Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 4th Quarter of 2008
The foregoing messages are displayed in sequences as recieved and without editing. However, when not provided, the author's name and class year were added........

October 15, 2008

Hi Pirates, Get off the Couch and let's tell some tales.

As most of you know, I'm leaving stories for my grand children and have them on my web site for all the kids to read.

I just posted a new story regarding the front gate to our old house in Lueders and since your familiar with the house I thought some of you might be interested in reading about the "Life of a Texas Gate" and learn where it is now.

Frankly, I'm not too fond of change but, well aware life goes on and it does often amuse me what we humans do over the span of a life time and how things around us evolve during that period and long after we are gone.

I can just see some old farmer in a 100 years buying a gate at a junk yard in Kentucky and be wondering how the hell a Texas Star got on a Kentucky gate and what does the "S" stand for.

To read the story, click:...   HERE   which is a page on my brother's web site and click on the last link.

Arlene Felts and Post Oak School are part of the story in the group picture section at the end of the story. So, don't miss that.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

October 17, 2008

Hey, I remember that old gate,and grand entrance. you guys and Putnam, the banker, had the two wealthiest houses in lueders, you lived just up the road from Jack or Red Felts, I forget which one.

I do remember they had a pet coon that opened its cage while they were at church and it took the whole dinner to the bathroom where the fresh water was, I think someone had a pet wild animal of just about every wild animal around lueders at one time or the other, excluding the panthers.

Lueders was one wild place in the world, very unique, I've traveled around a lot ever since I left and joined the navy in 1961 when I was 17.

I took the GED test before my class graduated and got a grade level of 15.7 years, I served from 1961 until 1965---then I was out of country from 1972 until 1994---I will never forget your dad and his big cigars, and your mom, one of the sweetest, most kind, christian people that don't even exist in the world of today. Sometimes when I pass through Lueders I stop and visit the church where we all grew up.

The termites are trying to eat all the wood. All thats left of the house we lived in, on the hill, above cottonwood creek is the stone, the termites have eaten 100% of the wood, the only functional thing left is the storm cellar, a cement casting, under a mound of dirt with an interior about 5' x 10'.

And the beautiful creek, once a paradise, is just a gulley, they struck oil at the top of the watershed and it washed down and covered the water, killing all the underwater vegation, then the river banks, supported by the vegation, caved in. then all the cottonwood trees died. I wonder if they call it cottonwood creek anymore.

I've moved down to the beaches to get fresh air and sunshine, and go fishing and whatever I decide to do.

Lueders from 1944 untill 1961, a wonderful place to grow up, and the school, Dr. Shephard, my 6th grade school teacher had me read every book in the library, plus I had three older brothers, and the community took grand care of its children, I don't think anyone ever locked their doors at night, what with the dogs and all.

Yep the Smyths were a family respected by all, deserving too.

The only negative thing I remember was the communities attitude toward the children on the side of the river that humpy holder lived on. It was not a christian attitude, In my opinion , however I couldn't judge anyone on either side because I never met anyone that I could be sure that I would have done things differently that them if I had lived their lives, I'm just remembering the unfairness of it all, the way I say it then, pretty much the way I see it now. But we were all just children.

Once I brought up something like that and someone said " that was then and this is now " as if that excuses the right to proclaim Christianity and be another way or whatever, actually the language breaks down at that level, since it can't even describe reality, how can I even attempt to use it in an apology for an action I had nothing to do with? Or am I just imagining something that never happened to really good people like johnny vickers, and clinton, and kenney etc, just children who drew a bad hand? Or was dealt a bad hand by a bad hand? Why even carry on? anyway I remember all of the community more like one big family than a lot of different families which, legally it was.

Justice is sometimes best served cold. Any way whatever, I will hold you all dearly in my heart, as long as it lasts, because you are all deserving.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

October 17, 2008

Hey Jackie! I remember you. You were the one to wait until we had the cattle all dressed for show and then come and mess them up! Of course you didn't discriminate you messed with James as much as mine.

