submitted by Gweneth Collins
Washington County Historical Society Museum Director Dorothy Odom accepted a special historical reminder from Washington County Schools Superintendent Joe Taylor on Friday, July 1, during a guided tour of the new Kate M. Smith Elementary School facilities by society members.
Mr. Taylor was pleased to present an antique brass plaque to the Washington County Historical Society Museum. The plaque had been attached to a trophy case presented to Chipley High School from the Key Club of 1954. Mr. Taylor stated, “Evidently when the trophy case was no longer large enough, it was replaced by larger cases. Over the next sixty years the case was relocated many times and finally ended up at the bus barn where it was used to store oil. Although the case was beyond repair when it was discovered, this beautiful plaque remains to remind us of a gift to CHS from The Key Club of ’54.”
The plaque lists the following 1954 Key Club members: Stedman Carol, Bob Crawford, Don Everett, Billy Franklin, Tiny Griffin, Don Harrell, Tommy Parker, Wilson Roberts, Calvin Sapp, Wayne Sherfield, Charles Sloan, Mack Sowell, Tony Toole, Roger Van Landingham, Theodore Wilson and Don Wood. John Braxton is listed as Sponsor and C. V. Williams as Principal.
Dorothy Odom remarked, “We are so happy to add this artifact to our collection. It reminds us of a special moment in the history of Chipley High School and the Key Club – a moment that could have been lost to us forever.”
If you have an historical item/artifact, photograph, story, or any other historical information you would like to share or donate to Washington County Historical Society’s Museum, please contact Dorothy Odom at 638-0358. The museums are open on Fridays from 10AM until 2PM and other days and times at request.