Past Reunion News

August 9, 1992
MWHS Class of 1942

50 Year Club Reunion Highlights Summer Fun

On the front steps members of the Class of 1942 to be inducted into the
50 Year Club were from left, front, Frank McQueary, Louise Alexander Bond,
Joyce Galloway Martin, Kathryn Devereaux Gary, Ethel Cline Medert,
Iris Wells Bianchi, Jo Moore Thompson, Frances Dalton LaFerney; 
middle, Albert Chick, Roy Squyres, Howard L. Lassater, 
Marlene Shotts Preston, Betty Vaughan Kidwell, Catherine Caveness Smith, 
Clarence Wells, Doris McCleskey Boney; back, Gregory Ware, Karl Walker, 
Eugene McLemore, Aven Hearn, James Reeves, and not pictured, Bill Gross, 
Roy Bostick, Jesse Calhoun, Mozelle Story Gay, Beatrice Mason Renna, 
Robert Goodman, Ralph Barneck, Buck Outlaw, Patricia White Williams, 
Burke Stripling, Quilla Pope, Bonnie Helmstettler Davis Moulder.


This is the seventh of a series of 11 news articles about the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club annual reunions. The articles were laminated at some point in the past and were scanned by Bob Shubert. The laminated originals are in the memorabilia collection of the 50 Year Club. Read about these past reunions just before the annual reunion in June 2013.

Mineral Wells Index, Sunday, August 9, 1992, newsclippings in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert. 

Induction of MWHS Class of 1941


This is the sixth of a series of 11 news articles about the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club annual reunions. The articles were laminated at some point in the past and were scanned by Bob Shubert. The laminated originals are in the memorabilia collection of the 50 Year Club. Read about these past reunions just before the annual reunion in June 2013.

Mineral Wells Index, Sunday, July 14, 1991, newsclippings in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert. 

Annual 50 Year Club Reunion
Held at the Crazy Hotel


This is the fifth of a series of 11 news articles about the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club annual reunions. The articles were laminated at some point in the past and were scanned by Bob Shubert. The laminated originals are in the memorabilia collection of the 50 Year Club. You will be able to read about these past reunions just before the annual reunion in June 2013.

Mineral Wells Index, Sunday, June 3, 1990, newsclippings in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert. 

Class of 1938 Inducted on June 11, 1988

Sunday, July 3, 1988
Mineral Wells Index

Class of ’38 Celebrates ’88  

An invitation on gold paper with the theme “Graduate ’38 – Celebrate ’88 – Make a Date” went out to 70 of the original 109 members of the MWHS graduating class of 1938 (24 are deceased and the others could not be located). They responded in numbers – more than 100 classmates and guests attended the celebration Friday, June 10, at the American Legion Hall. Those attending from out of state were: Evelyn Easey Baker from Chehalis, Washington; Margaret Holmes Berngardtt from Hilton Head, South Carolina; Clara Jane Peters Paschall from Indialantic, Florida; C. H. (Chuck) Wortham, Hobbs, New Mexico; Rector Cunningham, Woffard Heights, California; Bill Borham from Florida; and Harry Parker, Arlington, Virginia.

The group was honored that J. Merrell (Mule) Kayser and his wife, Dorothy, attended from Snyder; Anna Grace Mathis Roberts and her husband had planned to come from Midland for the occasion, but she underwent unexpected surgery a few days before and had to cancel; and H. A. (Hap) Perryman was invited, but passed away in April at age 92. The book of “Profiles” up-dating the lives of ex-students was dedicated to his memory.

The concensus feeling of the group that evening was to begin immediate planning for another get-together in five years, with the theme “55 Alive!”

On Saturday, June 11, the Class of ’38 was honored at the annual luncheon of the 50 Year Club, held at the high school.

The ’38-’88 Committee members are Nettie Miles Gilbert, Johna Burris Teichman, Doris Evans James, Marie Pilgrim Phillips, Patsy Williams Schneider, Bill McLaughlin, J. O. Martin, Gene Barber, Bob Russell, Charles Daniel and Bill Ray Abernathy.

Huge Success
Sunday, July 3, 1988
Mineral Wells Index

They came from Ohio, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, California, Washington, South Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, and from all over Texas when members of the 50 Year Club, their spouses and guests came to the reunion honoring the class of ’38 on June 11.

