Save the Date!!

 

Dates: October 16th & 17th, 2018

Venue: The Phoenix Ballroom

Catering by: TCP Catering

There are hotels in the area (Hilton, Indigo) plus several motels.  It’s not too soon to make your reservations!

Waco Town Crier – December 2017

Reminder of WHS 1960 Quarterly Luncheon

Casa de Castillo
December 5th
12:00 Noon
Reservations to Sissie Blair Shandalow- elizabethshandalow@yahoo.com or 936-425-1373

From Our Graduates

Pat Payne is surely a patriotic citizen, ready to jump in and help everyone. Three cheers to Pat and congratulations on the award. The story about Mr. Wise was interesting too. He had a big heart. Good to hear from David Pettus, Jerry Causey, and the Bakers and McPhails. It’s good to see that, even though we are 75, we are enjoying life!
Tommye (Blair) Toler

I loved Mr. Wise. He was one of two teachers that even noticed me and spoke directly as a friend instead of an authoritarian. Study Hall was two things to me ….1) a place to do my homework and never take a book home and…. 2) where everyone was equal because of Mr. Wise.
Steve Mercer

We just returned (October) from a visit to Door County, Wisconsin—enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage and the perfect fall weather. Our son, who lives in Chicago, went with us and kept us hopping and focused. We enjoyed visiting local antique shops—made purchases for our antique space here in Omaha. We find so many ‘different’ antiques/collectibles in that area, and we always enjoy shopping. We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin, but when we returned to Chicago for a quick visit with our son, we had constant rain and much cooler weather. We returned to Bellevue (Omaha, NE suburb) to find the first freeze of the season. When we left our air was on—now, heat is on.
Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff
cyberma609@aol.com

December Birthdays

9 and 10- Sondi (Nelson) Pace (remember this story?)
13- Jerry Causey
14- Peggy (Wake) Thyfault
16- Chinky Johnson
24- Howell Johnson
26- Jack Martin, Howard Dudgeon, Joan (Beaty) Settle
28- Gayla (Mille0r Webb
31- Elizabeth Bentley, Gwen (Ewing) Hodges

Pictures

Judith (Hamff) Murphy and husband, Tom, recently spent six weeks in Italy–part of a recovery/escape from their “Annus Horribilis” in 2016/early 2017. After a few days near Rome, they spent nine days in Sicily with a group tour, then four weeks in Tuscany split between Siena and Florence. There were some wonderful day trips, wine tasting, and the visiting small Tuscan-hill towns. Judith reports this was one of their best trips ever as they spent time just relaxing, people watching, and enjoying the Italian ambiance. She reports that not having any TV news in English also helped.
Judith sent two photos: One was taken near San Gimignano during a day trip to the countryside. The other was their anniversary celebration at the Tre Cristi Restaurant in Siena.
Janet and Glenn Hurta spent a week in New England in mid-October with friends. The perfect weather and fall color was a great backdrop for some new photos! They visited the Lake Winnipesaukee area in New Hampshire, Kennebunkport, Maine, King Arthur Flour and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Vermont. Glenn braved the stream on the Kancamagus scenic highway route through the white Mountains State Park.
Jack Martin and Jeanne (Holland) Harman have just returned from WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma where they enjoyed seeing/hearing Willie Nelson. Willie’s famous guitar, Trigger, is really showing its wear and tear of being “on the road” with so many performances. Trigger was purchased in 1969 and Willie says he guesses he and Trigger will play out about the same time. Below are some pictures of Willie & Trigger…. and Jack & Jeanne…. at the performance.
Also included : an 11 minute link on the story of Trigger and an 8½ minute link on keeping Trigger alive.
Willie tells about Trigger
Keeping Trigger alive

Quarterly Luncheon – December 2017

The quarterly WHS Class of 1960 luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 5th at noon.  We’ll be meeting at:

Casa De Castillo
4820 Sanger Ave
Waco, TX 76710

Please R.S.V.P. to Sissie Blair Shandalow.  You can reach her by email or phone (936-425-1373).

Hope to see you there and be sure to mark this on your calendar!!

Waco Town Crier – November 2017

An Interesting Story

We, as high school students, were so often totally wrapped up in ourselves. We were engrossed in having fun, trying to pass tests, and obsessing on how “mean and strict” some of our teachers were. The following is a story that was shared with me about Mr. Wise, our study hall monitor:

“One day Mr. Wise noticed a student who was not eating during lunchtime. It dawned on Mr. Wise that the student probably did not have the money for a tray of food. So, Mr. Wise spoke to someone behind the serving line to have a tray prepared. Mr. Wise told the student that for the rest of the year to get into this particular line and a tray of food would be provided–no money would ever be an issue. The student was too proud and never accepted the offer– but the opportunity was there.

