THE WAY IT IS

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Minutes of April 9, 2014 Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club Executive Board Meeting

MINUTES
MWHS 50 YEAR CLUB
APRIL 9, 2014

The Club meeting was called to order with the following officers present:  President Hank Gayler (presiding), 1st Vice President Terry Brock, 2nd Vice President Jo Murphy and Corresponding Secretary Neta Mason (taking minutes in the absence of Secretary Marguriete Crum). Also present were representatives of Classes 1944 through 1965.
The January meeting minutes were unanimously approved with motion being made by John Murphy and seconded by Bobby Blackwell.
In the absence of Treasurer Earl Medlin, President Gayler presented the Financial Report as follows:                
Renovation Fund                     $ 6,799.24
Membership Fund                   $    747.02
Scholarship Fund                     $ 2,379.69
            TOTAL                          $ 9,925.95
With motion being made by John Murphy and seconded by Linda McDonell, the report was accepted as presented.
President Gayler updated the club on the progress of the renovation of the bedroom in the Lillian Peek Cottage which will soon be the Club’s office. He informed them that the large oval window had been repaired and installed, the walls and trim were painted, and tile flooring for all three rooms had been ordered and would be installed in the bedroom (office) April 22nd and 23rd.  When that is done, and funds are available, the electrical work will be finished in that room and will be ready to move into. President Gayler stated that John Murphy was working on putting together a cost estimate to finish the rest of the building.
During the discussion of having a fund raiser event, Georgia Dowdy suggested having Christmas ornaments made for the club to sell. President Gayler thanked Georgia for the idea and said he was going to meet with Clarence McDonald, Fund Raiser Chairman, to discuss getting organized with a committee to go forward with a plan to raise renovation funds. He asked for volunteers who were willing to be on the committee or work at a fund raiser.
Next item on the agenda was Food Committee Report for Reunion Catering services. Bobby Blackwell reported that he had gotten 3 bids: Shot-Guns – $12.95 for 2 meats, 2 sides plus $1.50 for dessert; Billy Imboden - $13.00 for 3 meats, 2 sides and desserts; Soda Springs - $12.75 for 3 meats, 3 sides and dessert. Margaret Strain moved to accept Soda Springs’ bid; seconded by Jo Murphy; the vote was unanimous. 
Raymond Brewton, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, told the club that they had gotten only 17 applications this year, compared to 31 received last year. He stated that 2 scholarships would be given this year and that the chosen applications had to be turned in to the high school by May 29th. In answer to a question concerning what qualifications the committee took into consideration, Raymond replied financial status, school and community involvement. He told the board if anyone was interested in being on the committee to contact him or Hank.
President Gayler announced the Club would, once again, have a Split the Pot at the Reunion to benefit the Scholarship Fund. The Class of 1965 (greeters) will be asked to sell the tickets for the drawing to be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14th in the Food Court. The winner has to be present to win.
Corresponding Secretary Mason passed out information to the following class representatives stating their responsibilities for the Reunion: Class of 1962 – decorations; Class of 1963 – Furnish snacks Friday night and pastries, coffee, juice, etc. Saturday morning and at Program on Saturday morning Class of 1963 – Induction of Class of 1964; Class of 1964 - Benediction, Reply to Induction, and Invocation.
In regards to Reunion packets for mailing, 2nd Vice President Murphy reminded the Club that they had approved the motion at the last meeting to send mail outs only to dues paid members and that was the only mailing labels that have been made. She told the group that if any representative wanted to mail out letters to any other class member on their roster, the office would furnish copies of letters, registration forms and envelopes, but they would have to pay for the postage. Neta Mason informed the representatives that as soon as she had the packets ready, she would contact them so they could pick them up at the office. She stated that those classes with only a few to mail would be prepared and sent from the office.
Corresponding Secretary Mason told the Board that after 5 years, this was her last year to serve in this position. She stated that if anyone was interested in serving or knew of anyone that might be interested in serving, to please contact Linda McDonell, Nominating Committee Chairperson. Neta thanked the representatives for all their help through the years.
The next meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 13th in the food court at MWHS.
There being no further business, John Murphy made motion to adjourn; the motion was seconded by Bobby Blackwell. This meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
_________________, Hank Gayer, President
_________________________,  Neta Mason, for Sec. Marguriete Crum

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wilson Wayne Blocker ~ 1941 - 2014

Wilson Wayne Blocker
Mineral Wells High School 1958 Junior

Mineral Wells has lost another much loved and respected member of its community. Wilson Wayne Blocker died early Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014. Wayne was a member of the Mineral Wells High School Class of 1959, and he and his wife, Charlsie, were faithful and active participants in the annual 50 Year Club Reunions.

