Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 1st Quarter of 2011
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:........


January 16, 2011
Pirates,

Exactly 2 months ago on November 16, 2010 we started an effort to update all the Contact Info for the Pirate Chat Line as well as for other purposes as explained in the initial Chat Line message posted on 11-16-10.

Two additional request for update of your Contact Info went out on 12-1-10 and 12-16-10.

After two full months and 3 different request, it is now time to move on to the second phase of our efforts and that is to get the 60 Pirates we have e-mail addresses for aware of the Pirate Chat Line and to update their Contact Info.

Accordingly, I have now removed from the main page of the Alumni Web Site, the special form we created for the initial update.

Thanks be to those 80+ of you who took the time to Update and Thanks to the 10 or more New Members who are now a part of the Pirate Chat Line Message System.

I was disappointed we have not been able to obtain a copy of the Homecoming Mailing list so we could include those Pirates in with our overall effort to have a concise and accurate Contact Listing and enable as many Pirates as desire to do so become part of the Chat Line fun which now has over 100 Pirates involved.

We will keep you posted as we progress with this effort and add new Pirates to the Chat Line.

AND Welcome to the New Year of 2011

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


January 29, 2011
Pirates, Got a story to tell,

A couple of months ago I was talking on the phone with James Ray Cox, Class of 54 and was telling him I hoped to get back to Lueders one day and take pictures of all the grave markers in the Lueders Cemetery so I could add them to the Lueders web site.

James then explained to me that Arla "Walls" Felts, Class of 59 had already taken pictures of all of them as she had spent the past 2 or 3 years researching and documenting the cemetery to have it designated as a Texas Historical Cemetery.

I e-mailed Arla to learn more and once I discovered the extent of her research and the effort she had put forth and the fact she had several hundred pictures plus her extensive efforts to have the cemetery a historical places, I decided the Lueders Cemetery deserved a web site all it's own.

So, I immediately started working on a web site and Arla started e-mailing me pictures 10 or 20 at a time.

Arla and I agreed on the domain name of www.luederscemetery.com so, I donated the domain fees for the next 5 years and added it to the Orlando hosting server same place as the alumni school web site which also has the fees paid to the year 2015.

Thanks to all of Arla's time taking the pictures the cemetery now has something that we have not found on any other cemetery web site and that is a "Locator Section" that not only provides the grave location but, a picture of the Grave Marker as well by simple clicking on the Plot Number.

There is also a section that has all the Grave Marker Pictures grouped by last name which can be scrolled through.

One never knows just how a web site is going to turn out until they approach the end but, I think Arla and I are both pleased with the end results and hope all Pirates are as well.

I am satisfied knowing that genealogy researchers for years to come will be able to use a well documented cemetery mostly thanks to Arla's efforts.

AND also the grave sites of those buried there can now be visited by family and friends through cypher space.

Come to think of it, most all of our little home town can now be visited because we have the web sites of:... www.luederstexas.com -- www.luederspirates.com and now www.luederscemetery.com

As you visit the web site please don't hesitate to point out errors because it is not easy to create 527 HTML pages and then link them to 521 picture images without having a few senior moments.

AND if you appreciate having the cemetery web site, may I remind you the Cemetery Association is raising funds to pay for the expected Historical Sign and any additional funds can always be used to improve the cemetery one of which is to provide markers for the different sections of the cemetery.

Donations may be sent to Lueders Cemetery Association c/o Edith Ham - P.O. Box 276 - Lueders, Texas - 79533

Hope everyone is off and running with good health in this new year of 2011

Cheers to All, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


January 29, 2011

I just recieved a gift of the cemetery book from my sister, Opal Masters, this week and now this. This is great. Thanks a lot E.Ray

Jerry Ham


January 29, 2011

Oh my goodness!!! I spent over an hour looking at this web site and just want to let Arla and E. Ray know how much I APPRECIATE their effort to get this together.

Thank you both soooooooooo much!!!!!

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


January 29, 2011

I know I've sent this picture to yall before, but wanted to send it once again. The lady is my mother, Odessa Vaughn Johnson's aunt....Mrs. B.A. Stevens who is buried in Lueders Cemetery. The little baby on her lap is "Little Katie". If you go to the letter "K" you will see a stone that comes up with just Katie on it. I don't know how old Katie was when she died, but I do know she wasn't very old at all. This is the little girl buried there. The older child standing is my cute little Mother!

I have pictures of every one of the relatives of mine who are buried in Lueders Cemetery. How awesome is that?

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


January 29, 2011

Thanks and congratulations to Arla and E. Ray for jobs well done.

For those who haven't seen Arla's book, you're missing a real treat.

D. W. Weeks, Class of ??


January 29, 2011

This is so special. Thank you for all of the hard work.

Sylvia Weeks Precious, Class of 49


February 1, 2011

This afternoon we received confirmation that the commissioners of the Texas Historical Commission have reviewed and approved our application for an Official Texas Historical Marker. Inscriptions will be written by the commission in the order that payments are received.

If you plan to make a donation to the Lueders Cemetery Association for this project, please do so as soon as possible. Until sufficient funds to support the completion of this project are received, those who make a minimum $25.00 contribution will be given a copy of A Research Study of Lueders Cemetery, the document that was submitted with the application. If the gift copy is to be mailed, send an extra $5.00 for shipping and handling. Please send donations to the Lueders Cemetery Association, %Edith Ham, P. O. Box 276, Lueders, Texas 79533.

Later during the year, an official dedication ceremony will be conducted at the Lueders Cemetery. When the date is set, we will be encouraging those with Lueders roots and others who have ancestors, family and friends buried at Lueders to make plans to attend.

Arla (Walls) Felts, Class of 1959


February 1, 2011

Congratulations! Thanks for the long hard work!

Carol Felts, Class of 53


February 1, 2011

Congratulations, so happy all of your hard work is paying off and hope the money comes rolling in to help pay for the marker. How is Marlin doing?

Judy


February 2, 2011

Maybe the dedication could coincide with homecoming.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


February 2, 2011

The Lueders Cemetery Association will make the decision regarding when the dedication will occur. If you have a suggestion, contact Edith Ham, P. O. Box 276, Lueders, Texas 79533 or one of the other members listed on the website.

Arla (Walls) Felts, Class of 59


February 4, 2011
Pirates,

When Carlene shut down the alumni web site last July 1 and I cranked up the new one I wanted to write down events of the past before we forgot. So, with Calene's help I wrote a short synopsis or history of the site and then got side tracked to other things.

I finally got around to posting it this morning and the link is on the bottom of the Main Page of our alumni web site.

However, a direct link to it is:...   HERE

Also in the past I have been asked where the Pirate image used on the web site came from and several months ago I put together a fun thing to show how the old pirate logo came to be and just this morning I found it in a folder on my web site and darned if I can recall if I ever told anyone about it being there.

After I found it this morning I decided to make it a part of our web site and it too now has a link on the bottom of the Main Page. But, a direct link to it is:...   HERE

I have the Homecoming Paper I took the image from down at the museum and I will add the year of homecoming to the web page if I can remember to get it. However, I'm not sure there is even a date on it

If anyone recalls or knows the date of the paper after they see it let me know and I will add it. The paper was quite a publication for homecoming and had several nice Pirate articles and pictures in it. I'm sure most as I did kept their copy.

