Reference: The Paris News, Paris, TX, Sunday, May 20, 1956 issue
Miss Virginia McEwin, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McEwin of Arthur City (TX), will graduate from Chicota High School on June 8th (1956). This is not unusual, except that she is the 10th (and last) child of the couple to begin and finish at the same school. In the years past five brothers and four sisters participated in CHS graduation exercises.
The story begins in September of 1918 when 6-year-old Robert McEwin started to Chicota School, his first teacher being his grandmother, Mrs. J. H. (Margaret) Lynch. He graduated in May of 1929, but was killed in an accident the following September, just a few days before he had planned to enter Texas Technological College in Lubbock (TX).
Six of the children were taught in the first grade by Mrs. Lynch. Bruce, the second son, graduated from CHS in 1931. He is a graduate of the Dallas School of Mortuary Science, and is now employed at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris. He and his wife, the former Miss Lillian Carley of Chicota, and their seven year old daughter, Sally, now reside at 2247 Hubbard.
The third son, Lee, attended Paris Junior College and received a Bachelor of Science degree plus a Smith Hughes certificate in Vocational Agriculture from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, after finishing CHS in 1935. He is now VA instructor at East Lamar High School, where he has taught the past seven years. He and his wife, the former Miss Jean Ritter of Frostburg, Maryland, and their three children, Jimmy, Kathy and Susan, live on Clarksville Road.
Charles is teaching now at CHS, where he began and finished high school, as Vocational Agriculture instructor. He has a Bachelor of Science degree plus a Smith Hughes certificate from SHSTC (Sam Houston State Teachers College) in Huntsville (TX) and a Master of Science degree from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce (TX). He is married to the former Miss Lois Higgins of Chicota. Their two sons Kenneth and Loyd Weaver, are now students where both mother and father finished high school.
Mrs. Robert Crook, the former Miss Kathryne McEwin, attended Paris Junior College, taught school for 3 years, and is now Woman's Page Editor of The Paris News. She and her husband and their two sons, Bobby and David, live at 735 E. Cherry.
Mrs. A. V, Dancer, formerly Miss Robbie Jo McEwin, attended Paris Junior College, is a former employee of The Paris News, and lives at 1433 Lamar with her husband and two children, Danny and Jenny.
Tom, the youngest son, is also a Vocational Agriculture instructor, employed at Detroit High School (Detroit, TX), where he has taught the past three years. After finishing CHS he received his Bachelor of Science degree from SHSTC in Huntsville. He is married to the former Miss Betty Sue Littrell of Detroit, where they now reside.
Mrs. Roger Dahl, (Roma) is the only one of the family that resides outside of Lamar County (TX). She, with her husband and small son, Rusty, live in Wichita Falls (TX). She attended Paris Junior College and Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, after finishing CHS.
Mrs. W. W. Hutchison, (Myrna) preferred marriage to college, so after her high school graduation and several months employed as a secretary in the office of the State Highway Department, is married and now lives on Rt. 2 with her husband and small daughter, Melinda.
Virginia, or "Gena" as she is called by her family and friends, will graduate with honors, her average grades for the past four years being a 95 plus. She is active in various school phases and has played basketball on the school team for the past four years. She plans to enter PJC in the fall, to continue her studies in the business field.
Mr. and Mrs. McEwin agree that it seems impossible that all these years have gone by so fast. It has been a long and hard struggle in many ways since little Robert, the oldest son, trudged off to school timidly that first day in September 38 years ago, but the days of sacrifice, work and prayer have paid off, and when the youngest child receives her diploma on June 8, Mr. and Mrs. McEwin will breathe a prayer of thanksgiving. They said, "We have many, many things to be thankful for, and we wish to express our thanks and. appreciation to every one who has had a part in the education of our children. The teachers will never realize what a great and wonderful influence they have been in the lives of our family. "Seven of the children have finished school there, since W. L. Higgins, superintendent, came to serve in the present position in 1936, and we certainly want to express our sincere thanks for the many things he has done for us." All four of the boys have served in the U. S. Army, with three doing overseas duty. In conclusion, both parents said, "We hope and pray that our children will always be a blessing to those with whom they associate, and will continue to be upright citizens and Christians."