Young people in ‘Yesterday’ photo identified

  • Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:45 a.m.

SALISBURY — Many readers called the Post over the weekend and Monday to identify the five children shown in a 1942 “Yesterday” photograph published in Saturday and Monday editions.

One of the callers included Gerry Cabell Spencer. She and the four other young people were lined up outside the box office of the Capitol Theatre as they waited for the movie, “The Corsican Brothers.”


The photograph was taken either Jan. 11 or 12, 1942, when the movie played at the Capitol.

Gerry Spencer was second from left in the photo, and she was waiting with her twin sister, Cherry Cabell Coon, far left. The other children with them were Peggy Parker Lentz (middle), Jimmy Webb and Ray Miller Jr. (far right).

Gerry Spencer guesses the students were about 14 at the time, and they all attended Boyden High together.

Cherry Cabell Coon married the Rev. Hoke Coon in Lexington, and she died in 2000. Gerry Spencer lives in Salisbury. Peggy Parker Lentz married Henry Lentz, and the couple moved to Florence, S.C.

Jimmy Webb has passed away, Gerry Spencer reports, and Ray Miller Jr. lives in Jacksonville, Fla.

As the photograph showed, the children were taking advantage of the Capitol’s junior admission price of 20 cents, plus tax.

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