Also, on the day of graduation, Mr. Wise told the same student that attendance to college was possible—tuition and fees would be taken care of by Mr. Wise. This was money that Mr. Wise had been setting back for his daughter to attend college. The only strings attached to this arrangement: when this particular student graduated from college and got a good job- the favor would be returned to Mr. Wise’s daughter. Pride again got in the way of the student and the offer was not accepted. The student never said any words of gratitude to Mr. Wise for his generous offer and felt Mr. Wise probably went to his grave thinking the student was ungrateful.”

The person who told this story to me did not intend this to be a commentary about a nameless, directionless teenager who had no advice, but rather about Mr. Herb Wise…the big guy on the podium in the front of Study Hall….the one who we all took for granted but the one who was silently an angel with a heart bigger than he was.

Congratulations to Pat Payne!

As you will remember, on September 10th Pat & Patty Payne remained in Naples to ride out Hurricane Irma which made a direct hit on Naples, FL. Pat was the only Board member to be in Naples during the event. After the wrath of Irma and because of all the damage that the storm caused, Pat rode his bicycle around checking on everything and everyone in his area. He kept all of those in the Wyndemere community and those who had evacuated abreast of the situation. No one can possibly imagine the work that he and others did in order to get everything back in shape. It seems as though Pat became known to everyone as “Man on the Ground” because of the many reports he sent to northern Wyndemere members. Pat was presented with this memento to signify his participation in the aftermath of the storm.
This is an excerpt from Pat’s letter to the staff members who stayed with him:
This memento with the accompanying appreciation message presented at the Town Hall was really beyond special. First, the artwork is so very perfect with the depiction of Irma captured in glass. Talk about classy! But the words of appreciation will live with me longer than any physical symbol. Beyond all of that, may I say the most special part of all of yesterday was to stand along with you in front of the Town Hall meeting. As some of you know I spent two years in Vietnam fighting what we now realize was an ill-advised war. However unwise that conflict was, the men and women there represented the best of America and I have always been very proud to have stood with them. Well, today I was equally proud to have stood with you during Irma and the aftermath because you are indeed the best of America as well. I believe even better days are ahead for our terrific club and I look forward to sharing them with each of you.
Thank you so much!
Pat Payne
“Man on the Ground”

In the midst of the storm’s recovery, Pat had a birthday. On September 21, while everyone was still hard at work getting things back to normal, the staff of Pat’s great community gave him a surprise 75th birthday party. Pat’s three children had planned to fly to Naples to surprise him but the aftermath of the hurricane made that impractical. Below is a picture of Pat enjoying his big day with the club staff. Pat does not look– nor act– like a 75 year old!!!

November Birthdays


3 – Jim Monnig and Sissie Blair
6 – Barbara (Brunette) Hunt and Gary Roberts
7 – Gene Carson
12 – Carolyn (Wolf) Lloyd
18 – Bob Easter
27 – Nena (Hunt) Wallace

News from our Graduates

David Pettus
“Aloha
Sorry we haven’t been making it to reunions; but our welcome mat is out for classmates coming to Hawaii… The news here is that we are busy with our fall harvest of macadamia nuts. A few of our classmates are on our mailing list, but not all, so here is the message we are sending out to see who would like some!
Our 2017 macadamia nuts are ready! This year’s harvest is early, in plenty of time for the holidays. Better order early, though, because last year we ran out!
As always, our nuts are grown naturally in our orchard, right across the street from Hawaii’s very first macadamia trees. They are lightly roasted and lightly salted in small batches by local macnut wizard Bob Yurth.
Just tell us how many pounds you’d like and the address(es) you want them sent to. We’ll email you a PayPal invoice for $24 per pound (including Priority Mail shipping) that you can pay easily whether or not you have a PayPal account, and your nuts will be on their way. Or you can send a check if you’d rather. Nice and easy!
It’s always a pleasure to be part of your enjoyment. Let us hear from you today, to make sure you get all you want!
In Gratefulness,
Dave and Sherry”
Note: David’s contact information can be found in the Class Directory

Pictures

Jerry Causey – “I was cleaning up my hard drive and ran across a couple of newish photos (2016) that might be of interest to the Class of ’60.

