So far, all my School Days posts have focused on the Villanow and Subligna areas of the Armuchee Valley/Dirt Town Valley regions in Walker and Chattooga counties. I’ve looked at older photos and a (relatively speaking) newer image (and I’ll have more of both for you in the future). Today, though, will be something a little different. For any of you familiar with the geography of my homeland, you know that over Taylors Ridge to the west of the Armuchee Valleys lies the city of LaFayette. Home to LaFayette High School, LaFayette is the county seat of Walker County, and the city plays a significant role for all my Armuchee Valley ancestors.
Today’s photo is of the LHS majorette squad in 1964. Standing left to right are Becky Jones (freshman), daughter of Lyle Jones (former mayor of LaFayette); Rhonda Jordan (sophomore), my mother; Linda Pierce (junior); and Delores Richardson (junior). Seated is Linda Childs (senior), head majorette. Delores Richardson is a cousin, and the Richardson family has deep Armuchee Valley roots, just like my mother. So, though this photo may be from LaFayette, two out of the five are Armuchee Valley born and bred!
I asked my mother what the trophy they posed with in this photo was for, but she couldn’t recall. I wonder if it decks the halls anywhere today at LHS, a ghost of the school’s past?
Mom did remember, though, that the majorette adviser was Elinor Lamborn. Her husband, Robert “Bob” Lamborn, was the band director at LHS for over 20 years.
This photo was taken at Lamb’s Photo Studio. Lamb’s Studio was located at 402 South Main Street. Mrs. Lamb photographed my mother at least twice, once in this majorette portrait and once for her 1964 LHS homecoming portrait. Mrs. Lamb’s son, Dale Lamb, was around my mother’s age, and he played an instrument in the band. I know nothing more about Mrs. Lamb’s photography business or how long she operated it. If you have any memories or other information about this part of LaFayette/Walker County history, please leave a comment! Collecting and presenting more of the history of this LaFayette business would be fascinating.
This will be my last post before the Thanksgiving holiday—so Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I hope you have some time off work to relax with friends and family.