THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION
E-NOTICE 2008-9 OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2008
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. INSPIRATIONAL SURRATTS TEACHERS. In response to a
request in the last e-Notice, here are some wonderful emails we
received about the impact of Surratts teachers on alumni:
"Hi Henry: I was pleased to see the notation about the Charles
County Vice Principal's Award being given to a Surrattsville
Alumni. I have not meet Deborah Brown, but I am sure she's a great
VP! I was greatly inspired by my teachers at Surrattsville, most
notably Ben Collins. He definitely helped shape the person I am
today, by making me believe in myself and my talents as a young
woman. The experiences he shared with us were incredible. As part
of his Humanities class, we visited New York City, the world's fair
in Tennessee, art museums and parks. We also experienced the most
awesome team building obstacle course somewhere in the area (the
Madeira School sounds right). I also valued my time with Ms. Grouby.
Who knew History could actually be so interesting!? I remember
absolutely dreading the upcoming showing of some old movie called
"Gone with the Wind." But I also remember how we were glued to our
seats and mad when each showing was interrupted by the bell. . .
we'd have to wait another day for the next installment! As a result
of my soul searching at Surrattsville, I became a teacher myself,
teaching at Middleton Valley from 1987-1996, James Ryder Randall
from 1996-2001, and now I'm at T.C. Martin in Charles County. I've
worked with first graders and kindergartners, and will take my
chances with 2nd graders this upcoming year. I am certain that
teachers can have a huge impact on their students. I can only hope
to reach mine as those great mentors from Surrattsville have reached
me! Thanks for the chance to remember these great people! Sheila
Seyler Hillman (82)"
"Hey Henry! I was definitely inspired by many teachers at
Surrattsville, as well as Stephen Decatur and Surrattsville
Elementary. Of course Vicki Forsht Williams (65), Ron Cunningham,
Ms. Grouby, RC Green (63), Amy Green, Ed Salvio, Carole Oakley,
Ellen Talbert (61), etc. Kim Ellis King (76)" [Ed. Note: Kim was
named a Middle School Maryland Math Teacher of the Year in 2005 as
well as Exemplary Employee for Charles County Public Schools. She
attributes her successes in the education field "to the great
education I received at Surrattsville".]
"Hi Henry: I wanted to share with you and other Hornets the
incredible influence of two fabulous Surratts teachers. As a member
of the wonderful class of 65, I was privileged and inspired by Col.
Young and Jane Baskin. I fell in love with the French language,
culture, and music through the inspiring teaching of Col. Young. He
was demanding, thorough, and gifted in introducing a magical place
and language to his students. Because of him, I became a French
teacher and have had the privilege of leading many of my students on
journeys to France over the years. Equally influential was Jane
Baskin, a superb teacher who was always prepared and caused her
students to be prepared every day through her method of 10 questions
quick pop quizzes on most days. We copied notes from the board that
were organized and informative. I still remember American history
fairly well because of her teaching. I feel we were well prepared
for college in those days. I credit the high caliber of teachers we
had at Surrattsville for helping us to succeed in college. Fondly,
Carol Julian Kross (65)"
[Ed. Note: We'd love to have additional stories about how Surratts
teachers and staff inspired our readers, in their careers or
2. POSSIBLE 2010 EVENTS. The Foundation Board is
considering whether to hold any form of "All Classes/Faculty/Staff"
events in 2010, either similar to those held in 2000 and 2005, or
different in scope. If you would like to volunteer to work on a
committee to consider this question, please send me an email at
3. 100 YEARS OF SURRATTS HISTORY, CON'T. This
month's Surratts history item is the following newspaper article
from the Surratt House Archives. It is a photocopy of an
unidentified newspaper, but labeled "1952":
"Uncle Jimmie Night" No story of Surrattsville would be
complete without the story of James Hawkins, or "Uncle Jimmy" as he
was known to hundreds of students. After serving as custodian for
thirty-three years, an affair was planned in his honor known as
"Uncle Jimmie Night". It was the culmination of thoughts in the
minds of a great many in the community for a long time, to give
homage to this kindly old man, so well known and so well loved.
Therefore, in April 1949, when "Uncle Jimmy" was soon to be
seventy-nine years old, the Surrattsville Athletic Association
sponsored a party for him.
Presentations were made to "Uncle Jimmy" by the elementary grades,
by the high school and by the Athletic Association. He was given a
new accordion for he had long wanted to entertain the pupils with
selections on an old battered one down in the "boiler room" at
school. Alumni on visiting Surrattsville always went to the boiler
room to see "Uncle Jimmy". Mr. Ernest Loveless, Jr., Chairman of
the Planning Committee was most emphatic that in the "Archives"
shown at the Dedication and Homecoming next Wednesday an honored
place must be reserved for "Uncle Jimmy. What manner of man was
this that everyone knew so well and revered? We are indebted to the
Program for "Uncle Jimmy Night" for the following excerpts"
'Born April 15, 1870, on Mr. Phil Marbury's plantation on Thrift
Road, "Uncle Jimmy's" mother was a slave cook in the Marbury family
and his father was a slave hand and carpenter on Mr. Coe's
plantation at Piscataway. "Uncle Jimmy" walked four miles to school
at T. B.. When he as about 23, he married and had five sons and
five daughters. When "Uncle Jimmie" was forty years old he bought
the land and house on Thrift Road where he lived up until the time
of his last illness. He passed away in the Fall of 1950.
About the time he bought his home, he began working a "little plot
of ground" for Mrs. McKay, principal of the old Surratts School.
She talked to him about being a janitor and in 1915 he started a job
that was to last many years. During his early years along with his
other duties he cared for the horses and buggies that the children
used for transportation. During all those years as janitor "Uncle
Jimmy" missed only ten days of work.