Our town, since July 2012, is Walla Walla, which is a Native American term meaning “Many Waters.” It is also the home of Many Wineries, 140 and growing. One of the photos is of my wife “Pamela Darling” and me sipping a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon in our teeny tiny back yard along Garrison Creek. The other is a night out of dancing in one or Walla Walla’s many downtown tasting rooms that feature live music on weekends.

Pam actually works occasionally as a tasting room associate at Zerba Cellars, just over the state line in Oregon. We also own a very small interest in another much larger Oregon winery, Willamette Valley Vineyards. We are “Industry,” as they say here, which means all of the other wineries give us a 25% or 30% discount when we buy their wines. I absolutely LOVE retirement life!”

The McPhails and Bakers – New England Trip – Summer 2017

David/Janie & Ken/Scoot in Vermont Ken, Scoot, David at Lexington
David and Janie near Hyannis David, Scoot, Ken at Plymouth Rock

Waco Town Crier – October 2017

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 27, 2017.  

WHS 60 Quarterly Luncheon – September 13th

We surely missed all of you who were not able to make our quarterly luncheon. There were 41 in attendance. This is truly remarkable. Other classes who get together may have approximately 6 people to attend….and those are usually women. We had about as many men at our luncheon as we did women. It is so great that our graduates care about being reconnected with one another that they make the special effort to travel from wherever their destination. Our organizer, Sissie Blair Shandalow, has to travel from Rockwall, Tx. Our fearless leader, Tim Lasseter Latta, travels from Ft. Worth. We had others from Georgetown, Cleburne, Dallas, San Antonio, Arlington, Harker Heights, and Temple—just to name a few of the towns.

Sissie announced that our next luncheon will be in early December–probably on a Saturday. We still have some graduates who work and are unable to attend during the week. Therefore, in the future, the day of the week may be alternated to allow everyone a chance to attend. Tim announced that approximately mid-October 2018 will be our next reunion. Keep this in mind when you start scheduling things for next year. The exact date will be announced later as Waco must always obtain the Baylor Football schedule prior to any decision being finalized. However, with BU football as it is right now, that may not be much of a problem–the hotels may be most willing and able to give us a good room rate if no improvements are made with the Baylor Bear football team.

I was humbled as I was presented a cute ‘grape-themed’ card  from the “whole bunch” and a lovely gift certificate for my part with the Waco Town Crier. I am most grateful to have received this but feel very unworthy. The Waco Town Crier is successful because of all of YOU who send in items of interest, photos of yourselves making happy memories, and all the other information that you report to me so that I may pass along to others. My gratitude to everyone is unable to be put into words. Please, please keep up the good work with your participation in being an active part of our wonderful WHS class of 1960.

Our Website

Elizabeth Bentley has our website, www.whs60.org, completed. Things look fantastic. You must go on-line and check out all the tabs. There are pictures from past reunions since our 40th….our directory is current thanks to Janet Hurta (hurtagj@aol.com),…. our IN MEMORIAM section is absolutely unbelievable, and other tabs with most interesting items. Other WHS classes will be so jealous when they see our website. I will include Elizabeth’s contact info as I am sure many of you will want to send your appreciation to her. Our website is most valuable to keep everyone connected–for our graduates who live far away, for those who are unable to attend our quarterly luncheons, and for those who seldom, if ever, get to a reunion but want to keep up with all of us. Also, our heartfelt thanks to Pat Payne for his generosity in financially providing this for us. Without these two people, we would not have our website.
Elizabeth’s email address: lizzieb@designwiz.com
Pat Payne’s email address: patpayne64@comcast.net

Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Thank everyone so much for keeping all of us in the loop about our graduates who were in harm’s way with Hurricane Harvey. I feel our graduates built their lives and homes “on solid ground” because our graduates fared very well, indeed, in the midst of all the flooding and destruction that we witnessed with this storm. We have not heard from everyone but so far all reports we got were good. That says so much because things could have been so bad. The Lord has truly blessed our class. The last people who reported were:

Cynthia (Copeland) Studenko – Katy, TX
“Rode out the storm at Lake Limestone. My neighbors said water came within 2 ft of the door but did not enter the house. However, no one can get out of the subdivision because of high water at the entrance. I won’t go back till next week because of all the problems and lack of groceries and gas. My daughter’s house escaped flooding from storm but might flood because of controlled release of water from the reservoir by the city. It has been unbelievable and will cause problems for months to come. Appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”

Gayla (Miller) Webb – Katy, TX
Gayla reports that her Houston home stayed safe and dry.