Among the special get-togethers scheduled on June 10 were the Calvary Baptist Church members’ luncheon at K-Bob’s on Friday and another group’s dinner that evening at the Lewis Moore home. The Class of ’38 held a dinner and party at the American Legion Building and all other 50 Year Club members attended a party on the roof garden of the Crazy Water Hotel. Margaret Stoker served as chairman of this party and her committee included members of the various classes of the 50 Year Club.

The head count at the noon luncheon held Saturday, June 11, numbered 197. 50 Year Club members, their spouses and guests were served a barbeque luncheon in the MWHS Cafeteria catered by Shotgun Vaughn.

Ed Luckett, 50 Year Club chairman, presided during the luncheon program. John A. Harrington, class of ’33, led Pledge of Allegiance and Rev. Harold White, class of ’32, gave the invocation. Luckett welcomed the assemblage and introduced Eva Grace Ledbetter, class of ’32, co-chairman and secretary; Dorval Burger, class of ’27, treasurer; and Thelma Doss, class of ’28, reporter and public relations. Those of the class of ’38 who will serve on the board and others from classes beginning from 1926 were recognized in a group.

Ellis White, a former mayor of Mineral Wells, welcomed guests.

A bit of frivolity of early school days followed the luncheon when Thelma Doss sang “Freckles”, one of the songs featured on a 1917 program at MWHS presented by the Junior Class and called the Faculty Burlesque. Marvin West sang “Freckles” that year and for this performance George Noll was the harmonica accompanist. She also sang a capella, “The Schoolhouse Blues” which she presented at the Commencement exercises of 1928 at the Convention Hall when she graduated from MWHS. She said Dr. D. M. Ham was the commencement speaker and 5,500 people packed the Convention Hall that evening to hear him. Every seat in the building was filled.

She introduced Jerry Snyder, director and producer of KJSA Follies, a benefit show and dinner to be held in the amphitheater on the old MWHS campus. Snyder told the assembly about the show and that the barbeque dinner to be served that evening would be catered by Shotgun Vaughn and invited the grads to see the performance that evening. Proceeds go for restoration of the old MWHS.

Special recognition was given to the class alumni ’55, ’60, ’65 year class alumni and the earliest graduates in attendance. Classes were presented in roll call by year.

Charles Flesher inducted the class of 1938 into the 50 Year Club and Bill McLaughlin gave the response for the class of ‘38.

A memorial service was conducted by Bill McLaughlin for the class of ’38 and Bill Luckett for members deceased during the past year.

Ellis White gave an overall update of the status of the old MWHS where all these graduates attended school.

Following the reports of the special Friday night activities and special recognition and thanks to Shotgun Vaughn, MW Chamber of Commerce for literature and name tags, an announcement was made that tours of the Little Rock School would begin at 4 p.m.

Robert Dennis led in the singing of the Alma Mater and Rev. Harold White gave the benediction.

Members of the 50 Year Club, by class, are as follows:

