Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 4th Quarter of 2009
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 1, 2009

Don, We cannot get a direct flight to Abilene so Carolyn will not be coming. I will drive, but hate the drive. See you there.

David Edgar, Class of 57


October 3, 2009

We will be setting up tables and chairs next Friday right after 1:00 p.m. The custodian said she will do the cafeteria early so we can get in there. If any of you can possibly make it to help us set up it will be a blessing. We have a very small group here in Lueders and we need all the help we can get so we can get through and get ready for the 50s deal.

We'll also need lots of help taking everything down on Sat. afternoon. There will be quite a few tables and chairs brought down from the high school and they will need to be set up on Friday and then folded up so they can be taken back. We'd certainly appreciate any help you can give us. Most of you are not in on the planning and implementation, but this would be a way you can help.

Thank you!! - Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52


October 4, 2009

Greta: I am substituting at Stamford on Friday. Sorry, but I won't be able to help set up.

Carole Ann "Felts" Petty, Class of 54


October 5, 2009

Hi, will try to be there to help with the setup and teardown.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 5, 2009
Pirates,

I just received word today that Carol Glenn Vickers died early this morning, October 5, 2009.

Carol Glenn was born 12 Nov 1934 and attended schools in Lueders and Albany and probably Post Oak. He was in the class of 51.

He was the last surviving child of Jake Vickers and Mattye Dennis Vickers. He had a brother John Tom Vickers who died in 1950 and his sister, Patsy Gene Vickers Frazier has been dead a number of years.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


October 19, 2009

I want to thank Greta Corbitt and all of the Homecoming Officers, Don Latimer, Connie Wylie and all others that helped with organizing and worked on our Homecoming 50'ish Dinner and Homecoming.

There are fewer and fewer of us and that means fewer to do all the work, at times. as so many of us live away from Lueders. It is so nice to still be able to get together. Hope those that had not been there for many years will come back next time, if the Lord is willing. I don't know about all of you, but I really enjoyed the entertainment that Greta did with that cute song she sang.

So I really think we all should give them a GREAT BIG THANK YOU!

Now let's support those that are the new Officers, and helpers.

Thanks to all, - Mary Lou Odell Bavousett. Class of 51


October 19, 2009

I would also add my thanks to all that worked on the 50's homecoming, looking forward to what the new officers will have for next years. Thanks for job well done to all.

Glenn Commons, Class of 54


October 19, 2009
You said it very well, Mary Lou.

DeWitt Wilhite, Class of 39


October 19, 2009

I would like to add my Thanks too. I saw kith & kin that I hadn't seen in over 50 years.

Thanks for all your hard work.

Sharon Rose Hines Hudson, WF High'50


October 19, 2009

I must be loosing it, I graduated from Wichita Falls High in 1957 not 50. Don't any of want to be older than we are. Sharon Hudson


October 20, 2009
Pirates,

I graduated from LHS in 1956 and after not saving enough money to attend college after working all summer, returned to Lueders in September with the intention of joining the military service. I soon found out that Aaron Petty, class of 54 and Harry Price, class of 55, had the same thing in mind. We talked with the various military recruiters in Abilene and somehow decided on the Navy. Maybe it was the idea of fall and winter boot camp in San Diego.

Anyway we arrived in Abilene on September 18 for a bus ride to Dallas where we would be inducted. Durwood Taylor was in the group that showed up. Durwood had been in the class of 56 at Lueders during the 8th grade but had moved to Stamford at midterm because Stamford had recruited him for their football program. Durwood had been the star on our 8th grade football team. After a bus ride to Dallas and a night in a hotel,. we all took the swearing in oath and they put us all on a train to San Diego--four boys from Lueders along with about 30 other Texas boys.

Being the oldest (and more mature) of the group, Aaron was in charge of our group. Due to a train derailment near Amarillo, we were AWOL when we made it to San Diego.

In boot camp we discovered that despite been a good athletic, Durwood couldn't march and stay in step. They put him at the very back of the company so he wouldn't mess everyone else up. Aaron turned out to be the best rifle shot in ou boot camp company.

We made it throught boot camp and received our assignments. Aaron and I had temporary duty in Corpus Christi and Harry was assigned to a unit in San Diego. I don't recall where Durwood went. Aaron and I both received travel pay to Corpus Christi and Harry didn't get any travel pay.

I left Corpus Christi a couple of weeks ahead of Aaron to attend Airman fundamental school in Normam, Ok. I got to Norman the first part of February 57 and a couple of weeks later, here came Aaron.

I finished a couple of weeks ahead of Aaron at Norman and received 22 weeks further training at Memphis, TN in Aviation Electronics.

Who do I find in Memphis, but Craig Tonroy, Lueders class of 54. Right away, Craig drags me to church with him and also to some youth group meetings where Craig was very big into "signing" in communicating with the deaf and dumb.Then a couple of weeks later, Aaron shows up for additional training for Aviation Electricians.

In October, 1957 I graduated from Memphis AT (Aviation Electronics Technician) shool and was assigned to a Patrol Squadron in Jacksonville, FL. In Jacksonville, I ran into another Lueders ex. Gerrell Moore, class of 52 was stationed there. I believe Gerrell had taken NROTC in college and was an officer at the time.

The Patrol Squadron I was assigned to (VP-5) deployed to Kevlavik, Iceland in June of 58 and who do I run into but Mike Latimer, Lueders class of 55. Mike was in the Army not the Navy and was stationed in Kevalik. I wasn't aware he was there until running into him leaving a movie on base one evening.

I received a commendation for putting out a fire on an aircraft while the squadron was involved with project Mercury Missile Nose Cone recovery operations in September 1959. I didn't mention it to my folks but they seemed to know all about it. Gerrell had clipped out an article from the NAS Jacksonville base newspaper and mailed it home.

Then sometime about 1959, while at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Riico, I run into Norman Lambert, Lueders Class of 58. Norman was in the Navy.

Sometimes it seems like I saw more Lueders exs in various parts of the world than I would have on main street Lueders.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


October 22, 2009

Pirates, Let me add my thanks for all the effort put into the 50s Party and our homecoming this year. I enjoyed both very much and it made my 1400 mile trip worth while.