Of course I remember the gate and watching as the grand entrance was built. I lived directly across the street from E. Ray and went through that gate just about every day.

I remember the coons also. They were mine. Someone gave them the Red Felts (Dad) at Jack's station and of course I got the priviledge of raising them. They were fantastic pets until they did open their cage one day and went to Aunt Doris Raughten's house where she had prepared a nice birthday dinner complete with iced cake for Uncle Sandy.

He was employed at the refinery at the time so she got everything ready including pouring the tea and went to pick Sandy up.

The coons slipped in the house (guess they could open the screen door also) and got into the cake. They would eat some cake wash in the tea glass and then go to the bathroom to wash in the commode. I took them to John Swenson on the river after that.

Still see your brother Wayne as he lives in Cisco and one of my sons lives in Eastland. We cross paths at Lueders at least twice a year at the senior adult camps besides seeing one another while we visit at Eastland. James and I were best friends for quite awhile and showed cattle and had all kinds of adventures together. Where are you now?

Ray and I keep in touch mostly through e mail but sometimes get in touch by phone.

Carol Felts, Class of 53

October 17, 2008

Hello Carol and all Pirates, We moved to the house on the corner where you turn to go to the football field in 1946.

Daddy worked at the refinery.

Arlene was my second Mother until she passed away. When I was little I couldn't say Arlene and it came out Lalene and she was Lalene all my life.

I also remember Jackie Cox. He was a little red headed "rounder" A good kid but always into some kind of mischief. I don't remember whether George was ahead of me in school or behind but I remember all the Cox kids. They lived for a time in the house beside the old two story Baptist Church across the street from Jack Felts and Robert Sanders.

I remember the Smyth house and the barn in the northwest corner of the property. I don't remember the TV antena but, I remember the weather vane.

On occasion I would visit Iva, but Mrs. Smyth was very protective of her because she was so very sick in her young life. I remember our class wrote notes for her to read one each day when she was confined to bed. When she came back to school one day we were working at the blackboard and she fainted. The whole class was scared to death. She had to stay home for several weeks after that to get stronger. So many memories in Lueders.

Carol I remember Arlene made the most delicious Peanut Butter Cookies and she almost always had some made. Anita and I played together all time and I remember even when she was playing some where else I would go to your house just to get some cookies.

Carol and Everett Ray do you remember the pony carol and Anita had? Anita and I would ride it bareback to "Uncle Homer Thomas" pasture where you would let your cow graze about maybe a half mile from your house.

Maybe this will jog someone else into remembering more long forgotten and happy memories.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 at WFH

October 17, 2008

"O" Boy! - Do I remember the Carol's pony - Occasional that pony would get out and I remember when we once chased that rascal all over town trying to catch him.

We went looking for him and must have found him up near the school or something. I remember there was Arlene, Carol, me and I think Anita and maybe Edith Raughton chasing him.

Near the cotton gin in front of the school house, there is a road that goes down towards the river where Joe and Irene Delwaide lived and we were all chasing the pony down that road and the pony would run and stop run and stop but, before we could get near him he would take off again.

Then on one occasion I got close enough to grab him around the neck but, then he took off with me hanging on, partly running and partly being dragged but, he wouldn't stop. Then I heard Arlene behind me hollering "Grab his nose Everett, Grab his nose". I was able to do that hanging on with one arm around his neck and reached up with the other and pulled his head down same as the reins do and he instinctively stopped.

We had gotten all the way down the road and was about even with the Delwaides front yard by this time.

I think Carol had a halter which he put on him and we led him back home just as gentle as could be like he was trained to do. Thanking back on it now, I wonder if that pony was just having fun and playing with us when he didn't have the halter on.

Kids today miss far too many experiences with cherished memories like that or at least I think the ones in Titusville, Florida do.