Charlotte (Suttle) Kleibrink –
“I came to Waco for 6 days to see my sister so I was high and dry. I had a little water in my garage, but that is all.”

Mickey (Lucy Caperton) Nelson – Conroe
“We are fine and our children are fine…many friends not so good.”

Regarding Hurricane Irma

Again, our graduates fared well–at least, from those who have reported to us. I would imagine Pat Payne will write something about his experience with the storm as soon as he is able to take a breath and recuperate from all the work he has been doing since Irma raged through his area.

October Birthdays

6 – Randy Farrar
7 – Gregory Howell
9 – Marvin Schutza
16 – Charles Edward Wilson
17 – LuAnn (Hanna) Lund, Beverly (Summey) Gritter
18 – John Ferguson, David Walsworth
21 – Ken Baker
26 – Anitra (Harrell) Henrion
29 – Tim (Lasseter) Latta

Out & About

Jim Monnig has been busy this past summer. He and his wife, Mimi, went to a yoga place in Rhinebeck, New York. At the left is  a picture of Jim with the teacher of the course.

Earlier in the summer Jim and Mimi traveled to the Red Rocks park near Denver, Colorado. The picture (right) is of Jim and one of the kids. He said they had “a few”…which we can tell by the bottles in their hands. Hmmmm…hope they had a designated driver. However, Jim would probably know of a good lawyer who could come to his aid, (if necessary), don’t you think?

Rik Spencer, Judy Spencer, Bev Murphy Wells at Time and Again Restaurant in Greenwood, Indiana, (left) tried to connect via FaceTime with the Waco quarterly luncheon group who met at Casa on September 13. There were 41 graduates at Casa that day and things were just too loud for either end to hear. It was a wonderful idea and maybe the second time around will work better. Bev says she will bring her laptop and hopefully be at a quieter location when the connection is attempted. It is always so special when our graduates can get together…be it 3 in Indiana, 41 in Waco, or a few in other locations. The idea is get together and make some happy memories. Have you thought about getting a group together in your town???

Ken Baker and David McPhail attended a baseball game at ‘The Depot’, the new baseball stadium in Cleburne. The game featured the Cleburne Railroaders against the Wichita Wing Nuts…I believe the visiting team won the game.

 

 

From Our Graduates

Betty (Barrett) Reaties:
“I really enjoy hearing about old friends. Bill and I just completed a 64 day RV Trip from Midwest City, OK to Washington DC, down the coast to Florida and then cross country home. I’m so glad we got home before Hurricane Harvey.”

Cynthia (Kirkland) Mazza asked her 102 year old mother the secret to her longevity. These were some of Mrs. Kirkland’s secrets:

  • Have a relationship with the Lord God ( doesn’t mean religion)– Try to please God –(Faith got me through the trying times)
  • Good habits and Good decisions
  • Love my family
  • LOVE

To enhance my mind:

  • Read newspaper daily front to back
  • Read devotional books
  • Work crossword puzzles and Word search puzzles
  • When going to sleep , count backwards 100, 99, 98
  • I Love to watch football and basketball

Things I never did:

  • Smoke
  • Drink
  • Exercise
  • Watch what I ate

Oh boy, do I like the part about no exercise and eat what you want. I think I can handle that!

Blast From The Past

Linda (Shelby) Lyons was doing some cleaning out and ran across these pictures. Some were taken at Sanger Elementary, for a hint. Maybe others at Fishpond? Some have been recognized; do you recognize any others?


Aubrey Stringer, Penne Percy, Virginia Rushing

SuEllen Golden, Howard Dudgeon, Pat Payne

George Karahal, Harold Jobe (background left),– John Davis, Randy Turner (center),— Ken Lipscombe, Tommy Carter (in background between John and Randy)

Kathleen Bates, Howard Dudgeon Spring 1949- May Fete- Sanger Elementary

Sanger Ave. Mrs. Ashworth’s 3rd grade class…Spring of 1951-
some known classmates are: Jenny Hall, Karon Shinault, Madeline Rudolf, Ken Butts, Joan Williams, James Monteith,
Carl Moffet, Haridene Johnson, Allan Myers, Kay Albright, John Pierce, Eleanor Tullock, Sandra Wooten, George Karahal, Howard Dudgeon, Ronnie Morris

Waco Town Crier – September 2017

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on
August 28, 2017.  

Thank everyone so much for the updates regarding our graduates who have been in harm’s way with Hurricane Harvey.

