From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 17, 1928

Twenty-Nine Graduate From Blount High

The Commencement exercises of the Blount County High School come to a close tonight (Wednesday) when twenty-nine young men and women will receive their diplomas.

The exercises were well attended throughout. The Commencement Sermon Sunday was a very able discourse by Dr. Cloust, of Tuscaloosa, who filled the place of Dr. Boone, who was unable to be present…

The graduating class is made up of some very fine young men and women. They are: Mae Alexander, Marian Curton, Virgie Clowdus, Mary Jones, Virgie Murray, Mary Jones, Pauline Lacy, Corrinne Clowdus, Lillian Murphree, Lottie Brown Blackwood, Mary Elizabeth Waits, Lottie Buckner, Edna Mae Vandegrift, Lolus Cardwell, Bertie Mae Capehart, Ruby Murphree, Flora Shirley, Ethel Rutherford, Novella Jordan, Jewel Ellis, Lena Eargle, Julian Fulenwider, William Brown, Shirley Nation, Kermit Sellers, Ebin Maynor, Malcolm Ellis, Easley Tidwell, Aldon Morris, Ernest Pruett.

House Burns

The home of Virgil D. Mount on route 1, Blountsville, was destroyed by fire last Sunday afternoon while he and his folks were away attending a singing. The origin of the fire is unknown.

The fire was under good headway when discovered and practically all the household goods and furniture were destroyed.

While assisting in removing some things from the smokehouse Norton Helms was struck in the back by some flying missile when a dynamite cap exploded in the loft of that building. He is not thought to be seriously hurt.

Woman With Four Legs Dies In Texas

Mrs. Josephine Myrtle Bicknell, known throughout the country as the “Four Legged Woman” died at the home of her daughter in Cleburne, Texas.

This woman was the wife of J.C. Bicknell and was reared near Royal. She was born in Madison County, near the Tennessee line, her parents moving to Blount County when she was an infant.

The fact that she was double from the waist down made her one of the wonders of the age. She had four fully developed legs, the two inside legs being a little shorter than the other two. Otherwise she was perfectly normal.

Mrs. Bicknell would have been 60 years of age this year. She is survived by her husband, one son, three daughters, four brothers, and three sisters.