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From the pages of Hammond Daily Item

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NINETY YEARS OLD -- Honored with an afternoon tea at her daughter's home on the occasion of her 90th birthday Monday, March 14, 1960, was Mrs. George C. Neelis Sr. (seated). Shown with her, from left, are Mrs. Allen Thames, her grandaughter; Mrs. Buford Thames, her daughter; and Mrs. George Neelis Jr., her daughter-in-law.

• The charming home of Mrs. Buford Thames formed the setting Monday for an afternoon tea honoring her mother, Mrs. George C. Neelis Sr., on her 90th birthday. Co-hostesses with Mrs. Thames were Mrs. Neelis' granddaughters, Mrs. Allen Thames, Mrs. H.D. Hutson and Mrs. Earl Wilson III and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. George Neelis Jr. The honoree wore blue bemberg sheer, complemented with an orchid corsage which was the gift of a lifelong friend as she received congratulations from close to 60 guests. A sunburst arrangement of pink and white snapdragons in a silver bowl adorned the tea table and was flanked with silver candelabra, each of which bore three gleaming white tapers. Adding sentimental interest was the fact that Mrs. Neelis had created the handsome hand-crocheted cloth with which the table was laid. Alternating at the sherry and coffee services were Mrs. Elliot Lauderman, Mrs. John Chase, Mrs. John Oatis and Mrs. George Oatis, all nieces of Mrs. Neelis from New Orleans. Assisting the hostesses were Mrs. John Purser, Mrs. John E. Guess Jr., Mrs. DeLoach Thames, Mrs. Ralph Carpenter and Mrs. Alvin Marmillion of Ponchatoula, Mrs Neelis was born in New Orleans and has resided in Hammond since she was six weeks old. She is the oldest living member of Grace Memorable Church of which she has been a lifelong member.

• Two Southeastern Louisiana College coeds and residents of Amite died early this morning when the car they were going to school in spun out of control on Highway 51 about three miles north of Independence and collided with an ambulance from Lallie Kemp Charity Hospital. Gladys Marie Rushing and Barbara Jean Wales, both 18 years old, died instantly. The driver of the ambulance, Frank Corrente, 55, of Independence, suffered broken ribs and lacerations of the face, and was in a state of shock on arrival at Lallie Kemp where he is being treated. He is employed by the hospital and was on his way to Amite to pick up a patient. Trooper Ralph Stevens of Ponchatoula, working out of Troop L in Covington, said the accident was unavoidable on the part of the ambulance driver. The morning was foggy and the road was slightly wet.

• Mr. and Mrs. John Anthon's two children celebrated birthdays this past week. On Friday, Ronnie was 11 years old and to celebrate his parents gave him a party at Orange Street Park. Joining the festivities were Pat and Margaret Mitchell, Becky Dean, Alton and Murphy Martin, David Lambert, David Jones and Jonette Anthon. On Sunday, little Jonette celebrated her fourth birthday by inviting a few close friends to the home of her parents for refreshments.

• Holy Ghost 4-H Club members will not be able to participate in Achievement Day March 9. Why? The principal of the school thinks the children do not have enough experience in 4-H Club, and she is right. The club only started in November. All but six will not participate in the activities. Helen Addison, Barbara Perrilloux, Rory Lobue, Frank Mercante, Joe Skibinski and Eddie Alfonso will present a 4-H club cheer to be judged at the Achievement Day. Miss Merribell Outtenhouse and Mr. Bill Bickham gave a talk on eggs. A film was supposed to be seen but our dear old president R.J. Mascari complicated matters a little by accidentally tearing the screen when he tried to put it up. After the discussion on eggs, the meeting was adjourned, President Rory Lobue said.

• French conversation courses will be offered in Hammond under the direction of Dr. A. Forgeac, former professor at University College Bfequet in Paris. The program will feature offering of beginning and intermediate courses. A trip to France is also projected. The course will begin March 25 at 6 p.m. All persons interested are to notify Dr. Forgeac at 595.

Volume 1, Number 77, Tuesday, March 15, 1960