|By Bob Weaver 2002|
Jennings and Wilma Nicholson lived on High Street, a house of music
where kids trudged up the hill to "take piano"
A reward of publishing The Herald is hearing from former Calhouners, far and
wide. Some of them are crossing the threshold into terminal reminiscence, a
fuzzy condition which allows long term memory to recall the very best of
In my case, it is unfortunately linked to an obsessive desire to
share it with everyone.
An e-mail last night from Betty Dotson Renick, who now resides in Florida,
reminded me of two long-time piano teachers in Grantsville, Louvern Burns
Powell and Wilma Nicholson. Dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of kids,
took piano lessons from the two women.
Betty kindly provided a list of the students of Wilma Nicholson from the
1940's and 50's. She once lived on High Street above the Grantsville Grade
School with husband Jennings and son Bill.
I believe Mrs. Nicholson is still
alive in Florida, near her son, who I believe works for Greyhound. Bill was an
outgoing and friendly guy, a person most folks will likely remember.
Betty's "who's who" list of up and coming piano players performed at a
recital on May 20, 1954 at a local church.
Carl Edward Smith,
Patricia Wilson ,
Donna Jean Yoke,
Betty Kay Dotson,
Mary Lee Dye,
Lyla Jean Stump,
Mary Susan Hall,
Roger Kent Stump,
Anita Rae Gainer,
The names were on a program saved by Betty's mother, Pauline Dotson.
"They bring back many memories of childhood friends," she said.
dad, Clyde Dotson, was a long-time Calhoun school teacher, newspaper
editor and insurance salesmen. Her only sibling, Erroll Dotson frequented my
classroom at Grantsville Grade School, grades one through six.
The "little kids" in the lower grades played on this narrow playground on
the southern side of the old Grantsville Grade School with swings,
"teeter-totter" and a merry-go-round
The main playground on the northern side of the school was a sandy field
with a few hard rocks.
Also in the e-mail was this Grantsville Grade School class picture submitted
by Haven Johnson, a second grade class from 1953-54.
_______, Terry Fowler, Carolyn Gherke, Ernest Hathaway, John Heffner,
Virginia Stump, John Braham, Colleen D'Orazio,
Charles Malona, Judith Riddle, Jerry Malona, _________, David Wilson, Freda
Smith, Daniel Heiney, Carolyn Vaughan, Joel
Rowh, Barbara Houchin, Gene D'Orazio, Haven Johnson, ______,
Joe Wilson, Albert Cain.