I'll point out that Arlene called me Everett in this story because that is how I remember it. I've previously told the story of how she named me E. Ray when I was about 12 and never again called me anything else so, I'll have to assume this occurred prior to my reaching age 12 or at least prior to her naming me E. Ray

Albert McCurdy also had a pony about the same time as did Carol and I have a few childhood memories with Albert's pony as I'm sure others do.

How I'd like to do it all over again. -- E. Ray, Class of 53

October 18, 2008






Jackie Cox, Class of ??

October 19, 2008

Hi Jackie, I think you are a little mixed up. I remember some muddy handprints on those white parts of those fresh washed hereford steers James and I washed and washed on! AND the closest I went to the Walls was the elevator dad owned where I worked.

You must have me mixed up with Marlin. Perhaps he will jump in here and help straighten you out.

I married Zoanne Lindsey from Stamford about 53 years ago.

I wondered about the behind the scenes work you did on my steers also. If I remember right I beat James whenever our steers were in the same class.

Seems Sharon Rose had the same memories I did of you.

Carol Felts, Class of 53

October 19, 2008

You're right I had you mixed up with Marlin, and the tyes are along the spine, not the white parts an the feet and face, And I must admit, I was at the age of 8 or 9 capable of incidents, that have escaped my memory that, someone 8 or 10 years older may have remembered. although the calf I remember most was grand champion at Abilene, milkfed division, I remember removing the halter at the sales ring, one of the saddest events of my life was to let that calf ( possibly, my best friend ) go to slaughter at one of the high-end political conventions.

But, alas, Dorthy Griffin from The Griffin hereford ranch bought him for as I recall 1500$, in the mid 50's, then went on to finish him off and show him at the chicago internetional, where he also won.

I remember daddy picked him out, as a little calf, at the swensons roundup where we helped the swensons do their annual roundup and daddy did the marketing at the various auction rings from Stamford, and Abilene, to Ft Worth.

Jimmy was the calfs name, As I recall James first job out of high school was as ranch manager for the Dorthy Griffin Hereford ranch, on the other side of Abilene, That was before he went back to school at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene.

Those were the days, Sorry, I mixed you up with Marlin, Are you sure that wasn't Wayne, my older Brother, Sometimes people blamed things on him and he covered up for someone else. But thats another story, always blaming someboby else.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

October 26, 2008

Hello Pirates,

The Lueders High School class of 1956 met for a reunion October 16, 17 and 18 at the Peach Tree Inn in Fredericksburg, Texas.

The following class members attended: Alice Thomas Backus, George Cox and his wife Pat, Bob Culver, Betty McCown Franklin, Shirley Bailey Gettys, Joyce Stanford Kelly, Rayford Kelly, Doris Harendt Larance, Don Latimer, Jerry Reves and his wife Linda, Bobbie Underwood Shott, Sylvia Hokanson Trammell, and Connie Graham Wylie and her husband Jimmy. Jimmy was also in our class during our sophomore year.

We also had guests visiting with us from the following Lueders classes: Class of 1933 – Opal Nelson Hokanson, Class of 1955 – Roger Hokanson, Class of 1960 – Chuck Thomas, Class of 1964 – Reba Underwood Cheyne, Class of 1965 – Janice Hokanson,

On Friday night, we had a large group attend the Rock Box Theater which featured music from the golden age of Rock and Roll. That really took everyone back a ways.

Besides just visiting and reminiscing, some of the other activities were downtown shopping, visiting the Wildseed Farms on the outskirts of Fredericksburg, shopping at a local flea market and of course eating.

About a dozen of us went out for dinner on Thursday evening and every morning, most of us took advantage of a buffet breakfast about a block from the motel. We had a cookout Friday evening with meat selected from a meat outlet that was just across the street from the motel.

We remembered our classmates that are no longer with us and those that couldn’t attend because of illnesses or other reasons.

We all had a great time and voted to do it again in two years – in 2010.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

October 27, 2008

Here is the obit of Sandra Counts from back in August. I think she was in the class of 1957.

Dorene McAlister, Class of ??

