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10/25/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Seven Lonely Days

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.”

- Erma Bombeck
(21 Feb 1927 - 22 Apr 1996)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Do you remember those magazines back in the 50's that contained all the lyrics to whatever songs were on the Hit Parade at the moment?  I have a clear and distinct memory involving one of these from 1953 when I was six years old.               My mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) had taken       my sister, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC, and me out shopping, and we persuaded her to buy one for us.  I spent a lot of time pouring over it and memorized the words to several of the songs - including this one.  I had taught myself to read when I was three, and when I was five I taught myself how to read music.  I thought the magazine was woefully inadequate because it only provided the lyrics rather than the complete score, but hey, you make do with what you have, right?

   You didn't think I started out normal and just somehow became a weirdo somewhere along the way, did you? No, sir! No, indeed!   

BONUS #1 - - Seven Lonely Days - Bonnie Lou

BONUS #2 - - Seven Lonely Days - Georgia Gibbs


"Seven Lonely Days," is the title of a song written by Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman, and Marshall Brown. It was originally recorded by American country music and rock and roll singer Bonnie Lou. It was first included on her 1958 album, Bonnie Lou Sings and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Most Played C&W in Juke Boxes chart.[1]


    From Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC - 10/15/11 - "Lecture":

Hi Carol:
I love receiving the newsletter. Thank you.

I will be giving a lecture on "Finding Your Civil War Ancestor" at the Martin Memorial Library here in Williamston, NC on the 27th of October at 7:00 p.m.  It is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

It is free and open to the public. If any of you are in the area, you are most welcome to attend.

Thanks, Jen

Jennifer Sheppard
Certificate in Family History Research
Professional Research Option
Brigham Young University

   SUPER-DE-DUPER! Thanks so much, Jen - wish I could be there!


   Happy Birthday today to Kitty Taylor Hanrahan ('57) AND  Carol Wornom Sorenson ('57) AND     Bobby Turpin ('58) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Terry Hunsucker ('65) of KY AND   Randy Tate ('66) of DE!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 -   Carolyn Simpson Knight ('56) of VA AND Kermit Whiteside ('57) AND        Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC AND   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA;

28 -   Nancy Bigger Alligood ('56) of VA;

29 -     Ray Barnes ('65) of VA AND   Christine Wilson Starkman ('68) of CA;

31 -   Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA;

01 -   Russ Stephenson ('57) of MD AND   Colin Faison ('58) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!



Thursday, Oct. 24, 1861

Famous in history and celebrated in song and movie is the famous “golden spike” which completed the railroad across America. In many ways just as significant, but nearly forgotten, was today’s completion of the first telegraph line to run all the way across the country. Western Union company had already constructed lines from the Pacific to Sacramento, and the one from the East had been through to Denver for some time. Today’s celebration was in honor of the final segment, from Sacramento to Denver. The first effort was fragile and frequently broken by wind, snow, ice, animals, Indians and other forces.

Friday, Oct. 24, 1862

Some fairly normal naval activities took place today, insofar as Captain Raphael Semmes and the CSS Alabama captured and burned a Northern-owned ship. The whaling vessel Lafayette met her fiery, and no doubt ill-smelling, end off the coast of Nova Scotia. For something completely different, Union Captain Winslow of the USS Baron de Kalb converted himself and several of his sailors into cavalrymen. They were chasing a small Confederate scouting party. Landing parties were sent but the Rebels had a considerable lead. Winslow went to a nearby farm and, according to his report, “impressed into service” several horses. After a chase of nine miles, the Southerners were chased down and captured.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 1863

After days of struggling with crutches, a bad leg and worse roads, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant finally reached Chattanooga, Tennessee. He conducted an inspection of the army (no doubt causing more pain to his leg, damaged by a fall of Grant’s horse in New Orleans some weeks before) and finally sat with his staff and generals to resolve the stalemate that had the army pinned in place by the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The first requirement was to get an adequate source of supply, and for this, after looking at maps, Grant approved the famous “Cracker Line.” This, while convoluted, was vastly more direct in bringing food and materiel in from bases in northern Alabama to Brown’s Ferry on the Tennessee River. The old supply line had run over a torturous mountain route and was frequently broken by Confederate cavalry and supplies seized.

Monday, Oct. 24, 1864

The Battle of Westport had been, by any measure, a thunderous Federal victory. The rag-tag army Gen. Sterling Price had led into Missouri in one last try to raise the state to rebellion had been under Federal pursuit for weeks now, and yesterday, surrounded on three sides with the Missouri River on the fourth, the Confederate lines had collapsed wholesale. This result had not been a complete shock to Price, since several days earlier he had started his supply train, loaded with quite a bit of loot, to head south for Arkansas while the main army headed further north, towards Kansas City, Mo. When night had fallen after the battle everyone who cold manage--including Price--had headed south as well. The Federal commanders fell to discussing plans among themselves and did not vigorously pursue at this time.