Some of you won't have an interest in the web site history or the pirate but, it is there for those that do.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


February 4, 2011

Ray, I am enjoying this connection to my roots so much. Thank you.

Sylvia Weeks Precious , Class of 49. ( living in Michigan )


February 4, 2011

Well, that is what the Chat Line is all about -- Staying in touch and telling stories reminiscent of our youth.

Incidentally, we have most all the Chat Line Messages of the past archived but, the pages required redoing when I rebuilt the pirate web site last June and I have not yet got them ready to repost but, should get around to it before too long.

If you and the other new chat line members are not aware I am leaving stories to my grand children.

Most won't interest you but, a few might and one I wrote is about Growing up a Boy Scout in Lueders is:..  HERE - Click on Scouting in the 40's and 50's

Another is about cleaning up Lueders at:.  HERE

One about Motoring down the Clear Fork is:..  HERE

One about Mike Hart is:.   HERE

You might find others of interest and they are:..   HERE

Enjoy - E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


February 9, 2011
Ray,

When I was President of homecoming in 1981, I came up with the idea of printing a newspaper for homecoming after my husband and I attended The Fandangle. I called Edith and she and I started going around Lueders, Stamford, and Anson selling adds for the paper. I can't recall everyone who helped but most of the officers pitched in and helped. The paper was printed in Anson by the Western Observer. I guess this is the paper you're referring to as I can't recall any other papers at homecoming. I still have a copy or two.

Mary Ann Moore Bauernfeind, Class of 60


February 9, 2011

Ya! -- I expect your correct, I obtained the copy I have sometime back in the 80s. I've not been to the museum in a month or more but, I will check next time I go there as I have the paper on display in a show case with all my other high school memorabilia which can be seen:..  HERE

I think the copy I have has a picture of me in my Dad's Jeep going down main street in the play day parade of 1950. Seems like the paper also had a picture that Mary Alice Putman has of the two old box type school buses.

Do you recall where you got the Pirate that was in the paper.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


February 24, 2011
Pirates,

Fredrick Lieb, Class of 51 phoned me today wanting to know what happened to the chat line as he had been doing some reminiscing and had his wife e-mail a message with a picture which never showed up on the chat line as he expected it too and while on the phone with me we discovered his wife had e-mailed it to me instead.

Since the picture was too large to fit on the chat line I told Fredrick I would modify the image and post it with his message on the chat line.

As I do this I am also thinking of Orlan "Bo" Vaughn, Class of 49 who also spent a life time in the oil fields and with whom I've had a couple of recent phone conversations.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 -------- Here is Fredrick's message to me which he expected to show up on the chat line
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Ray, do you remember when you drilled for Miller drilling Co. and I worked derricks for you, On the well we drilled where it rained so much that the truck that brought the drill pipe got stuck about 100 yards from the rig, We carried one joint of pipe at a time in mud about 10 inches deep with one man on each end. One joint weighted approx. 560 lbs Seems we made six or seven trips. I believe Ray you were the youngest driller in the Abilene area.

Other roughnecks of Lueders were M.T. Saffords, Carol Glenn Vickers, C.W. Taylor, Mike Latimer, Don Clevenger, Tommy Clevenger, Ray Henderson was a drilling supt. for F.W.A. Drilling.Co. which was the third largest drilling company in the 1950's.

Gene Henderson. C.W. & myself worked on a rig seventeen mi. out in the Gulf of Mexico, we also worked on the Murry well two mi.east of Lueders that blew out like in the movie Giant. They used Halliburton to kill the well.

Other boys from Nugent Buz & Bobcat Wyle, Kenneth Scott, the Nickols boys & others went to Alaska and worked on rigs on the north slope. At one time Ray & Myself figured the best I remember there were 117 rigs working out of Abilene.

Frederick Lieb, Class of 51
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Here is Fredrick's Picture made in 1952

February 24, 2011
Pirates,

Forgot something. I added the 1952 photograph of Fredrick to his Collection of Picture on the alumni web site and it is:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


February 25, 2011

Daddy Carroll Mullins worked as a roughneck for Ed Johnson in the oil field.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


February 25, 2011

My Uncle Morris Tonroy 1900-1978 worked in oil drilling. His older brother Les Tonroy 1895-1984 was the father of Lucky and Craig. Morris worked for several years in Oklahoma, a bit in Canada, and then Corpus Christi .

I remember some reminince that Morris was earning $12.50 a day as a roughneck? and his father Frank Tonroy 1871-1948 was getting $7.50 a day as teamster furnishing a team and wagon.

I had an opportunity in 1987 to visit the pioneer Oil Museum in Canada - at Oil Springs - of Detroit. There was a working central pumping station with wooden rail rods to the wells, some suspended from wooden rail fencing. The museum at Midland has a central pumping system with steel rods.

Jerry Tonroy, Class of ??


February 25, 2011

Jerry's mention of the central power house used in the old days of pumping shallow oil wells reminded me of one of my stories for the grankids where I have pictures of a central power house and those pictures can be viewed:..   HERE

I just noticed that same story has some pictures and the History of the Stamford Hospital which some of you might be interested in and that segment is:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 1, 2011

It is kind of interesting about your oilfield experiences and the fact you forgot your old buddy Max Dillard.

I grew up on Cable Tool rigs and got a job out of college as a Drilling engineer offshore and I came to Abilene to work with Everett for the summer so I would have some Rotary experience.

I later worked on both offshore and land drilling rigs in five different countries.

I was fortunate to be able to form my own company in 1969 which grew to 128 rigs and I continue today in the industry.

So that I don’t get my tender feelings hurt, can I be mentioned in your team of “ Lueders Roughnecks”?

Max Dillard, Class of 53


March 1, 2011

Max,I knew you were an enginer and worked in the oil buisness in foreign countries but did not know you roughnecked.

As many conversations as Ray and I have had about the oil patch,we never discussed you as a roughneck.

So my mistake leaving you out sorry But one thing people don't know is that you were my sparing partner in boxing and I understand after I graduated, you went to a boxing tournament, and you were the only one from Lueders that scored a KO. So Max I don't forget everything.

And too I understand that Charles Helmer also is a engineer and has his own company no rigs though. In fact his son drilled a well about two miles NW of Lueders two years ago.

Speaking of cable tools the first bit I helped dress, I blistered my stomach. When we took it out of the forge and lay it on the anvil I stood astried it with no shirt on ,to hammer it out .From then on I wore a shirt.

Speaking of cable tools Ray did you not help your daddy shoot a well with raw Nitro. P.S. Keep me infomed of my mistakes.

Frederick Lieb, Class of 51


March 1, 2011

Well, Frederick, since we are setting the record straight I too was a roughneck. I worked for Miller Drilling Company and Ray was my driller.

I finally had to have some relief from that situation and so I started hiring out to other company's - ha!

Spent a lot of time at the Derrick Cafe.

I also worked on rigs out of Midland and Odessa.

