Old Time Stuff
(please forgive the spelling)
Ms. Butterfield
South School 6th grade Jap Barracks class 1948/49
Front row L to R: Willian Nepsa--Cecil Crab--Dick Rhodes--Harry Howell--Gerry Turner?-- ?Lopez?--Carl Simmions?-- Charlie Sing--Howard Cox--Wayne Thompson?-- Virgil Dotson

Second Row:--uk--Dorothy Ferguson--Georgia Adams--Clydelle Davis--Yeavone Hulsey?-- Edna Wallace--Patsy Marsh---Sharon Taylor--Wynelle Duncun--uk--(Teacher Ms. Butterfield)

Third Row: uk--Treasa Vacenciano--Emiley Valdez?--Francis Guiterrez--Barbara Myers--Audry Rigstad--James Nepsa--Buddy Hoef--Phillip Lamb--Eddie Myers

Fourth Row: uk--uk--Floyd Conley--Harvey Swerington--Steve Burns?--Larry Reese-- Joe Figlivic--Kenith Dryden?-- Harold Black?--Bill??
Thanks to Charlie Singh for help with the names
If anyone can fill in names or make corrections please contact Virgil Dotson at casagrande@australia.edu or by the guest book.

WhenI asked these kids to sign my report card cover in 1949 I never dreamed that in the year 2001 I would post them on an insturment that would allow the whole world to see them. These are the names that I can make out.
  • Top Card
  • Gerry Alexander
  • Gerry Grady
  • Sharron Hall
  • Louise Harrington
  • Ann Hoffman
  • Buddy Holf
  • Harry Howell
  • Tip KIllingwouth(Coach)
  • Sue Kirby
  • Sandra P?at?
  • Elinor Thorton
  • Emily Valdez
  • Teresa Valieninto
  • Bottom Card
  • Boyd Allen
  • Geen Autry (joke)
  • John Elem
  • Eddie Myers
  • James Nepsa
  • Tony Serrano
  • Harvey swerington
  • Marie Tobeas
  • Wayne Thompson
  • Pee Wee (Ralph Browell)
  • Floyd Wilkerson

My Tree welcomed me in the morning with the bright notes from the birds, it harbored, it shaded me from the brutal Arizona sun, it was a pretty green on a blue background when I would lie on the shaded grass and look up, many nights it caught the breeze and whispered me to sleep, it taught me of the value of life when I shot an innocent sparrow from its limbs with my .22, it held my swing with untiring arms, it told me the time by the length of its shadows. Like most good friends we didn't talk of our feelings. I hope my tree is still ok.

This tree is or was at the crossroads of Earley rd. and Arizola Rd. on the N.E. corner. As a young boy in the early 50's I spent many hours under this tree. There were several more trees there at that time. Very few houses had air conditioning then so the trees were very important. On the S.W. corner a Mr. Yatzee had a small ten acre farm. We had a large tree house in one of his large tamaracks which gave some relief from the heat. About two miles S.W. of our corner was the remains ot the "Baron of Arizonas" home. (see Arizona history) One half mile to the North was Kieth Carltons place. Kieth was a P-38 pilot in WWll and was shot down twice over Germany and lived to tell about it. His home was more of Casa Grande forgotten history. It was the old Fig Factory. Although cotton was the only crop now in the past that farm had been the only Fig Farm in the USA. Fig trees still grew along many of the irrigation ditches and around our house. The view of C.G. Mt. as seen above above was from that corner. There was a Geographical Survey Marker about eighteen inches South of this tree. It was a six inch pipe in the ground with a one foot square by two inch thick plate at the top. I would sit on the marker and lean back against the tree. One mile to the south I could see Jacksons Corner and Hgy, 84 one mile to the north was the Coolidge Hwy. I was there in about 1985 and the tree had grown about four inches into the north side of the marker. This photo was taken in 1990. If this tree is still there it may be approaching one hundred years old. The kids on that corner were Bababra, Lefty and Nacy Wilson-- Elvin, Betty, Joyce, Jimmy, Charles, Janice and Farrel Carter--- Joyce and Gene (Virgil) Dotson. All us kids would sleep outside in the summer under the trees and listen to Clint and Del-Reo, Texas on the radio. Hank Williams was very big at the time. Can you hear his music? Living thru an Southern Arizona summer without air conditioning was an ordeal.