Trimble Democrat (Bedford, KY), Thursday, February 25, 1932, Front Page

The Trimble Democrat, Bedford, Kentucky, Thursday, February 25, 1932
The Trimble Democrat, Bedford, Kentucky, Thursday, February 25, 1932

Reader's Note:  This newspaper is falling to bits.  The following stories appeared on the front page.






"Deestrick Skule Up-To-Date" Attracts Crowd At Auditorium


           Last Monday night, February 22, marked the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington, the 'Father of his country'.  

           The occasion was celebrated through the land with appropriate ceremonies, more particularly at Washington City, our Nation's Capitol, where the President of the United States and other dignitaries delivered addresses in honor of him who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of his countrymen." 

           But in the exigencies of the hour, it being impossible for those in this immediate vicinity to be in attendance at more than one of the functions in commemoration of our first great soldier and statesmen, the Woman's Club of Bedford, with the tact which has characterized their unselfish devotion to home and native land, conceived the idea of public observance with a celebration at McCain auditorium in a four-act comedy entitled, "Deestrick Skule Up-To-Date."  The largest crowd ever assembled in the new auditorium witnessed the performance.

            Before the play was started, however, the audience was pleased with a minuet by a bevy of pretty girls, given by home talent, of course who were arrayed in beautiful and colorful colonial costumes appropriate to the day of Washington.

           The performance was well rendered and in the glitter of the light the be-wigged characters carried out the program with dazzling effect.  Music for the minuet, as well as the play, was furnished by Mrs. W.R. Sanders at the piano.

           The play, also by local talent, had its setting in the "Deestrick Skule of Coon Creek Hollow," the alma mater of many noted and outstanding members of its alumni.  This school is taught and presided over by that most illustrious of all modern instructors, Professor John D. Rockefeller Dusenberry, a principal who has done much for the case of education in this particular rural district famed for its much learning.

            A most laughable aspect was presented when the boys and girls marched from the rear of the auditorium hand-in-hand at appointed intervals to the platform carrying their books and dinner baskets.  It was reminiscent of the good old days when like scenes were exacted in the experience of men and women present whose hair is now streaked with white.

            One of the most attractive features of the play were the costumes, which were such as were worn by the pupils of the old Colonial school.  The boys presented a natural appearance in knee pants and red neckties, while the girls in short dresses and waving hair, reminded many present of the good old school days of long ago.  The cast represented every type of school boy and girl, and their answers to the Professor's questions, always given in witticisms, were intensely unique and entertaining.  The program was interspersed with speeches and songs that kept the audience interested throughout.

            The unexpected and embarrassing predicament in which all the pupils sometimes find themselves, from 220-pound little Benny Shafto Sistrunk up to the eighth grade, was very ludicrous, while the order that failed to be maintained would have racked the nerves of any teacher of less experience and smaller caliber than Professor Dusenberry.

             The play ended with a visit to the school by members of the school board all of whom with the exception of Madame Okefonokee, were old maids in the persons of Misses Kathryn Parkinburg, Matilda Methusalah, and Mariah Fitzpatrick, who sought the heart and hand of the most popular Professor.  And when, in conclusion, announcement was made by Professor Dusenberry of his engagement to the Widow Jones, the last curtain went down with the fainting of the feminine trio whose hopes were doomed to bitter disappointment.  


The cast of characters follows:
Professor John D. Rockefeller Dusenberry, Principal of Deestrick Skule -- Mack Law.

Madame Okefonokee Shumanheink, President of the Board of Trustees -- Mrs. E.R. McCain

Miss Kathryn Parkinburg -- Mrs. C.M. Cutshaw

Miss Matilda Methusalah -- Mrs. Pearl Williams

Miss Mariah Fitzpatrick -- Mrs. W. L. Peak




Marge Thompson -- Mrs. John Harmon

Mitzi Foster -- Mrs. Don Tandy


Deacon Brown -- C.R. Vanhook

Widow Jones -- Mrs. Lem Goode



Students in Deestrick Skule Up-To-Date

Arabella Macaroni Sistrunk -- Mrs. B.S. Ball

Benny Shafto Sistrunk -- Attorney E.W. Tandy

Amos and Andy Meriweather -- Harry Bowman and L.C. Yager

Chas. A. Lindberg Jehosophat -- Orem LaMaster

Sabula Sapington Jehosophat -- Mrs. Harry Bowman

Bobby Jones Quackenberg -- Sheriff J.A. Suddith

Ruth Elder Earlington -- Mrs. E.W. Tandy

Jonathan Augustus Scroggins -- B.S. Ball

Carrie Nation Scroggins -- Mrs. Orem LaMaster

Al Smith Scroggins -- Albert Wood

Charlie Chaplin Everglades -- J.M. Buchanan

Will Rogers Tiddlewinks -- Lonnie Smith

Maria Dressler -- Mrs. Clinton Walker

Polly Moran -- Mrs. Nannie Wood

Joe E. Brown -- Gilbert Wood




Mr. Harry Bowman, who operates a farm for Messrs. R.E. Clem and A.G. Spillman down on Barebone, claims that it is the best section he ever saw for the production of early spring lambs.  To prove his statement he tells us that four ewes from their flock produced twelve lambs.  These four ewes and eight more produced a total of twenty-six lambs, and out of the twenty-six he lost only one.  Anyone who can tie this is a real sheep raiser.



Ladies Serve Refreshments After Joint Meeting At School Building

        A joint session of [the] Joe McCain Post of the American Legion and the women's auxiliary here Friday evening was addressed by the State Auxiliary President.  A splendid representation of the veterans and their wives attended to make of the evening one that was both entertaining and profitable.

        The ladies of the auxiliary served refreshments to the gathering.  These women are endeavoring to make their organization one of the best in the State and they desire to number every eligible woman in Trimble county among their list of members.  They have a definite program of work outlined with a clear purpose to accomplish, just as the members of the American Legion have.

         These are two of the community's most valuable associations, working hand in hand for a common good.  Give them your support, and your membership, if you are eligible.




          Three Trimble county students are included in the record enrollment of 1,305 college students at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College for the second semester which opened February 1st.  They are Glenford Carder, Milton; Miss Virginia Spillman and Miss Sylvia Clifford, of Bedford.

          Eighty-six other Kentucky counties are represented by the student body of Eastern, which outnumbers last year's second term attendance by 132 students.

          The training school, which is operated on the campus as a practice school where the college students get actual teaching experience under skilled critic teachers, has 420 children in attendance, making the combined enrollment of the college and training school 1,725 students.

          Last year, 2,637 enrolled for college work at Eastern, and 19 of this number were from Trimble county.

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  • #1

    Karen Long (Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:48)

    Thank you for preserving our local history. I teach at TCHS and would like some help for a project my students are interested in doing. We would like to complete some layouts of what the courthouse square has looked like over the years. We are particularly interested in the 1839-1840 time period. Do you know of any documents we could consult? I realize the county was only two years old at the time.