I overlooked one important graduate who lives in San Antonio- David Walsworth.  Dave reports:  San Antonio “dodged” the proverbial bullet. We only had 2 inches of rain at our house. Windy conditions but not strong enough to do any damage at our place, and no loss of power.

Out and About

Susan (Harkness) Hill:
“I finally made the front page of our local (tiny) newspaper. The Single Action Shooting Society held their annual world championship in June, and Ralph and I hosted the mounted shooting portion of it. We are having so much fun with this sport, it is keeping us young(er). Also, I have started wearing a helmet since I have fallen off so many times. Since I started wearing it, I have not fallen. Yay! In addition to wearing old west costumes, the ladies can wear skirts (which I have on) and other period dress which is always fun.”

Janene (Loftis) Jett: My husband, Ernest Jett, and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in March. We took a Wind Star Cruise through French Polynesia and renewed our vows on a motu near Tahiti. It was a beautiful, beautiful place and we’d love to go again someday. This is a picture of us at the vow renewals.

Robert “Little Red” Wilson and his son at Pebble Beach:
“My family sent my son Rob and me to Pebble Beach for my 75th birthday. They are so sweet. We had a great time. We played Pebble Beach and Spyglass and then we went to Anaheim and played Anaheim Hills. This was a tournament with Rob’s work in which we won. Great trip, great time with my son. Yes, he is my son at 6’3″. Knew you were wondering.😇”

Cynthia (Kirkland) Mazza and her mother:
Cynthia’s mother was born on August 3, 1915 and turned 102 years old this year.  How very lucky are both these girls to have one another for so long!  We need to find out Mrs. Kirkland’s secret to a long life!  Congratulations!

Jack Martin: DO YOU SEE A RESEMBLENCE? I don’t know how many of you are aware that our very own Jack Martin is a first cousin to Steve Martin, “the Wild and Crazy Guy”. Jack’s father and Steve’s father were brothers. A friend of Jack’s recently took this photo and I got Jack’s permission to share it with you. I wish Jack could pull some ‘clout’ and have Steve come to one of our reunions! Wouldn’t that be Wild and Crazy?


September Birthdays


3- George Compton
6- Shirley Joy (Rogers) Keele
9- Mary Beth (Cash) McMahon
12- Linda (Shelby) Lyons
15- Bev (Murphy) Wells
26- Dana (Sauer) Keifer


Updates

Pat Payne
“We are soggy & wet here in Naples but all is fine. Tropical Storm Emily was a surprise and dropped 6 inches on us which is on top of 22 inches in June/July. So the water table is high. This is the tropics so we have to be on our toes during the summer.”

Jack Martin
Jack Martin has moved from San Antonio to Waco. Whew!…That long-distance dating between the two cities seemed to get longer each year…. or was it the fact that we got older? At any rate, we were both blessed that during the past 4 years we were accident-free between the two cities. Anyone who does any traveling along I-35 knows the stress level of the journey.

Angie (Plemons) Lehman
Angie recently had open heart surgery on August 16th with three new stents. Angie had gone to the doctor because her leg was swelling (a sign that we all should watch out for). That doctor sent her to a cardiologist who did a cath and determined she had a lot of blockage; therefore, the open heart surgery. I have been informed that Angie is doing okay in spite of being in pain. If visits are made, please keep them short as Angie tires quickly.


 Feedback From Our Graduates

“My goodness! Our class really is a “class act” with such compassion and support shown for all members through individual communications and the newsletter. Once again thank you so much Jeanne for your great effort all year long.  It lifts my heart, especially, to read how classmates are making good recoveries from varied medical procedures and changes in health. I was so glad to hear the good news about Randy Turner, Terrell Reagan, Bonnie, and Karon’s son that they are really getting back on their feet, that Allan Myers is home and doing well in recovery from a second back surgery, and I’m very grateful for the sacrifice of the pig to help restore Dick Tooker to health and for Jim Maxwell’s successful surgery and return home. I wish you all solid, continued, and speedy recoveries. My prayers continue for Mickey Lade Perkins and a continued good outcome from Watchman implant procedure.

Congratulations to John Anderson for the successful Sharkfest Swim. That is really awesome!

On a bit of a sadder note, I’m sorry that Carlton has passed. I was in several Latin classes with he and Jan. They were both so smart and such thoughtful people.

