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 CLASS OF 1951

 

 

ONE DAY WHILE I WAS GOING THROUGH THE MAIL I FOUND A LETTER FROM "THE GLADEWATER HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION." WHEN I OPENED THE LETTER IT TOLD ME ABOUT PLANS FOR A 50th REUNION FOR OUR CLASS AND IT HAD A LIST OF MY ALL MY CLASS MATES FROM 1951.

I HAD NEVER CONTACTED MANY OF THESE CLASSMATES SINCE WE GRADUATED IN 1951. AS I SAT THERE LOOKING AT THE LIST I WONDERED WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THEM. THEN I GOT OUT MY CLASS ALBUM CALLED "THE BEARíS TALE." I BEGAN TO PUT THE NAMES TOGETHER WITH PICTURES.

THERE WERE PICTURES OF J B LILLEY, PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT BODY, AND ANN TRAMMELL, SECRETARY OF THE STUDENT BODY. THEN THERE WERE PICTURES OF JOHN SHIP AND MARJORIE McCARTHY, THEY WERE ELECTED SENIOR FAVORITES. ALSO JOHN WAS PARLIAMENTARIAN AND MARGE WAS REPORTER FOR THE SENIOR CLASS. THERE WERE PICTURES OF JAMES HALL, PRESIDENT, JACK CRUTCHER, VISE PRESIDENT, AND RUTH HANNA, SECRETARY, FOR OUR SENIOR CLASS.

JAMES HALL WAS A GOOD LOOKING GUY AND VERY INTELLIGENT. YOU JUST KNEW THAT ANYTHING HE SET HIS MIND TO HE WAS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I SEE THAT HE MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEET HEART, SUZANNE. I GUESS A LOT OF US DID THAT. I KNOW I DID.

THEN I SAW THE NAME HAROLD BEST ON THE LIST AND LOOKED AT HIS PICTURE IN MY ALBUM. HE HAD A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE IN THAT PICTURE. THAT WAS TYPICAL OF HAROLD. HE WAS GOOD NATURED AND A LOT OF FUN TO BE AROUND. HE AND I RAN AROUND TOGETHER DURING OUR SENIOR YEAR. AS I LOOKED AT HIS PICTURE, TEARS CAME INTO MY EYES AS I REMEMBERED WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM. HE GOT DRAFTED SOON AFTER GRADUATION AND WAS SENT TO KOREA. HE WAS KILLED OVER THERE.

WHEN I LOOKED BACK AT THE LIST I SAW EDDIE AND BILLY PHILLIPSí NAMES AND I LOOKED AT THEIR PICTURES. THEY WERE TWIN BROTHERS. THEY HAD LIVED OUT EAST OF GLADEWATER CLOSE TO WHERE I LIVED AND WE HAD KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR SEVERAL YEARS. AS I TURNED THE PAGES OF MY ALBUM I SAW THE PICTURES OF MANY FRIENDS THAT I REMEMBERED. I SAW ELEANORE TUCKER, JOHNNY SASSER, HELEN GIBBONS, BILLY KIMBROUGH, WANDA SINGLETON, RUTH KENNEDY, WALTER WHEELER, JOAN PRICE, DOROTHY MILLS, RICHARD ROSE AND MANY OTHERS.

THEN THERE WAS ELWIN BROOK. ELWIN AND I HAD A FIGHT ONE TIME AND HE BROKE MY NOSE. YES I DEFINITELY REMEMBER ELWIN. AND THERE WAS EDDIE PENNINGTON. HE SIGNED MY ALBUM "IíLL SEE YOU IN KOREA." BUT HE NOR I EITHER ONE WENT TO KOREA.

HEY, THERE IS A PICTURE OF W. D. EVENS. W. D. DIDNíT GRADUATE WITH US BECAUSE HE RAN OFF WITH A CARNIVAL ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR. NO ONE EVER HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN. WELL HEREíS A PICTURE OF ZACK KIRBO. HE CHASED THE OIL BUSINESS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND NOW I HEAR HE IS RETIRED AND LIVING AT WINNSBORO.

