Waco Town Crier – September 2022


Here’s your September issue. Pat Payne is most generous to pay for our website all these years and Elizabeth Bentley is doing a terrific job of keeping our site current. They both have been a great blessing to our class and really deserve our credits and appreciation.

Two of our graduates have really helped to make this issue interesting. David Dibb has an interesting topic in his What Ever Happened To? segment and David Ditto has been great to let us know of his adventures since high school graduation. All you horse lovers will really enjoy David Ditto’s travels along the “unpaved trails” of our beautiful country. Also, much appreciation goes out to you who contribute each month to the Town Crier.. It takes all of us!

Things are getting just a bit cooler in Waco, We have had a bit of rain but are still in a drought. I just hope the flooding in different areas will not be too damaging to any who might be near those troubled waters. Al Stevenson lives in Olive Branch, MS and the late Cynthia Kirkland Mazza lived in Madison, MS. We hope the Stevenson family is okay and that Frank Mazza, (Cynthia’s hubby), has escaped any damage.


“Let us be kind to one another, to be aware of each other’s needs, and try to help in that regard.”
-Thomas S Morison

Explore the September issue:

  • From Our Graduates
  • Updates
  • Update Your Directory
  • September Birthdays
  • Whatever Happened to … Geronimo
  • Did You Know …
  • Show & Tell – David Ditto
  • Pictures
  • Humor

5 comments on “Waco Town Crier – September 2022

  1. Robert Wilson: “David Ditto’s sharing of his life made me remember some of my younger days.
    I had a couple of uncles who were involved in the rodeos In Waco. They helped me to ride in the Grand Entry and meet a number of the older actors such as: Dale Robertson, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, The Cisco Kid and Pancho, Tex Ritter, Red Ryder and Little Beaver, Gene Autry and several others.
    Dale Robertson held my oldest daughter Cheryl when she was two. Later both girls rode in the Grand Entry and Cheryl rode the barrels in Axtell when Cheryl was in the seventh grade and Misty was in the 4th grade.
    I preached at several of the trail rides in and around Waco and San Antonio, standing in the back of pick-ups and on bales of hay at the crack of dawn on Sunday mornings.
    Those were some great times.
    Thank you, David, for reminding me of those fond memories!”

  2. Bev Murphy Wells: “The story about David Ditto was such a good read. There truly are real life cowboys and cowgirls…David and Linda have proven that! I know they’ve seen some beautiful places in our country that most people never experience. Yes, Branson, The Ark and CreaPon Museum are must visits.
    Congrats to Ed Gatlin and his lovely bride and congrats to Pat and Patty Payne on their 44th anniversary! All the pictures were great too!”

  3. David Dibb: I talked with David Ditto a few months back after he got reconnected to our group and tried to encourage him to tell Jeanne his story. The essence of his reply was ‘Shucks, I’ve just been riding horses. Nothing anyone would want to read about’.
    David and I were not friends in school, even tho we must have lined up alphabetically together a lot, but he sure sounds like someone I wish I’d known better.”

  4. Bev Murphy Wells: “Thanks to David Dibb regarding his artcle about Geronimo. I’ve always had a heart for the American Indians; in fact, when we went through the Badlands this summer, we ended up on an Indian reservation. I’ll need to trek to Fort Pickens now to discover Geronimo’s beachfront home. This oil paintng of Geronimo was on Antiques Roadshow a few weeks back. As you can see the painting valued at $6500 in 2003 so I’m assuming it’s worth more now. So if David Dibb has anything ‘Geronimo’, he may want to keep it.

  5. David Ditto: “I really liked the article on Geronimo by David Dibb. Many years ago, four couples from our area went to Ft. Sill Oklahoma and joined the “Geronimo Trail Ride”. That was way before 9-11. All military bases closed off all access after that. The eight of us, with our horses, camped in a designated area, and rode to the cemetery and burial plot of Geronimo. Don’t get me wrong, he was a murderer, and vicious person, but I can get a sense of his anxiety, frustration, and anger at the invasion of the country that had been a way of life for his people for generations. Also, the horrible massacre of his tribe—I must say though, not unlike what he did to the settlers and towns.
    Great article David.”

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