I want to thank those classmates who sent e mails, cards, and notes of sympathy on my husband’s passing. The family has had yet another sorrow today. My beloved stepson Timothy Allen Hofer passed away after an intense battle with cancer. I hope that all of you guys in our class are getting a PSA test every year! Caught early, the outcomes of treatment are usually successful. Caught at stage 4, there is so little that can be done. For those of you who were fighter pilots in the class, you can appreciate that Tim was in charge of Naval Weapons Testing for our country and developed a number of the smart weapons like the ones that go down elevator shafts, the ones that took out Osama Bin Laden, and he was in charge of the development of the helmet controlled fighter jet weapons. 

Jeanne I loved the inclusion of the “Timeless Secrets of Happy People”. Such upbeat things to think about!

And a great big thanks to Elizabeth Bentley for taking over the WHS website and Pat Payne for funding it. That site contains so many reminders of great times we have had at reunions and of our senior year.”     

Blessings to all of you,

Kay Albright Hofer


“I agree with Dick Tooker.  I have two artificial knees and acrylic lenses in both eyes, and while I am not in John Anderson’s league, I can do pretty much anything I want.  I drive without glasses, do a weekly aerobics class, take moderately long walks, and last April did a 23-mile charity bike ride.  As Dick says, ain’t technology wonderful !”
Bill Alexander


Regarding our Website:
“Jeanne, thanks so much for sharing the news about everyone.  A big thank you to Elizabeth and Pat also. I love hearing about our classmates. We are an outstanding class who are bound closely to each other. I don’t know of another class like ours. We are truly special!”
Blessings,
Carolyn (Wolf L)loyd

“Elizabeth Bentley, I’m so happy you have taken over the WHS ‘60 website.  And thanks to Pat Payne for funding it.”     Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

“Elizabeth is the one I was hoping would do the job. I think she will do a great job.”
Larry Thomas

“Hats off and kudos to Elizabeth Bentley for all her dedication and hard work. I enjoy keeping up with the news on the WHS class of ’60 website and I’m sure everyone is just as appreciative of her as I.”
Judy Biles


Regarding Jane Fortner: ( long-time friend and companion of Charlie Sligh)

“Thank you so much for sending this information out to our Waco High School Class of 1960 Graduates.

“Eve and I met Jane at our church, Austin Avenue United Methodist.  It was abundantly clear that Jane was support for Charlie, as he was support for her.  Their devotion to our church and to each other has been inspiring.   From our observations, no truer words could be said than has been said in Jane’s obituary, “Jane Pridgeon Fortner’s lasting legacy is her selflessness and undying faith in God.

“We will miss her, as I am sure will everyone who came to know her, be it from years ago or of late.”
Sincerely,
Joe and Eve Riley


Remembering Our War (Pat Payne’s video):

Several people sent comments regarding the video.  These have been posted to the website http://whs60.org/wp/2017/08/11/remembering-our-war/#comments.

One of the interactive features of the new website is the ability to comment on the blog posts.  You’ll note that each post  has a little “quote bubble” on the upper right side.  When you click on that, you can add a comment and/or read comments that other people have left.

The interactive feature also works on the photos in the Reunions section of the website.  When  you click on a thumbnail picture, a larger version opens up.  There is an area under the photo to add comments.

Update: Graduates & Hurricane Harvey

Don McGown: is back home now after having to evacuate to his son’s Houston house.This is the latest that he sent to Pat: We had to walk several blocks through high water to get back to our house – and it is dry!!!  Praise God for His mercies.  The water came up to the front door, but it did not come into the house!  It has receded now about halfway down our driveway, and the heavy rain is over – so I think we are in the clear.  It will probably be 4 – 5 days before we can get out, but we that’s OK – we are home.  Thank you for all of your prayers.

David Walsworth:  I wasn’t on the original list, but I live in San Antonio and as reported by other class members, San Antonio “dodged” the proverbial bullet. We only had 2 inches of rain at our house. Windy conditions but not strong enough to do any damage at our place, and no loss of power. Remembering those still in harm’s way.

Hugh Wilfong told Pat Payne: As of yesterday, we are fine, dry in Austin.Our home in Houston is dry and we have power there. So far so good.

John Ferguson: Reporting from sun-splashed Galveston Island. At least, that’s what the Convention and Visitors Bureau would have me call it.

Galveston has so far escaped the really damaging winds. The incredible rain is another matter. It is expected that by Thursday, we will have received about 50 inches. Houston, with the same amount of rainfall, is experiencing catastrophic flooding. That whole city of five million people is at a standstill.

