Waco Town Crier – June 2024

The month of May has surely done wonders for Lake Waco. There has been so much rain in Texas they had to let water out of Lake Waco. Last year a drought….this year things are flooded. Texas weather- never a dull moment!

A few of our graduates have been in some of the bad weather that has hit Texas. Cathey White Land and her husband experienced some yard, fence and tree damage in the fierce winds that Houston experienced. They were out of power but fortunately had a generator.  

Malissa Ruth Starnes Baugh and her husband experienced tree, fence and yard damage in the Temple tornado. They were without power for several days. The Texas heat and humidity is pretty miserable without power. The great thing is neither of the houses were damaged nor were their families.

Sharon McCarthy Odell had a lot of tree damage in her area during the storms that went through the Dallas area only a few days ago. Her house was also spared.

All of you who live in the Houston, Temple, Dallas area from whom we have not heard, we hope you have had no damage or minimal damage only. Any damage is disturbing…especially at our ages. Thank heavens we have not heard of any lives of our graduates who were harmed from the storms. However, more severe storms are expected tonight and tomorrow ……so keep your fingers crossed and pray for all in harm’s way!

The June 2024 Crier is linked here.   Contents this month include:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Upon Meeting Famous People
  • Memories of the May 11, 1953 Tornado by Howard Dudgeon
  • Updates
  • June Birthdays
  • Did You Know?
  • Some Uses of Dawn Dish Soap that have Nothing to do with Dishes
  • Humor

Please enjoy and continue to let us know how you are, where you might have been, or any news you would like to share. We want to hear from you.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

Note:  This month’s picture of Omaha Beach in Normandy is from Elizabeth Bentley’s personal library.  May we always remember what Freedom cost that fateful day in June 1944.

Waco Town Crier – May 2024

It is time already for another issue of the Town Crier.

I hope all of you have escaped the bad weather that has been rolling through the good ole USA. Wacoans still remember the tornado of 1953 that killed 119 people and left so much destruction. We can surely sympathize with those in Nebraska and Oklahoma and other parts who have recently experienced the devastation of such inclement weather.

Enjoy the May 2024 issue. Please remember to share with us trips you might have taken, memorabilia you might have run across in decluttering or moving, or any items of interest we might enjoy. Your participation helps to make the Crier interesting and remain in existence.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch!

Town Crier Contents:

  • From Our Classmates
  • The Total Eclipse Recap by David Dibb
  • May Birthdays
  • What I Have Learned (1998 publication in Ann Landers’ column)
  • Money Talks News
  • Did You Know? (Howard Dudgeon Trivia)
  • Pictures
  • Medical Humor for Seniors


Waco Town Crier – April 2024

Waco is all abuzz about the Solar Eclipse that is to occur April 8th. We are expecting over 100,000 new folks to our area to experience this sight as we are supposed to have 4 minutes of darkness. The news stations are telling us to gas up our cars and to make sure we have plenty of groceries. All hotel rooms in and around the Waco area are booked. Also, the city is letting the schools have a holiday that day so all the kiddos can experience the event.

Make sure to have your eclipse glasses–we do not want anyone to suffer any eye damage!

Here’s what you’ll find in the April edition of the Town Crier:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Things We Did When We Were Young That We Regret Now
  • Did You Know?
  • Things We Buy But Hardly Ever Use
  • April Birthdays
  • Bluebonnet Pictures
  • Humor

Rodger L. Feldt – March 4, 2024


Rodger L. Felt, age 82, of Katy, Texas, passed away on March 4, 2024. He was born in San Diego, California on February 2, 1942 to Lawrence Willard Felt and Marion Olive Felt. Rodger had a career in oil and gas as an engineer for Shell and Abercrombie before eventually becoming self-employed when he opened Rodel Oil and Gas and Manufactured Pipehandlers. In his free time, he enjoyed writing poems, and cheering on his favorite teams including the Texas A&M Aggies, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Astros.

Rodger was preceded in death by parents, Lawrence and Marion Felt, as well as his son, Bradley R. Felt. He is survived by his wife, Delind Felt; son, Gregory Felt; daughter, Deema Mata and husband, Jeremy Mata; sister, Sally Felt; niece, Sarah Felt; niece, Olivia Mendoza and husband, Kevin Mendoza; grandson, Tyler Felt; grandson, Aidan Felt and his fiance, Temple Trapp; grandson, Mason Mata; and great nephew, Elijah Lee Michaelson Mendoza.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Katy Funeral Home, located at 23350 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77494, to be followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM. A small family graveside service will occur on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Rodger’s final resting place in Waco, Texas.

Tales from 7OAKS

A few months back, Mickey Lavy wrote about his memories of good times with friends at 7OAKS Ranch. The tales are full of humor and Mickey’s included some pictures.