November 2, 2008

Hi Pirates

I am Stanley Ralph Burkman (class of 67), and I had a few comments regarding Ralph Stanley Herrick. My father, Larkin Cleo Burkman and Ralph were good friends growing up in Lueders. As you may have noticed I was named after him. From ages 14 -17 I was able to spend a great deal of time with his mother, Mrs. Herrick. I also still have several of Ralph's possessions, including a set of Circus Boys books, and his world globe. It's good to hear that people still think of my namesake. I know him meant an awful lot to my father.

Stanley Burkman, Class of 67

November 2, 2008

Stanley, are you able to identify any of the others in the picture and especially the 2nd one from the right because the photo identified the 2nd person as a Burkman but, had no first name.

Currently, as indicated below the picture from RIGHT to LEFT they are R. C. Winkles - ??? Burkman and Loyd Walls.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

November 2, 2008

We don't know when the picture was made. It wasn't at the time of his death but, sometimes after the end of the war. I'm guessing between 1947 & 1950.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

November 2, 2008

Everett Ray, I have three pictures of Stanley's funeral that I will send you tomorrow. As to this picture I am not sure of the identifications. I agree that the fellow on the right is R. C. Winkle and I believe the one that is third from the left in the navy uniform is Raymond Scott. It has been so long (62 years), and my memory is not all that good.

DeWitt Wilhite, Class of 37

December 10, 2008

I have a question. Since pirates have been in recent news, I started to wonder - how did we happen to be Lueders Pirates rather than bulldogs or mustangs etc.

The only acts of piracy I can imagine on the Clear Fork of the Brazos might be running someones trot lines without permission.

Marie W. Fuller, Class of 57

December 10, 2008

Marie, Doesn't tell us the WHY but, Don Latimer's "A Little History of Lueders, Texas" says the following:....................................

The school colors for Lueders were black and gold. It's not sure when they were adopted but it was prior to the 1930s. The school mascot was the "Pirate" and the sports teams were called "The Lueders Pirates." It was reported in the school newspaper,"Pirates Loot", Volume 1, # 1 dated December 17, 1926 that "Pirates" was the official school mascot. The high school principal and basketball coach was Mr. Campbell, who suggested the name. It was approved by the student body. The first football team was in 1937. The school song was adopted in 1944/45 and the melody and some of the words were based on Cornell University's "Far Above Cayuga's Waters." It's generally agreed that Frankie Parsons, a young teacher from Ranger Junior College, wrote the words.
------------------------- END of Don's History -------------------------

To bad Mr. Campbell is not around so we could ask him. But, as life goes, I expect something in his life time caused him to have some sort of interest in Pirates and thus the mascot name of Pirates.

My Guess, --------------- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

December 11, 2008

The word pirate has many meanings, depending upon what context is is used in, as in the alumni mater sense, I personally would think it would mean, in the comradery sense, or sticktogether in the team spirit kind of way.

However since in reality the Lueders Pirates vanished into time in 1967, replaced by the Raiders, a similar word.

That is the present word used for the sports teams from Lueders and Avoca, at this point in time.

Lueders itself has declined in population from the 700+ citizens in 1961 when I last lived there to the now 300 or so.

The future, a difficult view to see, One day, if lueders ever does grow once again and incorporates a secular school for Lueders citizens , perhaps the " Lueders Pirates " will once again, rise up, and become the school spirit that existed when I went to school there for about 11 years.

It was a grand community, with a school academically superior to the larger schools with too many students. For instance, when I went into the navy after my dad died in 61 I took the national GED test at age 17, my grade level was listed as 15.7 years, although I had attended school really part time ( I worked a lot ) for less than 11 years.

The US Navy reacted positively and sent me through almost continual training for the next 4 years, I studied: Naval Intelligence for 1 year, Next I studied machine shop and physics in Opticalman, Instrumentman School, for 6 really hard months, Next I attended the US Navy Computer school, for 12 months, upon graduation I became a pettyofficer.

