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A friend remembers Alonzo A. Harris, Jr. - JHS 1946

Alonzo A. Harris, 89, Russell Co., KY (1927-2016).
He was a 1946 graduate of Jamestown High School.

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Alonzo A. Harris, Jr., was one of the 25 members of the Jamestown High graduating class of 1946. In January of that year, classmate Garmoline Gosser (remembered by many Lindsey Wilson College students as Garmoline Carpenter), penned his "senior silhouette" in the Russell County News.

She described young Mr. Harris as 5'9" tall with green eyes and brown hair, and noted that he had played on the starting five of the Jamestown basketball for four years and had captained the team one year. His other activities included class president (two years), membership in the F.F.A. (two years), and 4-H club (president one year).

(In the 1945-46 basketball campaign, the JHS team went 16-5 in regular season play, swept the three-game Columbia Invitational Tournament, and won two games in 47th district play before dropping to Ferguson, ending their season with an overall 21-6 record.)

Miss Gosser also noted Alonzo's desire to go to college, "provided Uncle Sam doesn't need him" (turns out, Uncle Sam did) to study in an farming-related area. She wrote, "Harris has quite an interest in agricultural work, therefore he should be successful."

She reported that Alonzo liked to travel, and that his favorite songs included "Paradise," "Star Dust," and "I Can't Begin to Tell You." Favorite activities included playing basketball and hunting. Among his dislikes were ice tea, "which is stump water to him," and carrots, "because he can at present see far enough."

He was looking forward to graduation and to "what ever next falls in front," and was quoted as saying, "I have certainly enjoyed my school days at J.H.S. They will never be forgotten."

(In the summer of 1950, Alonzo organized a class reunion at the Wolf Creek dam site (he worked there at the time), a get-together attended by about half the graduating class and a few of the teachers as well as the principal and his wife, Mr. & Mrs. W.E. Lacy.)

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