Lynn Davis as senior
Lynn Davis as sophomore
[July 10, 2002]
P.O. Box 780
Clatskanie, OR 97016
Marital Status: married
Children: 3 girls - Teresa, Susan, Debra
Occupation: Owner, Construction business
Lynn Davis' memories of Miss Dora Ellen Cash
Your impression of Miss Cash is pretty close [that she was somebody who got things done in the school]. She was there for all four of my years. She was the atypical, stereotype, of the spinster school teacher. She was a pretty strict disciplinarian, but a great teacher, although not all students thought that. She didn't tolerate much foolishness, at all. If you were able to stay in her class, you were bound to learn something, no matter how hard you might resist.
She was a believer that education took precedence over sports. She wasn't a bit bashful about telling one of the jocks to "get your grades in order or you don't play". As strict as she appeared to be, she really had another side. Kids were always trying to play tricks on her and, once in a while, she would slip up and smile when she was trying to appear very stern. That is when she would turn her back, to try to hide it. I truly believe that with her not having any children of her own, she tried to treat the students as her own. No guff, just absolute honesty. I can never remember her ever saying anything that wasn't the truth. Not even a little exaggerated. If she felt that you were not putting out your best work, she was the first to call you to task. Encouraging, almost forcing, you to do better. Now, if you were a complete slacker/goof off, with no chance of changing, then it seemed that she would prefer that person to transfer to a class with less challenge to it.
My father was in heavy construction, so we moved around a lot. All through my grade school years, I never finished at the same school that I started the year at. I always went to at least two schools, and many times, more. This gave me a huge number of teachers to try to remember in my poor little pea brain. Miss Cash is always the first and foremost in my mind. I truly believe, that, as long as God allows me to have a memory, I will always remember Miss Cash. Now don't misunderstand and think that I was a pet. Far from it. I felt her wrath more than once because she felt I wasn't living up to my capabilities, and in retrospect, she was absolutely correct. No one teacher ever had anywhere near the effect, on my total life, that she did. In fact, my children benefited from her teachings. I tried to bring my children up with the same values that I had been taught. Both by my parents, and Miss Cash.
My senior year at PHHS was a great year in my life. It changed me, Thank you Miss Cash and Mr. Martin, they believed in me. Unfortunately I failed to keep in touch with anyone. Rick Utt (Richard) Class of '65
Belva Gilman (Class of 1960) has her memories of Miss Cash too:
I too remember Miss. Cash. She was an outstanding teacher. Tough, very tough. She taught us to "THINK". At the time, my girlfriends and I felt that she favored the boys. In retrospect, not sure how true that was but she had no qualms about pushing/questioning/chastising all of us into thinking about what we were reading and not quoting verbatum. Of course we tried the easy way, but she forced us to read between the lines and come up with an (gasp!) original idea. From her class onward, it changed the way I perceived the information that came in the newspapers & over the air & taught me to question motivation/perspective of the writer/author.
For a collection of pictures of Miss Cash from 1945-1965, click here.