If you’re looking for a way to spend a pleasant hour or so, check out Mickey’s stories.

Tales from 7OAKS

Lynette (Muchow) Baugh –
January 22, 2024


Bev (Murphy) Wells informed me last night around 6:00 pm that Lynette (Muchow) Baugh passed away. Lynette was so faithful to help with all reunions and to attend any WHS function that she could as long as her health permitted.

In early January, Lynette fell and broke her vertebrae and had to be placed on Hospice. She was at home when she died with loved ones by her side: Jarod (Lynette’s husband) Lindy (her daughter) and Chris, (Lindy’s husband).

Lindy and her husband live next door to Jarod and Lynette. They bought the house next door which had belonged to Lindy’s grandmother. Chip and Joanna Gaines did the remodel, and their house was featured on the Fixer Upper TV show several years ago. Lynette and Jarod and whole family were featured in the home at the end of the original airing.

In case this link doesn’t work, it is titled: Hewitt Hideaway, April 10, 2017. Bing Videos


Bev, who was a dear, dear friend of Lynette has offered this wonderful heartfelt tribute for us. 

“Lynette Muchow Baugh and I went to Gurley Elementary together; we met in first grade. Every year our school would have a May Pole dance event and the girls would dress up like butterflies and dance around the May Pole. Lynette was a beautiful butterfly and now her spirit will continue on in my memory as a beautiful butterfly.

Lynette passed away this evening, Monday, January 22, 2024. She would have turned 82 on March 8th.

Lynette was a loving wife to Jarod, who loved her dearly, and she loved her three beautiful daughters (Leann, Lorie and Lindy), and her grand-children, and her little dog, Buddy. Lynette loved the wide-open spaces of their farm and would even help mow the acreage from time to time and enjoyed doing it. Lindy and Chris lived next door to Lynette and Jarod and that gave Lynette and Jarod great comfort.

Jarod had built Lynette a beautiful guest home right behind their home where guests would stay when visiting. It was decorated retro and was almost like a museum. She knew every detail about every item in that home. It brought back a lot of historical memories for me.

When we were girls in high school, she worked at McCory’s and I worked at Kresses both on Austin Avenue, right across from each other. We were making 50 cents an hour and thought we were rich!

Lynette was a historian. She was involved as a docent at the Earle-Napier-Kinnard House but was involved in some of the other historic homes too. She knew a lot about Waco history too. It was amazing how much history she remembered and related. Lynette was involved in other ladies groups including her sorority and other functions and involved in her church.

When I would visit Lynette and Jarod, we would watch old war movies or westerns together…what fun! Lynette was a great cook and one of her specialties was marinated pork tenderloin with vegetables, sooo yummy! And, she made a great banana pudding (nothing boxed, all from scratch) too! She would get up early and have breakfast for her guests. A true B&B! She loved having her guests visit.

I was so thankful that I got to see Lynette in October. She just hugged me and called out my name. What a thrill that was!

So my dear friend, Lynette, you will live in my heart and memory. And, some day, we will see each other again! I have no doubt that she is with her Lord! Please keep Jarod and their family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Waco Town Crier – February 2024

Here is the February issue of The Town Crier. 

Do not forget to keep us all informed about any changes in your information. We hope to be able to stay in touch with everyone. Again, a tremendous thanks to David Dibb who keeps our directory current, to Elizabeth Bentley who keeps our fantastic website up to date, and to Pat Payne who financially makes certain we have a website. These folks do us a tremendous job. I do not know about you, but I use our website most often and I daresay we have the best high school website ever!

Stay healthy, keep making memories, and keep sharing your adventures and experiences with the class of WHS 1960. If you find any memorabilia with classmates, send those along so all of us can reflect on days of our youth.


Contents this month include:

  • From The Editor
  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Top 10 New Years Resolutions
  • February Birthdays
  • Medical Corner
  • Did You Know?
  • Humor

Waco Town Crier – January 2024

I hope you had a good Christmas and may you have a wonderful 2024. Waco weather was very nice for Christmas Day–sunshine everywhere. It reminded me of a regular fall day, but I do think Waco will get some freezes in future days to come. I just hope not a deep freeze like we had in 2021.

Attached is the January 2024 newsletter. Please let me know if you have any problems. Some received the last newsletter with no problems, but some were not able to get any of the pictures. Hopefully all the kinks are ironed out this time.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch.


Contents of the January newsletter

  • Update
  • Accidental Cookies by David Dibb
  • Another Update
  • Seventeen Beautiful Places to Retire according to Money Talks News
  • January Birthdays
  • Nine Things You Should Never Do At Home During a Thunderstorm
  • Humor
  • Something Serious