NOW THEREíS A SPECIAL PICTURE. ITíS A PICTURE OF COLLEEN TALLENT. I HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON HER DURING OUR JUNIOR YEAR. BUT I WAS TO BASHFUL TO TELL HER ABOUT IT. IN FACT I WAS SO BASHFUL I WAS AFRAID TO EVEN TOUCH A GIRL. NOT THAT I THOUGHT THAT YOU GOT COOTIES OR ANYTHING FROM JUST TOUCHING THEM. I JUST COULDNíT BEING MYSELF TO TOUCH A GIRL. I HAD ENOUGH TROUBLE JUST TALKING TO THEM. BUT ALL THAT CHANGED IN MY SENIOR YEAR WHEN I MET JOHNNIE PRITCHETT FROM EAST MOUNTAIN. BUT THATíS A WHOLE NOTHER STORY FOR A DIFFERENT TIME.

WELL I STARTED CALLING SOME OF MY CLASSMATES ON THAT LIST AND I HAVE HAD LONG VISITS WITH THEM ON THE PHONE. IT SEEMS THAT EVERYONE IS EXCITED ABOUT THE 50th REUNION COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER. IíM NOT PHYSICALLY ABLE TO GO MYSELF BUT IíLL BE THERE IN SPIRIT AND WILL GET A FIRST HAND REPORT FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE WHEN IT IS OVER.

BILLY PHILLIPS LIVES IN IRVING AND THATíS RIGHT NEXT TO ARLINGTON WHERE I LIVE. WE TALK ON THE PHONE QUITE OFTEN NOW AND HE KEEPS ME UP TO DATE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON. J. B. LILLEY LIVES IN HURST AND THATíS CLOSE ALSO.

I CALLED RUTH KENNEDY THE OTHER NIGHT AND HAD A LONG VISIT WITH HER. HER VOICE IS STILL AS SMOOTH AND SILKY AS HONEY. JUST LIKE IT WAS WHEN WE WERE SENIORS. I BET SHE IS JUST AS PRETTY NOW AS SHE WAS WHEN WE WERE IN SCHOOL.

NOW HERE IS JOAN PRICE. I TALKED TO HER AND SHE GAVE ME HER E-MAIL ADDRESS AND WE HAVE BEEN CORRESPONDING SOME BY E-MAIL. SHE IS A LOT OF FUN TO TALK TO. SHE SENDS ME ALL KINDS OF STUFF THAT MAKES ME LAUGH.

WELL I CALLED EDDIE PENNINGTON. I DIDNíT THINK HE WOULD REMEMBER ME BUT HE SAID THAT HE DID. BACK IN 1951 EDDIE WAS QUITE A TALKER, AND HE CAN STILL TALK THE HORNS OFF A BILLY GOAT.

I GUESS CURIOSITY FEEDS ON ITíS SELF, BECAUSE NOW I HAVE CALLED SEVERAL OTHERS. I TALKED TO HELEN GIBBONS. RICHARD ROSE, ELEANORE TUCKER, BILLY KIMBROUGH, JOHNNY SASSER, MARJORIE McCARTHY, HAROLD MARTIN, WANDA SINGLETON, EDDIE PHILLIPS, DOROTHY MILLS AND YES EVEN COLLEEN. BUT I STILL DIDNíT TELL HER ABOUT HAVING THAT CRUSH ON HER. I GUESS IíM STILL TO BASHFUL.

WANDA SINGLETON SAID SHE WAS RUNNING A TAX AND INSURANCE BUSINESS OUT OF THE OLD "GREEN HUT" BUILDING IN GLADEWATER. BOY! DID THAT BRING BACK SOME MEMORIES.

WHEN I TALKED TO DOROTHY MILLS, SHE TOLD ME HER AND HER HUSBAND GO HUNTING AND FISHING ALL THE TIME. SHE SAID SHE HAD VENISON IN HER FREEZER RIGHT NOW. SHE ALWAYS GRINDS IT UP IN CHILE MEAT AND MAKES CHILE OUT OF IT. I TOLD HER I WOULD SWAP HER ONE OF MY STORIES FOR HER CHILE RECIPE.

I HAVE FOUND E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR SEVERAL OF MY OLí CLASSMATES AND WE ARE IN CONTACT BY E-MAIL. IT IS SURPRISING HOW MANY OF THEM STILL LIVE IN GLADEWATER OR HAVE MOVED BACK TO GLADEWATER. IíM STILL ON THE LOOK OUT FOR MORE OF MY CLASSMATES THAT I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH BY E-MAIL. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS caddo@digitex.net IF YOU SEE ANYONE THAT MIGHT WANT TO CORRESPOND WITH ME, PASS MY ADDRESS ALONG TO THEM.

