Collection: Jim Green
Scanned by James Whitlow
Senior, Junior, & Sophomore Hoxie Classmates in 1927
We assume that this picture is of a certain club/organization at Hoxie High School, since it includes students from 10th – 12th grade. We could not make out the last name of the boy on the front left (Drew A?). If anyone knows, please comment or send us an email.
Front row: Drew A?, Darrell McComas, Olen Wright, Phineas Smith, Bob McClung, Herbert Green, Bill Jackson
Middle Row: Jimmie Harris – Teacher
Back Row: Helen Wilson, Juanita Robinson, Alma Lockhart, Lenore Belk, Naomi Jackson, Orean McCurley, Marie Weir, Louise Hatley
Tornado – May 9, 1927
This picture was taken sometime between January and May of 1927. The high school in the background was completed in December, 1926 and opened to the students after the Christmas break in January of 1927. on May 9, 1927, a horrific tornado destroyed many properties in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, including the Hoxie High School building (it was later restored).
Two students at Hoxie, Louise Hatley and Imogene East, were killed instantly and several others were injured when falling debris struck them. Louise Hatley is pictured above in the far right back row.
The Times Dispatch (Hoxie Route) reported that Lenore Belk (pictured above) and Phineas Smith (pictured above) received cuts over their eyes which needed the attention of a physician. Michael Doyle, a later graduate of Hoxie, tells this story –“My mother Lenore Belk changed seats with the Hatley girl moments before the 1927 tornado struck Hoxie High School. Mother escaped death. She was 16.”
Phineas Smith is my wife, Lesa Smith Walter’s, grandfather. Phineas told stories that he helped carry other students from the wreckage.
This picture is the property of Jim Green of Hoxie. His father, Herbert Green, is also pictured above.