Galveston floods regularly, but only in the lower parts of the Island. The topography of Galveston (at least the 10-mile stretch behind the seawall) is one big slope. The highest point is atop the seawall, and the lowest point is in the historic district downtown. Water, whether coming from the Gulf or from heaven, immediately drains toward the lower bay side. If it’s high tide, or if there is a storm surge, that’s when the heavy flooding occurs. Galveston’s seawall, constructed after the devastating 1900 Storm, is 17 feet high. I live behind the seawall, just a few blocks from the beach. My front door is 14 feet above sea level, and I have never had any flooding issues on my property (knock wood). It must be pointed out, however, that as I write this, the Gulf Freeway (I-45) is flooded and for the most part closed, as are the approaches to both sides of the mainland causeway. The Bolivar Ferry is not in service, and the San Luis Pass Bridge dumps you into a flood plain. As Jim Maxwell so thoughtfully pointed out to me, I’m stranded. Even so, I’m in a magic bubble. I have electricity, working plumbing, air conditioning, telephone, Internet and cable. The ice machine continues to spit out cubes. It’s only a short walk to Kroger. All things considered, I’m pretty lucky. After 51 years in this magical place, and in spite of the periodic inconvenience of storms, I cannot imagine living anywhere else. Sand between your toes, and all that.

Tell everyone that John says hey.

Gwen Ewing Hodges: My son and family are under mandatory evacuation orders in Ft Bend Co.  Please pray for safety of them and all Houstonians!  Thanks!

Cathy White Land is safe and dry.

Anitra Harrell Henrion is safe and dry.

Gayla Miller Webb: Water is over the curb at their Houston home…..and if they can make it through tonight, she thinks their house will be okay.  She and Rodney are still in Fairfield.

Randy Farrar: (Corpus Christi)- reports no damage to his house.

From Scott Horne: The sheer size of this catastrophe is beyond comprehension. On our TV, the phenomenal number of rescues by just volunteers with their personal boats of all kinds is helping but not anywhere near what is needed…flooding is still in every street and neighborhood and apartment unit. Hundreds out of town guys have come here from many cities and states in their pickups pulling boats…just to help. Many have no place to stay but are just winging it however they have to. There are many, many areas and subdivisions that are still unreachable with many trapped people, kids, and animals. Water levels are going up in most areas, down in some areas, or staying the same but very deep in still others. Some people  just rescued in their areas say there are still 100’s “back in there” that still need help…old,  young, sick, invalid, etc. It just seems never ending…

We are still marooned in about 6 square blocks with flooding even though the heavy rains have stopped. A few local stores opened until their goods and food ran out, and more supplies can’t get to them for resupply.

Don’t know what you are seeing on your TV, but realize the situations are far worse than what they show. Now Far East Texas and La. are getting hammered by Harvey, so it’s all continuing for more days and weeks.

Again, we are ok. But thousands of others have lost their homes, cars, and all they once owned. Everything. Poor, rich, and all in between…no one is immune to these kinds of floods. Many had no flood insurance, of course, but even if they did, they are now being told the payout limit is $250K, no where near what is needed many cases. Many very wealthy people here did not know this and are outraged. Seems like very few knew that beyond that limit, they needed private insurance. Just saying…no one could have anticipated this size of a natural disaster in this country, so obviously most were totally unprepared financially or emotionally for this scope of catastrophe.

Hurricane Harvey & Our Graduates

From Jeanne Harman …

Good news from some of our graduates who have been “in harm’s way”.  Thank you so much for sharing your updates!!

Robert ‘Little Red’ Wilson (San Antonio) as of Sunday afternoon: Still good– few limbs broken, 5 inches of rain. No flooding in my area yet.
 
Scott Horne  (Houston)– as of Sunday afternoon: Experiencing huge rain downpours but remain dry and with power. Heavy rain is continuing. We probably could not get out of our neighborhood but have no plans or need to go anywhere. So far, our immediate families in Houston (Woodlands, Cypress) are fine and staying in their homes. 12+ inches rain overnight and today in our N Houston area.
 
Carolyn Wolf Lloyd (Round Rock) as of Sunday afternoon: I’m okay here in Round Rock. The retention pond behind my house is doing its job. Have not lost power at all so far. I’ve been listening to 740 KTRH on iHeart radio. They’ve been broadcasting nonstop since 11am Friday. Doing an amazing job with “telephone radar.” People calling in from all over the area to give updates about water situation in their locations. Praying for those in Houston now and for the very long recovery ahead. Also for those along the rivers in Bastrop, Lee and Hays counties. Flooding in those areas now. Harvey, the Horrible can’t leave too soon.
 
