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07/16/11 - NNHS Newsletter - There's a Long, Long Trail

“You have heard the beat of the off-shore wind,
And the thresh of the deep-sea rain;
You have heard the song - how long? how long?
Pull out on the trail again!”

- Rudyard Kipling
(30 Dec 1865 - 18 Jan 1936)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

                  My mama (the late Maxine Frix Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) used to sing this WWI era song to       my sister (Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me when we were little girls.  Sometimes she still does.

BONUS - - There's a Long Long Trail - clip from Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)


"There's a Long, Long Trail" is a popular song of World War I. The lyrics were by Stoddard King (1889-1933) and the music by Alonzo "Zo" Elliott, both seniors at Yale.[1] It was published in London in 1914, but a December, 1913 copyright for the music is claimed by Zo Elliott.

In Elliott's own words to Marc Drogin shortly before his death in 1964, he created the music as an idle pursuit one day in his dorm room at Yale in 1913. King walked in, liked the music and suggested a first line. Elliott sang out the second, and so they went through the lyrics. And they performed it -- with trepidation -- before the fraternity that evening. The interview was published as an article in the New Haven Register and later reprinted in Yankee Magazine. It then appeared on page 103 of "The Best of Yankee Magazine" [ISBN 0-89909-079-6] In the interview he recalled the day and the odd circumstances that led to the creation of this historic song.[2]


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Marilyn Payne Springfield ('66) of VA AND        My Oldest Granddaughter, Elizabeth Harty (Collinsville HS, IL - '12) of IL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

AND Mary Ellen Brewer ('57);
19 - Dale Chestnut (Nakina HS, NC - '54) of VA
AND Mannie Smith ('57) AND    Sylvia Midgett Mullins Brown ('70) of VA;

20 - Harlan Hamby ('57) AND Alan Jecmenek of TX;

21 - The Lucado Twins,   Gail and   Dale ('68) of VA;

22 - Jerry Saunders ('57) AND     Bryce Bartel ( Brighton High , UT - '04) of UT;

23 - Newell Blayton ('57) AND Bettie Bracey Gosner ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Tuesday, July 16, 1861

It was the largest army ever assembled by the United States of America. Some 1400 officers, many with field experience in the prewar Army but many lacking this background, marched 30,000 men out of the filthy, stinking training camps they had been residing in around the perimeter of Washington D.C. Unfortunately very little of the men’s training had been in marching or water conservation. They hiked awhile, got tired and sat down, or wandered off to pick blackberries. Nearly everyone drank up the contents of their canteens in the first hours of the march, then were vexed that there was no place to refill them. Knapsacks got heavier with every step, and equipment by the ton was dropped along the roadside.

Wednesday, July 16, 1862

It was a long strange trip they had been on, but Confederate Commissioners Mason and Slidell were finally in position to begin the mission they had been sent on: representing the Confederate States of America to the ruling powers of Europe. Commissioner Slidell, whose assignment was Paris, met today with Napoleon III. He presented his case: The South had cotton, which France wanted. If France would just be so kind as to offer formal diplomatic recognition of the new nation, cotton in vast quantities could again cross the Atlantic. Oh yes, there was just one other matter where the French could offer assistance, namely breaking the pesky Federal blockade of Southern ports. Despite Slidell’s best presentation, Napoleon declined.

Thursday, July 16, 1863

It is seldom noted, but the first naval battle between ships of the United States and Japan occurred today, and in connection with the American Civil War. The USS Wyoming was searching for the feared Confederate commerce raider Alabama. She pulled in to dock at Yokohama unaware that the authorities had just ordered every foreigner to leave Japan immediately. In addition, foreign ships were forbidden to use the Straits of Shimonoseki. Wyoming’s captain, David Stockton McDougal, objected to this and sailed into the straits. There he faced most of the Japanese navy, as well as shore batteries. In a fierce fight, several junks were sunk and some batteries destroyed. McDougal won, at the cost of five dead, six wounded and some damage to the ships. A larger international fleet later forced the Japanese to retract the expulsion orders and reopen the straits.

Saturday, July 16, 1864

Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s assignment was straightforward, if not exactly simple: keep Gen. William T. Sherman’s army out of as much of Georgia as possible, and most definitely out of Atlanta. Unfortunately Johnston’s notion of how to accomplish this had so far consisted of retreating every time Sherman got close to him. (Sherman’s habit of maneuvering to flank Johnston’s line contributed a lot to this tendency.) Jefferson Davis was beginning to despair of Johnston’s ability to win, and telegraphed him today demanding to know, specifically, his plans. Johnston could only reply that his plan “...must therefore depend upon that of the enemy. It is mainly to watch for a opportunity to fight to advantage. We are trying to put Atlanta in condition to be held for a day or two by the Georgia militia, that army movements may be freer and wider.” The unemployment line loomed


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/07/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest -   April Ann Stokes" AND    From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 07/09/11 - "Gerber Baby Photo Contest -  Greyson":

   Here's the deal, Chickadees: we'll carry both babies' links here through the end of the month:

Gerber Baby Photo Contest

  From Renee Koskinas Hanrahan ('56) of VA - 07/15/11 - "Update for Class of 1956":

Hi Carol,
Thanks in advance for posting this update info for our upcoming reunion.  We the "Class of '56" appreciate very much your doing this for us...

