|By Bob Weaver 2002|
Former Calhouner and CHS graduate David Hathaway returns to the alumni reunion
each year to greet old friends. Hathaway came in 1993 on the occasion of the
anniversary of the class of 1943, at which time he delivered a speech.
Hathaway shared memories of principal Don McGlothlin (pictured left) who was fired by the local
school board after he refused to make one or more students, Jehovah Witnesses,
salute and say the Pledge of Allegiance. They refused on religious grounds.
The case went to the U. S. Supreme Court, which essentially vindicated McGlothlin,
ruling on the side of religious freedom.
"That court decision was cited as a landmark case supporting a current issue in
Congress, on National Public Radio," said Hathaway.
Hathaway said McGlothlin was an energetic and devout educator and a student of
He expanded the idea of "clubs" in the school to provide students a
broader view of the world.
"Mr. McGlothlin was a man of high convictions and was much to be admired for his
stand on civil rights at a difficult time in our history," said Hathaway.
His stand cost
him his job, after which the students protested his ousting.
McGlothin, now deceased, went on to better things, as an educator, government
worker and writer, spending his later years in Illinois.
He was listed for 18 years in
"Who's Who in American Education."
In 1982 he wrote a biography about the rise of Ronald Reagan to the presidency, a
"Star to Guide Us." Many literary critics have declared McGlothlin's book the best
one-volume book written about Reagan.
Being a Democrat from Calhoun County, McGlothlin had some reservations about his
contract to write about a Republican. He spent 18 months combing over a thousand
references and talking to people who knew Reagan as a young man.
During his days in Calhoun, he began a book called "Inland Retreat" about Calhoun
County, but it was never completed.
Hathaway said McGlothlin returned to a reunion of Calhoun High's class of 1943, held
at the Mount Zion Community Park. "In high school I remember him singing a song
while balancing on two legs of a chair," he recalled.
Hathaway asked him if he could
still do it, and he readily volunteered. "I played an old piano while he sang."
Hathaway said McGlothlin was an exceptional individual, who "returned his talents to
many people and the world."
Dick Bailey, son of Pascal D. Bailey, a school teacher in many of the one room schools in Calhoun, described McGlothlin as the most exceptional young man he had ever encountered, McGlothlin likely going to school to Bailey in the Milo area.
See "Landmark Graven Image Case" about McGlothlin under People,
Humor and History
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you have information or memories of Mr. McGlothlin, I would
appreciate hearing from you, including the location of any family members.