"Uncle Jimmy" -- now a legend, his humility, his gentleness, his
willingness to work, his dependability -- all will be remembered as
he takes his rightful place in the "Archives" of Surrattsville to be
forever remembered in the hearts of its students.""
[Ed. Note: We're wondering if any of our e-Notice readers have
memories of Mr. Hawkins that they'd like to share.]
4. FAMILY REUNION INCLUDES SOFTBALL MEMORIES. We
received this great email from Terry Mihlbauer in response to the
softball item in the last e-Notice: "Hi Henry: I just got back from
a family reunion in which all of us Mihlbauer Surrattsville
graduates -- Michael, Therese (Terry), Ellen, Mark, Monica and Lisa
-- were together. I shared with my Dad (who coached the Clinton
Girls Softball team mentioned in the August 1 e-Notice) the e-Notice
and he got a kick out of knowing the girls who he coached in
softball (as did Coach McCauley ) still remembered those days! My
Dad turns 80 in November. Terry"
5. CLASS OF 98 REUNION PLANS. We received this
update on the Class of 98 Reunion from Tonya Lee (98): "Hi Henry:
Our Class of 98 has a reunion planning web site at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shs98reunion. We will be
celebrating our ten year class reunion September 19-21, 2008. The
scheduled events are as follows:
Friday September 19, 2008 - Meet & Greet Happy Hour (No tickets
Saturday September 20, 2008 - Reunion Banquet (Evening main event -
Sunday September 21, 2008 - Family Cookout (tickets required)
All locations are being finalized now and will be posted on the
reunion website at a later date.
Tickets will be sold individually or in a package. Please follow the
reunion link so that you can be updated on all current information.
Hope to see you all there! Tonya"
6. FASHIONABLE ALUMNI WINDOW DECALS AVAILABLE. As
previously noted, the Foundation is now making "Surrattsville
Alumni" window decals available. (A sample is found at
http://www.surrattsville.org/photos/index.shtml. Note that
the actual size of the decals is 4" x 4" rather than the size shown
on the web site, and they have a white background and green
These decals are of the "static peel-off" variety, so they have "repositional
adhesive backing," and attach, and detach, easily from windows with
no muss or fuss. The suggested donation for the decals is $2.50.
If you'd like to show your Hornet pride by displaying a decal on
your vehicle's window, please send your donation and your mailing
address to Henry Smith at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Baltimore, MD 21212,
and we'll mail a decal to you.
7. CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES UPDATE. Len Owens (62),
submitted this update on the Class of 62's upcoming reunion plans:
"September 27, 2008, Picnic, Noon, Gilbert Run Park, La Plata, MD,
Just off Route 6. Bring your own picnic.
Possible additional events include dinner on Friday night (September
26th) and/or Brunch Sunday morning (September 28th) and golf. All
of these additional events are based on class interest. After our
45th reunion last September, we discussed the possibility of a
picnic in Southern Maryland in this following year. Many classmates
indicated an interest in a picnic this September. Some who attended
the reunion and some who were unable to attend indicated an
interest. Gilbert Run Park is available. I hope you are still
interested in a picnic. This is meant, primarily, for those
classmates in the Washington area. Of course, if you are in town on
this weekend, pleased try to attend. Some classmates do not always
read their emails. Others have only US mail access. If you would
like to call a few classmates, please indicate your willingness to
make a few phone calls. Note: It is important. Please let us know
if you will plan to attend. Thank you, Your Reunion Committee"
8. CLASS OF 64 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 64 is
planning a 45th reunion in February 2009, in the form of a three
night cruise to the Bahamas! The Class reports that "all are
welcome to join us." For details, contact Jaime Seaman (64) at
9. 2008 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN OFFICIALLY BEGINS. The
Foundation's 2008 Annual Campaign has officially begun. This is the
informal campaign we undertake each year to refresh the Foundation's
treasury so it can grant the annual scholarships and fund the other
on-going activities of the Foundation. Remember: the Foundation has
no overhead, so every dollar contributed goes directly toward the
support of a Foundation activity. And no contribution is too small
(or too large) to make a positive difference.
Please consider showing your support for the Foundation by joining
those generous "early birds" listed below who already have
contributed to this year's campaign. (A donor form is reprinted
below, and is available on the Foundation's web site at
I hope this e-Notice finds you well and enjoying the long holiday
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
BARRY ALLAN POSEY (84) died Aug. 21, 2008, at Fort Washington
Hospital, Fort Washington. Barry was the son of Shirley and the
late Earl V. Posey. In addition to his mother, he is survived by
his son Weslee A. Posey; daughter, Ashleigh A. Posey; brothers, Earl
K. Posey and Thomas Posey; and former wife and caretaker, Melissa A.
Posey. Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Posey Memorial
Fund, P.O. Box 840, White Plains, MD 20645.
MANY THANKS TO THESE DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION'S 2008 CAMPAIGN
Steve Profilet (71)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Former Faculty; 1938-1942)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Sally Weingarten (77)
Bill Harris (71)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and Former Faculty), In Memory of Harrison
(Bo) Waite (70)
Denise Hope (72), In Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Nancy Miller (67), In Memory of Virginia Mitchel McLaughlin (64)
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), To Celebrate the Marriages of Nancy
Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65), and Marion Thompson
(65) and John Restifo (65)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of James R. Carroll, Jr.
Chris and Merry Chovan Romine (65), To Celebrate the 98th Birthday
of Laura Chovan (Former Faculty)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Nancy Oursler Schillings (65), to honor Best Friends in the Class of
Tom Travis (72)
Sally Travis (72)
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