Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hand and Foot Card Tournament Planned

Hand and Foot Card Game
Friday, June 12, 2015

Meet, Greet, Have Fun
Maybe go home with some coins after the Tournament. 
The card game will be played while the 
Golf Tournament is going on.

Cost of Hand and Foot Tournament
will be $30.00.
This will include your meal and a Split-the-Pot Card Tournament. Whatever is left over after the meal is paid for will be split with the winners of the tournament. The other "split" will go to benefit the Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage. So, the more people we have to play, the more money someone is going to take home and the closer we will be to making the renovation of the beautiful Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage a reality.

Hand and Foot is an easy game to play.There will be classmates from various classes there to teach you the basics and give you pointers.Everyone will have an equal opportunity to go home with some cash. It will be a great way to get together and enjoy some quality time with some you may not know or haven't seen in a long time.

Extra Prizes and Surprizes!! If interested in playing or learning more about the Tournament now, you can contact Kay Cox at

As a reminder the Class of 1965 will be inducted into the 50 Year Club this year during the Reunion on Saturday. Congratulations!


More details as to the 
time and place will follow!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Mark your Calendars ~
MWHS 50 Year Club
39th Annual Class Reunion
and Induction of Class of 1965
Friday and Saturday,
June 12-13, 2015

The MWHS 50 Year Club is hosting a Golf Tournament the first day of the 2015 Annual Reunion on Friday, June 12, benefiting the renovation of the Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage. This building has become the home of the MWHS 50 Year Club and there are plans for special events and meetings to be held there. Construction has already begun on the renovation and refurbished interiors and it is imperative that each Class support our cause.  The Class of 1960 has declared its intention to raise funds to provide for the foyer – and they are well on their way to reaching that goal! The expenses are tremendous and we need your support to help complete the other rooms.


The 1st Annual Mountaineer Open

will be Friday, June 12,

at the Holiday Hills Country Club

in Mineral Wells.


The cost will be $400 a Team of four

(or $100 per individual).


Tee Time will be 9:00 A.M.



Registration will be Friday, June 12,

at 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

at which time a Breakfast Buffet

will be served (instead of a luncheon.)

So dust off those clubs and get your Team together; or come on out and we will put you on a team with others there to have a great time and donate to this great cause!

Even if you do not play golf, we are accepting donations.  Please come join us. We may have an event for the ladies who do not play golf. More details to follow.

Awards for the Tournament will be given at the 50 Year Club program on Saturday, June 13.

Remember: Even if you do not play golf, we are accepting donations. 
Restoration donations for the Lillian Peek Cottage Home Economics Building Benefit by the MWHS 50 Year Club can be sent to:
MWHS 50 Year Club
215 NW 5th Ave
Mineral WellsTexas 76067
(Please make a notation on the check that this donation is for the Lillian Peek Cottage) 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Executive Board Meeting Scheduled for January 14, 2015

MWHS 50 Year Club
Executive Board Meeting

10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Lillian Peek
Home Economics Cottage
215 N.W. 5th Ave.
Mineral Wells, Texas

Hank Gayler
Class of 1957


Friday, January 9, 2015

Minutes Mineral Wells High School 50 YEAR Club November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

President Hank Gayler called the meeting to order at 10:05 am on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  Officers in attendance were:  Presiden,t Hank Gayler; 1st Vice President, Jerry Ray; 2nd Vice President, Terry Brock; Treasurer, Linda McDonnell; Recording Secretary, Lynn Waddy; and  Corresponding Secretary, Marguriete Crum.  Various Class Representatives were present.

Copies of the Minutes of the June 13, 2014 meeting were provided to the attendees for review.  Neta Mason made a motion to accept the minutes as written.  Linda McDonnell seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Linda McDonnell provided copies of the Financial Report for review.

MWHS 50-Year Club
Financial Report

          Membership      (10/31/14)          $   2,339.56
          Renovation       (10/31/14)          $  11,174.21
          Scholarship       (09/30/14)          $    3,836.24

                TOTAL                                      $  17,350.01

Marguriete Crum made a motion to accept the Financial Report as presented.  Jo Murphy seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Old Business

Terry Brock presented results of the 50-Year Reunion
of June 13-14, 2014.

