The class of 1978 is now planning
a 25 year reunion for Saturday August 30. Anyone intested in helping
plan the reunion can contact Rusty Williams at (205) 648-6485
or email at Rustyman0@aol.com.
WILD TRAIN RIDE
by Dan Nix
||In the summer of 1960, a few of us had
the privilege and honor to take a Democracy course under Principal
Glenn C. Gant. We chose to take the class during the summer only because
he taught the class during the summer, and possibly we would not have
the opportunity to be in his class during the regular school term.
It was well worth giving up a little of our precious summer vacation.
Mr. Gant had a very distinguished voice and style of speaking and
teaching that was captivating to any audience. The primary thing that
made the class so interesting was that one never knew exactly what
specific subject matter he was going to discuss or teach each day.
| One special day in June, Mr. Gant asked
the class how many had ever ridden on a train. He was very surprised
to learn that few of the class had done so. I remember him saying
that very moment “I am going to take you on a train ride.”
It was on a beautiful, bright June morning in 1960 when the Summer
Session Democracy Class met at the old Dora Depot at 6:30 A.M. to
catch the train to Birmingham. We were a very excited and happy group.
Along with Mr. Gant, others in the group included Jimmie Sue McMichen,
Sadie Roberts, Gwen Andrews, Tim Robinson, Sarah Campbell, and several
others. When the train stopped the conductor got off the train. He
was an older gentleman and looked like a train conductor you would
see in an old movie. Dressed in a special conductor’s uniform
with a shiny watch chain and a pocket watch, he was exceedingly excited
when he saw the large group of young students. He said over and over
again with gleeful disbelief, “I haven’t seen this many
at Dora in years.
Getting on the train we made ourselves known by waking everyone on
our passenger car with loud exuberance.
I remember this one woman who kept placing pillows over her head trying
to cut out the noise. Needless to say she had little success.
| In exasperation she complained
to the gracious gentleman conductor. He then did one of the nicest
things. He took her by the hand and led her to another passenger car.
It wasn’t long before he came back to join the celebration with
the Dora Bunch.
Mr. Gant knew all of the towns and stops on the route to Birmingham.
With his very distinctive and exceptional voice, he began to talk
about each place and town. He began with Bergen, then Burnwell, Quinton,
Palos, Porter, Labuca, Powhatan, and other towns and stops all the
way to Birmingham. It was a wonderful train ride.
Other passengers besides our group seemed to enjoy the ride and the
Dora Bunch too, but not as much as the old gentleman conductor. We
made his day.
| When we arrived at the Birmingham train
terminal, Mr. Gant said goodbye and caught the MissAla Stages back
to Dora. The rest of the group planned to have a fun day in the big
city. The first item on our agenda was to find a café and have
It wasn’t long before we found a café and invaded
it in much the same manner we invaded the train. I remember we were
talking loudly across tables about what movie we were going to see.
There were several movie theaters in Birmingham at that time, and
we had quite a few choices but did not know what was showing. There
was what appeared to be a gentleman a few tables from us, trying
to read his newspaper. Tim Robinson asked the man in a very polite
voice – “Sir, may we look at the entertainment section
of your paper?” Evidently the man did not like the Dora Bunch.
He replied in a very clear and firm voice. “NO, YOU MAY NOT.”
Instead of being embarrassed, we all burst out in laughter. That
made things much worse. To settle the matter, the man hurriedly
got up and left, taking his paper with him. For the rest of the
day when things got too quiet, someone would say, “NO YOU
MAY NOT”, and laughter would erupt again.
Finally we found a paper and decided on a Dracula movie. I remember
Tim and the man with the newspaper more than any part of the movie,
as I’m sure most of the other folks along that day remember.
After the movie, we visited many of the fine stores in downtown
||In those days, it was indeed a treat to
go shopping in Birmingham. At the end of the day, we caught the MissAla
Stages and returned to the big city of Dora.
Attending school in the 50’s & 60’s was wonderful.
What made it so wonderful were not only friends and buddies that enjoyed
having a fun time, but educators like Mr. Gant who did everything
possible to make school an important, lasting part of our lives.
I have forgotten a lot that happened when I attended Dora High School,
but I will never forget that special day- -The Train Ride with Mr.
|Patricia Hall Gant is trying
to track down members of the Dora High School Class of 57. If you
are a member or know of a member, please contact Patricia at email@example.com
or call her at 205-648-6397.
||Take a look at this photo and see if you can guess who
these folks are. Send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Marilyn Best Tadlock would like to know if anyone
knows how she can get a replacement for her Diploma cover that was
damaged. If anyone knows how she can get a replacement, please contact
her at email@example.com
Drops a Pair to J. B. Pennington
by Joe Moon
went to Blountsville on Thursday and played against J. B. Pennington.
The 'Dogs hit the ball well the entire evening, but "not-so-good"
defense was the demise of Dora. Dora lost the first game, 6-3, then
lost the second one, in slugfest, 17-16. Dora record is even now
at 5 wins and 5 losses. Go Bulldogs Go!!!