MY MAILING ADDRESS IS: 2904 LACHELLE; ARLINGTON, TX.76010. MY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 817/649-0834. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF YOU.

LOREN MOORE

TO: THE CLASS OF 1951, GLADEWATER HIGH SCHOOL

FROM: LOREN MOORE

CONFESSION

HOWDY FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1951. IíM SORRY THAT I CANíT BE THERE WITH YOU IN PERSON, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IíM THERE IN SPIRIT. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH SEVERAL OF YOU BY EMAIL AND TELEPHONE AND IT HAS BROUGHT BACK LOTS OF MEMORIES.

SO NOW AFTER 50 YEARS I WANT TO CONFESS TO A CRIME I COMMITTED AT OUR SCHOOL BACK IN 1951. I BELIEVE THE STATUE OF LIMITATIONS HAS RUN OUT ON THIS CRIME SO THAT I CAN NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR IT.

MANY OF YOU TOOK SPEECH UNDER MRS. NELDA NEALE, SHEíS THE ONE THAT SIGNED OUR ANNUALS "MISERY NEALE." IF YOU WERE ONE OF THOSE WHO TOOK SPEECH UNDER MRS. NEALE, YOU ALSO REMEMBER THE WOODEN PADDLE SHE HAD MR. SPEIR MAKE FOR HER IN THE WOOD WORKING SHOP.

WHEN YOU TRANSGRESSED ONE OF MRS. NEALEíS RULES YOU GOT A LICK WITH THIS PADDLE. IF YOU GOT A LICK WITH THE PADDLE YOU WERE ALLOWED TO WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE PADDLE. NOW IíM NOT GOING TO BE SO CRUDE AS TO REVEAL WHOSE NAME WAS ON THAT PADDLE WITH MINE BUT YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

ANYWAY BACK TO THE CRIME. ONE DAY ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, I FOUND MYSELF IN MRS. NEALEíS ROOM BY MY SELF. THE PADDLE WAS LAYING THERE ON HER DESK IN PLAIN SIGHT. I QUICKLY GRABBED THE PADDLE AND THREW IT OUT THE WINDOW.

NOW I DONíT KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN MY ACTION OTHER THEN TO SAYÖÖÖ "THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT." OR MAYBE IT WAS BILLY PHILLIPS. I DONíT REMEMBER FOR SURE. ANY HOW WHEN I GOT OUT OF SCHOOL THAT DAY I WENT AROUND TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING UNDER THAT WINDOW AND FOUND THAT PADDLE LAYING IN THE SHRUBBERY AGAINST THE WALL. I TOOK IT HOME WITH ME AND KEPT IT FOR MANY YEARS. MY WIFE JOHNNIE WOULD LOOK AT THE NAMES ON THAT PADDLE AND ASK ME WHY MY NAME WAS ON THERE MORE TIMES THEN ANYONE ELSEíS. I ALWAYS TOLD HER IT WAS BECAUSE MRS. NEALE LIKED ME MORE THEN THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAD THEIR NAMES ON THE PADDLE.

I KEPT THAT PADDLE FOR MORE THEN 20 YEARS, BUT SOME WHERE ALONG THE ROAD OF LIFE IT FELL BY THE WAYSIDE. I DONíT REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO IT. I WISH I STILL HAD IT TO SEND BACK TO YOU SO YOU COULD READ YOUR NAMES AND REMEMBER WITH ME.

ANYWAY THANKS FOR LISTENING TO MY CONFESSION. I FEEL MUCH BETTER AFTER GETTING THIS CRIME OFF MY CONSCIENCE.

GOD BE WITH YOU AND WATCH OVER YOU.

WRITE, TELEPHONE, OR EMAIL ME. I WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM YOU. LOREN caddo@digitex.net 817/649-0834

LOREN MOORE 2904 LACHELLE ARLINGTON, TX. 76010

2001 BY LOREN MOORE

SORRY ~  BUT WE LOST LOREN IN 2006, A GREAT LOSS TO ALL!

Texas Bob

 

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