Friday, Oct. 25, 1861

Battle cries, especially to signal the start of a battle, were nothing new, but it required some ingenuity to come up with one in Springfield, Missouri today. “Fremont, and the Union!” was the cry of Maj. Charles Zagonyi as he led the Federal horsemen on a furious charge into into the town. The affair was more noteworthy for this drama than any fighting, as only a tiny Confederate rearguard was there to oppose them. Sterling Price and his army were far away by this time, as Fremont had postponed the chase to engage in political infighting. Fremont was hoping that the dramatics would help him keep his job as Union commander in St. Louis, but in fact it was far too late for that. He had succeeding in uniting the state, but only insofar as both Unionists and Secessionists were unanimous in detesting him. Causing Abraham Lincoln horrid political embarrassment did not help either.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1862

The Battle of Antietam Creek, at Sharpsburg, Maryland, had occurred more than a month ago. The Army of Northern Virginia, unhampered by any pressure from Gen. George McClellan, had withdrawn back across the Potomac River and was busy rebuilding itself in peace. Meanwhile, aside from shifting some units back closer to Washington D.C. to defend the capital, McClellan had undertaken no offensive action at all. A vastly better organizer and administrator than a combat leader, McClellan busied himself in trivialities, such as a telegram he sent to the War Office today complaining that his horses had "sore tongues" and were fatigued. Lincoln went ballistic and fired a telegram back: “Will you pardon me for asking what the horses...have done since the battle of Antietam to fatigue anything?”

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1863

Relatively little Civil War fighting occurred in the state of Arkansas, but one such event occurred on this day. Confederate Gen. John Marmaduke led an attack on Pine Bluff, Ark. He had issued a demand that the town surrender yesterday, and today received word that the demand was refused. He assaulted the city, and managed to occupy a part of it. Unable to take over the whole thing, and assuming that even if taken it would be well-nigh impossible to hold, he withdrew his forces.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1864

It had taken more than a day to get in gear, but once the Federal armies who had broken Sterling Price’s Confederate army in the Battle of Westport got serious about pursuit, things rapidly got fierce again. Today Gen. Alfred Pleasanton’s cavalry lined up for a charge and hit the fleeing wagon trains near the confluence of the Marais des Cygnes and Mine Creeks. Two defending divisions broke, but soon Shelby’s men came up in support. They held for awhile on a line at the Little Osage River, allowing more of the wagons to escape, but the forces opposing them were just too strong. Price bitterly burned about a third of the wagons, and pressed the remainder south at as fast a pace as could be managed.

From the Daily Press - 10/24/11 - "Jamestown dig reveals footprint of 1608 church":

Jamestown dig reveals footprint of 1608 church
  Few patches of ground looked less promising when student archaeologists began probing the center of historic James Fort toward the end of their 2010 summer field school.

Scoured out by slaves for the construction of a Confederate earthwork, the wedge of land located near an early 20th-century statue of Capt. John Smith had lost as much as 5 feet of elevation compared to the original 1607 surface. Previous tests in this part of the site suggested the remaining soil was largely barren.

Within days, however, the students uncovered the deeply buried evidence of two postholes so large they were initially mistaken as cellars. Four other related postholes cropped up in the following weeks, partially revealing the lost 1608 church where Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married.

But not until the archaeologists returned for the 2012 season did they finally unearth the complete footprint of the place where the first permanent English settlers in the New World worshiped.

So substantial was the structure and its impact on the surrounding landscape that — like many other discoveries made by the Jamestown Rediscovery team since 1994 — it's rewriting long-held views about the Virginia colonists and life in their pioneering outpost.

Students visit the remaining
footprint of the 1608 church
at Historic Jamestowne on Friday.
(Sangjib Min, Daily Press / October 21, 2011)

"This was an enormous building — just off the scale compared to anything else here. That's why it survived all the scouring that took place during the Civil War," says project director William M. Kelso, who will present a talk on the dig at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Williamsburg's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

"And what that size tells us is how important religion was to a group of people who have traditionally been depicted as lazy, get-rich-quick ne'er-do-wells. This place was huge — bigger than the church that replaced it — and it would have taken a lot of resources to build it."

'Pretty little chapel'

Though described by colonist William Strachey as "a pretty little chapel," the sprawling 1608 church — at 24-by-64-feet in size — clearly dominated the bustling village constructed inside the walls of the triangular 1.1-acre fort.

Supported by 14 unusually large and deeply buried posts, its tall gable roof reached high above the surrounding structures, Kelso says — and helps explain why a James Fort map secretly sent to the King of Spain depicted the church as a landmark.

"Everyone has speculated that the big 'X' in the middle of the fort marked the spot of the church," Kelso says.

"But not until now could we be certain that it did."

The settlement's armory and guardhouse — known as the "corps du garde" — are among the other parts of the early fort landscape Kelso will explore in his talk.

Though relatively small in size, this recently completed excavation has uncovered the best-preserved building from the fort's earliest period, including rare surviving evidence of mud-and-stud walls and a metalworker's bellows as well as the signatures of every supporting post, an interior partition and three exterior doors.

Tale of two forts

Equally well-preserved is a bombproof structure constructed on top of the colonial outpost in 1861.

