Mashburn seat 2, Brenda Morrow seat 3, Anita Key seat 4, Lucy Oliver (Mrs. Charles Larry Sargeant) seat 5, Susan Rountree seat 6, Bobby Malone seat 7, Ernest Gettys seat 8;
ROW # 3 Ronald (Ronnie) McCosh seat 1, Charles Larry (Sarge) Sargeant seat 2, Charles (Charlie Horse) Clyde Wade seat 3, Ernest Stephen (Steve) Ratledge seat 4 (only top of head is visible), Bobby Plemmons seat 5, Richard Barnes seat 6, Ronald (Ronnie) Mosier seat 7;
ROW # 4 Clarence Wayne Richesin seat 1, Sheila Ann Mendenhall seat 2, Sandra Jo Nipper (Mrs. Stephen Ratledge) seat 3, George Harold Stanton (brother to Sandra Ann Stanton) seat 4, Barbara Etti Thomas seat 5 (absent for photo), Sandra Ann Stanton (Mrs. David Grisham & sister to Harold) seat 6, Phyllis Ann Ables seat 7 (Mrs. James Parker b 1948 d before 2012), Jeanette Lynn McKeehan (Mrs. Jerry Robert McGrew) seat 8;
ROW # 5 Janice Susan Land (Turner) seat 1 (1948 - 10 Sep 2016 buried McMinn Memory Gardens, McMinn CO, TN), Sheila Kennedy seat 2, Sherry June Hyde (Mrs. John Nelson "Jackie" Webb) seat 3, Linda Larose Palmer (Mrs. James Barnett) seat 4, Thomas (Tommy) Hubert Stewart (1st cousin to Pat in row 2) seat 5, James (Jimmy) Voyles seat 6, Dennis Stephens seat 7, and Miss Elsie Taylor, our teacher.
~ to be continued with a tribute to our beloved Miss Elsie Taylor, my favorite and most influential teacher, written by Sandra Jo (Nipper) Ratledge ~
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