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July 13, 2007

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Charles Simmons

OK, I'll be the first.

While at Milby my family lived on Moss Rose in Pecan Park. Went to Southmayd and Deady. We moved to Glen Brook Valley in 1964 and I lived with my parents there until entering the Navy in 1966.

After marrying Hilda, I drug her off to Whidbey Island, WA then moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco for a couple of years.

After the Navy, we moved back to Houston and lived in the then new Cavalier Apartments on Broadway just north of Belfort. They have since been torn down, thankfully!

When Braniff hired me we moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and have lived in Arlington all these years. Presently we live just a few miles from Six Flags.

Now it's someone else's turn.

Ray Prichard

I went to work for Eastern Airlines in 1964, in Houston reservations, downtown in the old M & M Building(now Downtown U of H). I got promoted into the marketing department and lived in Ft. Lauderdale, then Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island and finally Miami.

In 1969 I went into the car rental business and moved to El Segundo, CA. in an apartment literally beside the main East/West runway for Los Angeles International Airport. The flights taking off at all hours of the day or night would practically rattle the walls. Somehow, I learned to sleep through the noise and excitement.

I moved to Chicago for a brief time in 1970, then to Minneapolis in 1972. From there it was Dallas in March 1973 and abruptly back to Chicago in October 1973.

I met my wife at the Miami International Airport, in 1972. She had lived in Baltimore at the same house for 24 years, her entire life. After she married me she had three new addresses in less than a year. Her mother thought I was on the lam or that her darling only child had married a gypsy.

We moved back to Houston in 1975, after I was told I was getting promoted, again. This time back to Los Angeles. That was too daunting a thought for us, so I quit my job and we moved to Humble,Tx.

I went into the commercial insurance sales business for the next 25 years. We have been back in the north of Houston now for 32 years.

God willing, we are never moving again. Including Austin for college, that makes nine cities I have lived in. As Dorothy said in the movie, "There's no place like home!"

Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Russ Huggins

I worked for Humble/Exxon until Keith Huggins (Milby Class of '59) and I married in 1963. We spent that year in College Station while he finished his degree. We had our first daughter 3 weeks before we moved to Sweetwater where he worked for US Gypsum. I was fortunate enough to stay at home with Lisa and then Laurie until 1971.

Keith was then transferred to Corsicana for a year and back to the Houston area until 1971. He decided to enter the Presbyterian seminary in Austin and we were there while he was in seminary and was pastor of a church there until 1978. During that time I worked in the Capitol in the Governor's office and then for Senator Chet Brooks, who was the State Senator for our old stomping grounds. It was a great work experience for me, fun and really exciting to be where things happened that impacted all our lives.

From there we moved to San Antonio in 1978 where he served a church until 1983 when he became a psychotherapist. I worked with a financial services company until the end of 1986. Then I began working for Harcourt managing their exhibits at trade shows. I "get" to travel the country throughout each year and occasionally to Canada and Mexico. It's been great fun for me as I've been able to experience locations I would never have visited otherwise. Harcourt Assessment is the company that first designed the TAAS and TAKS tests, the standardized achievement tests taken by children in Texas public schools.

I am still working but plan to retire next year. As most of you know, we don't get our full Social Security until May 2008. I might as well hold out until then.

Keith died in 1999. I spend lots of time enjoying grandchildren when I'm not on the road.

Kay Burg Moseley

Liz, it was great reading your blog. I have fond memories of your putting me up in San Antonio when I went to a wedding near-by. How many grandchildren do you have?
I have 2 grandchildren who live in Aspen, CO and 2 step-grandchildren. My wonderful husband has 4 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. (One of his daughters will have four in college this year!) We feel very blessed.
My father died last year at the age of 92 and I am thankful for having him for 64 years. Mother was almost 80 when she died. Dad was 77 when he remarried a few years later and his wife was 81. They had 15 wonderful years together. My 98-year-old step-mother lives in Bayou Manor and she is a neighbor of your father, so give me a call when you are in town visiting him.
My contribution probably shouldn't be under "Location, Location, Location", but I wanted to reply to Liz!
To make it more legit, I will add that I lived in El Paso for 30 years, but it is nice to be back in the Houston area.