Excavated to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the squat subterranean earthwork incorporated robust supporting timbers and protective layers of sandbags as well as a wooden-plank floor, Kelso says.

It also was the site of numerous buried artifacts, including a collection of artillery shell fragments that may be linked to a September 1861 test of the armor designed for the famous ironclad warship CSS Virginia — also known as the Merrimack.

Along with such objects as rifle platform spikes, uniform buttons and a piece of James Fort armor recovered by enslaved laborers during the Civil War, the fragments are being prepared for a new Jamestown Archaearium exhibit exploring the links between the English bastion and the Confederate earthwork built over its buried remains 254 years later.

"Fort Pocahontas saved James Fort," curator Bly Straube says, "and these objects help tie the two forts together."

        From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 10/24/11 - "Enjoy the Ride":

Enjoy the Ride ~~~~~

A person should start every day with this..... just to be sure you have your head and  
heart where they belong.  

Enjoy the ride!

   OOOH! Thank you so very much, George!


    From Stacy Dorn Davis ('64) of VA - 10/24/11 - "A giggle for your day":

Quote of the day:

'Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater... If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of sh--.'

Women are Angels.
And when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly...usually on a broomstick. We are flexible like that

     Thanks, Stacy!

From - 10/24/11 - "Manage Your Life: 11 Table Manners That Still Matter":

11 Table Manners That Still Matter

by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:36am PDT

If you think people don’t care about etiquette at the table as much as they used to, think again. One soup slurp or tooth pick is all it takes to turn some people off. So to stay on your toes, here is a quick—and necessary—table manners refresher course from Louise Fox of the Etiquette Ladies, Canada’s Etiquette Experts:

* If you are the recipient of a toast, keep your glass at arm’s length—never drink from it. Instead, simply nod your head and graciously say, “Thank you.”
* Never take your cocktail to the dinner table.
* Allow your food to cool on its own—never blow on anything.
* If you wear lipstick, keep it off your plate and napkin by blotting it as soon as you apply it.
* Your napkin is there for you to dab your mouth only. Do not use it to wipe off lipstick or (God forbid) blow your nose.
* Keep your elbows off the table at all times.
* Don’t put your purse, keys, sunglasses, or eyeglasses on the table.
* Take food out of your mouth the way it went in. If a piece of steak fat went into your mouth with a fork, spit it out onto the fork.
* Remove an olive pit with your thumb and index finger.
* Taste everything on your plate before you add salt or pepper.
* Leave your plate where it is when you are finished with your meal—don’t push it away from you.

  From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 10/19/11 - "Granny's Pie [and other profound observations] (#4 in a series of 8)":


    A Hug is like a perfect gift.
One size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.

May your troubles be less,
Your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

  Thanks, Bill!


  From Michael Sisk ('63) of CA - 10/07/11 - "Ghoulishly grand carved pumpkins - these are totally amazing!!! (#12 in a series of 18)":

  Getting close to Halloween...

Artist Ray Villafane began carving pumpkins on a lark for his art students in a small rural school district in Michigan. The hobby changed his life as he gained a viral following online and unlocked his genuine love of sculpting. Here are images of pumpkin carvings Villafane created over the past five years.

   Thanks, Michael! These are incredible! Mostly gross, but incredible, nonetheless! 



From - 10/24/11:

Q: What do you call a midget fortuneteller on the run from the law?

A: A small medium at large.


1. Thursday, November 3, 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, December 14, 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. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 10/22/11

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
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Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Seven Lonely Days

Written by Earl Shuman, Alden Shuman, and Marshall Brown

Recorded by Bonnie Lou (b. 27 Oct 1924), 1953

 Seven lonely days make one lonely week
Seven lonely nights make one lonely me
Ever since the time you told me we were through
Seven lonely days I cried and cried for you

(Oh, my darlin' you're cryin', boo-hoo-hoo-hoo)
(There's no use in denyin' I cried for you)
(It was your favorite pastime making me blue
(Last week was the last time I cried for you)

Seven hankies blue I filled with my tears
Seven letters too I filled with my fears
Guess it never pays to make your lover blue
Seven lonely days I cried and cried for you
(And cried for you)

(Oh, my darling you're crying) Seven lonely days
(Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo) Make one lonely week
(There's no use in denying) Seven lonely nights
(I cried for you) Make one lonely me
(It was your favorite pastime) Ever since the time
(Making me blue) You told me we were through
(Last week was the last time) Seven lonely days
(I cried for you) I cried and cried for you
(Oh, my darling I) Cried and cried for you
(Oh, my darling I) Cried and cried for you

"Seven Lonely Days" midi courtesy of - 10/31/11 (sic)

"Seven Lonely Days" lyrics courtesy of - 10/25/11

"Seven Lonely Days, Seven Lonely Nights" Image courtesy
of - 10/31/11 (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!

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

Animated Hearts Divider Line # 63 clip art courtesy of - 02/11/10

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

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Laughing Kitten courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 07/29/08
Thanks, Joyce!

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

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

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