Bits of Stone for Sunday, May 26
By Dean Stone | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stone Age at Sam Houston Elementary ends at 44 years
The original Stone Age of history lasted roughly 3.4 million years, ending between 4500 BC and 2000 BC, a period when stone was widely used to make implements with a sharp edge.
For my son, Neal, the Stone Age ended at Maryville’s Sam Houston Elementary School after 44 years this past week when his youngest son, Kieran, completed the third grade graduation and heads toward Coulter Grove Intermediate School.
It began in 1969 when Neal entered first grade at Sam Houston after graduating from Flo (Mrs. Andy) Alexander’s kindergarten. For the past 18 consecutive school years, Neal has had a son at Sam Houston School, beginning with Derrick in 1995.
Between Neal and his six sons they have spent 24 of the past 44 years as students there.
Assistant Principal Glenn Doig began his career at Sam Houston as physical education teacher when Neal was in the sixth grade in 1974. Even though he has been assigned duties in the central office, the likeable Doig has remained at Sam Houston the entire time.
We had to pose the picture a week before the third grade held a graduation event at Sam Houston in order to catch all the crew in town.
As the school year ends, Ashton is moving from Coulter Grove Intermediate to Maryville Junior High (recently Maryville Middle School) across form Maryville First Methodist Church.
Skyler graduated from Maryville High and plans to attend Pellissippi State.
Twins, Drew and Forrest, move from juniors to seniors at UT Knoxville. This summer, along with Skyler, they are working at Cheddars Restaurant.
Derrick just completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Auburn and plans to earn his masters degree there while on a teaching scholarship.
Interestingly enough, when Neal entered Sam Houston 44 years ago, his first grade teacher was Miss Lucille Lane who was my first grade teacher 39 years earlier when I was in the first grade at Everett!
J. D. Davis Awards are named for no one with that legal name
Names are most interesting. We were longtime friends and Sevierville Pike neighbor of John Arthur Davis, an outstanding Maryville College athlete and coach.
He coached me some at Everett High where he taught me ancient history and again was my coach for a year at Maryville College.
As captain of the Maryville College football team he had his initials “J. D.” on his dressing room locker. And that is how he became known to most of the world as “J. D.” Davis instead of J. A. Davis. I remember well his father George, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, who used to sit around the pot-bellied store in the corner grocery store operated by my parents and share his war stories.
The media also frequently confused the middle name of Maryville College coach, Lombe Scott Honker. They often used his middle name as “Scot,” thinking it was an adaptation of the fact he was coach of the Maryville College Scots or Highlanders.
Harvey Boyd McCall names are finally and easily unveild
Sometimes we make a difficult task of what proves to be easy.
Having searched local records we were never able to find the names for which the initials “H. B.” stood for in the name of H. B. McCall Sr. who was superintendent of Blount County Schools (1902-14 and 1922-30). We had added the Sr. after the name in our records because we knew his son, H. B. “Bud” McCall Jr., was an outstanding athlete and coach in local high schools.
Finally, I decided H. B. Jr.’s son, William, a securities representative, might be living here. I found him in the directory and gave a call. The answer: The H. B. in both his father’s and grandfather’s names stands for Harvey Boyd!
I knew coach Bud quite well, having been a member of his undefeated 1941 Everett High squad.
The younger McCall played at Everett and coached there a year or two following his graduation in the early 1920s. He played at East Tennessee State and then returned to Blount County, coaching at Walland High, Porter High and Maryville High before returning to Everett High in 1940. From there he went to Knoxville’s Young High as coach and then in administration.
He married Reba Blazer, from a well-known local family.
Those familiar with sports frequently stated Bud McCall was 20 years ahead of his time. His high school teams were calling defensive signals before the colleges.
Juniors and seniors often result in confusion when searching history
Unless one has written history or researched family histories, the use of “senior” or “junior” after names would not seem to be confusing. But think about this:
There is not a “senior” of record until a “junior” is born. Today it is quite likely a “senior” would be 40 or more years old when “junior” is born and have established a number of achievements.
The farther back one goes, the more confusion. In some instances, not directly related families chose given names used by more prominent families of the same name. Going even farther back, slaves normally used the name of the family to which they belonged, increasing duplication of names.
Mount St. Helens recovering well from May 18, 1980, eruption
It was 33 years ago this month that the deadliest and most economically destructive volanic event in the history of the United States occurred.
The 8:32 a.m. eruption killed 57 people and destroyed 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways and 185 miles of highway
Dean Stone is editor of The Times.