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05/12/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Apache

Apache - Rancheria Thursday, July 1, 1852 - Apache Treaty - Yahnoza, Chappo, Fun,
and Geronimo

"I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us.
There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God.
The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say."

- Geronimo (a.k.a. Goyaałť or "One Who Yawns")
Leader of the Chiricahua Apache
(16 June 1829 - 17 Feb 1909)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I heard today's theme playing on Solid Gold Oldies last Friday, and it so delighted me, I asked our Wizard of Wonderment,     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, if he would locate a good midi of it for me - which of course he did.  Thank you, David!  You do it so well!

Geronimo's Bones in the News:

From USA Today - 05/09/06:

1918 letter claims Geronimo's bones found

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ó A Yale University historian discovered a 1918 letter that raises anew questions about a secretive Yale student society and the remains of the American Indian leader Geronimo.

The letter, written by a member of Skull and Bones to another member of the society, purports that some of the Indian leader's remains were spirited from his burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., to a stone tomb in New Haven that serves as the club's headquarters.

A portion of the letter and an accompanying story were posted Monday on the Yale Alumni Magazine's website.

1905 - Geronimo
Image by DeLancey Gill, Smithsonian via AP

From CBS News - 05/09/06:

Letter May Back Yale Claim On Geronimo

Says Secret Society Members Swiped American Indian Leader's Skull, But Doubts Remain


HARTFORD, Conn., May 9, 2006

(AP) A Yale University historian has uncovered a 1918 letter that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale's ultra-secret Skull and Bones society swiped the skull of American Indian leader Geronimo.

The letter, written by one member of Skull and Bones to another, purports that the skull and some of the Indian leader's remains were spirited from his burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., to a stone tomb in New Haven, Conn., that serves as the club's headquarters.

According to Skull and Bones legend, members ó including President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush ó dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of Army volunteers from Yale were stationed at the fort during World War I. Geronimo died in 1909.

"The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club ... is now safe inside the (Tomb) together with his well worn femurs, bit & saddle horn," according to the letter, written by Winter Mead.

But Mead was not at Fort Sill and researcher Marc Wortman, who found the letter last fall, said Monday he is skeptical the bones are actually those of the famed Indian leader.

"What I think we could probably say is they removed some skull and bones and other materials from a grave at Fort Sill," he said. "Historically, it may be impossible to prove it's Geronimo's. They believe it's from Geronimo."

Harlyn Geronimo, the great grandson of Geronimo, said he has been looking for a lawyer to sue the U.S. Army, which runs Fort Sill. Discovery of the letter could help, he said.

"It's keeping it alive and now it makes me really want to confront the issue with my attorneys," said Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M. "If we get the remains back ... and find that, for instance, that bones are missing, you know who to blame."

A portion of the letter and an accompanying story were posted Monday on the Yale Alumni Magazine's Web site.

Only 15 Yale seniors are asked to join Skull and Bones each year. Alumni include Sen. John Kerry, President William Howard Taft, numerous members of Congress, media leaders, Wall Street financiers, the scions of wealthy families and agents in the CIA.

Members swear an oath of secrecy about the group and its strange rituals, which are said to include an initiation rite in which would-be members kiss a skull.

Geronimo was a leader of the Chiricahua group of Apaches in the southwestern states of Arizona and New Mexico. He waged a guerrilla war in the 1870s and 1880s against the U.S. Army, which was trying to remove them from ancestral tribal lands and force them onto reservations.

After surrendering for the final time in 1886, Geronimo and his followers were deported as prisoners of war to Florida, spent time in prison in Alabama, and finally ended up under military confinement at Fort Sill. There, Geronimo adopted Christianity, became a successful farmer and ended up a national celebrity with the publication of his autobiography in 1906.


1. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, 2006.  Do yourself a big favor.  DON'T FORGET!  Do something nice for the women in your life.  Remember the words of Ecclesiastes 7: 26 - "And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets....." 