It's good hearing you guys talk about the oil field.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


March 2, 2011

Fredrick, You mentioned my Dad and I shooting a well with Nitro and that happens to be one of my stories for the Grandkids and it can be read at this link:..   HERE

Also wrote one called "Growing up with a WichTex" which you might like reading since you worked many a day with my Dad on the rod and tubing machine and that is:..   HERE

Don't overlook the pictures at the end of each of the stories.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 2, 2011

Lucky Tonroy, Class of 1946, son Les and brother of Craig, had a career as a geologist for Sunoco and was working out of Dallas when he retired there -- still there. Some of the Tonroy cousins are oil landmen. Me, I just used to change my own car oil.

I remember seeing small wooden oil storage tanks in the Kentucky mountains southeast of Lexington, and it looked like somone used old timbers from such tanks to buili an oil change rack on the slope of a hill.

Jerry Tonroy, Class of ??


March 2, 2011
Fredrick et al,

Despite growing up on an oil lease and around the oil fields, I never roughnecked, but I do recall the boxing touraments that Mr. Denham put on.

I believe it was my freshman year (52-53) that they happened. Mr. Denham got kinda a weird assortment of guys to try their hand at boxing. I don't recall all of them, beside Max Dillard but they included Rayford Kelly and Joe Wills.

I remember that Joe had "a few drinks" to work up his courage the night he boxed. It must have helped him because his opponent couldn't knock him down. and Joe won the match. Later in the dressing room, Joe wanted to know who won: He didn't know until we told him that he was the winner. He was in kind of a daze still.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 2, 2011
Don, I remember that Kenneth won his bout, and that the Lueders fight club was much smaller the next Monday. I did not fight as I had all the fights a boy needed at home, and lost them all to Kenneth.

I still have the trophy Kenneth won in Abilene in the Golden Gloves. As for the roughnecks, my dad Bill "Shorty" ( a name he did not like) Edgar worked for just about everyone in Lueders.

In a continuing education course on Texas history last night at Rice University the subject was on cotton, and the roll it played in the settlement and development of Texas.

Like most of us, having spent to much of my life in the cotton patch, I could have taught the course. Bent over, back hurting, hands torn, with a strap cutting into our shoulders, going to football practice under the lights afterwards, we did not know what a big part of Texas history we were playing. All for $2.00-$2.25 per hundred.

Life was good and still is.

David Edgar, Class of ??


March 2, 2011
Roughnecks and others,

All this talk about roughnecking reminded me that I have a Slim Willet LP, "Texas Oil Patch Songs", that I've converted over to a CD. I don't recall who all I've given a copy of it to, but if you're interested in one, let me know.

The songs on the album are:

Rig Moving Man, Toolpusher From Snyder, Oil Patch Girls, El Paso Gas, Off Shore Drillin' Rig, Boom Town Man, Smell That Sweet Pefume, Johnny Don't Drill Any More, Drill Bit Honky Tonk, Morning Tower, Haywire Jones, Roughneck and Hadacol Corners.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


March 2, 2011

I am loving the stories of you roughneckers. you certainly are Texas history. what wonderful stories you all must have.

I have forwarded your e-mails to my children, who love Texas, but have only known it on short visits.

I was recently in West Texas for a funeral and once again breathed the wonderful air and wide open space.

Thank you for sharing. I have lived in and out of Michigan for many years. and out of the country (Somalia at one time).

My grandparents were early farmers in Jones County.

Sylvia Weeks Precious, Class of 49


March 2, 2011

Sylvia, I too left Texas many moons ago and you might like sending this link to your children:..   HERE

Make sure your sound is on and you can hear Slim Willet sang "Tool Pusher from Snyder" which is one of the songs Don Latimer mentioned and one in fact he sent to me for this web page.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 2, 2011
Thanks Ray. I just sent it off.

Sylvia Weeks Precious, Class of 49


March 5, 2011

I also worked in the Oilfield as a roughneck, roustabout and mud engineer for Baroid. My dad Thomas Murray spent some time working on the cable tool rigs and was best friends with a lot of the Lueders guys including Bill Edgar and E. R. Smyth.

When our family lived in Lueders, I probably contributed to my Cousin Max Dillard’s boxing skills (Max is 3 years older and at least a foot taller at the time). Max convinced me that he made it fair by being on his knees not considering he had a much longer reach. He never knocked me out but I recall he enjoyed beating the crap out of me.

Those were the days!!!!!!

John T. Murray, Class of 57 - Anson High School


March 7, 2011

My first time on a rod and tubing machine was really hard, 1955, 11 years old, Mostly I did farming and ranching, one day in Gilbert Hansons cotton field I pulled 1000 pounds of cotton in one day, 20$ at the age of 12, 1956, that was a lot of popcorn, dr peppers, stamford picture shows, etc etc, in 1959, baled up 3200 bails of hay on Weldon Hansons haybailing rig, 25 cents a bale, near a dime for wire, and gas, plus swathing, or mowing or raking.. one day, baled up more rattle snakes than most people have seen.

Remember all you guys, and beautiful girls from lueders. I started chopping cotton at the age of 3 with a tiny hoe. Remember old Richard Wills working the next row, will be 67 in 8 days, and am still strong, because of hard work in youth, as a base. The new laws would have probably put my parents in jail for working a child. The world sure has changed.

Pleasant memories of the truely christian community we grew up in, and feel spiritually close to so many friends of youth, many many which have passed on. It was a great place and time to go through childhood.

I remember the boxing team, i got in at the tail end. My first fight, I was 9, my oponent 12, it was a tie. After that most of school disagreements ended up in the boxing ring, we had a lot of fights. Remember the one I lost to rex, much taller than I in Ag class, which jackie richards organized, a spot of the moment thing, hit my head on the concrete floor, they discontinued texas boxing in interschoolastic league, in 53 I'm thinking, small gloves, no head gear, no wraps, no actual training program, at least not in lueders, in most families.

Martial arts has come a long way since the 50's

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


March 8, 2011
Pirates,

I was doing some work on the www.luederstexas.com web site today and ran across the picture below so, before we leave the discussion of roughnecking I thought I would add this photo to the discussion. It is of a spudder rig owned by C. E. Groover -- Don Latimer sent me the photo a year or so ago and he is going to have to jump in and tell us who is in the picture.

I was talking to Don tonight and he reminded me of a picture of my own that is posted on my web site and it can be viewed:...   HERE --- The page explains a little about the photo but, the fun part not fully explained was when Arlene Felts noticed this full page picture in the newspaper she went running across the street to my mother and asked do you know who that is and mother said Certainly, I've washed that shirt too many times not to know.

Being the sweet guy he is and a master researcher, Don Latimer obtained a copy of the photo from the Abilene Reporter news a couple of years ago and sent it to me which I had framed and put in the museum.

He was able to do that after I showed him the original newspaper which my mother had kept all tru the years.

Incidental I had personally gone to the Abilene Reporter News in 2003 and failed to come up with a copy. Don accomplished from California what I was unable to do in person. That is why he is our authorized Pirate Finder

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 8, 2011
Ray, the short man looks like my dad.

David Edgar, Class of 57


March 8, 2011
Pirates,

Bobbie Ruth Underwood Shott sent me this picture a few years ago. The original was a little clearer than it is now. Don't know who the guy is with the back of his head to us. The next guy is Buck Newsom (1908-1990), then Dallas underwood (1913-1984), sitting down is B. C. McMordie (1901-1973) and the young blonde boy is Raymond Underwood (1945-2004). The rig belonged to C. E. Groover (1892-1974). Groover did a lot of drilling around Lueders including a batch of wells on the Harvey Ranch south-east of the Anson River Bridge.