Don told on me at the party that I had told him I got my rental car and said there was no place for me to go.

Appears I lied to Don and myself. I turned around twice and my two weeks stay was over and it found me wishing I had scheduled 3 weeks because in the end I didn't get around to visiting with all the folks I had intended to see.

Again my thanks to all.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 25, 2009
Pirates,

I have now posted 25 pictures of the 50s Party and 35 of homecoming.

Go to the Main Pirate Menu and you will find two new links in a red background which take you to each set of pictures which are on the school web site at:... www.luedersavoca.com

The going rate for coding an HTML web page is $65.00 to $75.00 per page and I just created and coded 62 pages and revised one so, I was wondering to whom do I send the bill.

Enjoy - E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 25, 2009

I can't get these pictures to come up from your attatchment or from the Main Pirate Menu.

Ernestine Segerstrom, Class of 53


October 26, 2009
Pirates,

I have had 2 different people tell me they can't pull the 50s Party and Homecoming pictures up from with in e-mail or at the main menu.

Usually clicking on a link within an email message will take you to the web page. HOWEVER, it is also not at all uncommon for the link NOT to work in an email message. WHY, I have no clue.

But, when the link in the message does not work, simply copy or type the link address into the URL address window on the browser and press the ENTER key.

I have tested the 50s Party and homecoming link using four different browsers i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape and SeaMonkey and they all retrieve both sets of pictures so I can't imagine what could be wrong with the two people who are having trouble.

So, I thought I would ask if anyone else is having problems and if most of you are able to pull up the pictures.

So, please let us know -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

Ray I am pleased to advise you that I had no problem at all in opening the Pictures or any of the new info on the 2009 homecoming.

F. W. BURKMAN, Class of 39


October 26, 2009
Ray,

I looked at the pictures last night from the Lueders website. The only glitch that I had was remembering my sign-in name and password. Thanks for putting them up.

Ron Latimer, Class of 65


October 26, 2009
Worked fine for me.

Jim Fitzgerald


October 26, 2009
Make that 3 people

Max Dillard, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

It could be that they don’t realize that the pictures or links are not on the page they pull up, and that you have to sign in to get to them.

Jim Fitzgerald


October 26, 2009

Guess I got lucky, worked first time and enjoyed them very much.

Thanks again. Glenn Commons, Class of 54


October 26, 2009

Max - Please tell me where you got too and what you clicked on.

The address link to the web site is www.luedersavoca.com

Others may be too shy to tell us of problems so let me say this for all Pirates.

After going to www.luedersavoca.com , you have to sign in at that screen by clicking on the small sign-in button on the upper left. Then provide your login name and password.

At the next screen, click on the Lueders Pirate Logo in the center of the page which takes you to the main Menu in the Pirate Section and on the Pirate's Main Menu is two links with a red background. One link takes you to the 50s Party pictures and the other takes you to the homecoming pictures.

Anyone who desires can call me at 321-267-1141 and I will walk you through getting to the pictures.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

My only problem is that many of the pictures have a wide black line running through them, like something is in front of the lens.

Sharon Hines Hudson, WF High - Class of 57


October 26, 2009

I didn't have a problem seeing the pictures. They were great...just wish I knew who all of those people are. Carol and Zo are the only ones I recognized. Thanks again Ray for a great job.

Edith Atkison, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

Just great Ray. Are we still sending contributions to Carlene? Been a long time since I sent anything guess I'd better ante up.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 26, 2009
Carol,

Glad you asked because the answer is YES -- Carlene is in the hole $115.42 since last July when she renewed the hosting service and there will be another $159.50 come due again this next July -- Plus there is an annual fee to keep the domain name going and I don't know what that fee is.

Anyone can review the expenses and contributions by clicking on the "Expenses and Contribution" link on the main menu where you sign in at:... www.luedersavoca.com

Appears we need to build up the kitty to over come the deficit and have some funds for the up coming expenses.

Anyone wishing to help can do so by e-mailing Carlene at support@luedersavoca.com

Thanks -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

Had a senior moment there Pirates the "Expenses and Contribution" link is on the menu page immediately after you sign in.

E. Ray Smyth, class of 53


October 26, 2009
Pirates,

I had heard of B. A. Honey's museum of collectibles and had the chance to spend a memorable afternoon visiting with him and Jennette to look over their collection.

Among their many treasures was two historical photographs I could not leave without confiscating a copy to put on the school web site and the www.luederstexas.com web site.

Accordingly, you will find a photo of the 1946 or 47 Lueders Fire Truck parked in front of the Odell Grocery Store and I am figuring this was when the truck was first received.

The other is a photo of the depot which we have picture of the depot but, this one is unique because it has the Doodle Bug parked along side the depot.

I have inserted two small prints here.

To see the full screen size images go to the web site link of:..... www.luederstexas.com/0-hist-p/00-img.html

Cheers - E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

Pirates, Here again is the photo of the Depot and Doodle Bug in a larger size.

I never noticed it until I received my copy of the 2 small images I sent out on the chat line.

I'm troubled because the water tower and the telephone wires should not be where they are in this photo.

My memory tells me the phone wires were not there because Homer Thomas and Red Felts wooden grain elevator was on that side of the tracks and would have interfered with the wires. Other images of the depot show the wires on the south side of the depot and my memory tells me the wires were on the south side of the tracks going to Stamford.

Worst of all my memory says the water tower was on the north side of the tracks and not the south side as shown in this photo.

If you look close it appears that is a 1950 or 51 Chevrolet car sitting on the south side and that would date the photo in our time period.

So, I am wondering if I lost my mind or there was some trick photography done to the image. If the image was doctored then it was a darn good job.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 26, 2009

If memory serves me, an old building was just North of the train tracks and a feed store to the North of the old building...the Feed Store was on the main drag (Highway 6),I think those lines are on the North side of the tracks between the tracks and the old building...

Danny Zips, Class of 62


October 27, 2009

E-Ray, you have me confused. If the train is going toward Stamford as it appears then the water tower is on the north side of the tracks. ???

