Pharos-Tribune

January 8, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Honoring a former teacher


— I would like to thank Dave Kitchell for his very nice article about Mr. Joe Huffman. He was a very special man. I was in high school 67 years ago when he came to teach there and he directed the girls choir I was in. I didn’t remember that he had written the school song but it made such a hit that I never forgot the words to it:

Logansport High School marching along/Fall into line and you can’t go wrong/Flying our colors, we’ll never lack/Loyalty and honor to the red and black/On any assignment, we’ll make the grade/Logansport High School leads the parade/Never content with any less/We’re proud of you L.H.S.

He was such a pleasant person to talk to and we, at the Helm St. Church of God, always looked forward to him coming to our once-a-month chicken and noodle suppers that help us make our church’s mortgage payments. They always saved him a piece of cherry pie as it was his favorite. We will miss him, and have, the last few months as he was too ill to come and had his neighbor come and gets two carryouts to take to him and eat with him.

It is so good to know someone in our lives like Mr. Huffman to remember. When I was a junior in high school, he took a group of us on an Indiana Motor Bus over to Monticello to the Sportsman Club to put on a program for Sears and Roebuck to earn money for new band uniforms. I played the piano back then and it was one of the thrills of my teen years to get to do that and we had to dress up in formals, which I had never done before. You just don’t forget an exciting thing like that.

Yes, Joe Huffman will be remembered for his life of dedication to music, children and people. I’m so glad I knew him.

Donna (Berryman) Cotner

Logansport