2.  Lucy Queensberry ('60) - May I tell you now, if you have not considered it before, just how precious any tidbit, any scrap of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, would be to the family of this now deceased woman.  If you have any memory of her, please send it to me so that I may forward it to them.  Thank you so much.

   Speaking of which:

  From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 05/10/06 - "Re:   Lucy Queensberry":

I grew up on 37th and Huntington Avenue, just around the corner from Lucy. I was in the class of '59, one year ahead of Lucy. For some reason, we never socialized any -- probably because she seemed to be shy, and I definitely was. There was never any chance of ME striking up a conversation with a GIRL!! Pure terror!  :-o)
However, Lucy seemed to be a pleasant girl, who always had a smile and always said hi when our paths crossed. Wish I had gotten to know her.
Ron (Ronnie) Miller

   Thank you so much, Ronnie!  I forwarded your note to Lucy's family as soon as it arrived.


  From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 05/10/06 - "  City Hall":

The City Hall building was still there when I was at the Hampton Jail a few months ago, on business of course.  Look for the cupola on the old courthouse building and itís directly across the street next to a large church.

Captain Dave Arnold
Director of Personnel and Training
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

   SUPER-DE-DUPER!!!  It's such a lovely building; I'm so glad it's still standing!  Thanks, Dave!


  From Bruce Sims ('56) of VA - 05/10/06 - "  Old Hampton City Hall":


The old City Hall building is on N. Kings Way  just behind the buildings on E. Queen Way & next to The Hampton Baptist Church  @ *40 Kings Way.

When I started to work for the city in August 1960 just about of all of the city departments had offices in there. The building was added on to at the rear about 1963 and was used as city hall until the present one was built in 1977. After that it was used for a temporary court house until the new ones were built up by the police station.
                 Bruce Sims 1956 of VA

   Bless your heart!  Thank you so much for this information, Bruce!


  From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 05/10/06:

  Carol (Buckley Harty - '65 - of NC) and    Anita (Morgan Becker - '66 - of VA),

I remember May Days at Thomas Jefferson. My teachers there were Mrs. Morris for a few days of first grade, Mrs. Starling for second grade, and then for third grade my teacher was the wonderful Miss Suttle, who really had a great impact on many of us.  I remember the Maypole and the ribbons, but nothing specific beyond that, though I think everyone had a good time...I'm guessing for the boys it was just another opportunity to be outside chasing each other and the girls! It's amazing that you remember what people wore...hope all are well,


   Memories are strange things, Jimmy.  My mother and her two sisters always remembered the food served at any occasion.  Their total recall of the subject was legendary.  I'm always thankful I wasn't going hungry at that moment, but I rarely recall what was served.  And I don't usually remember what other people wore (with a few notable exceptions), but I do seem to keep alive the memories of what I wore on many, many occasions.

   Thanks, Sweetie!  Hearing from you always brightens my day! 

  From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 05/10/06 - "May Day at TJ":

Hi Carol.
In response to    Anita Morgan Becker's ('66 - of VA) post about May Day at Thomas Jefferson School, I would add that I was in attendance at TJ on May Day in 1943, 1944, and 1945, and we always had the little dance around the May Pole. Each of us had a ribbon that was attached to the top of the May Pole, and we walked around and around the May Pole, in a circle of course, until all of the gaily colored ribbons were intertwined. I can't remember what we did after that, but it made a pretty sight.
My teachers at TJ were:
Lucy Partridge  - 1 Low
Roxie Stallings - 1 High
Margaret Menin - 2 Low
Hazel Wood - 2 High
Elizabeth Godwin - 3 Low
Shirley Bayles - 3 High,
and the Principal for all 3 years was Ethel Taylor.
I wonder how many of these teachers were still at TJ when Anita was there. There wasn't a lot of turnover in the staff back in those days.
My mother kept all of my school report cards, among other school treasures.

   Bless her heart!!!