Ken Corey's Macedonian E-mail

Kenneth Corey responded to all of us on an e-mail this morning, but I thought it would be fitting to enter an excerpt from this info into the "Location..." thread of the blog. (Ken, let me know if there is any problem with posting this info publicly, or write a completely new entry and I will delete this one altogether. I can easily amend or delete it.) Karla

Kenneth wrote...
"...several asked me about Macedonia . It is a great and beautiful place - if they had weed-eaters, lawnmowers, a non-litter law and a drive to use them all...Needless to say we are behind schedule a bunch...Both Carole and I have enjoyed the countryside but it is not home and will never come close. We miss all of you a bunch. We have found our host student in Turkey which is only one country to the east and we plan to go find him before coming home. We tried going to Greece, but found it very confusing because of no highway or street signs and got sick on their food. It takes getting food poisoning only once to get very paranoid about what you eat. We are looking forward to retirement in Feb of 2008 to our home in Livingston and fishing everyday until I can not stand it anymore. Since I have dreamed and talked about it for so long I anticipate that routine lasting a while. From the Coreys"

"PS: Some have asked about the PM/CM in my signature. It is what they do when you get so much older than all the rest they try to let you have a separator. It stands for Program Mgt/Construction Mgt. It also means that I have enough years to have made all the mistakes a person can make and should now know better. On a project like this all the younger ones can always have a direction to point the finger and not expect it to come back."

Herbert Johns

After graduation at Milby, I continued to work for Henke & Pilot Grocery(Kroger), H & H Guest Ranch, Olds Electric (helper), and during the Spring and Fall my business of branding cattle and breaking horses in East Texas. In June of 1961, I quit Henke & Pilot and began a career with the U. S. Post Office Department as a temporary sub employee(clerk/carrier) in downtown Houston. I continued to live at my parents until I joined the US Air Force in 1964 - 1968.

While in the military, I lived for a short time in San
Antonio, 1 year in Biloxi, Miss., 2 winters in Finland, Minn,
and I married my wife Patsy Parrish from Highlands Tx and
took her to Finland, Minn. until my transfer to Ellington A.
F. B., Tx. outside of Pasadena Tx. Then from 1966-68
lived in Pasadena and North Shore (Houston) until discharge in Feb, 1968.

I bought a house in North Shore and went back to work for the Post Office Department as a Sub-clerk/carrier. 1973, I was promoted to Supervisor in downtown Houston, my son became ill, and I bought a country house in Highlands, Tx. 1977, I was promoted to Supervisor ofMail Processing in Baytown, Tx Post Office. July, 1978 my daughter was born and 12/25/78 my son died.

1981, I was promoted to the Postmaster, Winnie Tx and bought another country house in between Hamshire and Winnie, Tx (where I live today). 1988 I divorced my wife. 1989 I was promoted to Postmaster of Nederland, Tx. until my retirement in Oct., 1992.

I just ran the roads until 1994 when I was asked to Sub-teach at the Hamshire High School and shortly got the idea in my head that I could make a difference for some student, so I enrolled in Lamar University to finish my degree in business with a teaching certification. While teaching everyday, I completed my degree graduating 1999 and taught until May, 2007 when I retired to run the roads of Texas again.

I have 4 acres here, 27 ac. in Honey Island, 27 ac. in Centerville, a cabin in McDade, a time share, and a nation wide resort membership - so I won't be anywhere for too long except for maintenance and upkeep.

My older son is a Warrent Officer in the US Marines and my daughter is a buyer for a chemical company. 6 Grand children (3 & 3)and 1 Great Grandson.

(See Herbert's biography for more fascinating info. KD)

Bob Neal

Congratulations to Ray for his composite list and sort of former friends by state and city. As we may have known or had little inclination, the day of our graduation was not only an honor of achievement but a springboard for us to give and receive the influence of cultures across our great country. Many in our class have also given their lives to the betterment of persons in other countries via their service in the Armed Forces, political positions, business, marriage or spending their lives in missions. Thanks Ray!!