B. C. McMordie was an interesting guy. He was part owner in several oil leases around Lueders including some on the Mullins place. . He was extremely big and heavy. He rode around in a big car that had heavy duty springs on the drivers side so that side wouldn't ride low.I had a full time job taking care of and feeding a couple of his bird dogs. I think he paid me $10.00 per month.

Judging by Raymond Underwood, the picture was probably made in the early 50's.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 8, 2011

This is another oil field memory. My dad (Hugh Gafford) was a "pumper" on an oil lease out in the "chinery" (sp?) My brother and I and the Irwin kids, Ollie, Ronnie, & Judy Ann lived in houses furnished by the small independent oil company I believe out of Anson. Because we lived so far out in the country no schools would send a bus to our houses. Our folks had to drive us to Nugent to catch the bus. After Charles & Ollie graduated in 1948. Our folks convinced the school at Hawley to come to our homes so Judy, Ronnie and I finished our grade school years at Hawley. Anybody know about the "chinery"? How I wound up graduating from Lueders is another story...

Patsy Gafford Campbell Class of 1958


March 8, 2011

Patsy, I am quite familiar with the Shinnery because the Shinnery holds many an oil well from the Nugent area all the way over west of the Abilene to Stamford highway where that strip of Shinnery Land runs east and west between Anson and Hawley. I can attest to the fact, it sure do get hot and dry in the Shinnery.

I thought the spelling of it was with an S but, been in Florida too long to be sure so I went Googling and looked in the dictionary but, nothing came up on the spelling it with both a C and an S.

Then I did a search in the online Wikipedia Encyclopedia and it was interesting to me that a map even shows a Shinnery and shows it in that area we are all familar with. The link is:..  HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 --- PS: Just discovered my Email program don't know how to spell Shinnery either.


March 9, 2011

Shinnery seems to be an oak tree species, in wikipedia. shinnery, in our context may not be known outside the communities we grew up in, and may be described as an impassable tangle of trees, shrubs, vines, weeds, flowers, etc, so intertangled, as to make it diccicult to pass without resorting to animal trails, which are patrolled by rattle snakes, and copperheads, cotton mouths, near water.

I'm thinking the Nichols brothers may operate lots of the old well heads near Anson.

My resently passed on brother George, pumped a vast number of old wells near lubbock, where they have shinnery oak trees, but the wells were mostly near graze and farm lands.

never seen a shinnery like ours, even the everglades are more passable.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


March 9, 2011

I haven't thought abought the chinery in years. My aunt and uncle, Fanny and Earl Shelley, lived west of Nugent when I was a young boy. I think Earl was a pumper around Nugent. I loved to visit them and play for hours in the sand. Mother and Dad would visit and pick blackberries on the road and fencelines in season.

I was reading about the Lueders roughnecks and phoned my brother, Gilbert Petty. I read him some of the stories. He left school in the eighth grade and went to work for Bill McCowan on a rod and tubing pulling machine. He worked as a roughneck for awhile also. He still pumps wells at the age of 76 and has worked for the same company for 51 years.

Foy Petty, Class of 64


March 9, 2011

When E. R. Smyth had a rod job in Nugent area. We would get gasoline out of drips to wash down the machine. We also used it in our old cars.It was such high octane it had to be cut with motor oil to keep the motor from rattling.

Frederick Lieb, Class of 51


March 10, 2011

Oil on average, once removed from its atmosphere, speciates inro 21 gallons of gasoline of a 44 gallon barrel of petro. the other 23 gallons makes lierally hundreds of thousands carbon based compounds, or materials, used in the worlds manufacturing infrastructure, As the price of oil grows, existing petrochemical deposits at deeper debths, untapped, around our area will create economic justification for exploration.

Satallite imagery, measuring the outgassing of methane reveals a huge area of massive deposites from west texas into oklahoma, exposing geophysical assets worth trillions. As easy to drill upper petro deposits are exhausted, energy companies will go deeper for both oil and gas wells where the bulk of americas untapped energy reserves exist. Its only a matter of time until gas will power combustion engines, occurring when justification exists, or whatever---wind and solar represent less than 1 % of our countries energy supplies. If other energy sources are developed, then the model could change, as new variables are introduced into the matrix of energy use, in our country and the other countries.

Buy the way it is now, our area will probably see a newfound wealth as the deeper sources of petrochemicals are required to power the worlds energy demands. Whatever

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


March 10, 2011

Did Fanny and Earl have a daughter named Olga? Olga rode our Nugent school bus. One thing she taught me was to hold a tissue in my hand to warm my cold hands.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


March 10, 2011
Carolyn,

Ogla was the youngest of seven children. She was in the class of 58. She's married to Linza Jones. I know that Ogla came to the 50's gettogether we had a few years back. I don't recall if she's been to home coming or not, but probably has.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 10, 2011
Hi Carolyn,

Don't know if you remember me or not but I graduated in 1966 and we grew up together in the First Baptist Church of Lueders. Russell was in my class. My parents are Rose and Roy Lee Buntin. Once I graduated I went on to Hardin Simmons University. Tell me where you are now. I am in Round Rock which is close to Austin. We have lived here for almost 30 years. I retired from teaching from Round Rock ISD a few years ago.

Jeanne Buntin Cours. Class of ??


March 10, 2011

Yes, Ogla was at the last Homecoming.

Danny Zips, Class of ??


March 13, 2011

I have been reading about 'The Shinnery". My Grandfather told me it was the shinnery because you could not walk thru it or even ride a horse thru it. He was born in 1885, from Tennessee to Arkansas and up thru east Texas and settled in and around Jones County.

Most of my life there before Lueders was in the shinnery lands around Anson. I am one of the older children that can remember him. My Mom will be 90 in April with a good mind and stands by what Grandaddy said.

So the two following sites could make you wonder more. But note that one of them is in Jones County and they still sell property that have 'Shinnery's' on them. The other is Tarleton. So do we really know how it is spelled??

The two web sites are:..     HERE     AND     HERE

Patsy Culpepper Roberts-61


March 13, 2011

The shinnery is where Daddy Carroll's hat blew off in front of Skeeter the horse Russell was riding behind the saddle I was in. A norther blew in.

We had accompanied Daddy to the shinnery pasture to find a cow that had recently had a calf, so she could be brought back to the barn. As Daddy was opening the gate for us to leave the shinnery pasture, the norther blew his hat into the face of the horse.

When the horse reared up I fell on Russell who landed on a rock with his back. The wind was knocked out of us, but the rock being under Russell was our main concern after we caught our breath. That was the only time I was able to milk a cow. We road Skeeter back to the barn with Daddy walking as we had mud raining down as the dirt and rain were mixing in the air.

Mother had supper ready for us, and we were all glad to be inside at last. On the way to the shinnery, the golden wheat crop in the north field was in the foreground of our view with the green mesquite tree across the road next and the dark blue sky above. What a beautiful sight before the fright!

Carolyn "Mullins" Pearson, Class of ??


March 14, 2011

I am lost. When we were in High school, I thought the shinnery was the sand fields where they raised peanuts and the Bootleggers lived. I remember the bootlegger went out and dug in the sand for the beer bottles and whiskey bottles. We bought a quart of beer one night and 5 of us got drunk (or acted drunk) on that one bottle.