Carol Hodges Bright (Houston): Thank you for your concern and prayers.  My husband and I are doing fine so far.  We live fairly close to Cypress Creek, but it looks like we will make it thorough without flooding.  Our prayers are with those less fortunate.
 
Anitra Harrell Henrion(Cypress): I am fine so far. I have had about 15 or 16 inches of rain with more to come. I heard from Cathey (White Land) today and she also is ok so far. We’ve really been lucky

Gayla Miller Webb (Katy): Gayla has spoken with her neighbor who says all is fine with Gayla’s house so far; however, the street is covered in water so things can always change very quickly.
 
Malissa Starnes Baugh: Our daughter and family are safe so far but bayou behind their home is rising!  Electricity off yesterday but back on now!  Hope they are smart enough to stay put!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hurricane Harvey Update

From Jeanne Harman …

I realize that every moment can be a different story….one minute all is okay and the next minute, one can be flooded.  If you hear of the condition of any of our graduates, please inform me so I can pass along the information.

Scott Horne (Houston) as of yesterday afternoon at 4:20 p.m.: Just for your information, our house and immediate area have consistently been BETWEEN the storm bands, meaning very little rain and low winds so far for us. I know many others have been less fortunate, but we are safe and dry and are not part of the heavy damage you are probably seeing on TV for Houston.

Robert “Little Red” Wilson (San Antonio) as of about 3:30 yesterday afternoon: All ss fine – had only about 1½” of rain at that time but 10″ of rain are expected Sunday and Monday.

Jim Monnig ( Jim’s second home in Port Aransas): As of this morning, Jim’s house is fine according to his neighbors.

Pat Payne heard from Don McGown early this morning.  Don lives in Houston and went to Waco Schools until High School. 

Don McGown (Houston): Things are not looking too good right now.  We were not hurt yesterday afternoon by the tornado that touched down about a couple of miles or so from our house – so that was a great blessing.  We did lose power, but only for a couple of hours.

However, it looks very likely that our house is going to flood.  Our street is now a river, and the water is rising.  The rains are expected to continue for another 3 days.  Unfortunately, our lot is very flat; our house is not much higher than the street.  So, it seems like it will only be a matter of a few hours before the water reaches us.  Please pray for us.

Bob Easter (Austin): No electricity this morning on our street and several streets behind our home. Neighbors across the street have lights. They are on a different circuit. Not sure when we will have it restored. High winds will not allow repairs due to the danger. Figure later today maybe.

Gayla Miller Webb has evacuated Katy.

Hugh Wilfong has evacuated Houston.

The condition of their homes is not known at this time.

Thoughts & Prayers

From Jeanne Harman …

Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers as they may be affected by Hurricane Harvey. I know some have evacuated but we pray for their homes and belongings to be safe. Forgive me if I have overlooked anyone. I am not on Facebook so I am not privy to reports regarding any of these people. Please keep me in the loop regarding everyone’s safety.

Bill Bishop- Bandera, Tx
Jeri Anne Boren Guyton- San Antonio, Tx
Ronald Boulware- Conroe, Tx
Lucy Caperton Nelson- Conroe, Tx
Frank Connally- Houston, Tx
Cynthia Copeland Studenko- Katy Tx
Randy Farrar- Corpus Christi, Tx
Rodger Felt and Delind Kirkpatrick Felt- Houston, Tx
John Ferguson- Galveston, Tx
Luann Hanna Lund- San Antonio, Tx
Anitra Harrell Henrion- Cypress, Tx
Douglas Harris- Houston, Tx
Phillips Hay- Kingsland, Tx
David Herbert- San Antonio, Tx
Carol Hodges Bright- Houston, Tx
Scott Horne- Tomball, Tx
Leland Howard- Houston, Tx
Ken Lipscomb- El Campo, Tx
Jim McDonald- Wimberley, Tx
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink- Spring, Tx
Gayla Miller Webb- Katy, Tx – has evacuated
Jim Monnig- San Antonio, Tx (second home in Port Aransas)
John Moon Mullen- San Antonio, Tx
Robert Marcus Otterstad- Houston, Tx
Sammy Owens- Kerrville, Tx
Mary Pack Hogan- Houston, Tx
Roy Don Phillips- Kerrville, Tx
John Schwetman- Huntsville, Tx
Linda Smith Uhlenhoff- Katy, Txs
John Tutt – San Antonio, Tx
Cathy White Land- Houston, Tx
Hugh Wilfong- Houston, Tx
Robert “Little Red” Wilson- San Antonio, Tx