Class of 1925 and prior: Christine Barker Donald, Mackey Abernathy McMillen,  Mary C. Adams, Clyde Garrett, and Ruth Yeager Stoker.
Class of 1926: Marie Daniel Faires, Opal Johnson Brown, Maureen Kuykendall Ingerson, Lewis A. Moore, Audine Ponds Dunsby, Zelma Smith Thigpen, Helen Sullinger Humphries, Maurine Craig and Travis Swanson.
Class of 1927: Edith Caveness, Babe Cheek, Dorval Dunn Burger, Levita Hinson Hull, Lois Jacques Willard, Cecil Jerden, Bessie Lou Lawrence Hay, Jennie Metcalfe Ewton, Lois Woodward Roberts, Faydeen Yarbro Krejci, T. J. Davis (Barney), and Ruth Yeager.
Class of 1928: Ruby Mae Bumgarner Sullivan, Shirley Lodsdon Ball, Thelma McBrayer Doss, and Kern Sullivan.
Class of 1929: Beeler Abernathy, Robert Alexander, Dolores Carriker Lee, Jenny Lee Craven Malagio, Carrie Joe Fleming Kelley, Kathryn Haley Lucas, Christine Dunn Hickman, Oliver D. Hines, Ruth Lake Erskine, Elizabeth Morris Selvidge, J. D. Moore, Tommy O. Murphy, Loran Rodgers, Sam Smith, Ross Watson, Dorothy Yarbrogh, Luke and Harry Yeager.
Class of 1930: Rex H. Brewer, Jo Fred Billy Brooks, Jimmie S. Brown, Louise Estes Brooks, Charles Flesher and Zona Belle Hinson Pritchard.
Class of 1931: Raymond Alexander, Robert Herrin, Maroba Hickman McEachern, Joseph Jacques, Juanita Johns Noll, June Lawrence Eubanks, Mary E. McBrayer Kirk, Orval Meeks, Tim Moore, Orph Osborne, Gwendolyn Rankin Fyke, Valvae Sanders White, Ellis H. White, and Marth Alma Morris.
Class of 1932: Laura Fay Bartlett Bradford, Geneva Elders Young, Florence Harvey Grimes, Marie Mathis Long, Philip M. Riley, Eva Grace Watson Ledbetter, and Harold White.
Class of 1933: Martha Jane Baker King, Fronia A. Bateman Lehman, Dorothy Belle Brewster Bateman, J. R. Cox, Jr., John A. Harrington, Eleanor Rachel Holt Kimberlin, Nadene Johns Stockard, Frances Logsdon Smith, Henry Mae Meeks Squyres, Lois E. Moran Herrin, Neva Belle Parsons Cash, Robert L. Peterson, Amel V. Selby, Jereline Ware Watson, and Floyd Carriker.
Class of 1934: Elaine Caveness Hendon, Nelia A. Dillard Westmoreland, Verna M. Estes Lipscomb, Herman Fitts, Florence J. Meeks Lee, Margaret Nichols McQueary, Bartow O’Neal, and Dr. Ruth Riley Swords.
Class of 1935: Ivan C. Baucom, Jr., Marjorie Beetham Yeager, Leroy A. Bradford, Dorothy Bradley Smith, Jack Butler, Robert E. Dennis, Jomi Evans Adelizzi, Janie Fitts White, Dot Fryer Wine, Jere Y. Hart, Mamie Holland McMinn, Christine Holt Lockhart, Jonnie Louise Johns Gray, Byron Edward Luckett, Ruby Doris McGaha Zumwalt, Marian Mays Johnson, Jimmie Miller Ranspot, Hazel Murray Lauterbahn, Mildred Preissinger Alford, Fred L. Presnall and Kathleen Thedford Atwell.
Class of 1936: O. B. Abbott, Thomas H. (Tommy) Bunch, Vernon Daniel, Nadine Fleming Wagley, Madelyn Granberry Lawrence, Ivan Jacques, Ira F. (R. C.) Lewis, Margaret Miller Stoker, Lloyd Alton Murphy, Don Osborne, J. D. Pope, Katie Lee Thedford Krogh, Russell K. Vance, Florine Walker Ladd, Barbara Weaver Dennis, and Jewel Wilson Brown.
Class of 1937: Bill Brassell, James Lloyd Byron, Charles Childs, Mary Elizabeth Clapp Rippetoe, Lois Cooper Miller, William C. Dennis, Virginia Divers Kimberl, Donalita Grantham Adkins, Oneta Grimes Clark, Velmatine Hicks Cockburn, Howard Jones, Lloyd A. (Bob) Ladd, Gwen Lawrence Francis, Margaret McMillan Adams, Edwin Mays, Madge Miller Jones, Imodene Reedy Fuller, Rosemary Robertson Johnson, Ervin St. Clair, Dorothy Jean Stevenson Boone, Wilson W. Vaughn, Gus Wade, Hortense Walker Miller, Lafayette Walker, Jenny Faye Ware Hughey, Graves Bascom Wester and Charles White.
Class of 1938: Bill Ray Abernathy, Eugene Barber, Johnna Burris Teichmann, Dorothy Edmundson Turner, Bobbye Byrns Granberry, Basil Brewton, Mary Lola Bostick Stephens, Rex Cunningham, Arthurline Davidson Walker, Charles Daniel, Forrest Mae Dennis McLaughlin, Marshall Kestler, Doris Evans James, Elizabeth Huddleston McMinn, Elayne McConnell Tatsch, Bill McLaughlin, Joe Oscar Martin, Harry Parker, Elaine Peveto Sammons, Bob Russell, Mary Sue Tibbs Winton, Ellen Walker Harris, Patsy Williams Schneider, Charles Welch, Jearl Walker, Nona Zinn Gordon, John R. Creighton, Raymond Bristow, Sr., Evelyn Ensey Baker, Neil Hayes, Nettie Miles Gilbert, Clara Jane Peters Nevils, Marie Pilgrim Phillips, Johnnie Rena Gray, Bill Boarman, Harrell Jones, Margaret Holmes Berngartt and Teacher – J. Merrell Kyser.
Class of 1939: Earl and Ouida Wickes Maxwell, Lemore Wilder Hughes and Tom Hagan.