I also had Mrs. Shelton, who was Helen Willson Hardy then, for 8th grade English at NNHS. She was from Amelia, Virginia, and I think that I might have been her 'pet' because she said that I was the first student she ever had who had heard of Amelia. I hope that she is having a Happy Birthday today.  
Bill C.  

   COOL!  I added your comments to her page:

   Thanks so much, Bill!

  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/10/06 - "May Day at TJ":

OK!  I confess (since    Anita Morgan Becker - '66 - of VA  did) that I made and wore one of those paper plate hats and danced around the May Pole at T. J. School.  There were three first grade classes, so I know that others are out there who danced with Anita and me. I was in Mrs. Brockley's class and there was a Mrs. Gardner, I think.  I know    Raymond Price ('67 - of VA) was in my class, the naughty boy!

   Thanks, Judy!  Wasn't it fun seeing Raymond again in October at the Reunion?!?  I was delighted to see he had not lost that naughty twinkle in his eye!

   As little memory fragments begin to enter my mind, I'm beginning to feel that I didn't so much skip school to avoid these May Day celebrations, as I may be repressing horribly painful memories.  I remember much discussion of the May Pole itself, and making the pretty paper hats, and so forth.  I think I've blocked the whole thing - or six whole things - out........  Hmmm.  Oh, well.

   Thanks, Lady!

  From Tom Oxner ('65) of AR - 05/10/06 - "  Redneck Spoiler":

I could not get enough magnification to be sure, but I believe the license plate on the   "Redneck Spoiler" car is a Canadian plate. I do not think it is from a southern state.

Tom Oxner

Dr. Thomas H. Oxner
Professor of Accounting
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035

   AHA!!!  So that's why I couldn't figure out what state that was!  Thanks, Tom!

   On the other hand, maybe it was taken in (ahem) Southern Canada!

   Technically, the "Southern" appellation only applied to the first batch of images Dave sent us; we're now on Batch #3, though that's not made clear in the headers.  And I believe rednecks per se are not indigenous to (or even confined to) any one part of the country - or even the continent, apparently!  I know for a fact they abounded in mid-Illinois....

From Dale Parsons, Sr. ('48) of VA - 05/10/06 - "Notice for John Lawrence Wright":

Message: June 48 Class President, a true blue and gold Typhoon.

Please visit the Notice for John Lawrence Wright.

Click on the above link or cut and paste the url into your browser's address bar.

   Thank you so much for catching this, Dale.  Until this very moment I had planned to simply incorporate this announcement within this Newsletter, but that plan suddenly didn't sit well with me.  I just created Jack's own Newsletter, which of course, remains as a permanent memorial:

   Thank you again, Dale.


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII - 05/10/06 - "Dear Carol, Happy Motherís Day!!!":

Dear Carol,

Happy Mother's Day, Many Many More Mother's Days,
(Not Kids, You did your part already). 

Your Friend, Herbie The Humble Carpenter

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  Yes, I can honestly say that I had as many babies as I possibly could (though I wanted more)!  And I loved them unconditionally and enjoyed them immensely, too - and I still do.  And even though I was not as good a mother as I would have hoped to have been, I gave that my best shot, too.

   Thank you so much, Herbie!  You're a true Sweetie-Pie!

  From Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 05/11/06 - "Hey from Texas":

Hey Sweetie,
Happy Motherís Day - you deserve it and thought you'd enjoy ___________________________.
Love, Paula Sturtevant

   Well, HI there, Lovely Lady!  I've missed you!

   Thanks so much for the wishes (which are reciprocal, of course!) and for the nice surprise!

   I'm saving it for next week, when by "coincidence" (and as y'all know, I do not believe in any such a thing), I'm planning a revamping, due to some other recently arrived materials.  Y'all stay tuned for the Big Surprises!

   Thanks again, Paula!


  From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 05/11/06:


Thank you so much for the birthday wish!  There have been lots of stressful things going on but hopefully that will change soon. 

I hope that you have a wonderful Motherís Day.



   You're welcome, Pauline! 