Karla Davis

Hi, Bob!!! I enjoyed reading through the list as well. A new "roll call" of our class. It was fun to read the names and picture each person in my mind. Of course, in my mental images many were still 18 years old and living in the East End of Houston, as I have not seen them since graduation. Some I was able to picture in more recent times (having seen them at recent reunions)and it was good to have their current setting fixed in my mind. Thanks, Ray (and your cohort of Reunion Committee members) for keeping track of so many for us. It is amazing to think that 50+ years later we can know where this many people now live. Karla

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THE SHOOTOUT: Part Deaux (June 2009)

  • Ga - A Happy Bunch of Buffalo
    June 6, 2009 - Eight Milby Buffs and their spouses gathered at the home of Larry and Charlene Smith for a little target practice and a lot of eating and visiting. A great time was had by all!!! Click on title or thumbnails to view and read more.

Charleen's Beautiful Crazy Quilt (June 2009)

  • B - And Then the Quilts Came Out
    One of the REAL treats at "The SHOOTOUT, Part Deaux" was the viewing of Charleen's quilts. Click thumbnail or title to see photos. Once inside be sure to read the captions.

Echoffs in Colorado

  • C) Crossing the Continental Divide
    John and Linn Echoff recently had an exciting expedition northward into Colorado. Click on title or thumbnail to read the narrative and view the sights they saw.

Wilson's 50th Anniversary

  • A) Laura and Loyd in 1960
    Laura (Striegler) and Loyd Wilson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read the narrative.

Ladies Luncheon July 27, 2010

  • A) The Gathering at the Black Lab
    Once again the invitation went out - and was answered by 17 of our classmates. Click on the title or thumbnail to view photos and read the captions.

Barker/Davis Reunion, 7/26/2010

  • A) Ed, Karla, Cathie, and Thurburn
    Enroute from their home in North Carolina to a conference in Colorado, Thurburn and Cathie Barker stop for a visit with Ed and Karla Davis in Waco, Texas. Click on title or thumbnail to view photos and read narrative of this reunion.

Charles and Dolly in Hawaii, May 2010

  • B) The Oahu Beaches
    Charles Crider wrote, "In mid-May, we departed Houston and flew to Honolulu for a duel celebration of Dolly’s birthday and our 45th anniversary." Click on the title or thumbnail to see enlarged photos and read the captions.

John Echoff's Retirement Celebration

  • B) The Echoffs - Looking Mighty Happy!
    May 15, 2010 was the date for a grand retirement celebration for John Echoff. Click on titles or photos to enlarge the photos and read the captions.

Ladies' Luncheon Held May 13, 2010

  • A) Millby Girls Gathered May 13
    Jody Bugg orchestrated the May 13, 2010 luncheon and wrote: “We had 19 attend the luncheon today. We had a great time.” Click on thumbnails or titles to enlarge the photos and read the captions - more narrative to follow.

50th Reunion Friday Night "Meet and Greet"

  • G) Milby 50th Reunion Friday Night 016
    Here are the First Photos of the Milby 1960 50th Reunion - much more to come, including captions!!! Click on photos to open and enlarge.

50th Reunion Saturday Lunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Saturday Lunch  064
    The threat of inclement weather dictated a change of venue. However, that did not in any way change our enjoyment of the company. Click on photos to open and enlarge. (Captions will follow)

50th Reunion Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

  • Milby 50th Reunion Dinner Dance
    Glamorous duds and a four course meal were advertised for the Saturday evening gala, but laughter and love were the main attractions. Click on photos to open and view. (captions will follow)

50th Reunion Sunday Morning Brunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Sunday Brunch 142
    It was difficult to say farewell on Sunday morning, but already there was talk of "the next time we get together..." Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. (captions will follow)

Criders' Albino Bluebonnets

  • D) Rare Occurence
    Charles and Dolly Crider enjoy the flora near their Marble Falls cabin. Click on thumbnails to read captions and view enlarged photos of rare albino bluebonnets.

Click on Links to Pages and BIOGRAPHIES

Brenda Burnett's Elementary Photos

  • 7) Bob Neal - Park Place Elementary 1950
    Brenda Collins Burnett has sent the photos from her elementary years. She started school at Park Place Elementary (2 years) and finished at Southmayd Elementary. Can you find yourself in any of these photos? Perhaps you can help her fill in the gaps on her identification. Post your info via a comment under the post "Photo Albums". Now click on this thumbnail to open the album. and then click on each thumbnail inside to see the enlarged photos and descriptions.

The Kids in Our Lives

  • 1A) Charlene Hickman Family
    We all have them - whether sons and daughters, grandkids (or great grandkids), nieces and nephews, or the kids next door. And we all love them - especially when they are being their best selves and looking adorable. So how about sending some photos of the kids in your life!?!?! (Click on each photo to open.)