We were really wild eh? I understand the classes following us made up for it.

Max Dillard, Class of 53


March 14, 2011

Gotta to jump in here. As a kid my step dad G. C. Spurrier leased several places in the shinnery. Buz and Bobcat Wylie, John, Billy Mack and Harvey Nichols, my brother Thurman and myself spent many days and nights hauling water to rigs all around the Nugent area.

We worked on the old rod-lines and kept the power houses going that Mr Nichols had on his leases. One of the more predominate trees was the Bodark tree which produced what we called horse apples.

We worked on rig drilling wells and then worked on the rod and tubing machines and setting the pumps. Thurman and I hauled water to the cattle in the shinnery and used a one arm johnny to pump the water from the creek into the tank we had on a four wheel trailer.

Great memories. The two links below shows the rod wrenching in action. and some tails of the Bodark Tree.

The two web sites are:..     HERE     AND     HERE

Chuck "Doug" Thomas, Class of 60


March 15, 2011

Pirates, ---- Regarding our efforts to Update your Contact Info and add new Pirates:..........................

From the two mailing list provide by Carlene "Burkman" Black and Don Latimer we had 60 Pirates that we had E-Mail addresses for but, they were not members of the Chat Line.

Yesterday, I mailed out invitations to all 60 of those Pirates to come join us on the Pirate Chat Line.

As a result of that e-mail, Elmon Higgs and Robert Culver both from the Class of 56 are now on the Chat Line as of today.

I would like to remind all Pirates to keep your info updated because if it is not kept current the chat line mail system will attempt to send email a few times and if the address is bad the mail system automatically removes you from the mail system.

Keep in mind Don and Carlene's list were both fairly old but, the 60 messages I sent out yesterday using regular e-mail, 24 of those message came back with a bad address. The same thing happens with the Chat Line except after a few rejections the chat line system kicks the bad address out of the system.

We have lost a few and gained a few but, we now have 108 members on the Chat Line and let me advise you of this which I had never noticed before. When I checked the count just now, I noticed the system has automatically checked Donna Dodgen Class of 61 and Jimmy Wylie, Class of 56 as having bad addresses so apparently the system has had at least one rejection of attempting to make delivery of a message to their address. I never saw this indication before but, then I am not in the system all that much as it is only when I subscribe someone or in a few case remove someone when they request it and we have had a few deaths.

Welcome to the Pirate Chat Line - Elmon and Robert

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 15, 2011

WOW! It's great to know how many others have memories of the shinnery. Does anyone remember being called "shinnery hicks".

My dad (Hugh Gafford) and Mr. Irwin had the responsibility for the power house for their leases. I remember many a night my dad would jump out of bed because he would hear a change in rhythm of the giant motor. If it totally shut down it was no small task to get it up and running again.

Do any of you remember trying to "walk" on the rod lines without falling off. How about "packing a well"? What a mess. I walked to all the wells with my dad summer and winter. What great memories.

Dad would take his 22 rifle lots of times and on occasion shoot a squirrel. Didn't really enjoy that, but we ate what we killed. Many of the city folk can't believe we ate squirrel.

Patsy Gafford, Class of 58


March 15, 2011
Pirates,

Please try to remember to follow the rules when sending your Chat Line messages.

Every time you don't, it causes me extra work because the message will not go through and the system automatically sends me an administrator's message to go into the mailing system and either reject your message or release it.

One Senior moment is not too bad but, with 108 of you on the chat line the lapses of memory can keep me busy and there has been far too many of you having senior moments.

So, Please remember you can not send COPIES or BLIND copies -- Address your message to the Chat Line and the Chat Line only. This the biggest of the violations.

Another rule you must follow is:.. A messages will not go through if you send your message using an address different from the one you have entered into the mail system.

If you have more then one e-mail address, you have to use the same one that you used when you registered.

If you have changed your address or want to use a different one, please go to this link and fill out a new form:..   HERE

The protocol and Chat Line Rules are at this link:..   HERE

These are not my rules this is just how the Chat Line mailing system works.

However, another annoying habit you have is not properly signing your messages and regardless of the message length I ask that all be signed same as this one is signed, using your name and class year.

This saves me lots of time and frustration when I am archiving the messages

Thanks, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 16, 2011

The Shinnery was between Anson and Abilene.

What I will never forget is going to a movie in Abilene and returning one night during a thunderstorm. So many frogs were crossing the highway that one could not miss them and you could hear them “pop” when run over.

We also lived on the Hugh Roberts lease near Nugent where Dad oversaw the drilling, completion and pumping.

I also remember E. R. Smyth did some work with E. Ray Smyth working for E. R.

My sister Kay and I rode the bus to school in Lueders and I think the bus driver’s nickname was “Eagle Eye”. Wonder what happened at all those who also rode the bus during that time! Guess that was about 1950 or so.

John T. Murray, Class of 57 - Anson High


March 16, 2011

The Shinnery started over behind Grandmother Tonroy's place and went west up through Nugent , Anson, Abilene and maybe beyond. All the Tonroy grand kids used to play in the Shinnery. We would build hideouts in the brush and they were hard to find. The sand was at least 30/40 feet deep at grandmothers. Uncle Les would sell sand to Road Builders for road beds because the sand was so clean with no gravel.

John Tom I thought you all lived in town, east of the school close to where Max lived. Maybe you moved to Nugent after the Refinery closed and some of us moved to Wichita Falls.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 at WF


March 16, 2011

Cousin Sharon Hines Hudson mentioned the shinnery on the old Tonroy place on US 380 now TX 6 ..

We didn't have any oil well, but one was drilled about 1968 in the shinnery there - nothing but a stick marking the well site as they quit and left before I could see the rig. But there was plenty of sand and shinnery, and a paved road.

So Les Tonroy sold the estate by the cubic yard during the years before the estate was sold.

I can recall the first car our family had about 1947 - a Terraplane coupe with no back seat.. so my dad could put tools there, but he also brought sand back to Lueders for play.

I got nostalgic on this and decided to look at the place by computer. On MSN Bing views the Tonroy place shinnery was intact, but just north of the place and across the highway from the Vickers place there was a lot of quarrying in that shinnery. But on the newer Google map views, that quarrying was much expanded, and the shinnery on the old Tonroy place was giving way to more recent quarrying.

Jerry Tonroy, Monterey HS Lubbock 1961 -- Lueders 1943-1948


March 18, 2011
Pirates,

I was listening to some Slim Willet songs and he was singing about "Hadacol Corners".

My question is: Is (or was) "Hadacol Corners" a real location or just a figment of Slim's imagination?

Of course I remember that my grandmother faithfully took Hadacol for her health and vitality.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 18, 2011

For some little old ladies like our Grandmothers would NEVER think of touching alchol of any kind but they sure liked their Hadacol not knowing that it was about 75% alchol.

Bless their hearts they have been gone a long time but we still miss them. I remember them well.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


March 18, 2011

I remember that it was advertised on the radio program Louisiana Hayride . When they were ask how it got it's name, the people who brewed it and sold it said "We HADACOL it somthing". I could use a tablespoon of it today.