Connie Graham, Class of 56


October 27, 2009

I can't remember any of this, I was born in 1944, they told me the conductor had gotten off the train and ate lunch at the cafe, then, on his way back to the train, someone killed him with a rock, and the passenger train service to Lueders was stopped. However the image is somehow familar. The older guys must remember whatever happened, happened, Could someone clarify this for me------- It was so nice to see you all at joe allens and the homecoming, I am looking forward to 2010, If I make it that long. Good luck and God bless

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 27, 2009

Well you got to remember the Depot was on the South side of the tracks so the Doodle Bug is going east towards Albany is it not?

E. Ray, Class of 53


October 27, 2009

Everette Ray, you are right the water tower was on the north side of the track. Could it be that the negative was reversed when it was printed? If you look real close Louise Brown is standing at the end of the platform and I'll bet the little girl on the platform is Janice. Remember they lived in the west end of the depot.

The way the picture is printed it looks like the train is going toward Albany. Are you sure that is not a boxcar between the doodlebug and the telephone pole? If it is that would seem to me the picture was reversed when it was printed, then the train would be going toward Stamford.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57


October 27, 2009

The water tower was on the South side of the tracks. I was there when Monte Smart pulled the old water tower down with his winch truck. The railroad had scheduled a new diesel engine to pull the tower down and had a reporter and photograher there to record it.

The train was delayed somewhere and got there after the winch line was secured to the truck. The photographer set up so it looked as if the train were pulling the tower down. Another thing I remember is that Dad and Homer had to have the lines raised for the elevator.

The telegraph was on the south but the W T U line was on the north. Ray seems like you were there when Monte pulled the tower down. We got some of that old redwood or cypress to build us a boat but that's as far as I remember. Never built the boat.

My class rode the Doodlebug to Stamford to see Glenn Commons when he was in the hospital from being burned. He would have been in the 53 class except for being in the hospital so long. I remember it cost us .10 cents to ride.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 27, 2009

Sharon you can flip the image in your computer but, please remember if you do that the depot would also be reversed.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 27, 2009
Carol,

Your remembering things a little different from me. I'll go to my grave believing the water tower was on the north side of the tracks and I see Sharon Hines agrees.

The redwood boat you remember was made from the boards I took from the water tank that was beside the original power house engine on the J. P. Vickers Oil Lease.

The boat got built but, then fell apart when I filled it with water. Ha!

E. Ray, Class of 53


October 27, 2009

The mind is an amazing machine when it comes to memories.

Appears the problem is, it gets old and wore out. Some times plumb Broke.

Got a private message from a Pirate that tells me I am wrong and the water tower was on the South side.

We now need a tie breaker because it is 2 for the north and 2 for the south. --- Ha!

Let us add this comment -- The siding was on the north side of the main track and hence the cotton wharf was on the north side of the siding as was the grain elevator.

Makes some sense to have the water tower on the main line so the engine didn't have to switch tracks to take on water. Thus the South Side, But, my mind still says North Side.

I should know about the siding, as teenagers we use to run our cars on the tracks and one night in Homer Swenson's 1939 Plymouth we were sailing down the main track coming into town from the west and when we got to the siding the car wiggled a little and switched over to the siding track and there was no cars on the siding so we just continued on and came back out on the main track down below the refinery.

More Memories, The grain elevator main supports were made from telephone poles and at first there was a big hill you had to drive up to raise the truck so the grain would slide out the back of the truck and fall in the hole in the ground that fed the elevator chute.

After the 1st or 2nd season Homer and Red removed the pile of dirt that made the hill and installed an electric lift that raised the front of the truck to dump out the grain.

Their first grain elevator was a sloping conveyor type thing much like the machine that loads baggage into an airplane and it was located next to the tracks down by the cotton gins in front of the school house.

Apparently, that was very successful and they built the large tower elevator up by the depot.

I recall the large hole in the ground about 10 feet deep and one day I came by there and Carol was down in the hole up to his knees in water and sour mash bucketing out the stuff to get ready for the harvest season and boy did it stink. I think Carol and I were about 12 to 14 years old at the time.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 27, 2009

Ray, as best as I can recall, back in the mid to late 30's the water tower was on the south side of the tracks. Of course the Doodle Bug did not have to ever use it but of course all the Freight trains did. I lived about a mile north of the water tower and remember seeing it all the time.

Also during that time I was the reprehensive for the Ft Worth Star Telegram and Abilene Reporter News and I delivered one of them to a house right near the water tower ON THE SOUTH SIDE of the tracks.

F. W.BURKMAN, Class of 39


October 27, 2009

The photo was taken looking West. The depot was on the South side of the tracks.

D. W. Weeks


October 27, 2009

The old bug has got to be going east otherwise you could city the buildings and refinery behind the bug, but as you look at the woman's head you see the road to Stanford going over the hill with the old grain elevator at the top of the hill west of town.

Chuck (Doug) Thomas, Class of 60


October 27, 2009

After further thought about the photo of the depot, I wonder if the man standing with his back to the camera is George Newell? Is the bag on the ground beside him the last mail to go out on the Doodle-Bug? Could this picture have been taken on the same day as the one of Mr. Newell handing the last mail-bag to the conductor? And about the water tank, it appears to me to be on the same side of the tracks as the depot, the south side.

D. W. Weeks


October 27, 2009

Interesting observation and I expect Weeks is correct that the 2 pictures were made the same day after comparing the photos which I cropped and combined as shown below

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 27, 2009

I thought I'd have some fun and show you my Doodle Bug which is also headed east. As soon as MTH produced it I had to have one because of my Childhood in Lueders. They have not made one in the MKT Line but, my Santa Fe job is at least mostly the same color as MKT.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 27, 2009
Pirates,

The last run of the "Doodle Bug" through Lueders and also all passenger service from Waco to Stamford was June 3, 1950. That's also probably when the pictures were made.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


October 27, 2009

That explains why I can hardly remember the station in the picture, must have been too young. Was it true about the conductors fate fatale

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 27, 2009

I have a perfect memory, and am absolutely sure I can remember nothing I have ever forgotten Does anyone know why they tore it down and stopped the train service, which must have had a significant impact on lueders, from a getting to and leaving from perspective.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 28, 2009
Ok Guys & Gals,

What you see is the way it was. Depot and water tank were on the south side of main track.