After the Navy I went to Milwaukee School of Engineering where I studied Industrial Engineering. For the next 7 years I did consulting work for design and manufacturing companies in 6 states and two countries.

I was out of country from 72 until 94, My studies will continue until I am no longer able to participate in the forward progress of this great country.Schools with small classes and dedicated teachers have changed into the realities of today. I don't want to appear negative but, in my opinion I think it may have been a more christian orientated, more dedicated to the task at hand than it now is.

To stand and salute the grand flag of The United States of America, and repeat the national anthem, is in reality a prayer to our creator, no longer allowed in many schools across the country.

I remember when cottonwood creek was so much more than the gully it now is. ,p> Perhaps the children of the future armed with but a single book will take us to a better place in time, For me there is always Hope, the look I see in the eyes of the children of today

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

December 11, 2008

Pirates, I received the following from Chuck Thomas, Class of 60.

From: Chuck Thomas
Subject: Re: Obit of Wayne Doty
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 11:51 AM

Ray, I saw this in the reporter news today. Wayne lived in the Nugent area for years.

I believe he was in the 1948 Lueders graduating class.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
December 11, 2008


This is Wayne Doty's Obituary as it appeared in the Lubbock Newspaper.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
December 12, 2008

On the subject of the football team. I was in a discussion recently about when the team went from 11 man to six man. Can you enlighten me on this.

Ada Crawford Wills, Class of 62

December 12, 2008

Hi Ada, I didn't know so I asked George and he said that It was just after he graduated from high school in 1957, or it may have been in 1958.

I remember the grade ahead of Richard and me were 6 man, and they started high school in 1958, I think, you know when Junior Reeves was Center, and B. A. was the Quarterback. No one could go around old Junior, I think he was well over 200# and was mostly muscle, at the age of 15.

Me, I never played football, the fall harvest , hay baling and all kept me busy after school, and pulling cotton. I do remember when Junior, B.A. and Richard was also a really hard hitter, but he was a year younger. back then they were all bigger than me, but as we grew up I eventually made it into their size range as did Richard.

Mack and Rex, and there was willy jamar, and john nichols and some others that escape my memory, which I just don't know how it would be possible since I have a perfect memory, I can't remember a single thing that I have ever forgotten.

The only thing I came out for was track and field. We won 1st in the state track meet in 1961, that was the same year I joined the navy after my father passed away. I sure was sorry to hear about Richard, He and I were the best of Buddies for all the tears from 1st grade on, he was such a nice person,

The one thing that I remember most was he never said a curse word that I can remember, and he never criticized anyone or anything. He was a good influence on my life, and I miss not seeing him in person at home-coming. Everyone could learn a good lesson on manners from Richard Wills. He was the way that his dear Mother made him.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

December 12, 2008
Hi Jackie, Ada and others.

Well, I can't resist saying some things about our 6 man football team at Lueders. I don't know when we changed from 11 to 6, I only know that we had a heck of a team, thanks to the kind of guys you've already mentioned. I always felt honored to step out on the field with those fellows. B.A. could bullet the ball right into Rex's path just about every time. Those kind of plays made us the regional champs in 1959.

I want to share this story with you. It was at that regional game that Doug Thomas and I, two renegades, stepped in behind a building right after suiting up and fired up our cigarettes. Well, when we got back on the bus to get our pep talk B.A. somehow knew what we had been up to. Coach Hayton hadn't yet gotten on the bus and so B.A. chewed Doug and I out right down to our ankle socks. Of all the times that we needed to have a lot of fresh air in our lungs and be at our best it was during that regional game.

I STARTED CRYING! That had to be a sight. The reason I started crying is because of the respect I had for B.A. (a respect that has grown deeper through the years). I knew we had let him down along with the other players. I sure am glad we won the game.

All of those experiences, growing up around so many worthwhile people, helped to mold and shape my life forever. The SIX MAN FOOTBALL TEAM was a big part of it.

