Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Donate a Class Plaque and Help with Restoration

Don’t let your class be left out! 

The 50 Year Club is asking each class of Mineral Wells High School to help with an exciting project. As you know, the Lillian Peek Home Economics building is being restored. The original brick walkway leading to the building from 5th Street has sustained a lot of damage over the years and also needs to be restored. Work has already begun on a new walkway. We would like for each class to donate $2,000 to help with this restoration. With your donation you will receive an engraved concrete plaque with your class name. Below is the first plaque donated by the Class of 1949.

Don’t let your class be left out!

Have your class representative contact the 50 Year Club offices today; donate $2,000 and have your class name placed in the walkway for future generations to see.

Restored portion of walkway leading from steps and NW 5th Avenue.

See other photos from the inside of the Home Economics building by clicking on the first slide show in the column on the left. Hank Gayler, vice-president of the club, or R. E. Mason, president, will be happy to arrange a tour of the building, tell you about plans for the restoration, and show you what has already been accomplished.

Remember, don't let your class be left out!

Call 940-325-5600 or email as soon as possible.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Billy Lee "Bill" Medlin - 1934-2013

Mineral Wells lost a valued and much loved member of its community last Tuesday. Bill Medlin, the older brother of the 50 Year Club's treasurer, Earl Medlin, passed away in a Fort Worth hospital on February 12. He was 78 years old, having been born in Cairo, Illinois on April 9, 1934. His services were held at the First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells, where he had been a member for many years. Another brother, Pete Medlin, and a nephew, Ricky Medlin, preceded him in death, as did his parents, Forest and Margaret Moore Medlin.

Bill was a very active participant in various social and civic organizations. He served as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor of Mineral Wells for many years, was involved in the Chamber of Commerce, and was a Reserve Police Officer with the highway patrol and city police.

He was very involved in the Masonic Lodge. The positions he held included past Master of Mineral Wells Lodge #611, past District Deputy of Masonic District #113, past Commander of the Commandery, past High Priest of the Chapter, past Thrice Illustrious Master of the Council and was a member of the Moslah Shrine. He received many awards as a Mason: included were his KYCH pin from the York Rite and the 50-year service award from the Grand Lodge of Texas and from the Texas York Rite bodies.

As a youth in Baltimore, Maryland, he played little league baseball with Hall of Famer, Al Kaline, and attended Baltimore City College. He was in the Mineral Wells High School Class of 1953. During the Korean War, Bill joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan. On June 2, 1955, he married Marlene "Marge" Goldston.

His professional life included working many years as the manager of the Cable Television Systems and Manufacturing and instructor at Southern Airways during the Vietnam War. After 20 years of service, he retired in 2009 as Computer Instructor from Corrections Corporation of America. 

Bill received the "John Mankin Award" from the Texas Cable Television Association in 1983 and served as past president of that organization. He was a past president of the Mineral Wells Rotary Club, past Commander of the American Legion Post 75, and past member of the Kiwanis Club.

He left behind a loving family, including his wife, Marge, and their three children. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Earl and wife Linda, nieces, nephews, and other family members will truly miss him, as will his many, many friends.

Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, Texas
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lillian Peek Homemaking Building Finished in 1934

Located on the Grounds of the High School
Picture in the MWHS 1935 Burro

The Peek Homemaking Building, which was opened at Mineral Wells, Texas, in February, 1934, is a decided departure in the field of home economics. Plans for the building were started early in 1933 and the building was completed and occupied early in 1934. It is an up-to-date home-economics cottage and constitutes a department of the local high school.

The building is constructed of native rock, in the semi-Georgian style of architecture. The exterior facing is rubble sandstone, trimmed with rock-faced ashlar. The bearing walls have structural steel lintels and reinforced-concrete belt, concealed at the ceiling plate, and the roof is of wood frame. The ceilings are of celotex; the floors, tile.


The floor area consists of a foods laboratory, with tile floor, plastered walls, and ample cabinet room. It is equipped with six stoves, and an equal number of sinks and tables. There is a large blackboard, an icebox, and kitchen equipment. Adjoining the foods laboratory is a combined dining room and living room, with a large tile fireplace, hardwood floors, dark woodwork, and wrought-iron, rustic, electric wall lamps.

  1934 Home Economics Reception Room

 Another feature is the clothing laboratory, which is equipped with cabinets, sewing machines, tables, closet space, and bulletin board. Next to this is a bedroom, appropriately tinted and furnished, and adjoining it is a well-equipped bathroom.

1939 Clothing Laboratory

 1939 Cooking Class


Some 1934 Homemakers

Heat for the building is supplied by gas radiators, with revolving ventilation to the attic.

The building has a pupil capacity of 350 in five daily periods and the present enrollment is 120 pupils.

The cost of the building was $11,200, which with $2,000 for the equipment, brought the total cost to $13,200. The cost per cubic foot was 24 cents for the building, and 10 cents for the equipment. The per pupil cost was $41.25.

The building was erected under the supervision of Mr. A. Howell, architect, of Palo Pinto, Texas.

from the School Board Journal
October, 1935

The School Board Journal, October 1935
Digital format, by Judith Richards Shubert, 1934, 1935, 1939 MWHS Burros, 50 Year Club Memorabilia files