Thelma Doss, a member of the 50 Year Club, and Index columnist, contributed this report of the annual reunion to Lifestyles.

Click here to read the rest of the news articles.

Mineral Wells Index, Sunday, June 16, 1985, and Sunday, July 7, 1985, newsclippings in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert. 

Class of 1935 - How They Look Today

Mineral Wells High School Class of 1935

"How They Look Today"

June 16, 1985 ~ Mineral Wells Index

Members of the Class of 1935 who were honored at the annual 50 Year Club reunion held at MWHS recently are, back row from left, Tommie Mae Evans Adelizzi, Dallas; Janie Fitts White, Mineral Wells; Dorothy Bradley Smith, Forth Worth; R. A. Moran, Dimmitt; Donnie Woodward, Wichita Falls; Leroy Bradford, Mineral Wells; R. W. Connell, Fort Worth; third row from left, Jere Hart, Cisco; Twilight Stewart McNairy, Dallas; Georgie Beal, Burchell Harris, Austin; Glen Watson, Mineral Wells; unknown; second row from left, Sam Green , Puyallup, Washington; Roy Woodward, Fort Worth; Levie Mae Myers Jones, Mineral Wells; Virginia Parton, Austin; Louise Johns Gray, Garner; Kathleen Thedford Atwell, Lufkin; Jimmie Miller Ranspot, Mineral Wells; Anna Faye Turner Ingram, Mineral Wells; Mildred Chamberlain Riffle, Union Town, Pennsylvania; Frederick Presnell, Gainesville; front row from left, Ruby Davis McGaha Zimwalt, Fort Worth; Ed Luckett, Fort Worth; Helen Myers Jones, Mineral Wells; Mattie Holland McMinn, Mineral Wells; Marjorie Beetham Yeager, Mineral Wells; Mildred Pressinger Alford, Arlington; Juanita Magee Baggett, Marble Falls; Christine Holt Lockhart, Bakersfield, California; Ellen Whitlock Tucker, Wylie; Dot Fryer Wine, Arlington; J. D. Nichols, Crowley; and Robert Dennis, Lubbock.

(Photo by Thelma Doss)

Sunday, July 7, 1985 ~ Mineral Wells Index

MOVERS AND SHAKERS ~ of the MWHS 50 Year Club reunion are Pig Thomas, committee chairman, and Ed Luckett, Fort Worth, committee member and chairman of the Friday night get-together at Ben E. Keith Community Room. Other committee members are Janie White on arrangements for the 50 year reunion of the Class of '35 and Louise Johns Gray of Garner, committee member.

This is the third of a series of 11 news articles about the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club annual reunions. The articles were laminated at some point in the past and were scanned by Bob Shubert. The laminated originals are in the memorabilia collection of the 50 Year Club. You will be able to read about the past reunions beginning with the post last week and ending just before the annual reunion in June 2013.

Mineral Wells Index, Sunday, June 16, 1985, and Sunday, July 7, 1985, news-clippings in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert.

Class of 1933 50th Reunion
Held in 1983

MINERAL WELLS HIGH SCHOOL on West Hubbard as it looked during the days 
when the 50 Year Club members attended school there.

Each year students of Mineral Wells High School can recall memories of high school days when they attend the 50 Year Club meetings held the first Saturday in June each year. This year’s reunion brought students who graduated throughout the 1920s and through 1934 and even dating back to an earlier time of 1916.

For the first time this years get together was held in the present day Mineral Wells High School and proved such a success in having so much room in the hall and cafeteria the club is planning on meeting at the same place next year.