North of the water tank and before you get to the highway was the old rock jail. Doodlebug is headed east. There was a spur track on the north side.

Just east of the depot and north side of tracks was a wooden platform for loading and unloading freight. We, as kids called it ' the cotton wharf' They would stack cotton bales on the wharf, we kids would play on them.

If you went east to the first crossing, that road went south to the school. North of the tracks was a tin building that housed the shoe cobbler. North of there was the old Hocus Pocus hotel. Photos don't lie.

Wayne Verble, Class of 53


October 28, 2009

I agree with this about the train and depot.

Glenn Commons, Class of 54


October 28, 2009

AMEN! Phillip Petty and I were playing on those cotton bales one afternoon and Buster (I can't recall his last name) came out and wrote our names down and made us sign a piece of paper saying that we were liable in case the cotton caught on fire. It scared us silly!

Don Smyth, Class of 60


October 28, 2009

Carol, When did Red and Uncle Homer build the elevator. We left in July of 1950 and I don't remember an elevator by the Depot.

Sharon Rose Hines Hudson, Class of 57


October 28, 2009

Between the tin building (where the men played dominoes) and the Hocus Pocus, I remember an ice house. Am I wrong?

David Edgar, Class of 57


October 28, 2009

I don't know the year but I worked there all through high school. It had to be there in the early 40s. Carol Felts

David Edgar- Yes there was an ice house there, it belonged to the feed store on the north. I worked for both of them.

Carol Felts, Classof 53


October 28, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen classes of the 50's: you don't know how much I enjoy your constant attention to our past, I am still active in our business and that means little time to respond to your discussions but I love it Keep it up.

I just returned from Argentina shooting doves in Cordoba, Argentina and kept up with the water tower and all other while traveling and enjoyed every email.

Max Dillard, Class of 53


October 28, 2009

Photos may not be able to speak at all, but there are a world of lies about photos, the who, what when where and why usually dispell the lies

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 28, 2009

Nope the ice house was on the north side of the street east of the building that was felt's grocery store. that was were the bests stories was told.

Max Dillard, Class of 53


October 29, 2009
Pirates,

I got an address from Carlene and for those wanting to help with the expenses of running our Alumni web site and the Pirate Chat Line which Carol Felts was asking about please send the funds to the following address:............................

Carlene Black
16715 Scenic Gardens
Spring TX 77379

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 29, 2009

Your right Max. It was on the north side of main street beteen Ships drug store and grocer / locker plant

Wayne Verble, Class of 53


October 29, 2009

I think that you both are right. The Ice House was in the area where Carol said .Then later it was moved between where my Dad was in partnership of the two grocery stores on the north side of the street. Then later the block building was built there and the WTU and Maurene's Beauty Shop was in it.

Mary Lou Odell Bavousett, Class of 51


October 29, 2009

You guys are thinking of the old Rubin Nance ice house. There were 2. Not at the same time. A portable Ice house was put in just south of the old feed store. Trucks would line up there in the morning going to work. We would shave the 12.5# block down to fit in your water can for about a quarter if I remember right. Ice was also delivered around town from that ice house. I was too small to work when Nance had his ice house on the north side of town.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 29, 2009

"Mary Alice Putnam" Vandeventer, will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in early 2010, thanks to the hard work of Senator Kay Baily Hutchison (TX) and many hundreds of others across the nation. Mary Alice will be 87 in March, 2010.

http://hutchison.senate.gov/WASP.html

WWII WASPs, Women's AirForce Service Pilots, will receive the single gold medal to be archived by the Smithsonian, and the surviving WASPs and Deceased WASP families will receive Bronze Medals of the same minting. Read about it at Hutchison's WASP site.

Additional information on WASPs is found on dozens of websites listed at the site above. Additional WASP info of Mary, and WWII photo are found at TWU official WASP Archive: https://www.twu.edu/library/class44-w-7.asp Use if you think it's of interest--

This was announced through the L-A Raiders chat line by Mary Alice's older daughter Teresa Dominy.

Sandra Reves


October 29, 2009
Pirates,

I have a questiion: Was gasoline from the refinery every shipped on the MKT railroad? Someone mentioined that the railroad had a siding that went by the refinery.

I know that the MTK shipped gasoline from other refineries. At Sedwick, between Albany and Moran, there were gasoline loading racks where gas that was piped from the Ibex refinery, about seven miles away, was loaded onto MKT tanker cars. The shipment were stopped about 1948 because of leaks in the gas lines and rather that repair the rusted gas lines, Phillips Petroleum started shipping their gasoline by truck. For years the old gasoline loading racks were like skeletons, standing by the side of the train tracks in Sedwick.

Also I thought that Stamford was the end of the rail line for the Texas Central Railroad but in 1907 they extended the line west to Rotan and made that the rails terminus. In later years, tons of gypsum was shipped by rail from Rotan.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


October 29, 2009

tetrazine (jet fuel) was the primary product if our refinery in my day. Normal west texas crude may settle out 23 gallons of gas per barrel approximately, but additives was injected in to the distillation process to make jet fuel, I'm thinking it was mostly trucked to abilene. The railroad beside the plant went down to the limestone sawmill before the bridge, which before being taken down held the record for the longest railroad bridge without a truss. The limestone sawmill is gone, along with the 6 or 8 foot blade which you could hear for miles away, and the bridge, and the town proper has been shuttered, little chance of reopening, unless we stop buying all our chinese stuff at walmart/samsclub, etc. When I left country in 72 we made 90%+ of what we consumed, when I returned in 94 we are a goods and services country, importing 96% of our goods from slave countries, the profits are taken in 3rd world countries where they don't pay taxes. The manufacturing infrastructure taken from us by the NYSE simultaneous to taking down the inport taxation firewall, under the pretense we are a world economy. The majority of countries in the world have strong import duty taxation, and protect their manufacturing sector jobs---down here we are tripling minium wage jobs every 10 years, and homelessness is off the charts. Tha avg home in detroit costs 17,000 dollars. Last year homes in phoenix lost 43% of there value. My brother james ray cox ( the banker ) says we are going through a stage of deflation which will be followed by inflation, however its difficult to believe anyone knows whats really going on, or are honest about it, The world isn't getting any better, what with all the class separation, and the political-legal-medicalinsurancefraud-academic caste system with the return of Nobility (call it what you like) We are becoming a racist classist society, with predatory lawyers on the ballot boxes-more than 2/3rds of the elgible voters boycott the elections. We have a president who was chosen and selected by less than 15% of the voters---not counting the super delegates and the electoral college, I'm thankful to live in Texas, because we will do whatever is necessary to protect our families and neighbors, no matter what happens.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