I first met Wayne in 1962 when I graduated from MWHS and went to work at the Fort Wolters Post Exchange. He was working in the shipping department of the PX and his sister, Elfreida, worked in the office where I was employed. They both were so kind and I have always looked back on those days with fondness because of them.

The outpouring of love and words of affection and memories on Facebook and the Prayer Chain pages have been beautiful to read and must be comforting to his family and friends who will miss him so much.

Wayne and Charlsie owned and operated Blocker's Bargain Barn in Mineral Wells where he loved to visit with the new and long-time customers and friends who came by. He could always make you smile with a joke or a friendly word.

Wayne and Charlsie Blocker
Blocker's Bargain Barn
Mineral Wells, Texas - December 2013

Visitation for the family will be held on Friday, March 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home on West Hubbard. 
Services for Wayne will be on Saturday, March 29, 1:00 p.m., at the Mineral Wells Church of God. His burial will follow at the beautiful Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Wayne was one of our MWHS students who came to us from the Salesville and Graford areas, north of Mineral Wells. He was born in Perrin to Tom and Vernon (Savell) Blocker in 1941. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elfreida Blocker Hinshaw.

Left behind are his wife, Charlsie; children, Wayne Blocker, Jr. and wife, Susan, Tony Blocker and wife, Myrna, Suzie Martin and husband, Terry, Kim, Julie Ann, Dee Dee Lanier and Stacy Beers; grandchildren, Cody, Justin, Tacy, Katie, J. J., Courtney, Kayleigh, Rachel, Samantha, Jake, Wes, Jessica, Stormy and Starla; sixteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosie, Joy, Jaylene and Rita; brother, Gary Blocker; and many friends and neighbors.

Wayne Blocker
Mineral Wells High School 1957 Sophomore

Wayne Blocker and Winford Masterson
Fort Wolters Post Exchange 1964

Sources:

Blocker, Wilson Wayne, Mineral Wells Index

Photographs
Mineral Wells High School Burros, 1957 and 1958, digital formal, digitized by Bob Shubert, accessed 28 Mar 2014

Blocker, Wayne and Charlsie, Blocker's Barn, Mineral Wells, Texas, digital format, permission to use by Charlsie Blocker given to Judith Shubert 28 Mar 2014

Fort Wolters Exchange 1964, digital format, original belonging to Judith Shubert

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Linda, Judy and Bat ~ 1962 MWHS Grads and Fort Wolters PX Employees

Originally posted in Genealogy Traces in March 2012

FORT WOLTERS
U.S. Army and Air Force
Exchange Service Employees
1962 - 1966

  Dorothy Culwell Cox Calhoun, Office Manager

Jeff Jeffries, Store Manager, and Delores Foley
Elfreida Blocker Hinshaw and Florence Grimes
Judith "Judy" Richards
Wayne Blocker, and Winford "Bat" Masterson
Elfreida Blocker Hinshaw in Front of Fort Wolters PX

Following graduation from Mineral Wells High School, Winford "Bat" Masterson, Linda Ashford and Judith "Judy" Richards, all of the Class of 1962, took jobs with the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service at nearby Fort Wolters. In 1962, Mineral Wells, Texas and Fort Wolters was the destination of thousands of helicopter pilot trainees and other military personnel who in time would find themselves embroiled in the Vietnam war.
We were a close-knit bunch at the PX and we enjoyed getting to know one another as we learned a new job. The older employees took the younger ones under their wings and made us feel that this, our first job, was a very important one. They taught us a great work ethic that I carry with me even today, and I'm sure Winford, Linda, and Wayne do, as well.
 SP4 Winford Masterson, U.S. Army
Winford worked for the Exchange Service at Fort Wolters for four years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army July 26, 1966. After he completed Basic Training in Fort Polk, Louisiana, he was assigned to the 5th Administration Co., Special Services section of the 5th Infantry Division, Mech. at Fort Carson, Colorado. After having two sets of orders canceled over a period of two years, one to Samara Ethiopia and another to Schofield Barracks on Hawaii, he was discharged from the Army in July of 1968. By December of 1968, the 5th Infantry Division was in Vietnam.
Winford returned to Mineral Wells and took a job with True Value Hardware Store, which at that time was owned by Hollis and Mary Ashford, parents of our classmate, Linda Ashford. Winford stayed with that store for over thirty-six years and retired in December 2004.
 Mr. & Mrs. Ben Van Etten