Wanda Shott Beil, Class of 61


March 18, 2011

According to the net here's the following explanation: The town of Midkiff, in Upton County, Texas was supposedly to have been named "Hadacol Corner", but the U.S. Postal Service objected to the name presumably on the grounds of a registered brand name being used for the name of a town.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


March 18, 2011
Pirates,

Armentha "Graham" Martin recently passed away. I believe she attended Lueders some, I don't know that she graduated. She attended Homecomings.. The Grahams lived north of town and her younger siblings, Doyle, class of 55 & Mildred, class of 58 rode the west school bus route.

Her obituary follows:...............................................

Armentha Martin, 85, of Albany died Sunday March 6, 2011 at a Breckenridge care center.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Albany Church of Christ with Anthony Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Albany Cemetery under the direction of Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1:00 till service time at the church.

Armentha was born September 7, 1925 in Scurry County to Virgil and Lula Belle (Powell) Graham. She married Thomas Taylor Martin, June 6, 1942 in Lueders, TX. She was an LVN for over 35 years, having worked in Olney, Archer City, Graham, and Throckmorton.

She worked for over 20 years for the Outreach Home Healthcare in Paducah, Matador, and Dickens. They returned to Albany in 1991 from Matador. She continued to provide health care by doing private duty nursing to area residents.

She was also a Mary Kay beauty consultant for 27 years. She was a member of the Albany Church of Christ.

Armentha is survived by one son, Virgil James Martin and wife Karen of Albany; one daughter, Janie Kincaid and husband Virgil of Trinidad, West Indies; two brothers, Hirse Graham of Henrietta and Doyle Graham of Purdon; two sisters, Levona Macon and Mildred Morris both of Abilene; four grandchildren, Jena Fleming and husband Marty of Petrolia, Janeece Williams and husband Keith of Post, Will Martin of Gorman, Melissa Read and husband Justin of Breckenridge and eight great grandchildren, Jessica Herbert and husband Mason of Universal City, Read Williams, Chad Fleming, Audree Williams, Colin Heath Read, Addee Williams, Pepper Martin and Cole Read.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one son, Billy Martin.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 20, 2011

I recall that Levona Graham was in the class of 52 with Gerrell Moore, Patty Ann Register, etc. I was not aware that they had an older sister, Armentha.

Ramona Hamilton, Class of 54


March 20, 2011
Pirates,

I found the following note on Slim Willet & Hadacol Corners. I'll keep looking.

Willet (verified by his widow, Abilenian Jimmie Moore) then spent 10 months re-working "Stars," though retaining its wrap-around meter which would become famous through the 100-plus different recordings and millions of sales of the country-crossover hit. Finally, he put it on the back side of "Hadacol Corners," a humorous Willet composition Slim wrote and recorded on 4-Star Records, about a West Texas oil town near Odessa. Even Willet, early-on, pushed the "A-side" on his DJ show, ignoring "Stars."

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 20, 2011

Jimmy attended school at Lueders and graduated from Anson High School. Our families enjoyed many good times together. He, Paulette, and Billy rode the Nugent school bus.

Being at the visitation and funeral were such a blessing. Russell and Sally were able to be at the funeral also.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65
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Jimmy W. Owen - January 7, 1945 - March 15, 2011
It is amazing the difference a man can make in the lifespan of 66 years and 67 days. My dad Jimmy did just that, he made a difference.

My dad grew up in west Texas as an oil field child, living in several small towns and finally landing in Anson, Texas, where he graduated high school. He has always been a cowboy from the first time he rode a wooden stick, to his days as a bull-rider, jockey, trail-rider and cutter. Most cowboys will say their life is about faith, family and friends and these words were certainly true of my dad. His faith was extremely strong, solid, simple and grounded. He became a Christian at a young age and vividly remembered the occasion when he made that step of faith and later when he was baptized. As his love for Christ grew so did his giving spirit. He worked hard at not letting the left hand know what the right hand was giving when it came to helping others. He supported his local church, First Baptist of Marietta, missionaries in Africa, foster children, the homeless in Texas, 4-H and FFA clubs, family members and a countless number of friends. His faith was real and I am so thankful that he demonstrated his love for Christ to Tamyra and me.

It wasn’t easy as a single parent raising two children and running a business, but he did both successfully. He worked hard long hours but always made time to play baseball in the front yard, ride barrel horses with my sister, sit in the bleachers during my wrestling matches and Tamyra’s basketball games, go fishing, water ski at Lake Murray, as well as engage in other countless family moments.

My dad was immensely proud of Tamyra. He loved her dearly and it meant so much to him that she enjoyed horses and at one point managed one of his stores. I believe what he loved most of all is that she is such a terrific mother. Her hands are full with Mackenzie, Madison, Mallorie, Mason and Margo. Although she is busy, she would have it no other way and her entire family loved their papoo and cherished him so much.

My dad was immensely proud of me. I know that because he always told me. In the last 10 years, I can count on one hand how many days we didn’t talk on the phone. Each morning, while driving to work we would call one another and simply talk about the day. He gave such sound advice, provided a listening ear and gave constant encouragement. I will miss our daily talks more than anything. Dad was also so proud of my children, Natalie, James and Andrew. He had such a way with all of his grandchildren that made each of them feel so very special and loved. Whether it was going on adventures, riding the mule, handing out quarters, playing Uno, or going to the candy store, he always made it so special. Our hearts ache for his eight grandchildren, they loved him around the world, as he would often tell them.

My dad also had such a close relationship with his brother, Olin and his sister, Paulette. They relied on each other throughout life and had a special bond. All three of them loved their mother and daddy so very much and they took such good care of them. Dad enjoyed trips in the motor home with Olin and simply being together at his house. He also talked so much to Paulette and grew to rely on her love and acceptance during the difficult times of his life. He will be greatly missed by the two of them, their spouses, children and grandchildren.

And finally, dad loved his friends and he loved this community. I remember as a child we couldn’t go anywhere without my dad shaking hands with people he knew. He just didn’t remember faces he remembered their names, their families, their stories and of course their boot size! Since my dad’s passing, I have been in two of his favorite restaurants and both times I overheard strangers talking about my dad. That brings me such comfort. For every friend that shopped in his store I say, thank you. He loved Jimmy’s Western Wear and was very proud that he was able to work in this great town for over 40 years.

It is so hard to finish this obituary because I loved my dad so much. I do however find such peace in knowing that he is with his Savior Jesus Christ. He yearned to be an example for Christ and I can say with all confidence that he would want you to love our great savior as well.

Rather than flowers I know that dad would want a purpose behind his funeral. Because of this we are asking for memorials to be given to the Men’s Ministry of First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 302, Marietta, OK 73448 or the Presbyterian Night Shelter, P.O. Box 2645, Fort Worth, TX 76113.

Visitation for Jimmy Wayne Owen will be Friday, March 18, 2011, at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

A celebration of my dad’s life will be at First Baptist Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 10 a.m.


March 20, 2011
Pirates,

Here's my last word on the subject and then I'll shut up.

Don Smyth was absolutely correct about the town of Midkiff replacing Hadacol Corners. Midkiff is located about 20 miles south by southeast of Midland, just across the Upton county line. A few years ago it had 68 people in it.

The name was changed about 1952. On August 24, 1952, the following article was pulblished in several newspapers across the state including "The Paris News". That about the same time as Slim Willet was writing his song, "Hadacol Corners".