Reunion Planning Committee

  • EA) A Quorum Assembled
    Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos from recent gatherings of the Milby 1960 Reunion Planning Committee. To return to the main post, click on the phrase "milby1960.typepad.com" at the top left of this album.

Beverly's Valentine's Day Concert (2010)

  • B) Milbyites in Attendance
    Beverly Frankinson Allison invited us all to attend her Amadeus Woodwind Quintet concert on Feb. 14. Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos of the event.

Feb First Lunch Bunch 2010

  • Conclusion
    Jody Bugg invited the Ladies of the Milby Class of 1960 to meet for lunch on Monday, February 1. Click on titles or thumbnails to see the photos of this occasion and read the narrative.

Milby Class of '59 Reunion

  • Zc
    October 16-18, 2009 was the weekend for the 50th Reunion of the Milby Class of 1959. These guys were our heroes - the "older" classes always are! Click on titles or thumbnail to see photos of that great group of Buffalo.

Current Photos of 1960 Milby Grads - Photo Album

  • Ac) Alton Couvillon
    Current photos of Milby grads and their friends and families (especially grandkids and great grandkids and/or other 2nd and 3rd generation youngsters). Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images. Send your photos and narrative to your blogmeister. (davise@swbell.net)

Milby's Jim Post in Concert, November 2009

  • S - Jim and Karla
    Going back in time to make a new set of memories, Ed and Karla joined Randy and Jeanine on a pleasant 2 hour drive in the country to the sleepy little town of Crockett. Click thumbnails or titles to see the photos and read the narrative.

John, Larry & Charles ~ Just Hanging Out, Oct 2009

  • F - Tasha
    Three Buffs and their brides had a great time hanging out at a campground "somewhere in East Texas". Click on titles or thumbnails to view and read.

Charlotte's Wedding Album (Oct. 2009)

  • J - God's Plans
    Remember the lovely Cinderella Story Charlotte shared with us a while back? Well, here's the beginning of the next chapter - HER Wedding!!!. Click on the titles or thumbnails for a larger view and narrative.

Sonny Jones & "American Boogie" ~ June 2009

  • D) The Pastels circa 1960
    A group of Milby Buffs gathered in Kemah to enjoy Sonny Jones and the band "American Boogie" perform. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read captions. June 27, 2009

Karla's African Adventure in the 60's

  • Sb) Shopping with Masai Along the Road
    Check out the adventurous life Karla and Ed Davis lived in Africa in the 60's. Made memories to last a lifetime! Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read captions.

Kemah and Galveston After Ike, March '09

  • Zm) An Encouraging Symbol
    While there is still much devastation, and much more work to be done, the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast are in full swing. Click on title or thumbnail to see photos and read narrative of the trip Karla and Ed Davis took to that area during Spring Break.

What I Did This Summer ~ 2009

  • Z) Charlotte, Bo, and Gladys at a Luau
    Do you remember this favorite topic teachers assigned for a first writing project when school started each fall? Let's revisit it through our classmates' photos and captions. Click photos to open/enlarge and to read narrative.

Holiday Gatherings, 2008

  • (Od) Icicles
    Click on each title or thumbnail to enter the album and see enlarged views. Then send us some photos of your Holiday Gatherings (folks and activities) so we can e-congregate with you! (send to Karla as e-mail attachments).

Favorite Fall Photos 2008

  • (Ace) - Sunrise in Marble Falls
    Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images and read captions for these often gorgeous, sometimes humorous, and usually informative Favorite Fall Photos submitted by our classmates.

Bikers and Babes (2008)

  • B - Bikers and Babes
    Enjoy this report of a party hosted by Charlotte Vann Casselberry. Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images.

Hurricane Ike Scenes

  • A - Kemah after Ike
    Click on the titles or thumbnails to show enlarged views of these photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. September 13th, 2008

Sheila's Flora and Fauna ~ 2007

  • E - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about "the animals that visit us at our place in the country".

Larry's Nightly Visitors, '08 & '09

  • H - The Whole Gang Came Along
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about the Raccoons in Larry's world.