October 30, 2009

Don, we need to get Lee Bledsoe in on this but, I would say no on the gasoline. However, there was a loading area there at the siding across the road from the refinery about were Alma Lou Wills lived and after the tracks turned south towards the railroad bridge. These tanker cars were for crude oil because you could tell from the oil on outside of the cars and the piping of the loading pipes, plus the oil on the ground that it was crude oil being shipped either in or out of the refinery in the rail tank cars.

I might also add to the story by telling you there was a crude oil pipe line gathering system that ran from the refinery out to the Bluff Creek area. I know a little of this because when my Dad took ownership of the J. P. Vickers oil lease from Ray Oil Company. Included in the deal was two miles of 2" pipe line that ran over to the Rosa Pendleton area and tied into the Refineries main gathering line.

The Mims lease was also on a pipe line gathering system. Pipe line gathering systems were the thing until modern day trucking came into being.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 30, 2009

From what I've observed and have heard from my family members, the heyday of Lueders came about in the 1920's, when most folks around here could make a living farming 150 to 200 acres and the other folks were ranchers. Highways were not all that prevalent and cars, although improving, didn't offer a reliable, quick way to get to Abilene or Stamford for that matter. So, people shopped in Lueders, Banked in Lueders and that was all they needed. Occasional trips to other towns were the exception rather than the rule. One picture on the Lueders Pirate web site from July 1923 shows how the town was doing, many cars parked in town. The dam was up and providing water, people could have yards with grass and although the water from the river always had some red in it, it was a vast improvement over the hauling that went before.

The Depression: Lueders suffered it's first economic blow. My Grandfather Putnam was the banker at that time and later in life reflected on what a devastating time that was. When the 1950's drought came he said he didn't think he could go thru another time like that of the depression. He died in 1959 and the area had begun to recover by then.

1950's and on: My dad had a dry goods store in Lueders during this time. He started in 1947 and the town was making somewhat of a comeback by then. Oil production was going strong. The refinery and stone mills were running, but the decline was not long away. It was during the 1950's drought that business began to seriously decline, at least my dad's did. Highways to Abilene were improved and folks could easily travel to Abilene to shop. Farming began to change. No longer could a family make it on 150 acres. Although Lueders maintained two grocery stores, drug stores, cafes and such the hand writing was on the wall so to speak. My dad eventually got a job in Abilene to help support the family, not making enough at the store to make ends meet. Finally, he sold the business and in 1965, we moved to Abilene.

It seems sad in many ways to see the town in the present condition in the 21st century, knowing that at one time people felt such promise and had high hopes when settling here in the late 19th, early 20th century. It pains me to see the roof of the old dry goods store falling in along with the pressed tin ceiling. It is equally painful to see all the quarrying being done...taking more and more of the places we knew...I'm sure you noticed! And unlike the past, the present stone production does not provide all that much for the town, or have that much impact on it. Oh, well progress is progress. I take heart in places here and there which are kept up and look good...The Baptist Church, The Encampment (as we used to call it), certain houses in town which are maintained, the School Building which I see every day on my way home.

Living in Lueders can offer a complete different challenge than remembering it the way it used to be. My neighbor and I took a walk down town the other morning and tried to remember where things used to be...that was a revelation...memories can fool ya! at least mine played a joke on me....some of you know what I'm talking about...especially when you think you have things figured out and then see a photo which tells ya something completely different. Its a humbling experience ..at least for me it is.

Stephen Vinson...Lueders resident 1948-1965 then 1997 thru present


November 7, 2009
Pirates,

I had several nice comments about the thing I read at the 50s party about growing up in Lueders and have had several nice emails since arriving back home in Florida about what I read.

A couple of folks said they missed it on the web site. So, for those who might have had trouble finding it and those not at the 50s party, you can find it at the link shown:...   HERE

We men all too often put forth a front of being a big tough guy when in fact we are more often then not nothing but, an old soft teddy bear.

What I wrote was in the middle of the night with nothing but, me and the solitude of my thoughts while thinking about the place I grew up in and the writing is what came out.

I'm sure there are others who feel as I do about growing up in Lueders. But, for me it has hung with me all through the years, Perhaps more so for me because I live so far away.

The road of life has many twist and turns and while I've never regretted the one I took, I sure do miss some things about Texas and they are shown:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 11, 2009

Abilene Reporter News 11/11/2009, Page A05

Hutchison, Air Force Association to honor WASP veterans today.

CELINDA EMISON

During World War II, a brave and fearless group of women became the first females in history to fly military aircraft. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who flew from bases across the U.S. from 1942-44.

The WASPs originally were stationed at Howard Hughes Airport in Houston but, were transferred to Avenger Field in Sweetwater in 1943.

More than 1,000 women joined the WASP, and 38 of them died while performing their duties. But their contributions largely went unrecognized for years, and it wasn't until 1977 that they were given veteran status.

Today, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Texas Air Force Association will honor 18 WASP pilots during a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas.

Mary Putnam Vandeventer, 86, of Lueders, is among the 18 WASP pilots to be honored during the ceremony and the only one from the Big Country.

I am very proud of all the work Kay Bailey Hutchison and everyone involved have done to make this happen, Vandeventer said. Kelly Jones of Abilene, president of the Texas Air Force Association, will serve as emcee for the event. I'm absolutely honored, Jones said.

This is a little piece of history especially for the Texas WASP pilots. At the event, Hutchison will present each WASP with a gold-paged copy of the Congressional Gold Medal legislation that she sponsored and President Barack Obama signed into law in July. The medals, which are being made by the U.S. Mint, will not be presented at this event, but at a later date.

