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Picturing the Past 149: Homecoming 1960

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 3:38 PM

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Part of the 1960 Central High homecoming parade. (T-G file photo)
It's Friday, Oct. 7, 1960, and we're looking toward the southwest side of the Shelbyville square as the Central High homecoming parade rolls by.

Is this the homecoming queen? The Monday, Oct. 10 Times-Gazette published only a photo of the winning float, so this photo remained unseen for over 51 years until now - and we don't have an ID on her. But I'll bet someone lets us know soon.

Apparently, from all the negatives found in the envelope with this one, the photographer shot every float in the parade - and walked around the square while doing it. The backgrounds behind the floats are fascinating scenes of all four sides at that time. I'll post more occasionally.

Remember the Waffle Shop? Seems like it was around until at least sometime in the 1970s. And it seems like I remember Henning Jewelers on the east side of the square. Did they move there later. My memories of that side of the square are that Knox Pitts Hardware filled all of the southwest side buildings by the 1970s. Most of the name of the store to the west of Henning's is covered by the door.

Looks like the painters hanging out by the Henning signs had the best view.

The girl's gracing a 1960 Thunderbird (you can tell the model year by metal strips next to the taillights). And bonus points if you know the make of the station wagon parked to the right. (Hint: The fins are similar, but it's NOT a '57 Chevy).

And Shelbyville beat Manchester 27-0 that night in the homecoming game.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.


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The 1960 homecoming queen was Diana Gowen. This is not Diana in the picture. Members of Diana's court were: Marilyn Hale, senior; Norma Zae Seagroves, junior; Peggy Jensen, sophomore; and Betty Jo Wiser, freshman. The picture appears to be none of these. My best guess is Peggy Jo Hill. All of these beautiful young girls are beautiful senior citizens today.

-- Posted by chs61 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 5:00 PM

Going for the bonus points. 1959 Rambler Station Wagon?

-- Posted by chs61 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 5:02 PM

I think that is Peggy Jo Hill, also and I agree on the 59 rambler also. I use to own one of those, and it appears to be the same.

-- Posted by toad on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 5:48 PM

I believe the store to be Nina's. Carl Chitwood had a watch repair shop under the corner.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 6:24 PM

chs61, I was technically Homecoming Queen '59, and graduated Class of '60. I agree this is probably Peggy Jo Hill and she may have been in the Queen's Court as the Senior Attendant in 1960. The queen that year was Norma Zae Segroves and my sister Connie was queen the following year. You had all the court correct for my year. I thank you for the kind words. Sadly, Marilynn Hale did not live to be a "beautiful senior citizen" and was missed by our classmates at our 50th reunion in 2010.

On another note, chs61, I think you were our neighbor on Horseshoe Drive. Am I correct?

-- Posted by dianainnc on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 7:46 PM

The station wagon is as Rambler, not exact on the year but '59 is pretty close.

-- Posted by cordell on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 9:55 AM

Harley Morgan ran the Waffle Shop.

-- Posted by cordell on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 9:56 AM

David I know this was before your time,but I noticed they are having a Cellar reunion this Saturday at the Fly.It would be great if you could find some old band photos from then and put them on.I'm sure a lot of folks can relate.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 6:37 PM

I've actually looked for some Cellar photos and so far, no luck. I looked extensively through the T-G's 1965 negative files this week and found nothing from the Cellar. Should I be looking more in 1966-68 - or what years?

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 9:46 PM

Pictures of The Vicars, The Nightcaps and The Knightriders can be found here...www.nashlinks.com/sixties.htm Seems they all played The Cellar back in the day.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 10:32 PM

Yes Dianainnc, I was your neighbor on Horseshoe Dr., how did you guess?? I was in Shelbyville last week and drove out to Horseshoe Drive. Brought back good memories.

I got the information about the '61 homecoming from the '61 Aquilla. Hope you are doing well, hard to believe it has been ;-) years since I have seen you and your sister.

I was not aware Marilynn Hale had passed away. I am very sorry to hear this.

-- Posted by chs61 on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 12:55 AM

David,You are in the right time line.I think it closed in 71 or 72.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 9:29 AM

The photographer was probably David Dickerson. He had a large camera with the large flash bulb,and took most Aquila pics for 14 years, according to the 1960 Aquila add.

-- Posted by Cal t on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 11:16 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.