38th MWHS 50 Year Club Reunion Results – June 13-14, 2014

# Members Attending
# Member Dues Paid:
Total Member Dues Dollars Received:
#Associate Member Dues Paid:
Total Associate Dues Dollars Received:
Total Dues Dollars Received:
#Meals Paid:
Total Meals Dollars Received:
Total Renovation Dollars Received:
Total Scholarship Dollars Received:

(Note:  Data collected from returned Reunion Registration Forms, Reunion Class Registration Sheets and Dues/Donations received since the June 2014 Reunion.)

                       Membership for Current Year (2014-2015)

                             Active Members . . . . . . . . . 1,354
                             Induction Class of 1965 . . .    188
                             Est. Total . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1,542 

Discussion followed concerning attendance and the cost of notifications.

Terry Brock also provided the attendees with the latest list of Mineral Wells High School attendees who are deceased.

Golf Tournament -- Clarence McDonnell reported on the Golf Tournament.  Plans are to have the 2015 Golf Tournament on the Friday of the reunion weekend.

Status of Renovation – John Murphy reported that the Class of ’60 is raising money and will underwrite the renovation of the entry hall.  John is currently obtaining bids for the work on the entry hall.  The Class of ’60 has raised approximately $8,500.  Hank Gayler reviewed plans for the building and its possible uses.  Georgia Dowdey asked for a list of items needed for the kitchen.  Hank described the current ideas for the kitchen; that it would be a catering kitchen and not a cooking kitchen. 

New Business:

Jo Murphy discussed proposed changes of the Articles of Association for the MWHS 50-Year Club.  She provided each attendee with a list of the proposed changes.  She discussed every proposed change.  Jerry Ray asked for clarification and a change to the “Voting Member” section.

Linda McDonnel made a motion to waive the two-week notification requirement.  Clarence MacDonnell seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Linda McDonnell made a motion to accept the changes to the Articles of Association as presented.   Margaret Strain seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Hank Gayler discussed the fact that the club does not have a publicity chairman.   Louise Blackerby volunteered to act as publicity chairman.

Georgia Dowdey announced that the Old High School facsimile will be produced on Christmas ornaments to be available for purchase.  Pat Talkington of the Historical Society is the point of contact concerning the ornaments.  Margaret Strain volunteered to contact Pat Talkington for information as a possible fund raiser for the 50-Year Club.

Hank Gayler asked for additional business.  There was none.

Bobby Blackwell made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Jerry Ray seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

The next meeting is January 14, 2015.

Respectfully submitted:

____________________       ____________________    
Lynn Waddy                             Hank Gayler
Board Secretary                       President

Friday, November 21, 2014

Success from 1937 Burro

I thought of success as a glorious spring
When all life would be new
I pictured the brave and valiant acts,
The big deeds I would do.
I forgot about the little school
That played so great a part - 
I was so used to seeing it
I locked it from my heart.
Success was a spring that never came,
But I have lived enough to know
The things we never have remain . . .
It is the things we have that go!
                                                        Clyde Terry

1937 New Students
Mineral Wells High School


The 1937 Burro, Mineral Wells High School yearbook, yearbook property MWHS 50 Year Club, digital format used.

Copyright 2014: Judith Richards Shubert

Monday, November 17, 2014

Renovations to the MWHS 50 Year Club Office

Renovations to the Bedroom
of the
Lillian Peek Cottage
November 2014

Now the
50 Year Club Office


Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Renovation; Digital Format used; originals owned and released for use by Murphy, John and Jo; accessed Judith Richards Shubert 2014.
Copyright 2014, Judith Richards Shubert

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to All America's Veterans

Veterans Day History

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. After a brief period of changing the time of observance for four national holidays under the Uniform Holiday Bill in 1968, the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor all America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs: History of Veterans Day


THE WAY IT IS ~ Old High School on West Hubbard