The senator and Col. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, of the 12th Flying Training Wing Commander at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, will deliver keynote speeches.

The national anthem and additional music will be provided by the Upper Girls Chorus from the Hockaday School, an internationally known all girls preparatory school in Dallas. The Color Guard services will be performed by the WASP Deanie Parrish Color Guard from the Texas Christian University Air Force ROTC Program in Fort Worth.

Sandra Reves, Current School Staff


November 11, 2009
Pirates,

For sometime now I have had the names of those inducted into the Hall of Fame on our school web site but, I have not had the year they were inducted and I consider that a vital part of the information which should be on the Web Site Page which list those so honored.

Accordingly, I ask Edith Ham at our recent homecoming if she knew were I could get the years the people were inducted and she told me that was on the Hall of Fame Board up by the stage.

Frankly, I was greatly surprised because I never knew such a board existed and I learned a lot of other people did not know of it either.

As homecoming day was coming to a close I asked our newly elected president, Danny "Pete" Zips to ask the school superintendent if he would move the board to a more noticeable location in the lobby or inside the auditorium/cafeteria.

The following Thursday, I was over in Lueders and decided I might as well ask the superintendent myself. So, I dropped by the school and met with Roger Huber to discuss my request.

Upon meeting Mr. Huber, I was very pleased to discover Danny had already spoke with him about moving the board and he has agreed to it being moved.

Fact of the matter is, Danny was at the school because he is a substitute teacher and he happened to come by when I was in the office talking to Mr. Huber so we invited Danny in and the 3 of us discussed moving the board together.

The names on the board in it's present location are barely readable so, Danny and I took the board down for me to get the induction dates but, lo and behold no inductions dates are on the plates that hold the engraved names.

I contacted Gerrell Moore and Carol Felts and with their help and being at 3 of the last 4 homecomings myself I have put together to the best of my knowledge when the inductees were inducted and those dates are now shown with the names on the school web site.

For those of you who also did not know the board existed I have posted pictures of it on the school web site in the same location as the names which are at the link shown:...   HERE

Also did not know the inductees were provided a plaque of their own so I ask Carol Felts to send me a photo of his and that is also shown as one of the images.

The link to the photos is on the bottom of the page where the names are.

If I have any of the inductee dates wrong please let me know.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 12, 2009
Pirates,

Sandra Reves sent me an e-mail about Class of 40 Member, Mary Alice Putman being in a featured article of the Abilene Reporter News regarding her WASP service in World War II and the recent act of congress to recognize those who served as WASP because they had been over looked in the past.

Sandra wanted me to see if I could post the article with pictures and you will now find same in the Class of 1940 section and as a link on the very top of the main menu of the Pirate Section.

A Short Cut link is:...   HERE

I urge all to read the article because it is very enlightening and told me of things I never knew.

However, I was aware the WASP trained at Sweetwater and will provide some additional info in another message.

Enjoy -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 12, 2009
Pirates,

I said I had additional info regarding the article about the WASP and Mary Alice and here tis.

The article stirred some memories of my youth because when I left Ranger Jr. College in the spring of 1954 I went to roughnecking on a drilling rig out of Sweetwater and I was around the airport quite a bit as I lived in Sweetwater about 8 months.

Fact of the matter, at the time, oil wells were being drilled on the airport property and while being drilled the rig derrick had to have red lights on it in several places . After drilling the well heads were placed under ground in a concrete box and covered with a steel plate.

I was not working on the rig at the airport but, we were west of Sweetwater and went by the airport every day going and coming from the rig I worked on.

Another memory I had was when I hit a curb and bent the rocker arms on my 1951 Ford and it was repaired in a automotive body shop operating in one of the hangers at the airport.

All the more memorable because due to my car being in the shop I had to cancel a date I had with Ramona Mullins.

As I often do when home, I visit those places which hold memories for me and in 2003 while there for our 50th Class reunion and homecoming, I went over to Sweetwater and out to the airport to re-live some of those memories.

I knew I had a few photos of the airport where Mary Putman trained and thought they would add to the article about Mary.

So, there are 6 pictures I took of Avenger Field now posted as a link on the bottom of the article and it so happens a few are relative to the WASP and Mary's article.

A direct link is:...   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 13, 2009

Thanks again E. Ray! Come to think of it, E. Ray suits you as you are always doing something nice for our web site!!!

Reba Davis, Class of 49


November 13, 2009

I owe everyone an apology--especially Don Latimer and F. W. Burkman. I neglected to see that they received individual plaques for their awards. I had not been involved in that chore before and no one mentioned it in any of our meetings.

We talked about the name plates on the Hall of Fame plaque that is hanging in the school. At any rate--the buck stops here!!!

I did not remember at all that they were needed--It's that CRS that I suffer from!!

I would have sent this out a few days ago, but my computer has been in the shop. I apologize again and I will see that they are made and we'll send them to Don and F. W.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52


November 15, 2009

I am surprised so many true heros from the Lueders pirates are missing, on the hall of fame list, one of many in particular is the 6th grade teacher, Dr. Shepherd, shot through the hips, disabled in wartime, went on to get his Phd and chose to teach 6th graders because he believed that was such an impressionable age, where he could do the most good. Of all the teachers I have ever had, and my education has been truely an extensive gift, He was the most instrumental teacher, Truely. the most dedicated man I had an honor to be a student of.

There are so many, missing from the roles Its difficult to consider it a valid list. Not to discredit the ones on the list or anything like that. Men like Dave Reeves did so much to our community I know he well deserves a place among those listed, otherwise he wouldn't be listed.

And teachers like coach Hayton, so professional a coach, he is no doubt in the same realm as Dr. Shepherd, otherwise his name would not be on the list. I remember his selfless and nonjudgemental nights, respecting all the children equally,in the games, and, on the long bus drives and his excellant supervision of the children, He deserves a place among those listed thats for sure.

Personally, I would never want to be on the list, although I am a veteran, disabled in military activities, there are far more deserving than I. Then there are those that contribute unselfishly to the actual website, that enables us to all relive the years of our youth, in a christian community, one of so very few where the entire community, respected and looked after all the children, especially equally, permiting all to graduate, and not expelling them for getting into confrontations with special children.

