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201026 October 26, 2020


Janyce Hunter Hanson Stout
LHS '65
November 10, 1947 - October 17, 2020

    Janyce Hunter Hanson Stout, 72, of Elizabethtown passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Magnolia Village in Bowling Green.

    She was a retired teacher for the Hardin County Public School System, where she taught at Bluegrass Middle School. She also taught many years in Breckenridge county. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Elizabethtown Women’s Club and Memorial United Methodist church, where she was very active in her Sunday School class.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Earl Stout; parents, Robert Franklin and Patricia Stuckman Hanson and a brother, Hugh Hanson.
Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Dunn (Andy); brother, Phillip Hanson (Rita); sisters, Mary Pat Riley (Dennis) and Liz Eckler; grandchildren, Michael, Maggie and Hunter Dunn and her nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service was held 11AM Friday, November 6, 2020, at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Neil Janes officiating. Inurnment followed in Hardin Memorial Park.

        Memphis, TN -  I will always remember Janice Hanson for the days we worked together at Lee's Traveller - the real one. Janice followed me as editor on that awesome school paper. The photo below is the Quill and Scroll club, which was actually the newspaper staff for the most part. Several of these from the classes of '65 and '66 were also a part of my staff. There were plenty of good memories made as a member of that group. Janice's personality will certainly be missed. Look at her in this photo. That was Janice.

My Class Memories From the Halls of the Blue and Gray
Typing Class

Tommy Towery
LHS '65

    Since I have finished my series on the buildings of my past, I thought you readers might enjoy another trip down memory lane via a look back at some of the classes we took at Lee. I start this series with my arrival at Lee Junior High and one of the first classes I took as a 9th grader. 

    Setting up the scenario I remind you I joined the Lee group late – coming in at the beginning of my 9th grade in 1960. I left my friends from Huntsville Junior High to become a General, in part due to knowing and having crushes on some of the girls who were students there. I think it was my first encounter with having a choice of what I studied. I don’t remember having any elective classes before then, only studying what I and all my classmates were told to study. I cannot say for certain why I selected it, but as we have written about several times, I decided to learn to type.

    Mrs. Parks was my homeroom teacher as well as my English and typing teacher. I will talk about English in a later issue and will focus on typing this time. The typing lab was in the same room as my homeroom and consisted of mostly manual typewriters aided by two electric typewriters. Those familiar and can still remember the old manual ones, keys were always sticking and mistakes were hard to correct. I bet the halls of Lee rang out with Mrs. Parks yelling "Stop" at the end of our typing drills. I remember one time Mr. Fain was walking out of the room when she yelled it and it stopped him dead in his tracks thinking she was yelling at him. 

    Looking back on those days, I see from the report card I have saved all these years that I started out as a pretty good typing student, and got progressively bad as the year wore on. My first semester grade was an A- which was the best grade I had for any of my subjects that first semester. I actually do not know if I was just a bad student or a lazy one. I found out in college I could score a lot better grade if I applied myself more but it appears in high school I was satisfied to just get along with the minimum passing scores. My grades went from the A- to a B and then an F the first half of the year. I know one of the reasons was not because I did not know how to type – I simply did not know how to apply myself. I started taking my typing class time to do homework for my other classes rather than do the typing drills I was supposed to be doing. I ended up with a semester average of C+, which was passing and did not raise an alarm for me. After all, this was an elective and did not really factor in on grades needed to advance to the next grade. 

    The second semester my grades got worse and I ended up with a semester average of 58, a grade which now embarrasses me to admit. 

    The odd thing is, as we have often covered, typing turned out to be one of my greatest skills ever learned and has allowed me to write and publish over a dozen books using that skill. Another long lasting effect from the typing class was meeting and becoming best friends with Bob Walker because of our connections in a shared typing class. Bob got straight A’s and was selected as the best typist of the school that first year I was there. We both went on to use our skills in the founding of Lee’s Traveller. We stayed best friends until his death.

    In my first year of college at Memphis State University I bought my own typewriter for about $100 which was a lot of money back then. Over the years I owned several other typewriters, including an IBM selectric until finally I got hooked on computerized word processors. I owe a lot of my success in education to the skill of typing I learned at Lee Junior High, and cannot think what I would have become had I picked an alternate elective in the 9th grade.


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Memories

 Polly Gurley Redd.

LHS '66

    It has been great fun to remember the places on your list. I somehow knew that Carter's was going to be #1 because you have always spoken fondly of it. I was not a roller skater since I learned to ice skate early at the Ice Palace and the blade to rollers didn't work with me, but I do remember a couple of sock hops there. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories.



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