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11/25/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Count Your Blessings

“Reflect on your blessings, of which every person has many,
not on your past misfortunes, of which all people have some.”

Charles Dickens
(07 Feb 1812 - 09 June 1870)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   This is our traditional Day After Thanksgiving Newsletter - lest we forget.....

BONUS #1 - - Count Your Blessings - George Beverly Shea

BONUS #2 - - Count Your Blessings - St John's Children's Choir

BONUS #3 - - Count Your Blessings - Smokey Mountain Hymns - soothing instrumental version with slide show

BONUS #4 - - Count Your Blessings - Lucy Rhodes - totally different hymn, but same theme and a clear angelic voice


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Betsy Goodson Covert (June '37) of MD AND   Donna Price Devers ('66) of NC AND    Diana Price Carter ('66) of WV!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

27 - Gayle Fallin Harris ('57) AND   Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH;

29 - Jimmy Key ('57) 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 (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC;

02 -   Ann Lillaston Wilson ('57) AND Jimmy McDonald ('57) AND    George Konstant ('65) of VA! 

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


   Page Hit # 111,000 was made on Thanksgiving, November 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM by ..... ME!  SHEESH!



Monday, Nov. 25, 1861

It was a race against time and the USS Monitor, and time was running out for Lt. Catesby ap Roger Jones of the Confederate navy. It was well known (at least in the higher reaches of the Confederate Navy Secretary’s office) that the Federal Navy was working on a revolutionary armor-plated warship. The South needed a counterpart, and the solution had been to refloat the partially-burned hulk of a ship called Merrimack which had been sunk in Norfolk Navy Yard when the Federal forces abandoned the area. The parts of the vessel damaged by fire were mostly areas that would have had to be removed to accommodate the new design anyway. The first load of armor plate was today received by Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory, and sent on to Jones to become the skin of the reborn CSS Virginia.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1862

The USS Ellis had done noble service on her recent expedition. Last week she had conveyed her crew to New Topsail Inlet, N.C., where they had destroyed a huge Confederate salt works. This facility, in the words of Ellis’s Captain Cushing, was so large it “could have furnished all of Wilmington with salt,” a considerable quantity indeed when it is remembered that salt was a vital preservative in the days before refrigeration. Today, however, Ellis had fallen on hard times, specifically a sand bar on which she was quite stuck. Cushing tried for two days to refloat her, but today gave up and ordered her set afire to keep her from the enemy. “Having seen that her battle flag was still flying,” he wrote, “[I] trained the gun on the enemy so that the vessel might fight herself after we had left her.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1863

The Battle of Missionary Ridge opened today with William T. Sherman attacking the north end, and making no progress against the troops of Gen. Patrick Cleburne. Gen. Joseph Hooker was attacking the south end, the Confederate left wing, with a similar lack of success. Around 2 p.m. the true attack began: U.S. Grant ordered Gen. George Thomas’ men to attack the center. Fighting straight uphill should have been disastrous for the Federals--but in one of the great mysteries of the war, the artillery had been improperly placed and could only shoot over the heads of the attackers. It was anticipated that about half the hill could be taken today, but the blue-clad fighters, outrunning their commanders, simply didn’t stop till they took the top of the hill. Lt. Arthur MacArthur, who much later in life would have a son named Douglas, won the Medal of Honor for his part in this charge.

Friday, Nov. 25, 1864

It was what a later day would call a terrorist attack: a plot by a group of Confederate agents to firebomb New York City, intending to create an inferno so fierce as to burn the city to the ground. Infiltrating the city from Canada, the party led by R. C. Kennedy had contracted with a chemist to manufacture incendiary grenades. These were planted at almost a dozen prominent hotels as well as, peculiarly, Barnum’s Museum. None of the hotel bombs caused any significant damage, and even the one at Barnum’s was promptly put out. Rumors swept the city, including one that implied the chemist intentionally made the bombs defective. Kennedy was eventually arrested, tried and hanged for setting the Barnum’s blaze.

From Trent Sturgis of VA to        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/23/11, 12:35 PM - "Need a picture(s) of    Shackelford Auto Company":

Good Afternoon Dave,

I am Trent Sturgis, I know that you do not know me but I am guessing that you know my brother,
    Ricky Sturgis ('66) and my sister, Terry Sturgis ('70), both of whom graduated from NNHS. While I did not attend NNHS, I have some very fond memories of my brother and sister going to school there. While I was very little, I do remember the Turkey Day football games and the small footballs they threw up into the stands. As a child that was a big thing for me.