Larry's Incredible Century Plant, Spring 2009

  • N - All But the Top Four in Bloom - June 28, 09
    Throughout the Spring and into the Summer we have watched as Larry Smith's Century plant "does its thing"! Click on thumbnails or titles to see this incredible sight. Read captions for details.

Destination Kenney (AKA Sheila's TAG SALE) 2008

  • G - A Gathering of the Herd
    The idea is conceived, the adventure ensues, the saga unfolds... On 5/9/2008, Sheila Steele Howard sent an e-mail to this blogmeister, inquiring about the possibility of advertising a TAG SALE that was to be held in the Ag Hall in Kenney, Texas on June 6 & 7. Click on this title or image to view more on this topic. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

On the Road with John and Linn, June 2008

  • A - John and Linn, "Partners" on the Road
    John and Linn Echoff recently returned from a 3492 mile road trip, taking time to “smell the roses” throughout the heartland of America. Click on this title or image to view some of the sights they saw and to read John’s narrative. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

Travel with Gladys

  • O - Versailles
    "Bo and I have been blessed to travel to a lot of different countries over the last 17 years. What a joy to see so many of the beautiful places in this world." Click on this title to see the places in the world that Gladys Payne Bohac has been privileged to visit. Once inside the album, click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view and the accompanying narrative.

"Holiday Expressions", Charlotte and Gladys (2007)

  • "Razzle Dazzle Red"
    Charlotte Vann Casselberry Dew and Gladys Payne Bohac create beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts and sell them through their business, "Holiday Expressions". Click on the title or thumbnail to open the album. Once in, click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged view of some of their creations and to read other information about their business.

Karla's Projects

  • AD - Kaleidoscope of Ryan
    My sense of personal fulfillment seems to be somewhat dependent on having a creative project in progress. My projects seldom conform to anything seen in hobby shops or magazines. They are, however, creative, and they are all mine! Double click on this title to open. Inside, double click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image and read about the project. (Then - as always - send me your stuff so I can create a project photo album on the blog for YOU!)

Ken Corey - Our Man in Macedonia, 2008

  • 01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia
    Ken Corey and his wife Carole spent a few years in the beautiful city of Skopje, Macedonia while Ken managed a building project. Let's view this part of the world through their eyes and experiences! To open this album, click on the title or the photo. Once inside, be sure to click on thumbnails to view larger images and read narrative.

Paul Schrader's Gorilla Trek, July 2007

  • A Bit of Paul's Bio
    Paul Schrader and his wife, Carolyn, recently (July 2007) returned from a trip to Africa during which they were privileged to engage in a trek to view the mountain gorillas of Uganda . Click on this album title to view the pictures and read Paul's commentary. When viewing the photos, click on the thumbnails for an enlarged image.

Christmas 2007 Photo Album

  • P - Larry Smith Family, Christmas 2007
    Let's share the photos that we took at Thanksgiving or over the Christmas Holidays this year (2007). Click on this title or thumbnail to open this album. Then, as you look at each image, double click on the thumbnail for an enlarged view.

Elementary Class Photos

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
    These will take you WAY BACK! Here are photos from our elementary school classes. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) If you can supply more info or other photos, contact your blogmeister. (davise@swbell.net)

Photos from Deady Junior High

  • Deady Band - Our 8th Grade Year
    For most of us, this age was pretty awkward as we were continually changing in every way. But it was an exciting time too, as we met and made new friends from the other elementary schools that fed into Deady. See if you recognize the Milby 1960 graduates among these smiling faces. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Submit other photos or information to your blogmeister. davise@swbell.net

Various Milby Era Photos (1957-60)

  • Austin 1961
    Our Milby Buffalo yearbooks contain many photographs that serve as the basis for memories of our days at Milby. Some of us have other photos of various activities and events during the years we were in high school that were not in the Buffalo. This album contains photos that fit in that category. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Send your photos and info to your blogmeister. davise@swbell.net

1958 Carats Program

  • '58 Carats Program Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1958 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1959 Carats Program

  • '59 Carats Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1959 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1960 Carats Program

  • '60 Carats Show Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1960 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

Milby Kaleidoscope Programs

  • Kaleidoscope Stars, 1959
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from the Plainsman produced Kaleidoscope Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. davise@swbell.net

Milby Drama Department Productions

  • "The Good Hope", Stage 59
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from various productions and activities related to the Milby Drama Department to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. davise@swbell.net
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