Linda later married Benjamin Van Etten, US Army helicopter pilot whom she met there at Fort Wolters. They have had a wonderful life full of travel, children, and grandchildren, finally choosing to retire near the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Mr. Jeffries, the Fort Wolters Base Exchange store manager in 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack two days after Winford came home for Christmas from Fort Carson in December of 1966. Everyone called him Jeff. Winford believes he was only 33 years old when he died.
Elfreida and Wayne Blocker were sister and brother. Elfreida worked in the PX office and Wayne worked in the shipping and receiving department. Elfreida later married and lived in the Mineral Wells area. She died during the fall of 2011. Wayne is now married to the former Charlsie Sparks and they own and operate Blocker's Bargain Barn and Beauty Salon on South Oak in Mineral Wells. Elfreida, Wayne and Charlsie are all graduates of Mineral Wells High School.
Dorothy Foley died of cancer not long after Winford got out of the service in 1968, and Florence Grimes passed away in a nursing home in Mineral Wells later in her life. Dorothy Calhoun died after a massive stroke in 1991. She had retired from the Base Exchange and was happily remarried to William Paul "Bill" Trump. He died in 1993.
At the time these pictures were taken in 1964, Judy was engaged to be married to a soldier she had met on a "blind-date" arranged by friends at the PX, Kay and David Hotson. David was in her fiance's unit on the base and he thought his friend needed to get away from his desk! Judy and Robert Allen "Bob" Shubert got married April 4, 1964 at the Eastside Church of Christ in Mineral Wells. Her uncle, Raymond R. Stone, married them, and her grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, gave her hand in marriage.
 PFC Robert A. Shubert, U.S. Army, 1962
Shubert was a SP5 with the 303rd ASA BN when he and Judy left to make their home in Tennessee, and he returned to finish school at Tennessee Tech University. They have been married 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Fort Wolters played a huge part in their lives; indeed, in all of the lives of those pictured above!
On the occasion of our 50th graduation anniversary, Winford waxes nostalgic, "The years have passed quickly. It hardly seems possible that it has been fifty years and we have all grown old; but life has been good, and the Lord has blessed."
Sources:
Photographs:
Black and white photos privately owned by Judith Richards Shubert and held by her. Digital format. Digital copies in this collection given to Boyce Ditto Library with her permission and permission of only known living persons in photographs. March 15, 2012
Van Etten, Linda and Ben, Privately owned by the Van Ettens, Digital format used with permission, Judith Richards Shubert, March 15, 2012 
Masterson, Winford, Privately owned by Winford Masterson, Digital format used with permission. Judith Richards Shubert March 15, 2012
Shubert, Robert, Privately owned by Robert Shubert, Digital format used with permission. Judith Richards Shubert March 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

January 15th Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES
50 YEAR CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING
JANUARY 15, 2014

