I have always heard young boys go through a time when they don’t like girls. I never had that problem — and thought the sacrifice of Adam’s rib was a really good idea. Since I didn’t have any of them around my house I formed a distant but apprehensive admiration.

One of the first things I learned in first grade — along with being pretty — girls are smarter than boys. I did have plenty of assistance forming that conclusion. First off, we were studying great literature — “Fun with Dick and Jane.” The plot line was a little thin and it was difficult to get caught up in the story. It seemed most of the girls could read and appreciate Dick and Jane much better than I. Many other clues became apparent along the way.

I don’t know what happened to all the girls, but I can tell you about a few of my “assisters.”

Nadya Clark’s grandfather started what is now The Hays Daily News. I don’t know what it was called then, but it was on the second floor of the George Phillip hardware store (Eighth and Main). Later he moved it across the street to the building which became the Hays Music Company. It was on the space now occupied by the south half of the Ellis County building. Later he sold it to Frank Motz and it became The Hays Daily News.

Nadya acquired a Ph. D in biochemistry and her first job was teaching at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. Her next job was with the government in Washington D.C. This position had a very impressive title and I think the word “Nuclear” was in it. She said it was a bureaucratic job and all she did was fill out forms. Her final position was Chairman, Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern Louisiana State University, Natchitoches. We visited her there several times. She had been widowed early and did most of her education as a single mom with two young children.

I’ve lost all contact with Patsy; Joy, Nadya, Marilyn and Janis are gone. I received a Christmas card from Sue, but this year no letter. I’m not sure, but we might be the only survivors of the graduating class, Washington School, 1945.

Bud Dalton is a frequent contributor to The Hays Daily News.