Renee Hanrahan

                                 THE CLASS OF 1956 WILL HOLD ITS 55-YEAR REUNION ON
                             WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 AND 20, 2011.
                       Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111.

   You're most welcome, Renee! Your announcement can be found on the main page of our website and the Reunion Page, as well as at the bottom of each Newsletter:

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 07/13/11 - "Re:   Virginia Gall Article":

Hello Carol,        7-13-2011
Attachment 1 is the main information of the article.  It was sent as a MS Word file. 
I think that few readers will bother to go look at it as currently placed.  I hope that you will fit it  onto the main page.  Just a simple  "see below" ought to do it.
The two images are less important.  Nice if you can do it.  The off-page reference placement is still ok if you can't extract what is needed.

    Ye-ahhh, I meant to do that, Fred!  

   I have those two images reconciled now, and I did at last type the text out by hand - as "shown below":

  From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA:

I met    Virginia Gall (February '48) when she began to bring me Meals on Wheels. She is so sweet and energetic --walks all the time in our neighborhood and stops to talk to my friend    Patty Dempsey Gibbs ('66). Of course Patty loves her too!

I can hardly wait until Wednesday so that I can see Virginia again. She is so interested in how I am doing. She always manages a few minutes to talk, but can't stay long because she has other meals to deliver.

Unfortunately Virginia doesn't  have a computer. On one visit I was able to display the NNHS Newsletter so That she could see what she is missing.

I am so grateful to have Virginia in my life.

  From Virginia Gall (February '48):

I still live where I grew up - in the 300 block of 57th Street. My parents were John and Stella Gall. My father was a watchmaker. Siblings were all NNHS graduates: Carl ('28), Filbert ('30), and Betty (Feb '44).

Neighborhood friends included    Paul Peeples (June '45), Edward Peeples (February '47), Mary Daniel (June '48), Jim Goodwin (February '46), Perry Wornom, and Carol Wornom.  I attended elementary school through seventh grade at Stonewall Jackson (no eighth grade then) and entered NNHS in February 1944. Our class was the last class to begin as freshmen - in September 1945 the next class had to enter as eighth graders. I had the same homeroom teacher,  Miss Amanda Gray ('23) for all four years. My close circle of classmates included Ann Holmes, Carolyn Larsen, Shirley McCallum, Juanita Seward, and Martha Starboard.  We were classmates throughout our four years at NNHS.

My favorite subject was Latin, taught by my favorite teacher, Mr. Charles Shreeves.  I was involved in many activities including Latin, Literary, Science, Tennis, and Glee Clubs.  Also Girl's Chorus, and was Co-Editor of the 1948 Anchor. 

I finished my senior year in February 1948, but by then graduation had been changed to a once a year event. Our 1948 Anchor was the first real annual as it covered both the February and June class groups.  Subsequently there would only be one Anchor per year.

In 1948 I entered William and Mary to major in Sociology. I graduated with my BA in 1952. I was then employed in Civil Service at Langley AFB.

Since retiring, I stay busy with volunteer work at Virginia Living Museum, and with delivering Meals on Wheels to disabled persons. I feel most fortunate to be able to take my two-mile walk every day, and to stay active in my church, Noland Memorial Methodist.

Our Class of 1948 has had 25, 50, and 55-Year Reunions. Classmate    Bill Gross tries to keep track of all of us.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA:

I was pleased to hear about    Jamey Douglas Bacon's connecting with Virginia Gall. I came to know Virginia when I was in my senior year at NNHS. I met some of the members of her class when I was using an extra class period to retake an algebra class. I wanted to shape up my record by erasing an original poor grade.

Soon there were meeting in the hallways with Virginia's interesting group. I had always been impressed with bright girls and this circle seemed outstanding. I told my close friend and social consultant    Charles Wicke (June '45) about the meetings and he quickly joined in. I believe he even managed to have a single date with one of the girls.

But fate and calendar were not kind. Final exams and graduation obligations gobbled up our time. Shortly after we had our diplomas, friend Wicke was on the train, speeding to Charlottesville to matriculate at U. of VA. Colleges were on wartime schedule and you had to jump right in! I began an intensive review hoping to qualify for a Navy electronics education program. Soon I was accepted and on my way to Illinois to pursue my life's interest.

By the time the girls graduated I had finished my Navy obligation and entered Virginia Tech. Charles Wicke was still out of town somewhere, deeply involved in his graduate work. I graduated in June 1952 with my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and quickly accepted an offer in Baltimore.

Within two years I relocated to California where I have lived ever since. Dr. Wicke retired from the U. of Victoria in Canada. He now spends summers there and winters in Cuernavaca, Mexico. 

Warm memories are the most prized treasures of old age. Thanks, Virginia and Jamey!