I have a request that I hope you can help me with. I am looking for pictures of Shackelford Dodge that was located in the 300 block of 25th Street. I have searched every site I can find but just cannot seem to locate any. I work for the City of NN and have asked Parks and Rec and have even placed a request through the Daily Press, none of which have produced anything. I have looked at the Old Stomping Grounds for some time now, so I decided to ask you if you or any of your colleagues may have any to share. Both my Father and Grandfather worked at Shackelford and over the years the pictures have seemed to disappear.

If you do not have any, I would ask if you could forward my request or point me in the direction of who may be able to assist me. I greatly appreciate your attention to this request and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for everything. You can e-mail me at 


Trent Sturgis

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/23/11, 1:00 PM - "RE: Need a picture(s)":

Hi Trent,

Unless there is an extraordinarily rare snapshot hiding in someone’s attic … the best chance of finding an image is probably an advertisement in a high school annual … and not just NNHS. I would imagine that WHS, FHS, Huntington HS, or Hampton HS would also have solicited advertisements for their annuals.

A collection of those yearbooks, except for Hampton HS, is located in the Virginiana Room at the Hilton Main St. Library. Hampton HS annuals are located in the Hampton Library on Victoria Blvd. I can search through them the next time I visit Hilton.

Let’s ask Carol to put out the data call in upcoming newsletters and see what pops out. Fred Mays has a collection of NNHS yearbooks and may be able to do a quick check.

We are on the job …


     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/24/11, 9:45 PM - "RE: Need a picture(s)":

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.....

I just caught this email.....Dave, you are right on about yearbook advertisements; however, I have looked through several and the only ad I have seen for Shackelford Auto Company, Inc. was the block ad and no picture of the business. I well remember the business as one of my favorite cars came from there. I am positive that some time back, someone was looking for this same thing and I know I searched and did not find the picture.....I cannot recall who asked me to look for a picture. I will do my best to search again and go back further. I will let you know if I find anything.

Take care, Fred Mays

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/25/11 - "  Shackelford Auto Company":

   Thank you, Gentlemen!

  You're right, Fred; it was just last year - and we were never able to locate an image at all.

From Mary Kayaselcuk of VA - 09/27/10:


William Fox (Warwick HS - '61 - of VA) suggested you as a person to contact.  I'm seeking images of this former dealership that was located at 330 25th Street.  Do know of anyone who might be of assistance in this endeavor?

I greatly appreciate your consideration of my request.

Mary Kayaselcuk
Historic Site Coordinator
Lee Hall Depot
c/o 1810 Warwick County Courthouse
14415 Old Courthouse Way
Newport News, VA  23608
(757) 886-2715    Fax 886-2808

   Sorry, Trent!

  OH - your sister Terry was too young for me to remember (I graduated the year before she entered NNHS), but I remember your brother      Ricky quite well!

  "Anyone? Anyone?"

  From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 12/25/11, 12:12 AM:

19 people here for Thanksgiving dinner. The whole place reeks of garlic and herbs. I've been up since about 4 AM and it's midnight. Turkey, roast beef, roast pork, smoked salmon, ham, vegetable curry, spinach pie, saffron rice, mashed potatoes, au gratins, mashed sweets, green beans with bacon, steamed green beans, feather rolls, carrot bread, date bread, beef summer sausage, smoked gouda, Cabot seriously sharp cheddar, Irish butter, Irish soda bread, Spanish flan, pies of pumpkin, cherry, pecan, raspberry, apple; brownies; whipped cream, various beverages. I give thanks for food; for family and friends; for the bounty with which we are blessed.
Domi O'Brien NNHS '64

   YUM-YUM! Thanks, Domi!


From - 11/24/11:

From - 11/24/11:

A Taliban was sitting in a cave when he heard over a dune the voice of one American solider: "One American solider is better then 10 Taliban fighters," so the Taliban angrily sent over ten of his high-ranking soldiers.

After a lot of gun fire and yelling and screams of agony, the Taliban heard the voice again. "One American solider is better then 100 Taliban fighters."

So the Taliban sent over 100 of his highest ranked soldiers, sure of victory. After a lot of gun fire and yelling and screams of agony the Taliban heard the voice again. "One American solider is better then 1000 Taliban fighters."

So the Taliban sent his toughest, meanest, personal guards over the dune. After hundreds of bullets fired, and explosions and the screaming and crying, it was over. The Taliban now wondering what happened goes over the dune where he found a wounded Taliban solider who said, "Don't send anymore men; it's really a trap. There are really two of them!"

1. Thursday, December 1, 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

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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Count Your Blessings

Words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897
Music by Edwin O. Excell

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

"Count Your Blessings" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 11/05/08

"Count Your Blessings" Image courtesy of - 11/26/10

Twig Flower Bar #17  Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/08/10

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Page Hit Counter clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

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

Sad Face clip art courtesy of - 08/03/08 (re-saved 02/16/09)

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