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Frank Dickerson reports on Last of Mohicans at Knifley High School

Historical significance of class overlooked by author until pointed out by Class President Johnnie Prock
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By Frank Dickerson
San Mateo, California
fdickerson@rcn.com
I'm sending a copy of the Commencement program for the last class to graduate from Knifley High School.

I was unaware of that historical fact of being the last of the "Mohicans" until Johnnie Prock pointed it out to me.

Notice the month of March as being the close of the school year.

The year we started to KHS the first day of school was July 4th, and I thought it a bit odd that we were dismissed at the noon hour, but never gave a thought to the fact that it was a national holiday.

The years at Knifley are fondly remembered because of the great group of kids and our teachers who tried so valiantly to penetrate our consciousness.

Barnett's Creek kids had long day: First to arrive, last to leave

What is not fondly remembered are the long days caused by the fact that those of us from Barnett's Creek were the first to arrive at school and the last to leave.

The long walk to the Church to catch the bus in winter was no picnic.

And then there was the facility, with wood burning stoves. No electricity. Brackish water. No plumbing. Out houses.Etc.

As the precocious kid once said "Well, that's just the way it is!"

Fortunately, we were a hardy bunch and it paid off.

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Knifley High School Class of 1952: 1990s reunion



2006-01-24 - Knifley, Adair CO, KY - Photo Laverne Feese-Kennon. Frank Dickerson sent this photograph from the Knifley High School Class of 1952, which he thinks was sometime in the 1990s. The photo was given to him by Laverne Feese-Kennon. Class members attending, from left, were Laverne Feese Kennon, Patra Giles-Marion; Dean Barnett Norma Sue Stayton (Mr. Dickerson does not know married name). Standing, James Knifley (now deceased). Evelyn Rich-Bolt, Louis Hardin, and Gene Tedder were also in attendance on this day. Mr. Knifley taught school at both the old building and the new Knifley Grade Center. He also served several churches in Adair and Casey Counties as minister.
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Graduation Programs (Inside Pages): Knifley High School Class of 1952



2006-01-24 - Knifley, Adair CO, KY - Photo from the archives of Frank Dickerson. Inside of Commencement Program for Knifley High School, 1952, which gives the Baccalaureate Service, held Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., March 16, 1952, at Knifley Christian Church, and the Commencement Program, held four days later, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 1952. The program is from the archives of Frank Dickerson, who pointed out the remarkable difference in the school year 54 years ago.
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Graduation Programs: Knifley High School 1952



2006-01-24 - Knifley, Adair CO, KY - Photo from the archives of Frank Dickerson. Front and back of Commencement Program, 1952 graduating class at Knifley High School, 1952. Front says: Commencement Exercises. Knifley High School. 1952. The Back Side: Senior Class of 1952. Knifley High School. Motto: Today's Youth Is Tomorrow's Hope. Class colors: Royal Blue and White. Class Flower: White Rose. CLASS OFFICERS, President Johnnie Prock; Vice President, Frank Dickerson, Secretary, Margie Martin; Treasurer, Nelda Clarkson; sponsor, John Dunbar. CLASS ROLL: Dean Barnett, Nelda Clarkson, Frank Dickerson, Laverne Feese, Billy H. Gentry, Patra Giles, James Knifley, Margie Martin, Johnnie Prock, Evelyn Rich, Norma Sue Stayton, Dean Tedder, and Phylis Wood. The program is from the archives of Frank Dickerson.
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