   AH, stress!  You know, I understand that it's during times of stress that we grow and develop the most, I really do.  Yet I must admit, sometimes - okay, often - I wish we could just stagnate for a while.... Sigh.

   We wish you well, Pauline, and we'll keep you and yours in our prayers.

   And Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

  From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 05/12/06 - "Happy Motherís Day!":

You deserve it!  You bring joy to a cast of thousands on a regular basis! 

We Love you, Jeanb

   Well, Lady, you cracked me up and choked me up all at the same time!  Thanks so much, Jean!  I doubt, though, that what I do could ever hope to approach all the joy this adventure has brought to my heart and soul!

   Have a Happy Mother's Day yourself!

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 05/10/06 - "Keep a NNHS 1958 classmate and her family
in your thoughts":

I just received an email from Bill Pope letting me know that Mary Jo's father is seriously ill. He was placed in a nursing home over the weekend and is not expected to last very long.
As I recall, her dad is about 95.  He and his wife have been living in Gloucester County (?) for several years and recently Mary Jo and Bill have been up there quite a bit because of the normal aging issues.  Her dad has not been willing to go into a retirement home.
Mary Jo has been coping with MS for several years.  She considers herself very fortunate that the effects of the condition have advanced slowly.
Mary Jo Edwards Pope & Bill Pope (address in Newport News, phone number, and email addies available upon request from either Joe or me)     
Take care of yourselves out there.
Joseph W. Drewry
3506 Spottswood Place
Hampton, VA  23661

Contact info:

phone: 757-722-4443
cell: 757-870-3971
fax: 757-722-4446

   Oh, my!  I'm so sorry to hear all that, Joe!  We shall keep them in our thoughts and prayers!

  From Patricia Gabriel Hedrick Grzybowski of VA - 05/11/06:

Hi Carol,

Do you know if the Class of 1961 is having a 40-year reunion this summer?

Pat Grzybowski  Class of 61 

   Oh, yes, ma'am, they are indeed!

   Starting Monday, this information will be included in every Newsletter until the great days arrive.

   Meanwhile, Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its annual picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19  from 11:00 AM till dark.  
The menu includes
homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixin's as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.

If you would like to renew old friendships, send a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee made out
to "NNHS Class of 1957" to:

W. D. Dangler, 318 - 57th Street,
Newport News
, VA  23607


The Super Open Reunion sponsored
by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009


   Thanks, Pat!  We certainly don't want anyone to miss them!


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 05/11/06:

Wow! That was something about so many thinking that the Typhoon,   Robert Smith ('65) was killed in VN.  The same thing happened with my    Jerry Allen ('65 - of VA).  There were 3 or 4 Jerry Allen's in the area about the same age.  One was at Ferguson High. I think he was the one actually killed in VN.  Many years later, we started getting phone calls looking for the Jerry Allen who was in management at Ferguson Enterprises and/or banking. I'm having a senior moment and details are not clear. Anyway, when Jerry finished his time with the army band, he returned to the Apprentice School and sent "SHOCK" waves through the shipyard.

   I can well imagine!!!  Thanks, Judy!

   From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 05/11/06 - "Bob Smith's Passing":

Hi Carol: 

It was with great sadness that I read of    Bob Smith's ('65) passing. I believe that he lived in Seven Oaks Apartments when he was in elementary school and part of high school. His apartment faced Marshall Avenue and was about half way down the block on the right just before you got to the Railroad Tracks. I lived on 36 Street and my back door faced the Court yard just behind his apartment. As I remember he liked Snakes and Reptiles and had several in his apartment. He was always a quiet person and didn't play outside much, or hang around with us rough necks much. His family was always very nice.