Hadacol Corners, Tex., Loses Name Hadacol Corners, Midkiff, Tex., Aug 23 AP -- Please refrain from referring to this bustling West Texas oil community as Hadacol Corners. The Post Office Department, in the interest of dignity in the mails, say that it's now officially Midkiff.

The community sprouted -- store by store -- a couple of years ago in a spot stratigically picked to serve new oil field camps in Upton County. The first settlers and the oil workers started calling it Hadacol Corners, after the patent medicine of the same name.

The name stuck untlil the Post Office Department decided th4 settlement deserved a fourth class (not a fourth rate) post office.

"They frowned on the name of Hadaol Corners," reported Congressman Ken Regan. "And thought the name Midkiff, after the well-known ranching family in this area, would be more approprliate."

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 21, 2011
Pirates,

I have enjoyed sitting back and observing all the chatter and so many different ones being involved in the Chat Line discussing the Shinnery. It makes the work and time required to maintain the chat line a little more worth while to me.

I could not however sit back and let Don Latimer and my Little Brother have the last say on Hadacol Corners and perhaps I will have the last say if you will click:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 24, 2011

It's time to start planning your next Homecoming for 2011. A meeting will be held at the Lueders cafeteria on Monday April 18 at 7pm.

Everyone should make plans to attend the meeting. If you have any suggestions for the next Homecoming please let you ideas be known at the meeting or thru one of the committee members.

You can also email your suggestions via the chat line or e-mail me or call me.

The next meeting will be held sometime in July so make sure you look for notices in the mail or on the chat line. The meeting in July will determine the next nominees for the Hall of Fame, please be aware the nominations will need be to be mailed earlier this year, more information will be available after the April 18 meeting.

If you want to sart the nomination process feel free to mail your nomination to my box number listed above, there will be notification as to the cut off date for nominees. If you want to nominate on line please e-mail me direct, DO NOT put the nomination on the chat line.

Thanks, Pete Zips, Class of 62 and President of Homecoming Committee


March 24, 2011
Pirates,

I just got word that Grady Clark Baker, a coach and teacher at Lueders 50/51 & 51/52 just passed away. His obituary was in the Abilene Reporter News.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 24, 2011
Pirates,

A couple of weeks ago, Don Latimer and I was on the phone discussing Danny Zips desire to have another 50's type party at this years homecoming and I told Don that we could call it "The Old Folks Party"

Don, replied back. "You've reminded me, I got a song about an Old Folks Party"

So, with Danny Zips homecoming announcement there would be a meeting to start planning Homecoming, I thought it appropriate you listen to Bob Wills song, "There is gonna be Party for the Old Folks" which just arrived this very day on a CD Don sent me.

Please listen to the words as it is an invitation to come to the party and kind of cute. The Link is:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 ---- PS: It is set to play once and stop - To Play over, Refresh the page.


March 25, 2011
Pirates,

Sometimes I get an old song going thru my mind and I have a hard time coming up with the words. This time I don't recall the name or who sang it. It's been in my head several days now.

We had either a 78 or 45 of it back in the late 40s.

Some of the lyrics go like this:

When you feel low down, this is what you do, get yourself a new broom and start sweeeping the floor, sweep away your troubles with a new broom. So sweep, sweep, keep a-sweeping Jack, till the sun shines, sun's a-shining bright, so sweep, sweep, sweep away your troubles with a new broom.

I found one reference to it on the internet where they mentioned some of the lyrics which were on a CD that was given to them for a wedding present. They referred to it as Texas swing.

I'm asking to see if someone can ID either the title or artist.

Thanks, Don Latimer, Class of 56


March 25, 2011
Pirates,

Thanks for all your help. The name of the song I was looking for was "New Broom Boogie" by Al Dexter. Al also did "Pistol Packing Mama".

I've got the CD ordered.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


March 25, 2011
Pirates,

Don's inquiry about the words of a song got me curious and after he provided the name and the artist, I was able to locate it --- For others with a curiosity you can now squelch it by going:..   HERE

I didn't recall a musician named All Dexter but, in my search I discovered I sure did remember a lot of his songs one I think most all will remember is "Pistol Packing Mama". So, it is posted:..   HERE

For those not aware a good place on the internet to hear old songs is:..   HERE

Just type in an Artist's name and it will start playing one of their songs. I had to type in Al Dexter about a dozen times before "New Broom Boogie" played.

Be aware, you will have to listen to a pop up advertisement prior to using but, once started the site will continue to play additional songs without interruption.

You will have to explore the web site because there are different options to set up on the site for playing different type songs. I sometimes will start the web site playing while I am doing other things on the computer as it is about like having a radio turned on except there is no interruptions for commercials.

A couple of you reported the previous web page shown:..   HERE did not play music.

I can only tell you that I normally check all the web pages with several browsers to verify everything works because that is just part of doing web pages. At least that is how I usually do it.

So, those of you who cannot hear the sound, you will need to check your computer settings. Fact is, Don told me his computer did not initially play the web page until he clicked on something that told his system to use Media Player.

Enjoy, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 27, 2011

Today's Abilene Reporter News report that Jake Jackson died March 26. Jake was the husband of Shirley Jackson who taught in Lueders in the late 50's and early 60's.

Danny "Pete" Zips, Class of 62


March 28, 2011
Pirates,

I received a pleasant surprise in the U. S. Mail today from Gloria Verble which was a color photograph of the Baptist congregation in Lueders.

I was just as surprised to discover I hardly knew anyone in the picture except for Robert Sanders who is sitting on the first row.

I phoned Gloria to thank her for the photo and like me, she has no idea of the date of the photo.

At some later date I will post it on the school web site but, for now it is:...   HERE

The 8 X 10 hard copy of the photo itself is too small to make out the individuals so I scanned the photo in at different resolution settings and you will find one photo is 750 pixels wide while another is 2000 pixels wide and a 3rd is 3000 Pixels wide so the individuals can better be seen.

For the computer illiterate, a pixel is one space on the screen and if your using a 1024 X 768 screen resolution setting that means you have 1024 spaces (Pixels) across the screen and 768 spaces down the screen.

Same applies for a 800 X 600 screen resolution i.e. 800 spaces across and 600 down.

I hope some of you can give us the date and other info about the picture as well as identify some of the individuals.

Robert Sanders is in Row 1 - 3rd from left.

Does anyone know the date when the church building in this photo burned.

We can all Thank Gloria for thinking of us Pirates as a note included with the photo said, found this among Wayne's files and thought you might want to add it to the archives.

Enjoy, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


March 28, 2011

Ray, I can see dad the 7th one from the left top row with mom standing beside him looking down. Bobba is near the bottom on the right side with Anita , maybe Kim and Wendy. I can find Alton and Carol Wayne Mullins also. Several I can recognize but not identify. The preacher may be Bro. Bill Trice

Thanks a million. I'm sending it to Anita right now.

Carol Felts. Class of 53


March 28, 2011

The girl on the far right in yellow dress looks like Marilyn Smith to me with her parents (who owned variety store) next to her? Not sure, though.