Yep, good ole lueders, Their from age 01 to age 17, then serving my country perpetually, truely the greatest country in the world, where equality, and justice was the theme, thats for sure. I remember all those I grew up with and can honestly say I would be the same as them, had I lived their lives. I am happy to be myself. And wish all of you a truely christian existence

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


November 23, 2009

Everett Ray -- I received a call this afternoon from Linda Koch Brown. She said her computer has been in the shop and she has had some health problems. Anyway, she wanted you to know that she got your e-mail to her and that apparently everything is fine with that.

She said she is doing some better.

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52


November 25, 2009
Pirates,

I just had a call from Tommie Garvin, Class of 52. Harry Garvin, class of 56 was killed this morning (Wednesday) in a head on collison on highway 183 south, just south of Cisco.

Harry was by himself, returning to his home south of Cisco from his church and the other driver swerved into his lane. There were skid marks where Harry had hit his brakes but none for the other car

The other driver was air lifted to Abilene.

No word yet on funeral arrangements.

Don Latimer - Class of 56.


November 26, 2009

Two die in head-on in Eastland County

Two people were killed Wednesday in a head-on col­lision in Eastland County, according to Texas Depart­ment of Safety Senior Troop­er Sparky Dean.

A 1989 GMC pickup tow­ing a trailer was traveling north on U.S. Highway 183 and crossed into the path of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

The crash was at 10:06 a.m. near mile post 334.

The driver of the Impala, Harry B. Garvin, 71, of Cisco, was killed in the crash. A passenger in the pickup, Peter Simas, 53, of Cisco, also was killed.

Both were wearing a seat belt.

The pickup’s driver, Rus­sell D. Brown, 55, of Cisco, was taken to Hendrick Med­ical Center in Abilene with blunt trauma and was listed in stable condition.

Dean said the road was dry and the weather clear at the time of the crash.

Sandra Reves, Current Staff


November 26, 2009

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THE GARVIN FAMILY.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


November 26, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with the Garvin family.

Edith Atkison - Class of 53


November 26, 2009

My prayers are with Harry's family tonight.

Sharon Hines Hudson - WFH - Class of 57


November 27, 2009
Pirates,

Services for Harry Burton Garvin, 71, Lueders class of 56, have been set. Visitation and Viewing will be Saturday, Nov. 28th at Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco from five to seven p.m.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Cisco.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


November 27, 2009

I would like to send my sincere condolences to the Harry Garvin Family. May Peace and Joy be yours as you celebrate his life.

Reba "Meil" Davis, Class of 49


November 27, 2009

Concerning Harry Garvin. Was sorry to hear about his death. Wasn't he a Preacher? If I remember right he was a missionary over seas and when he came back home he came to Snyder and Preached at the Church I was going to and after church Harry and my Husband and I were invited to our friends house for Lunch.

Rena Dell "McAlister" Potter, Class of 1950


November 27, 2009
Pirates,

Below is a biographic sheet that Harry filled out a few years ago. Most of the information is still correct. His mother, 98, died earlier this year.

Biographic Sheet:...
Date: February 2001
Commonly Used Name: Harry
Address: Rt 2 Box 174 - Cisco, TX 66437
Date Of Birth: August 31, 1938

Family: My Dad, Leon, died in January 1994-my Mother, Lessie, is 90. I was the fourth of nine children. My brothers and sisters are: Fred, Tommy, Robbie, Carol, Rex, Leon, Rose and Becky. All are living except Carol, who died in September of '98. I married Doris Shott of Lueders on September 1, 1956. Doris and I have six children. They are: Burt, Tamra Burkman, Kenneth, Deborah Hinely, Rebecca Murray and Angie Davis. We are expecting our eleventh grandchild next year (1999).

Church Affiliation: I gave my life to the Lord Jesus in the First Baptist Church of Lueders in August 1947.

Schools Attended: Grades 1 through 12 were all at Lueders. I attended Cisco Junior College and ran track there in 1957 & 58. I graduated from Howard Payne in 1961 and from Southwestern Seminary 1n 1969.

Occupation: Bible Teacher, Discipler, Pastor and Missionary in Uganda, East Africa from 1970 to 1996.

Places I Lived: Lueders, Cisco, Brownwood, Bangs and Fort Worth, Texas; Dermott, Arkansas; Uganda and Kenya, East Africa.

Hobbies or Favorite Pastimes: Farming and ranching, reading, walking, bow hunting and fishing.

Travels: Doris and I have traveled over much of the U.S.A., Great Britain, Greece, Egypt, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, South Africa. Sudan, and Switzerland.

A Little History of My Life: I grew up on a farm near Lueders, the fourth of nine children. I married Doris Shott, my high school sweetheart. After pastoring in the states, Doris and our children and I went to Uganda as missionaries in May 1970. The first eight years of our missionary career were under the rule of the dictator, Idi Amin, under whose rule 500,000 people were murdered. God spared our lives during those turbulent years. I was medically retired because of melanoma cancer in 1995.

Special Accomplishments: Bachelor of Science at Howard Payne University, Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 26 years as a Missionary in Uganda where I worked with over 200 churches.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


November 28, 2009

May the holy spirit hold and keep Harry, and the Untire Garvin Hamily, and, The Lueders Pirates of a time passed. Harry dedicated his unselfish, unconditional life of love and respect for all peoples of the worlds, All his adult life. He was the very goodness.

The Garvins, and indeed all those who knew him for his long and intensely productive life, are better people for having had the blessed opportunity to have been blessed with that opportunity. Although My family grew up in the " Church of Christ " Harry Garvin, an intensely devoted " First Baptist " was the pastor of ceremony of my mother Odessa and recently deceased, brother George, Funerals, so close were the ties between our families.

I will always hold the spirit of Harry near to me, all the days of my life. May the great Spirit guide and look after us , all the days of our life, may our very life be a prayer to become a better person, each day of our short lives in this dimension and realm in time, that we acheive some goodness to humanity, bringing up ever forward, Spirituality, in these changing times of uncertainity and dispair --- In the Spirit of Trith

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


November 28, 2009
Harry Garvin

By Kimbrough funeral home

Friday, November 27, 2009

Reverend Harry Burton Garvin, Sr.