I lost track of so many of the children that were in the neighborhood.    Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65 - of VA) is probably the only one I still have any contact with after all these years. Jimmy Turlington ('63) is still around and I'm not sure about his sister Luci (Collins - '66 - of VA) , and there were Larry Bridges and his sister that lived in Marshall Courts, and John, David and Lyman ('70) McCay. They lived at the end of Seven Oakes near Huntington High School Charles Rinehart ('64) and Clinton Kennedy ('67) lived in Marshall Courts also, and of course Robert Smith and the Benthall's ( Donnie - '64) and the DeBerry brothers (  Jimmy - '64 and Wayne - '65) also lived in Seven Oaks. Gail Guthrie and her brothers and sisters and the Hines family (  Jimmy - '64 - of Northern VA and Bob - '66 - of VA) that lived in Marshall Courts. Sorry. I kind a got off on another subject.

   No problem, Lady.  In fact, we love it when that happens!

I'm sure that Robert will be missed by a lot of folks that knew him. 

   Thank you so much, Cathy.  I'm certain that he will.  I've posted much of your comment on his Memorial Newsletter:

Hope all is well with you.  I sure do enjoy all the information that you pass on to us all, even the sad notes. It keeps us in touch with a little of the past and hope for the future that we may be able to relive some of the good times we had. Thanks again for all you do. 

Cathy Hudson

   Thank you, Cathy.

  From Joe Wingo, President of the Class of 1965, of NC - 05/12/06:

Dear Carol,
Sad to read about
 Bob Smith ('65). I remember him, like    Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA), from the "hood" .Also, I must add that I can fully understand Bob addressing you as "Beautiful" and you provide evidence of that daily.

   Bless your heart, Joe!    You are such a Sweetie-Pie!  But let's just say it was a far cry from elementary school, when the boys would "forget " to invite me to their birthday parties (when they had invited everyone else in class), and when they would grimace and gag when they were forced to dance with me, etc., etc., and so forth.....

I also want to mention that I will be retiring from Bank of America on May 31st. Just seems like 36 years of working for someone else is enough so I'll see what I can come up with for myself!! May have an interim break in communication as I transition to civilian life but I hope not.

   WOWZERONI!!!  Well, that is exciting!  Congratulations, and yes, by all means, contact us again as soon as you have your new email addy set up.  We mustn't lose touch!  It's bad business.

Trust all is well with you and yours.
Please take care.

All my best.....Joe Wingo

   Thank you so much, Sweetie.  I've posted the first part of your comment on Robert's Memorial Newsletter:

  From Me ('65) of NC - 05/12/06:

  It has come to my attention on more than one occasion lately that some of you, particularly those whose first names begin with J - W (and are thus in Batches 4 - 8 of my Yahoo mailings) are not always receiving your Newsletter notifications.  For this reason, I am soon going to switch to sending them from a gmail account.  The plan is that they will still appear to be coming from the Yahoo account, so y'all won't have to change my email address.  Part B of this plan means that the notifications will cease to be treated as spam, and thus avoid their disappearing into the Twilight Zone.

   Meanwhile, simply check either the front page of the site (which will tell you exactly when the last updates were made), or the link to the Newsletters themselves (ditto) so that you don't miss anything:


  From Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 04/30/06 - "Got Gas Yet?" (#5 in a series):


Just signs of the times 

Richard Dawes
   Oh, no....

 Thanks, Dicky! 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/30/06 - "Why I love the south" (#48 in a Series):

If you can stop laughing, you might include one of these each upcoming newsletter .... unless you think it undignified. 


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/02/06:

 And here are a few more I found.....: 


  YIKESARONI!  Only one more image to go!

   Thanks, Dave! 

Redneck Highrise    

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol






(Jorgen Ingmann, 1961)

"Apache" midi courtesy of
located by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/07/06 at my request of 05/07/06
Thanks so much, Dave!

Image of Apaches - Rancheria courtesy of - 05/10/06

July 1, 1852 Image of Yahnoza, Chappo, Fun, and Geronimo, After the Apache Treaty
courtesy of - 05/10/06

 Gold Arrow Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/10/06

TRIVIA ALERT: The above scripture fragment, Ecclesiastes 7: 26, was quoted in the film noir classic, Born to Kill (1947) ***

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

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