The meeting was called to order by President Hank Gayler. The following officers were present: First Vice-President Terry Brock, Second Vice-President Jo Murphy, Secretary Marguriete Crum, Recording Secretary Neta Mason and class representatives of Classes 1942 thru 1965.
Neta Mason made the motion to accept the minutes of the November 12, 2013 meeting as corrected; Raymond Brewton seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Marguriete Crum gave the following financial report.
Renovation    $   8,858.97
Membership  3,340.64
Total              $ 12,199.61
      As of January 14, 2014
Jo Murphy made the motion to accept the financial report as presented; the motion was seconded by Terry Brock and the motion carried.
Old Business:  R. E. Mason gave a report on the relinquishing of the Old High School and Old Band Hall. Jim Ashby, Lawyer, completed the paper work on this and it was presented to the MWISD School Board and the Board approved to accept this property back. The 50 Year Club now owns the Old Home Economics Building and the Amphitheater. Mr. Mason has filed the deed with the Palo Pinto Courthouse. Mr. Mason also reported the big window for the Home Economics Building would cost around $2000.00 to $2200.00. Half of this amount has been paid. Due to the bad weather, progress on the Home Economics Building has been slow.
President Gayler reported the 50 Year Club mail box has been moved and has a new address. The new address is 215 N. W. 5th Avenue. President Gayler also reported due to the bad weather a work day on the Home Economics building can’t be scheduled, but if anyone was interested in helping to please put their name and phone number on a sign-up sheet that is provided. They would be contacted when a date is arranged.
After a lengthy discussion, Raymond Brewton made the motion that membership dues of the 50 Year Club be raised to $15.00 per year. The motion was seconded by Georgia Dowdy and the motion carried.  
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn; the meeting was adjourned.

________________________  /  ________________________
Hank Gayler, President            Marguriete Crum, Secretary

Friday, January 31, 2014

1980 Digital Photographs Given to Club by Bob Samuelson Class of 1962

Northwest side of Old Junior High Building
Old Rock School House to the Left
Photos Taken 1980 by Bob Samuelson







All photographs taken inside the THEN crumbling rooms
of the Old High School building located 
on West Hubbard in Mineral Wells, Texas, in 1980 by Bob Samuelson.
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Clean-up and repairs were made as the 50 Year Club made plans through the years AFTER that to restore the building and grounds. See Slideshow at the top of the page entitled "The Way it Is."

SOURCES:
PHOTOGRAPHS
1980 Photographs, Samuelson, Bob, 1962 MWHS Alumnus, Digital Format, Original in Samuelson's Possession, Permission to use Given to MWHS 50 Year Club Historians 31 Jan 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Minutes of November 13, 2013 Meeting ~ Next Meeting January 15, 2014


MINUTES

50 YEAR CLUB EXECUTIVE MEETING

NOVEMBER 13, 2013
 
The meeting was called to order by President Hank Gayler. The following officers were present:  First Vice President Terry Brock, Second Vice President Jo Murphy, Secretary Marguriete Crum and representatives of Classes 1942 thru 1965. Bobby Blackwell made the motion to accept the minutes of June 14, 2013. The motion was seconded by Jo Murphy and the motion carried. Marguriete Crum gave the following financial report.
Membership            $    2,304.50
Restoration                    8,717.41
Scholarship                    2,879.33
     Total                  $   13,901.24                  
Financial report was filed.

Old Business:  R. E. Mason explained that Jim Ashby, Lawyer, won’t have the paper work ready to present to the Mineral Wells Independent School District School Board meeting on November 15, 2013. This is to relinquish the Old Band Hall and Senior Center back to the MWISD. This request will include a request for the MWISD to also deed the property located at 215 N.W. 5th Avenue, Mineral Wells, Texas. The Old High School would have to be vacated fast. Mr. Mason said the 50 Year Club would need help in moving and asked for volunteers that would help to please contact him.

New Business:  Marguriete Crum gave a report on letters sent to classmates. R. E. Mason, Neta Mason and Marguriete Crum have mailed letters, at their own expense, to all their classmates requesting dues and donations. The letters have proven productive as each of these classes that were sent the letters have received dues and donations.

Raymond Brewton reported that Jim Ford, Class of 1968 was interested in giving a scholarship from their class. When Mr. Ford contacted Mineral Wells High School he was told the 50 Year Club gives scholarships each year. Mr. Ford was going to contact the Class of 1968 and see if the class wanted to raise the money and donate it to the 50 Year Club for distribution.

Marguriete Crum made the motion to adjourn; it was seconded by Bobby Blackwell. The motion carried and meeting was adjourned.

  Hank Gayler, President           Marguriete Crum, Secretary

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club Board to Meet ~ January 15, 2014

UPCOMING
MWHS 50 Year Club
Board Meeting
10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
First United Methodist Church
301 N.E. 1st Street
Mineral Wells, Texas




Hank Gayler
President
Class of 1957




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