Cisco, Texas

Reverend Harry Burton Garvin, Sr., 71, of Cisco passed away November 25, 2009. Services will be Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Cisco First Baptist Church with Reverend James Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Romney Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00~7:00 PM in the Kimbrough Funeral Home Chapel.

Bro Harry was born August 31, 1938, in Anson, Texas, to Leon Robert and Lessie Rose (Blackerby) Garvin. He attended public school in Leuders. He attended Cisco Junior College, graduated from Howard Payne College with a BS Degree and earned a MS Degree in Divinity at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He married Doris Evelyn Shott on September 1, 1956 in Leuders. Harry was ordained as a minister in 1957. He and Doris served 25 years in Uganda and one year in Kenya, East Africa with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. For the last 6 ˝ years they served as pastor of Lake Leon Baptist Church in Eastland, TX.

Bro. Harry is survived by his wife, Doris, of Cisco; two sons, Harry Burton (Burt) Garvin, Jr. of Jourdanton, TX, and Kenneth Allen Garvin and wife, Laura, of Pheonix, AZ; four daughters, Tamara Burkman and husband, Bo, of Cisco, Deborah Hinely and, husband, Tom, of Conyers, GA, Rebecca Murray of Bentonville, AK, and Angie Michele Wetherholt and husband, Jerry, of Brownwood; four brothers, Fred Garvin and wife, Arleen, of Clyde, Tommy Garvin and wife, Jo Evelyn, of Cisco, Leon Garvin and wife, Sue, of West Virginia, and Rex Garvin and wife, Nan, of McKinney; three sisters, Robbie Cason and husband, Clyde, of Ventura, CA, Rose Krupa and husband, Kirby, of Buffalo Gap and Rebecca Garvin of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Carroll Garvin, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Garvin and Isaiah Murray.

"Memorials made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. "

Sandra Reves, Current Staff


November 29, 2009

Zo and I just returned from Harry Garvin's funeral. B A Honey and Jeanette were there when we got there so we sat together. Then Connie Wylie and Sue Thomas Backus sat on the same row. Just a few minutes later Jerry Reves and his wife sat on the same row and just behind them came Norman Lambert and his wife.

So there was a full row of us old Lueders Exes there. It was a great service and many gave testimony of Harry's life after the sermon. There was around 8 foreign missionarys in the audience. Most of the congregation from Lake Leon Baptist church were there. 4 of Harry's kids spoke plus his son in law who led the music. The church was packed including the balcony. What a great tribute to a truly great man.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


November 30, 2009

Harry's request for memorials was to contribute to the annual Lottie Moon Christmas offering. This is a special offering we Baptists celebrate every year where every cent goes to foreign missionaries no handling fees kept out. Any Baptist church would be delighted to accomodate your gift and I'm sure would be willing to send a note of condolence if you can provide them an address. This is what I'm planning to do.

Thanks - Carol Felts, Class of 53


December 11, 2009

Pirates, I received the following from Wayne Verble
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E.R.

Don't know if you remember or not, my baby sister, Mary Lynne. She would have been in the class of 1957.

After a massive stroke December 8, 2009, she passed away a few minutes before midnight, December 10, 2009.

It would please me if you posted this on the Lueders site. Services pending with Kinney Funeral Home - Stamford TX.

Thanks very much. ------- Wayne Verble, Class of 53


December 11, 2009

I am so sorry to read this. I remember Lynne very well. Both at Lueders and Iowa Park.

You and all your families are in my prayers.

Sharon Rose Hines Hudson - WF High - Class of 57


December 15, 2009

Pirates, Get off the couch and go check out this web site link shown:...   HERE

This was our era and I was surprised by the total number of Movie and TV stars all of us were familiar with and kind of bewildered by the fact most are now dead.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 15, 2009

Here is another one that fits most all Pirates of today because we "Been There - Done That".

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

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George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life ! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone..

But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and make it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into ! your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


December 15, 2009

May the great spirit of truth be the wind in your sail, your humour makes my day.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


December 16, 2009

Are you sure thats legal, to show all the Photogenic Cinema Famous white guys of the "Dora " days gone by ha ha ha -----------

Remember the picture show on main st. that used to cost 7 cents, across from the lot where the carnival used to come to town, in front of one of the gins, back in the day when cotton was 55 cents a pound, and a lotta shirts were made from flour sacks, or cost 2.00 to buy.

Well cotton is still around 55 cents a pound and John Wayne is still alive, lives in Eastland, Texas.

Its so true, we all have one happy ending, I'm thinkng each day we all get up with a prayer on our minds, and sincerely try to be a better spirit than the day before.

Unfortunately the human condition in the is fragile, and sometimes things go astray, But, we we still try, I look around the world and it may well be I would be no different than anyone else, If I had lived their life, experienced their reality.

And each day am thankful to having been lucky enough to grow up around such a really great group of people as existed in Lueders Texas back in our day, when "God" (truth) was and for many is still the most important factor in dwindling days of our fortunate lives

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


December 17, 2009
Hi Pirates,

At this past homecoming, Don Latimer and I taped his Hall of Fame induction on a cassette tape and I am just now getting around to adding it to the Hall of Fame Page on the school web site.

So, for those not at homecoming or those interested in hearing it all again you can go to the Hall of Fame page and it is a new link added to the bottom of the page which is the link shown:...   HERE

I also added it on to the Latimer Bros Web site which I built for Don and his 2 brothers a year or 2 back and the link is on the main menu shown:...   HERE

Cheers, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 23, 2009
Hello Pirates,

I received my plaque for my 2009 induction into the Lueders Hall of Fame today. VERY NICE! It was quite an honor and one that I never expected.

Like I believe I said back in October, there's about 95% of you that I would put ahead of me if I was doing the selecting.

Thanks again!

Don Latimer - Class of 56


December 23, 2009

Glad to hear you finally got it. I hope it was o.k., as I had them mail it to you directly and hadn't seen it. We believed you deserved it!

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52


December 23, 2009

Grats; Don we appreciate you.

Max Dillard, Class of 53


December 23, 2009

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

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