   And thank you so much, Fred, Virginia and Jamey!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL to      Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 07/15/11, 10:32 AM - "97th Rifle Company":

Greetings, Jimmy:

You are invited to join us for lunch at Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub located in the Warwick Shopping Center on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at NOON. There are several Marines from the 97th Rifle Company who will be attending and we would sure like to have you there also.

The idea came about as a result of
  Gary Fitzgerald's ('61 - of VA) suggesting a lunch on this Saturday in conjunction with the Class Reunion of the NNHS Class of 1961. I plan to attend, and that would make three of us from the 97th, so we are trying to get more of the Marines to drop by for lunch and fellowship, sort of a "mini-Reunion" of Marines.

Hope you can make it.

Semper Fidelis,
Joe Madagan

     From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA to     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/15/11, 11:48 AM - "RE: 97th Rifle Company":

Joe, it's on my calendar - look forward to seeing you!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/15/11, 12:07 PM - "RE: 97th Rifle Company":  


      What's more exciting than even a high school reunion?!? Why, a reunion of Marines, of course! And in combination with one another - WHOO-HOO!!

   Thank you so much for letting me know! Semper Fi, Gentlemen!

From My Friend Cheryl of NC - 07/15/11 - "Beauty Advice Often Quoted by Audrey Hepburn (04 May 1929 - 20 Jan 1993)":

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
               For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. 
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others." 

- Sam Levenson (28 Dec 1911 - 27 Aug 1980)

Women are angels, but, when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly on a broomstick. We're flexible like that!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Cheryl!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/15/11 - "Moral of the Porcupine":

What a great story...and such a cute little animal to do with. (with which to do it.)  :)


I never knew porcupines were so cute as babies. Good story with a great message.

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?


Fable of the Porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others.

This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.

The moral of the story is:

Just learn to live with the pricks in your life!

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Judy Dearest!

   From Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 07/15/11 - "Yearly Dementia Test":

Our Yearly Dementia Test-- only 4 questions

It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test. Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not. The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.


1. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast' give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Auto World.

However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?


Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these???

If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.

4. Without using a calculator –

You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales.

In London, 17 people get on the bus.

In Reading, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.
In Swindon, 2 people get off and 4 get on.
In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.
In Carmarthen, 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven.

Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?

Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own age?
It was YOU driving the bus!!

If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!! 

   WILD GIGGLES! Thanks, Eva! In the most unlikely of circumstances, I answered all four questions correctly! WHODATHUNKIT?!?

From LadyHawke's Weekly Jokes - 07/03/11:

"Is There a Doctor in the House?"

It was a stifling hot day and a man fainted in the middle of a busy intersection. Traffic quickly piled up in all directions while a woman rushed to help him. When she knelt down to loosen his collar, a man emerged from the crowd, pushed her aside, and said, "It's all right honey, I've had a course in first aid."

The woman stood up and watched as he took the ill man's pulse and prepared to administer artificial respiration.

At this point she tapped him on the shoulder and said, "When you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm already here."

1. Thursday, August 4, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at RJ's Restaurant and Pun AND the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  DETAILS:; CONTACT: Dee Hodges Bartram at - OPEN REUNION!

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

5. Saturday, August 27, 2011, NOON - Mike O'Neil's Irish Pub, Warwick Shopping Center - Reunion Luncheon for the 97th Rifle Company, USMC

6. Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Evelyn's Birthday Party for Everyone - Canepa Cottage, Buckroe Beach - 2:00 PM. For details, contact Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX at - OPEN TO EVERYBODY!

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Contact Judy Leggett Elliott at or 757-868-1111. - CLASS OF 1956

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 05/05/11

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



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There's a Long, Long Trail

Lyrics by Stoddard King (1889-1933)

Music by Alonzo "Zo" Elliott (1891-1964), 1914

Nights are growing very lonely,
Days are very long;
I'm a-growing weary only
List'ning for your song.
Old remembrances are thronging
Thro' my memory
Till it seems the world is full of dreams
Just to call you back to me.


There's a long, long trail a-winding
Into the land of my dreams,
Where the nightingales are singing
And a white moon beams.
There's a long, long night of waiting
Until my dreams all come true;
Till the day when I'll be going down
That long, long trail with you.

All night long I hear you calling,
Calling sweet and low;
Seem to hear your footsteps falling,
Ev'ry where I go.
Tho' the road between us stretches
Many a weary mile,
I forget that you're not with me yet
When I think I see you smile.


There's a long, long trail a-winding
Into the land of my dreams,
Where the nightingales are singing
And a white moon beams.
There's a long, long night of waiting
Until my dreams all come true;
Till the day when I'll be going down
That long, long trail with you.

"There's a Long, Long Trail" Midi courtesy of - 07/19/11 (sic)

"There's a Long, Long Trail" lyrics courtesy of - 07/19/11 (sic)

Image of Long Winding Trail courtesy of - 07/19/11 (sic)

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Silver Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Collinsville High School (IL) Logo courtesy of - 09/22/07

Brighton High School (UT) Logo courtesy of - 08/02/07

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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