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


March 28, 2011

I am rather sure that the pastor (kneeling in the front) is Bill Trice. This would date the photo as being in the early 1970's. I believe that Brother Bill left FBC Lueders for FBC Hawley sometime in 1975, since Rudy Fambrough was the pastor when the church burned in January 1976. I also think that this photo may have been used on the cover of a church directory published during that period.

Gerrell D. Moore, Class of 52


March 29, 2011

That is Les Tonroy standing to Arlenes left and Ollie Tonroy standing in front of Bobba.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


March 29, 2011

I went back and looked at the picture again and that is not Bobba standing behind Aunt Ollie. She looks very familiar though.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


March 29, 2011
I think Terry is right.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


March 29, 2011

Yes, that is Marilyn Jean Smith with her parents. That is her husband (Randy Turrilo (not sure of the spelling)) behind her. A little to the left of Elvie and Randy I, see Jack and Meldine (Wills) Manley, who are still very active in FBC Lueders even though they now live in Abilene.

Gerrell D. Moore, Class of 52


March 29, 2011

Sandra Dillard said the lady on the left in yellow is Billie Norwood. She's going to try and help identify some of the people, tool If that's Marilyn Smith and her parents, where is Theo at this time?

Terry Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


March 29, 2011

Your observation is correct. Bobba is standing in front of Lela Mae next to Anita Felts with her daughters Kim and Wendy standing in front of her.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


March 29, 2011

My mother and daddy, Alton and Verna Mullins are at the far left. Russell Mullins is behind Daddy.

Alfred Arrington is behind and above Verna Mullins. Tussy (slightly behind Desha) and Desha Patty are just below them. Is that Tom Gifford next to Tussy?

I think that is Cynthia Reves Newsom (looking back) with her baby Chad in her arms. I think it is Joan Patty holding Matt Newsom. I think that is my sister, Jessie Dean Mullins Reves and E. T. Reves at the far right by the pillar. (although I never recall seeing him with sunglasses on)

Fred Sides, Les Tonroy, Bythel Cowan are behind Red and Arlene Felts (top row).

Bea Moore is in the center with a white collared dress with short sleeves. Neelie Webb? next to Bea.

I think it is Oscar Burkman, third row behind Russell Mullins. Nollie Lawrence in blue dress on same row.

Era Hines--glasses in dark blue dress to the right and third row above preacher, Bill Trice.

Pat Koch? in white sleeveless dress near Era. Mrs. Clevenger, third row behind Pat Koch.

Elvie, Lela Mae, and Marilyn have already been identified.

Could that be Red's sister below Arlene? I can't think of her name. (She did not live in Lueders.)

Carol Felts said that he spotted Carroll Wayne Mullins, my brother, but I don't find him.

Ramona Mullins Hamilton, Class of 54


March 29, 2011
E. Ray,

Based on the picture of Cynthia Reves Newsom who is holding an infant, best guess of the date is spring of 1973 probably Easter.

I have a copy of the picture but there is no date on it. Maybe someone else has a picture and it is dated.

Betty Walker, Class of 60


March 29, 2011

That is Aunt Olie Tonroy directly below arlene with the white dress and red scarf on. Could the one you think is Tom Gifford be G. C. Cooley maybe?

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


March 30, 2011

I agree that the lady below Arlene is Ozelle (Felts) Davis, a sister to Red, JacK,, and Buddy Felts. After living in California for many years, she and her husband (Charlie) moved back to Lueders in the later 1960's or early 1970's. I know that they were living there when I returned in October 1976.

Gerrell D. Moore, Class of 52


March 30, 2011

I have a copy of this picture also. I think I made the picture before leaving for Germany in May, 1973.

This church building burned Wednesday night about 30 minutes after the service. I think Harriett Watts was to have been married there the following weekend, so she would know the date of that fire.

The second fire in the one-story sanctuary happened after the Christmas Eve candle light service. Was that in 1976? We were visiting Mother Margret Mullins and went to see the fire after we learned it had started.

Mr. Burton, our Nugent bus driver became a school custodian and married Mrs. Nollie Lawrence. He is standing behind her. Marilyn Smith did marry Randy Trujillo. I thinks Theo was in California at the time of the picture.

I'm thinking it was Mother's Day, 1973

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


March 30, 2011

I don't recall what year Delbert Moore passed away but the bald headed man four rows from the top on the right sure looks like him. If he has already been mentioned I missed it in the e-mails.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


March 30, 2011

I am probably wrong about Delbert and so I am asking for information. This time can someone identify the two fellows at the top left (both wearing glasses) and a lady between them? To me, it looks like Phillip Newsom and Norman Lambert.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


March 30, 2011
What a nice communication.

My aunt Nollie lawrence was married to Mr. Burton. She was the oldest of 13 children of Benjamin Franklin Weeks and Jennie Pierce of Avoca , whose familys date-back to the 1600

My daughter is working on the family history. They were real pioneers and settlers of the area. My father, Lois was a decorated veteran and hero from World War II as was two of the brothers. One Horace Weeks died in the war and another brother BF served in WW II

We have family dating to 1846 in the Spring Creek cemetary. I am so proud.

Sylvia Weeks Precious, Class of 49


March 30, 2011

My sister, Maxine Wyatt who still lives in Lueders, has this picture and it has the date 1972 on the back.

I talked to her and amazingly she can identify almost everyone on the picture except a few of the young children on the bottom.She said the two, I believe you are talking about, are Phillip Newsom and Norman Lambert with Mrs Chambers in between. The two men standing in front of and next to the pillar are "Mank Gollahier" and ( she doesn't remember his first name) but last name was" Agee". Mr. Gollahier's (not sure iif spelling is right) wife is standing in front of Phillip.

Maxine's husband, Marshall Wyatt is in the center of the picture about 5 rows down from the top with his head turned to his left, wearing a black suit. Maxine is on the row in front of him over to his left. Behind her to her left is Lizzie Bounds.

Dorene McAlister Allen, Class of 55


March 30, 2011

I can't help Identify the group but, I can put a date to it. Gerrell Moore has already said that it was in 1976.

The newspaper article on the fire states that it started about 9:15 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, January 21, 1976. Fire trucks from Anson and Stamford responded to the fire. I guess the fire burned most of the night. The article said the cause had not been determined.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


March 30, 2011

The date of the picture is spring of 1973 -- probably Easter or Mother's Day.

According to Cynthia Reves Newsom holding baby Chad in infant seat in lower left corner:

That was the spring of 1973; Chad was born December 29, 1972.

Ramona Mullins Hamilton, Class of 54


March 31, 2011

Thanks for the correct date. That building did burn while we were in Germany the first tour.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


March 31, 2011
Pirates,

I got a call this morning from Connie Graham Wylie informing me that Betty Jane McCown Franklin, Class of 56, had died during the night.

When she couldn't be reached on the phone last night and again this morning people went to check on her and found her lying on the floor, dead.

Betty Jane was born 14 June 1938 in Jones County to Washington Clayton McCown and Effie Mae Reves. She was married to James Dale Franklin, deceased, and had one son, James Dale Franklin, Jr.

Services are pending.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


March 31, 2011

Delbert lived until sometime after 1989. He and his family were dear friends to Uncle Alfred. Our family continues to be thankful for their friendship.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


March 31, 2011

You may be right about the man standing by Verna Mullins being Tom Gifford because that looks like Bea Gifford standing to the right of Bea Moore.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


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