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Strasburg High School 1925 Girls' Basketball Players


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Strasburg High School 1925 Girls' Basketball Players


Students - Virginia - Strasburg
Basketball players - Virginia - Strasburg
Basketball - Virginia - Strasburg
Public schools - Virginia - Shenandoah County
Purvis, Georgia Corrine (1906-1956)
Stine, Edna Catharine (1905-1991)
Blackrock, Lois McInturff (1909-1987)
Snapp, Anna Elizabeth (1908-1951)
Tiller, Janie Lee Borden Staples (1909-2002)
Lupton, Selma S. Funk (1908-1999)


Photograph of the Girls' Basketball Team of Strasburg High School in 1925.

The players have been identified as: Standing (l to r) Georgia C. Purvis, Edna Catharine Stine, Lois V. McInturff; and seated (l to r) Anna Snapp, Janie Lee Borden, and Selma Funk.

The photograph was taken in 1925 in what was known as the "Girls Gym" of the old Strasburg High School.

Georgia Corrinne Purvis was born in Shipman, Nelson County, to Joseph W. and Effie Ray (Fisher) Purvis. She graduated from Strasburg High School and became a nurse. In May 1945, just after Germany surrendered to the Allies in WWII, Georgia enlisted and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps until she was honorably discharged after the Japanese surrendered later that year. She died unexpectedly just shy of her 50th birthday.

Edna Catherine Stine graduated from Strasburg High School and went on to get her nurse’s degree. In 1940, she lived in Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina, where she worked as registered nurse at a government hospital. She never married and eventually returned to Shenandoah County where she lived in Woodstock throughout her later years. She is buried in Star Tannery, Frederick County, Virginia.

Lois Virginia McInturff was the daughter of William Erasmus and Erma (Crabill) McInturff. In 1920, she lived with her farming family in the Johnston District. By 1930, her father had died and she lived in Washington D.C. with her widowed mother and siblings. There, she worked as a telephone operator. She met her husband, Clay Logan Blackstock (born in North Carolina), married him in 1932, and by 1940, the coupled lived on Utah Avenue in Washington D.C. Clay worked as a switchman for the telephone company. Her mother, sister, and brother lived with them. In her later years, Lois lived in Marion County, Florida, where she died.

Anna Elizabeth Snapp was the daughter of Harvey L. and Victoria (Lemley) Snapp. Anna became a town bookkeeper/clerk in Strasburg. She never married. Tragically, she was killed in an automobile accident that occurred two miles south of Strasburg on Route 11 (Fishers Hill). She was in her early forties.

Janie Lee (Borden) Staples Tiller was born to Robert Eugene and Dora Belle (Bageant) Borden. Her father was from Strasburg and her mother was born in West Virginia. She lost her mother as a young child and her father re-married. In 1920, she lived with her family near the intersection of Queen and Holliday Streets in Strasburg. She moved to Richmond as a young woman where she spent the rest of her life. In 1937, she married Waller Redd Staples, Jr. (1906-1948) who was a clerk for the C & O Railway Company. By 1940, they a 1-year old son, Waller Redd Staples, III, and lived in the Brookland area of Richmond. Many years after her husband died, Janie re-married in 1966 to Herbert Gordon Tiller (1903-1983) in Norfolk.

Selma S. Funk Lupton was born in Shenandoah County to Hugh Stover Funk, a station agent in Strasburg, and Roberta Catherine (Lillard) Funk. After high school, Selma married Cecil Boyd Lupton (1907-1960) in 1925, who worked as a music dealer. He was the son of William J. and Minnie (Hamman) Lupton. In 1930, the couple lived with her parents and had a baby daughter, Janet L. More children followed. At some point, the family moved to Arlington where they remained the rest of their lives.


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Identified by Anna Belle Winkfield from Strasburg.
Additional biographical information was compiled from public records.
Date provided by library staff based on the 1925 Strasburg High School yearbook held in the Truban Archives.




Hugh Morrison Studio Collection images 002227, 004799, 004838, 004843, 004944, 004959, 004960, 004961, 004962, and 004964 are group photographs from the 1925 Strasburg (VA) Yearbook “Shenandoah.”
Anna Elizabeth Snapp appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 004834 and 004960.
Edna Catharine Stine appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 004799, 004944, 004960, 004961, and 004962.
Georgia Corrine Purvis appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 002227 and 004960.
Janie Lee Borden Staples Tiller appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 002227 , 004959, and 004960
Lois McInturff Blackrock appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 002227, 004959, 004960, and 004961.
Selma S. Funk Lupton appears in Morrison Studio Collection images 002227, 004960, and 004959.
Hugh Morrison Studio Collection images 001181 and 001197 are photographs of the Strasburg School produced for the 1925 Strasburg (VA) Yearbook “Shenandoah.”



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Morrison Studio, “Strasburg High School 1925 Girls' Basketball Players,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed May 28, 2024,


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