Donnie Smyth, Class of 60

December 12, 2008

You guys had it nailed but missed the correct year. The last Lueders 11 man football team was the fall of 1956 which would have been the class of 1957 as seniors.

They really had a shortage of players and in some games, when they had injuries, they had to play with less than 11 players.

I believe the team went 0 wins and 10 losses. They didn't score very many points the whole year. Some of the games were:

Sep 28 - Woodson at Lueders Woodson won 13 to 6. Milton Wills scored on a three yard run. This looks like the best game Lueders had.

Oct 5 - Moran at Lueders - Moran won 20 to 0.

Oct 19 - Lueders at Rule - Rule won 54 to 0

Oct 26 - Rochester at Lueders - Rochester won 55 to 6. Ronnie Harvey threw a pass to Bill Cunningham. I believe this was Homecoming as it was a Saturday game.

Nov 3 - Lueders at Aspermont - Aspermont won 43 to 6. Ronnie Harvey threw a pass to Bill Cunningham.

Nov 16 - Final game - Knox City at Lueders - Knox City won 32 to 0.

I haven't located scores from the other games but I believe they lost them all.

Don Latimer, Class of 1956

December 13, 2008

Don, you are right. I was in the class of '57.

The season started out with over 20 players but due to a run in with the coach, all but 13 players walked off. I played most of the season with my left hand in bandages. It was a terrible season loosing all games.

Many of those that walked off in '56 came back after Hayton took over as coach. These were good players and would soon be John Hayton's stars. It was so bad.

I remember one game in particular where the coach sent in two players to play the same position on offense. I was one of them.

I would like to say that Milton Wills stayed on the team, and that he could play on any ones high school team.

Although 13 players stayed, not all were present at every game. As we look back now, it was inevitable that Lueders would play 6 man football. Almost all schools our size now play 6 man football.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57

December 13, 2008

I've been trying to find out when the doodle-bug passenger service stopped and I think I've found it.

In the April 12, 1950 Abilene Reporter News it was reported:

Passenger service hearing postponed

Hearing on an application of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co. to discontinue passenger service between Waco and Stamford has been postponed to April 25 the Associated Press reported today. The hearing was originally set for Thursday at DeLeon. The postponed hearing will also be at DeLeon.

Nothing further was reported until in the June 3, 1950 Moran News article of the Abilene Reporter News:

Homer Hensley, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway agent, says the "doodle-bug" passenger trains through from Waco to Stamford will be taken off in a few days. The State Railroad Commission granted the M-K-T request to discontinue operation due to loss in train operations.

Once two passenger trains each way were operated through here. Now travelers must use their private cars or travel by the adequate bus service operating out of Moran.

I think we can safely say that he passenger service stopped in June 1950.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

December 14, 2008
Hi Pirates,

Since my mother's death this past July, I have been going through her personal things and I must tell you she lived in her house here in Titusville, Florida for 34 years and I believe during that time she kept every Christmas, birthday, mother's and valentine card she received. Plus 34 years of bank statements, utility bills, newspaper paper clippings. etc etc. and of course pictures and more pictures.

Initially I was disposing of those kind of things pretty rapidly by just glancing at what it was and throwing it away and then I ran across a Lueders school paper my brother had wrote about a drilling rig so that got me to reading things and taking a much closer look at what I was throwing away.

So, here I am 5 months later still going through mother's keepsake things.

I have ran across many articles and news paper clippings that I have set aside to put in the Snapshot of Memories Section we have on the web site. but, been figuring I would wait until things are all sorted out before posting them on the school site.

Then, today I ran across what I think is a real treasure from "Dear Old Lueders Texas."

Having read Don's history of the Lueders Newspapers I was kind of excited to find a complete paper and soon as I got home I scanned it in to the computer which was kind of a job because it went in half a page at a time and then I had to paste them back together..

I'm sure some of you will care less but, it appears to be a complete newspaper of:.. "The Lueders News" back in 1942. It is only 4 pages but, the way it is formated it appears to be the complete newspaper. Of interest was the fact the pages are not numbered nor is there any date on the paper.