Preliminary plans for such an occasion start early in the spring with Harvey Thomas overall general chairman calling committee groups of the various classes throughout the years and meetings are held to make arrangements for the next 50 year class to be honored. This year it was the Class of 1933 and local committee members Mable Evans Grantham and Mary Jane Brewer Watkins worked with John A. Harrington, 50 Year Club chairman, to get the word out and make contacts with class members by letter.

The result was a total of 130 ex-students and one teacher that attended and other guests came along to see the fun.

Evelyn Walker, Class of 1933 was so anxious to get here he came 1512 miles for the occasion and received the prize for traveling the farthest.

There were only a few of the early high school classes represented but Fleida Brewer Hale, 1916; Flo Howard Lydry, 1920; both of Mineral Wells; Joe Harrington, Fort Worth, and Sam Singleton, Haslett, class of 1923; Christine Barker Donald, Denton, 1924; and Mary Adams, Fort Worth and Nell Brewer Goff, Albany, Class of 1925 were there.

Classes following these grew in number representation with eight from 1926, nine from 1927, seven from 1928, eight from 1929, seven from 1930, ten from 1931, six from 1933 and 29 from the honored 50 year class of 1933. Then there were four from 1934, three from 1935, one from 1936, one from 1938 who came along to see the other classmates of years gone by.

Rufus Thomas, Abilene; Calvin Hazelwood, Ft. Worth; Terrell J. (Barney) Davis, Breckenridge; Lela Frances Harrington Lutrell, Dallas, Lavita Hinson Hull, Jacksboro, Dorval Dunn Burger, Mineral Wells; Melba Smith Seale, Mineral Wells; A.S. Wharton, Mineral Wells; Babe Cheek, Mineral Wells
Muriel Davis Thomas, Abilene; Thelma McBrayer Doss, Mineral Wells; Barnetta McKinney Goodwin, Mineral Wells; Minnie Mae Good Clark, Mineral Wells; Mattie Marie Herrin Woodson, Mineral Wells; Sam Smith, Mineral Wells; Johnowene Crutcher Menger, San Antonio
Ross Watson, Palo Pinto; Josie Lee Thomas, Weatherford; Oliver Himes, Granbury; Dorothy Yarbrough Luke, Arlington; Clara Belle Lyles Walls Mineral Wells; Bessie Lawrence Hay, Mineral Wells; Beatrice McMinn Daniel, Mineral Wells; Christine Dunn Hickman, Mineral Wells
Charles Flesher, Fort Collins, Colorado; Chuck Bird, Fort Worth; Shirley Johnson, Mineral Wells; Jack Smith, Mineral Wells; Boggie Thomas Trevathan, Mineral Wells; Bob Scanlan, Mineral Wells; J.H. (Pig) Thomas, Mineral Wells
Maroba Hickmon McEachern, Lipan; Orval Meeks, Dallas; Robert Herrin, Lipan; Orph Osborn, Stephenville; Joseph Jacques, Weatherford; Juanita Johns Wester, Austin; June Lawrence Eubanks, Grapevine; Velvae Sanders White, Mineral Wells; Viola Holland Johnson, Mineral Wells; Ellis White, Mineral Wells
Laura Fay Bartlett Bradford, Breckenridge; Katherine Yarbo McFarland, Houston; Skeet Huddleston, Mineral Wells; Florence Harvey Grimes, Mineral Wells; Eva Grace Watson Ledbetter, Mineral Wells; Rev. Philip Riley, Georgetown
John A. Harrington, Arlington; Robert Peterson, Jacksboro; Mildred Bradley Wren, Delhi, Louisiana; Martha June Baker King, Weatherford; J.R. Cox, Luflin; Chester A. Thomas, Fort Worth; Henri Mae Meeks Squyres, Fort Worth; Millie Carson Senter,Fort Worth; Neva Belle Parsons Cash, Weatherford; Lois Moran Herrin, Lipan; Amile V. Selby, Midland; Annie Mae Whiting Ferguson, Arlington; Layne McLeod Shafer, Tormillo; Jewertine Ware Watson, Palo Pinto; Everyn Walker, Exerter, California; Eleanor Holt Kimberlin, Midland; W. Ben Wilson, Breckenridge; Dorothy Belle Brewster Bateman, Mineral Wells; Frances Logsdon Smith, Mineral Wells; Evelyn Thompkins Kelley, Mineral Wells; Eddie Cantrell Walton, Mineral Wells; Mary Jane Brewer Watkins, Mineral Wells; Dorothy Thomas Kite, Mineral Wells; Elaine Wilder Burns, Mineral Wells; Mabel Evans Grantham, Mineral Wells; Sybil Boatright, Mineral Wells; Vera Walker, Mineral Wells; Frona Bateman Lehman, Mineral Wells
F. Jean Meeks Lee, Tampa, Florida; Margaret Nichols McQueary, Mineral Wells; Elizabeth Hale Valentine, Mineral Wells; Nealla Dillard Westermoreland, Mineral Wells
Dorothy Bradley Smith, Fort Worth, Joanie Louise Johns Gray, Weatherford; Janie Fitts White, Mineral Wells
Tommy Bunch, San Antonio
Jim Medlin, Mineral Wells
J. D. Stovall, Waco – Teacher 1930 – 1939
Mrs. J. W. Crutcher, San Antonio, mother of Johnowene Crutcher Menger.

