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11/24/16 - NNHS Newsletter
“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”

Edward Sandford Martin

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-  John Fitzgerald Kennedy
(22 May 1923 - 22 Nov 1963)

“The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”

Henry Ward Beecher
(24 June 1813 - 08 Mar 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   Today is a really precious holiday. Here's something I borrowed from my personal page which I wrote over a dozen years ago while in a bit of a silly mood (who - ME? ):

Contrary to the propaganda constantly put out by Yankees (who seem to share grabbing top honors to themselves with Texans
and the Russians!), the first Thanksgiving was held at Berkeley Plantation along the James River in Virginia on December 4, 1619.
Those Johnny-Come-Lately, "Let's Claim Every Honor for Ourselves", Blithering Yankees didn't even ARRIVE
on America's shores until November 9, 1620!

For the TRUE version, see:

   If you'd prefer the Yankee Version, see:

   Either way, Happy Thanksgiving!

BONUS #1 - - Thanksgiving Medley

BONUS #2 - - We Gather Together

BONUS #3 - - We Gather Together, Celtic Woman


"We Gather Together" is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt heden nu treden" to celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout. It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day.
We gather together to ask our Lord's blessing...

At the time the hymn was written, the Dutch were engaged in a war of national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. "Wilt heden nu treden," "We gather together" resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first appeared in print in a 1626 collection of Dutch patriotic songs, "Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck."

The hymn is customarily performed to a tune known as "Kremser", from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden into Latin and German. The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.

According to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, "We Gather Together's" first appearance in an American hymnal was in 1903.[citation needed] It had retained popularity among the Dutch, and when the Dutch Reformed Church in North America decided in 1937 to abandon the policy that they had brought with them to the New World in the 17th century of singing only psalms and add hymns to the church service, "We Gather Together" was chosen as the first hymn in the first hymnal.[1]

The hymn steadily gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving on such occasions as town and college centennial celebrations. According to Carl Daw, executive director of the Hymn Society, the "big break" came in 1935 when it was included in the national hymnal of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.[1]

According to Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, "by World War I, we started to see ourselves in this hymn," and the popularity increased during World War II, when "the wicked oppressing" were understood to include Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan...[1]


   Happy Thanksgiving Birthday today to  Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to The late Donnie Satisky ('56) (deceased 11/24/15) AND   Michael Sisk ('63) of CA!

  Happy Birthday this week to:

26 -  The late Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) (deceased 01/28/15) AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC;

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND Goldie Preville Knurr ('63) of CO AND  Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

28 - Jennings Bryan (June '42) of VA;

29 -  The late Jimmy Key ('57) (deceased 03/21/12) AND   Randy Bearor ('64) of VA;

30 -   Rip Collins ('65) of TN AND    Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA;

01 - My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (John Marshall HS, TX - '02) of TX!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 24, 1940 - Slovakia became a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.

November 24, 1940 - Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps.

November 24, 1941 - The United States granted Lend-Lease to the Free French.

November 24, 1943 - The USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed near Tarawa and sank with nearly 650 men killed.

November 24, 1944 - Bombing of Tokyo – The first bombing raid against the Japanese capital from the east and by land was carried out by 88 American aircraft.

Thursday, November 24, 1966 - It was Thanksgiving then, too! 

Thursday, November 24, 1966 - Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashed near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.

Thursday, November 24, 1966 - Tenor and actor Russell Watson was born in Salford, Lancashire, England.

“Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief... Where there is appreciation, there is courtesy, there is concern for the rights and property of others. Without it there is arrogance and evil.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, October 1964
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

From Al Farber ('64) of VA - 11/23/16 - "Relocation":

This is to let You Know that I have moved home to the GREAT STATE of VA. Since my wife of 42 years passed away, my brother and two sisters wanted me to be CLOSER TO them.. I'm now LIVING in Glen Allen, VA. Hope all have A HAPPY Thanksgiving... 🦃🦃🦃

Al Farber

   Well, Al, your note certainly caught me by surprise!

   First, although I knew that your wife had been in failing health for some time, I was unaware that she had passed away. You have my deepest sympathies.

   Second, I had completely forgotten that you had any siblings (though I did finally recall Jill - '68). How embarrassing!

   Third, I'm delighted to hear that you have returned to The Sacred Soil, and hope you'll be happy there! Thanks for letting us know!

  From Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 11/20/16 - "Happy Thanksgiving!":

  Thank you, Bobby - to you and yours as well!

  From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 11/24/16 - "Happy Thanksgiving!":

  Thank you, Janice - and also to you and your family!

  From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (James Blair HS / John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 11/23/16:

  My all time favorite Thanksgiving family picture! Just   Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC),  Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky, The Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959), and me left now.

I would give almost anything to sit at this table again! But I am thankful for all the new family I have... (notice I am the only one looking toward the camera.)

   Thank you so much, Cheryl! I can never think of Thanksgiving without also thinking of that photograph - and that day!

    That was exactly 67 years ago today! Good grief!

Thanksgiving Dinner - Thursday, November 24, 1949 - 
2206 Fourth Avenue, Highland Park, Richmond, Virginia

Image by Robert Buckley, M.D. (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960)

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Beryl Buckley White (JMHS - '35) (01 Dec 1916 - 12 Sept 2007); Millard Buckley (11 Nov 1879 - 04 Oct 1951); Walter White (03 Jan 1916 - 17 Feb 2009); Virginia Buckley (JMHS - '27) (01 Apr 1909 - 05 May 1984); Neville Tuck (19 May 1903 - 21 Jan 1977); Mark Tuck (29 Aug 1889 - 02 Sep 1958); Ursula Tuck Buckley (19 Sept 1885 - 31 Dec 1975); Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC (b. 26 July 1941); Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC (b. 30 Aug 1947); Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999); and Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA (b. 23 Aug 1946)

“The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”

- George Jessel
(03 Apr 1898 - 23 May 1981

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#24 in a series of 40)":

  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!


  From George Helliesen ('61) of VA - 11/20/16 - "Four Legged Soldiers (#4 in a series of 30)":

  MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, George!

Nancy Spruance's Christmas Trumpets

BONUS THANKSGIVING PIE RECIPES: - Apple Butter Pie - "Apple Butter Pie comes together in a flash with deliciously sweet fall flavor that you (and your guests) won't be able to get enough of." -
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue - "Wow guests this weekend with a sky-high marshmallow meringue on this sweet potato pie. Be sure to lightly pack the mashed sweet potatoes in your measuring cup for a fluffy filling. "

From - 11/13/16:

As patrons were shopping at the mall around Christmas, Bill and Fred heard a commotion coming from the area where Santa greeted the children.

"What do you suppose is going on?" asked Bill.

A nearby shopper told them that the new Santa Claus, an eccentric old fellow, had attached dozens of clocks, watches, and other various timepieces onto his big wide belt, circling his whole body.

"Let's go see him," said Fred. "He sounds like a nut, but it's worth checking out."

"Naw, I'm not interested," replied Bill.

"Why don't you want to see Santa with a bunch of clocks tied around his midriff?" asked Fred.

"I'll tell you why," said Bill. "It's a waist of time!"


1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 11/22/16

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   Y'all take good 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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the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker 
Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914) 
Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr.

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

"We Gather Together" midi courtesy of - 11/21/04

"We Gather Together" lyrics courtesy of - 11/21/04

"Thanksgiving Blessings" Title and Gold Mum Divider Line clip art courtesy
of - 11/18/06

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

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

John Marshall High School's (TX) Rams logo courtesy of - 04/26/13

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!

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!

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

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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