The Head Line is "Sugar Ration Registration to be held Monday, May 4"

Then it goes on to tell you that if caught with over 2 pounds of sugar in your procession you can be sent to prison for 10 years or fined $10,00.00 --- I want my kids and grand kids to read that one.

Regarding Lueders News papers Don Latimer's "A Little History of Lueders, Texas" tells us about the newspapers of Lueders and this is what it says.:.................................

At one time Lueders had two drug stores, two dry goods stores, and a printing office where a weekly newspaper, The Lueders Vanguard, was published. The paper was owned by Col. Richard H. McCarty, who had moved his "old" printing press from Albany. Col. McCarty had started the paper prior to 1908. He sold The Lueders Vanguard to Tom Smart, who along with his brother, Earnest, operated it several years before disposing of it to enter the drug business. Later newspapers were the Two County News, Leader, and Lueders Messenger which was founded in 1923. The publisher was Frank H. Herrick. The editor in July, 1924 was Gertrude Sharbutt. By August, 1924, the Lueders Messenger had closed and Mr. Herrick had moved his family and paper machinery to Albany. None of these later newspapers lasted more than a few years each before folding. The last newspaper in Lueders was probably The Lueders News. It was published in the late 30s and early 40s by Homer Hutto.
------------------------- END of Don's History -------------------------

Don hit this right on because the paper I found was published by Homer Hutto. Based on Don's writing this has to be one of the last newspapers published in Lueders. This one is 66 years old i.e. 1942 to 2008 = 66 years

I have now posted this paper on the school web site and if you have forgotten where the Memories in Snapshot section is Go to the Pirate Section and Click on Lueders History and then on the next menu page there is a selection or link called "Memories in SnapShot of Lueders, Texas". At the next menu page click on the last thumb print which is Photo-19 and it says, "From the Collection of E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53"

In addition I posted an article from the Stamford American News paper dated March 8, 1962. Some of you will recall Mrs. Chester Oman use to write the Lueders News for the Stamford American paper and this is one of her articles.

Cheers -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

December 14, 2008

The paper looks to be in great shape for its age.

Looking at the deaths mentioned on the front page (Bessie Lee Douthit), I would put the date of the Newspaper at Friday, April 24, 1942.

The article on Bessie has her dying Wednesday morning, which would have been April 22, 1942 and the Lueders Cemetery records have her death date as Tuesday, April 21, 1942.

Some great fashions for the ladies.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

December 15, 2008

Another death mentioned on the front page was that of G. Harvey Higgs. That was my grandmother (Madie Higgs Hargrove) brother. Family records list his death as April 21, 1942.

Thanks to Ray for giving access to the paper.

Shirley Youngquist Graham, Class of 1959

December 22, 2008

I found the following in the "Abilene Reporter News" Archives. The picture that's posted on our website was taken February 6, 1949 at the Highland Cemetery in Stamford. The men in the picture may be from both Stamford and Lueders.

Abilene Reporter News - Thursday, February 3, 1949

Marine's Reburial Set at Stamford

Stamford, Feb 3

The body of Pvt Ralph Stanley Herrick, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Herrick of Lueders, will arrive in Stamford Saturday for reburial.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lueders Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Highland cemetery at Stamford with the Kinney Funeral Home in charge. Lueders and Stamford American Legion Posts and Stamford VFW will conduct military rites at the gravesite.

Pvt Herricks was killed on Okinawa May 20, 1945, while serving with the First Marine Division. He joined the Marine Corps July 5, 1944, and sailed for the Aslatic Pacific Theater on Dec. 14, 1944.

He was born at Lueders June 18, 1926 and lived there until he entered service. He graduated from Lueders High School in 1943.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Aslatic-Pacific campaign medal, and Presidentail Unit Citation with Star.

Only survivors are his parents.

Don Latimer, Class of 1956

December 23, 2008

AND, we also wish you a Happy New Year E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

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