Registering by classes were:
1916 ~ Fleida Brewer Hale, Mineral Wells
1920 ~ Floe Howard Lydey, Mineral Wells
1923 ~ Joe Harrington, Fort Worth; Ben Singleton, Haslet
1924 ~ Christine Barker Donald, Denton
1925 ~ Mary C. Adams, Fort Worth; Nell Brewer Goff, Albany
1926 ~ Ruth Grimes Wade, Lamesa; Opal Johnson Brown, Fort Worth; Audean Ponds Dassley, Grand Prairie; Lewis A. Moore, Mineral Wells; Thelma Smith Thigpen, Mineral Wells; Gwen Stoker, Mineral Wells; Marie Daniel Palms, Mineral Wells; Novella Chandler, Mineral Wells

Coach J. D. Stovall, the only former teacher present was greeted by former football players who were coached by him and a news story that was published in the MWHS Tattler April 23, 1931, about the election of Stovall as head coach for 1931-32 was read by Thelma Doss. Bob Herrin, Lipan, brought along two Tattlers for display, one the Freshman Edition published February 4, 1927, the year he entered high school and the other in 1931, the year he graduated. These were on display as well as many pictures of high school days and previous 50 Year Club meetings, football players, etc.

Mayor Ellis “Feet” White, class of 33, welcomed the ex-students and guests at the luncheon and Rev. Phillip Riley gave the invocation. In charge of the extemporaneous program were John A. Harrington and Mable Evans Grantham, class of 33. Rev. Riley also presented the memorial.

John Vaughan catered the barbeque lunch and classes set in groups by class years. One out of town guest was Mrs. J. W. Crutcher of San Antonio who came with her daughter, Johnowene.

Mineral Wells Index, newsclipping in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert. 

Class of 1926 50th Reunion Held in 1976

Married Classmates - of the Class of 1926 MWHS, talk with teacher Elsie (Cavitt) Baker, a former science teacher (center) at the class reunion at the Holiday Inn. Couple L, Ralph and Etta Mae (Shands) Swanson; Couple R, Eunice (Moon) Woodruff and George Woodruff of Breckenridge.

Mineral Wells Index, Friday, June 18, 1976, Page 5

     "It's always fair weather when good fellows get together" - and gals too as was the case when the graduates of the Class of 1926 of Mineral Wells High School gathered at Holiday Inn for a class reunion (the first class reunion in fifty years).

There was lots of handshaking, puzzled looks and then looks of recognition as many of them saw each other for the first time since graduation fifty years ago. There was a lot of getting acquainted as spouses were also there, and many introductions made.

Name tags were very important as many of the girls had married and maiden names were a part of the name tagging to recall those class mates of fifty years ago.

