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My grandmother's School Friendship Book was given to her by Mrs. Edgar O'Neil (Estelle). The book is falling apart so I have scanned it for preservation. There are over 200 pages in all and so this will be an on-going project.  I hope you find friends, family and good memories as well.

As you look over the pages, be sure to notice the handwriting.  Penmenship is no longer taught in schools, neither is Latin. Also, I enjoyed reading the writings of her classmates and the old saying from the time period.

The time period covered is mainly 1923-1926.  (She does have a 1920 Easter card from Mrs. Edgar O'Neil.) The places are Silsbee High School, Hardin Co. to Port Neches Business College and Port Arthur College, both in Jefferson County, Texas.

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Inside Title Page
Table of Contents
Paulyne Rucks, Secretary
Items from Junior-Senior Page
pg 15-Comments by Irene Thornal & Norma Coate
pg 17- Comments by Jessie Lee David & Lee Beard
pg 19- Charlie V. Sheffield & Melba Russell Upshaw
pg 21- Daisy Collier & Earl Neely
pg 25- Amber Wallace & ? Sullivan
pg 27- Vyrl Dunbar & R.D. Weaver
pg 29-Juanita Morris & Mable Etheridge
Valentine Party hosted by Mr. & Mrs. N. A. Cravens
Obit Ruth Eloise Morgan Jan.1925 (age 17)
Obit Ruth Eloise Morgan cont.
Comments by Mr. A. D. Rawlinson, Superintendent
pg 37
pg 39 - Gladys Malone
pg 41- Gerald unknown & Alma Jones 1925

Ethel Paula Eichblatt of Sour Lake, TX 1924

Vyrl Dunbar wrote the music for play "Fools"
Gilbert Chitwood-actor, Minnie Bell Graham-Pianist, & Mr. J.T. Jones-Violinist

Miss Lee Beard, Jr.-Sr. Queen, Silsbee HS

My Class
Table of Contents Cont.
** Banks Avera, Vice-President
Mrs. Bess Wright, Teacher
Party Memories
pg 16- Comments by Patillo & Dovie Warr
pg 18-Comments by Clara Jett, Louisa Barnhill
pg 20- C.V. Deax & W. F. Deax
pg 22-Comments by Casper Landolt & Virgil Chance
pg 24- Etelka Hardin & Willie Mae Jones "Bill"
pg 26 - Alba Littlepage & David "Doc" Read
pg 28 - Bill Wilson & Laura Peeler
The Cravens' Party Invitation
Items from The Cravens' ValentineParty 1923
Obit for Silsbee Educator - Mr. A. D. Rawlinson
Thelma McCaugh

Tessie Lee Gore Silsbee High School Grad. 1922
List all graduating class members name.

Tessie Lee Gore Presbyterian College Grad. 1923
pg 38 - Aubry B. Coleman
pg 40 - E_ _ _ Watson , History
pg 42- "Mis-Tilda" Matilda Rasci & Mable Orr

Lillie Palmer & Nolan Fields Marriage Notice

Obit Dollie Daisy Stiegler
Jan 6, 1904 - Apr 5, 1922

B. Kirven & Frances Etelka (Hardin) Richardson
Married July 4, 1925. Pic taken in Bessmay, Jasper Co., TX

"Bessmay was located on the Santa Fe Railroad just east of the Neches River in Jasper County. It was built by Kirby Lumber Company and named for Bessmay Kirby, the only child of John Henry Kirby. It was a large mill, with a commissary, post office, and several small businesses. The town was abandoned when the mill burned in 1949." -- PLACES THAT TIME FORGOT by Harold W. Willis

The late Mr. W. T. Block, the gentleman who supplied the article on Olive, TX, also wrote about Bessmay in the 1999 Beaumont  Enterprise.  "Sawmill town Bessmay gave its life to fire".

**Located the following information on the Internet. Have no idea as to the accuracy but perhaps someone can clarify or attest to it. The info concerns "Wesley Banks Avera" and may  be the same as the VP from Bronson, TX who signed a page in my grandmother's book above:
(Rootsweb "Avery & Watson Descendants")

Father: William Powell Avera , Jr. 
b: 11 OCT 1822
Mother: Mary E. Davis
b: 20 AUG 1823

Marriage 1 Emma Campbell b: 28 FEB 1869 in Choctow County, AL

Married: 18 SEP 1892 in Greene County, MS

  1.     Living Avera
  2. Has No Children Olive Avera b: 8 NOV 1893
  3. Has No Children Seth Clyde Avera b: 2 APR 1895 in Kentwood, LA
  4.     Edith Avera b: 30 OCT 1896 in Kentwood, LA
  5. Has No Children Gladys May Avera b: 16 JUN 1897 in Kentwood, LA
  6.     Joseph Maurice Avera b: 3 OCT 1898 in Kentwood, LA
  7.     Annie Mae Avera b: 16 JAN 1900 in Kentwood, LA
  8.     Emma Davis Avera b: 25 JUN 1902 in Deweyville, TX
  9.     Wesley Banks Avera b: 4 NOV 1903
  10.     William Powell Avera b: 17 OCT 1905 in Texas
  11.     Hardie Martha Avera b: 29 MAY 1907
  12.     Winston Campbell Avera , Sr. b: 22 FEB 1910 in Bronson, TX
  13.     Myra Elizabeth Avera b: 29 JUL 1913 in Bronson, TX

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