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News - 2012
The Opelika Mill Village reunion was held on
Saturday (10/20) at the Elks Club. A large crowd turned out for a special occasion.
|Not sure when this picture was taken
|West End School 2nd or 3rd grade class
Front row: Brenda Knight, Marlene Cannon, Grace Stuart, Shirley
Childs, Barbara Childs, Martha Hall, Marion Phelps, u/k, Carolyn Dean.
Second Row: Larry Abernathy, Carolyn Rushing,
Janice Jones, Pat Simpson, Maxine Askew, Shirley ____, Sandra Gatlin, Dot Bozeman, u/k, Louise Coleman, Winston Ballard.
Third row: Richard Ward, Wayne Chance, Jimmy Banks, Billy Hawkins, u/k, Richard Bond, George Arwood, u/k, Bill Partridge,
Donnie Griffin, Joe Rearden.
|Sixth grade graduation class of 1946
|Photo and information furnished by Minnie (Doe) Golden
Sixth grade graduating class of 1946 at the West End
School -- (Some names are missing)
Back Row: Connie Whitted, Betty Sue Woodall, U/K girl, U/K girl, Rendol
Goodson, Mrs. Forte, 6th grade teacher, Billie Jean Timmons, Margaret Askew, U/K girl, U/K girl, U/K boy.
Row seated: Left to right...U/K girl, U/K girl, Art Bledsoe, Nadine Greene, Judith Jones, Minnie Lou Golden
|1948 5th Grade Class M. Snower School
|Photo and information furnished by Arlee lovelady McCoy
Mrs. Cummings' 5th grade class at M. Snower School.
Front row: Faye Bailey, Joyce Simpler, Betty Reddick, Mable Merritt, Margie Kirk, Dot Childs,
Ann Mitchum, Betty _____, Charlene Bice or Rice?, U/K boy,
Row Two: Gordon Hill ?, Bobby Strickland,
U/K boy, U/K boy, U/K boy, Huey Mann, U/K boy, Jimmy Green, Carol Senn.
Back Row: Frances Lankford ?,
U/K girl, Alice Faye Lankford, U/K girl, U/K boy, Arlee Lovelady, U/K boy, Bobby Freeman, Billy Clark, Mrs. Cummings.
Submitted by Arlee Lovelady McCoy
In 1948, I was a member of Mrs.
Cummings' 5th grade class at Morris Snower Elementary School. The thing I remember most about Mrs. Cummings was
that she taught me to like to read books. Each day after lunch, we had "quiet time" by putting our heads down
on our desk or just listening while she read a book to us.
Through the years, I found escape, adventure
and sometimes romance on the pages of books. I still love to read mysteries - mostly books by James Patterson, Pat Conroy
and Nora Roberts. But....I will never forget Mrs. Cummings and the fire she started in a child's soul who still
loves to read.
Good teachers touch the future.
Arlee Lovelady McCoy
|West End Grocery at Five Points (Old Mill)
|Lonnie Harper, owner - Tom Evans at the cash register (year unknown)
Opelika Mill 1947
|Old Mill Recreation Department c.1947
|Midget Football team
The images and articles are about the Old Mill recreation department, about 1947.
All of the content on this page was provided by Ray Huckaby, OHS Class of 1955.
SQUARE DANCING AND FOOTBALL are two of
the most popular activities put on by the Opelika Textile Mill’s recreation department. At upper
left, a group of dancers are shown ‘swinging their partners’ at one of the regular Saturday night dances.
At upper right, Emmett Fields is at the mike doing the ‘calling’ while recreation director Don Bailey gets
another platter ready for the dancers. Bottom photo shows the ‘Midget’ football players, another
activity of the program.
Front Row Left to Right:
Ray Huckaby, Dan Hood, Eugene Prickett,
Bobby Scroggins, ?, Marion Hayes, ?, Thomas Griffin, Billy Buck, Buddy Griffin, Billy Clark, ?, Bobby Martin, Joe Henderson.
Row Left to Right:
Charles Truitt, ?, Paul Dennis, Jerry Meeks, Bobby Strickland,
?, Windfield Ray, Buddy Ballard, ?, George Meeks, ?, Larry Doby, Floyd Sanders, Clyde Ray.
Freddy Reddick with the football.
The following comments by Ray Huckaby and the Midgets.
This tough looking group of football players from the Opelika Mill Village were ready
to take on the world. We won the tag league the year before, and now had uniforms for the first time.
Our first game was a night game with Dixie Mills of La Grange, Georgia. It was the first night game
ever for us. We played the straight T-formation, and started the game all right, and then the grass became
wet from the dew, and we started to slip and slide down. Our flat bottom tennis shoes would have worked
better on a basketball court. I became aware that half of the Dixie Mill team were playing in their bare
feet. I thought then that they didn’t have money to buy tennis shoes, but now I think it was because
of the wet grass. They had played on wet grass before. I was the quarterback, and was
having trouble getting the ball to the backs. Those guys were jumping over our line and getting to me before
I could hand the ball off. I told the center to snap the ball through my legs to the fullback which was
George Meeks. So, while half of the Dixie Mill eleven was on top of me, thinking I had the ball, George
made a touchdown around the right end. That play only worked one time and we got beat pretty bad that night
The following article appeared with the image above (1947)
at Mill Offers Activities To All Ages
Recreation for all ages is not just a slogan to residents of the Opelika Textile Mill Village--- its an accomplished
Just rounding out its first year on a full time basis, the Opelika Textile Mill
recreation program has averaged over 500 participants per week in its various activities according to the records of Director
Don, a former Opelika Owl baseball star for three seasons and graduate of Auburn,
handled the recreation activities for the company on a part time basis the early part of 1948 and took over the position of
director last fall when the company officials decided to furnish its employees with a full time program.
beginning, most activities were centered around the Community House and the building was fixed up to provide all types of
indoor games including ping-pong, pool cards, domino, dancing and others.
First supervised activity under
the new program was touch football teams for the ‘midgets’ with basketball provided as the proper season approached.
Bingo games were begun in the community building on Saturday nights and the square dancing sessions were added to attract
other age groups. Volleyball also proved to be a good adult activity as the playground space around the
building was put to use.
The square dances became so popular and the crowds so large that the activity
was moved outside to the tennis court area during the summer and are still regular features of the program.
Spring, Director Bailey again organized baseball teams and his men’s team competed in the State tournament in Talladega.
Now its football season again and the ‘midget’ teams are busy at practice on the gridiron.
They dropped their first encounter last week to the Dixie Mill eleven.
attraction for the young people has been the summer teen-age dances that have been sponsored by the department at the community
The Playground area near the mill is fully equipped with all types of playground
equipment and plans are already in progress to equip another Area in the vicinity of the new apartments recently built in
The playground equipment is almost in constant use. “There’s
hardly a time you can look out of the mill office and not see the boys and girls using the swings and other equipment.”
States T. H. Floyd, manager of the company.
“We are 100 percent back of our recreation program’, said Mr. Floyd.
“Proper recreation activities are beneficial to all age groups and we are well pleased with the result of our
Before the program was begun, kids, young people and some adults were often heard
to remark ‘there’s nothing to do’. The recreation program has given them ‘something
to do’ and the participation records prove that they like it.
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