This was a class of distinction, for this class was the first one to have graduation exercises in the then new Convention Hall. Lewis Moore served as MC during the luncheon and read the graduation program of May 28, 1926 when Helen Caviness, now married to a minister and on a tour of Europe, was salutatorian, and Gladine Bowers Beaver now of El Paso, was valedictorian and she was present for the reunion. Maurine Kuykendall gave the closing prayer. The diplomas were awarded by Judge T. T. Bouldin. Honor guests at the luncheon were Miss S. A. Liles who had taught most if not all the graduates present, at one time or another and Mrs. Esther Cavitt Baker, science teacher from Dallas. Rev. G. Alfred Brown, retired, of Ft. Worth, gave the invocation at the luncheon. (He is the husband of graduate Opal Johnson.) Other luncheon guests were Miss Bob Liles, and  Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hall.

Receiving gifts for traveling the fartherest distance to the reunion were Walter Johnson, from Whittier, Calif. and Frances Avery Hawks, from San Diego, Calif.

After the grads introduced themselves, and told what they had been doing throughout the years, they found many had taught school and later gone into business or were associated in some way in the business field. Most are now retired.

Gladys O'Neall George of Amarillo was the class president in 1926 and when the grads decided to meet oftener than every 50 years, and decided to form a 50 Year Club of grads of MWHS to meet once each year, she was elected, their class president of '26, as president. Other officers are Marie Daniel Faires, secretary-treasurer; Calvin Hazlewood, vice-president; and Ralph Swanson, publicity chairman.

The groundwork of contacting the grads and writing them about the reunion was done by local class members during a period of several months. Of the 65 graduates there were 25 present for the reunion, and of the total number who graduated 17 are deceased.

The 50 Year Club will gain members each year as a graduating class hits the 50 year mark, and next year this will be the class of 1927.

Some extras were there this year that included Nell Brewer Goff and husband, '25, Terrell Davis and wife, Gladys, '27, and a few from the class of '28 who muscled in on the fun.

Pictures of the class were made by A. F. Weaver and also of both the class members and their spouses. Novella Chandler is in charge of the pictures and may be contacted concerning their purchase.

Some brought their 1926 Burros along and added the now names of the grads and their present addresses. Ralph Swanson brought his famous collection of Burros that were on display.

Present were:
"Class of '26" - Charles F. Johnston, Ft. Worth; George and Eunice (Moon) Woodruff, Breckenridge; Nettie (Hemphill) Smith, Jacksboro; Gladine (Bowers) Beaver, El Paso; Ruth (Grimes) Wade, Lamesa; Helen (Sullinger) Humphries, Balmorhea; Walter Johnson, Whittier, Calif.; Opa(Johnson) Brown, Ft. Worth; Maurine (Kuykendall) Morse, Austin; Ruby (House) Vaught, Ft. Worth; Frances (Avery) Hawks, San Diego, Calif.;Gladys (O'Neall) George, Amarillo; Nina (Roberts) Comer, Abilene; Louise (Hamilton) Thweatt, Dallas; Frances (Harrington) Luttrell, Dallas; and Mrs. Esther (Cavitt) Baker, science teacher, Dallas.

Also Bertie (Caldwell) Keathley, Zelma (Smith) Thigpen, Novella Chandler, Lewis Moore, Ralph Swanson and Etta Mae (Shands) Swanson; Carroll Denson, Lorene (Rochelle) Coulson, Marie (Daniel) Faires, Dr. Robert Norwood, all of Mineral Wells.

Others present from other classes were Raymond Boarman, Phoenix, Ariz.; Calvin Hazlewood '27, Ft. Worth; Nell (Brewer) Goff '25, Albany; Terrell Davis '27, Breckenridge; Altie (Roberts) Curry '28, Abilene; Thelma (McBrayer) Doss '28, MW; Jackie (Sheridan) Francis '27, MW; Melba (Smith) Seale '27, MW; Maurine (Daniels) Hobaugh, '27, MW; L. C. Ely '27, MW; Babe and Minne Cheek '27-'28, MW; A. S. Wharton '28, MW; Ruby (Rochelle) Brille '27, PK.

This is the first of a series of 11 news articles about the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club annual reunions. The articles were laminated at some point in the past and were scanned by Bob Shubert. The laminated originals are in the memorabilia collection of the 50 Year Club. You will be able to read about the past reunions beginning today and ending just before the annual reunion in June 2013.

Mineral Wells Index, Friday, June 18, 1976, Page 5, newsclipping in memorabilia collection of 50 Year Club, digital format by Robert Allen Shubert.

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