Files from Yesteryear: 1955


From the Files of 1955:

Saluting – Finis Saint John was born in Cullman, attended the public schools and the Cullman County High School, Marion Institute, Howard College and the University of Alabama Law School, graduating in 1931. He is the son of the late F.E. Saint John and Nelle Fuller Saint John. He began the practice of law in Cullman in the firm founded by his father and his grandfather, the late S.L. Fuller.

He is a Kiwanian, having served as president and Lieutenant Governor of that organization. He was one of the organizers of the Cullman County Community Chest, serving as its’ president for a number of years and is now a director. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, having served as a Deacon for many years. He was elected to the State Senatorial District in 1939, as its youngest member and served two terms. He served as a member of the Alabama Code Committee, which drafted Code of Laws of Alabama. He served as a member of the States Savings and Loan Board for four years and a like term as a member of the Gorgas Memorial Board.

He is presently a director of the Parker Bank and Trust Company and Vice-President and director of the Improved Savings and Loan Association. He is president of the Cullman County Bar Association and a member of the State and American Bar Association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Alabama Alumni Association.

In 1932, he married Mary Harris Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hogan Jackson, of Albertville, Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Saint John have two sons, Finis, III, a senior in the Law School of the University of Alabama and Warren Jackson, a junior at the McCallie School, Chattanooga Tennessee.


A special event of Monday was Senior Class Day. Members of the senior class came into the auditorium through a little red school house. Acting the role of a teacher, Jane Ann Thompson called on various members of the class: Marie Peinhardt to give the class history, Peggy Hart to read the class poem, Jimmy Knight to read the last will and testament, Ronnie Manor to read the prophecy and then the class song was sung by Gordon Gibson, Joel Hull, Ray Buchmann and Jane Ann Thompson. Next on the program were the giftorians, Jeanell Tubbs and Bobby Livingston. To end the skit, all the seniors went into a rocket which was built on the stage, symbolizing the beginning of their journey into the future. After all had “boarded” the rocket, the senior class sang the Alma Mater. Responsible for the skit, which I’ve heard many say was the best class day one ever, were Peggy Morrow, chairman, with Carrol Long, Wayne Dahlke and Ralph Blalock helping her.

The band picnicked Friday afternoon over at the Bledsoe’s cabin at Guntersville. Dates over there included Marja Hill and Don York, Alice Fay Cobb and Robert Gray, Barbara Tompkins and Dwight Waters, Louise Hendrix and Keith Moore, Nellie Sue Griffin and Bill Cole, Florence Culpepper and Gordon Gibson, Nancy Dunlap and Johnny Gentry and Carol Bledsoe and Ray Buchmann.

Others out Friday included Dottie Cameron and Hubert Moore, Jeanette Fulmer and Elton Childers, Charlotte Fowler and Bobby Parker and Donna Kinney and Perry West.


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