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John Echoff

Linda, or anyone else do you remember a little girl getting run over by a dump truck on Manchester in front of Hall's grocery? It would have been in the early '50s and I believe she lost a leg and returned to school with a prosthesis. I can't remember her name, someone give me a hint.

Linda Little Strickland

John, I do not remember about the child being killed. I lived on the edge of Pasadena in a little community called Allendale. Maybe some of the Manchester bunch might remember. Linda

Moonshine Related Pieces

After you read this article (above) about Linda's husband, THE REVENUER, be sure to check out Ann Herman Beatty's piece (on her bio page) about her Father-in-Law's recollections of similar topics. Both make for fascinating reading of events "back in the day". Karla

Jody Bugg

Thank you, Linda, for the kind words. It took me a long time to hunker down and write my bio. After I started looking through old photos, ideas kept popping up in my head. I figured I'd better get down to business while the nostalgia was flowing. For months now, I'd been promising Karla I'd get it done. I've enjoyed reading other postings, too.

What a precious baby, Thomas James. His eyes were open so soon. Olivia didn't open her eyes for at least a week. Of course, she was also two weeks late and would have happily stayed in her comfortable home had it not been for the inducement. You've had quiet a life, yourself. And your husband! My goodness, you should write a book. Take care, Jody

Glenda Burns Minniece

Hi Linda,

Gosh, I've loved reading the things you've written - both here and in response to comments. Your comments about the mental patients: well, thank you for the work you did to help them. They need it!

My ancestors also traveled over from Meridian, Mississippi, after the Civil War. My maternal great-great grandfather, George Reed Beard, and at least one of his sons, fought in that conflict. Then during Reconstruction they moved to Texas, intending to settle in central Texas. However, one of my great-grandmother's daughters died in San Augustine County and that's where they stayed as she couldn't bear to go on and leave her child there "alone." My dad's family came over, too, from Mississippi, but they lingered for awhile in Louisiana and had been in Alabama before that. They were in the Civil War as Texas volunteers.

Linda Strickland

Glenda,

Sounds like you have a lot of Civil War history in your family. I can understand why you like the books and have made plans to visit the places of history.

I too love the history of the Civil War. The fight we are in at the present time is like the Civil War in a way...I read some where it was said by our enemy, "wound them, don't try to kill them, it will slow them down". The State of Mississippi spent a large percent of their money on artifcial arms and legs for their soldiers upon return from The War.

I recently bought a Mourning Brooch from Victorian Trading Co. mag. because of my love of Civil War history. "A haunting beautiful pin conjures moody sentiment of soldiers lost in the Civil War. The cross depicts one's belief that their loved one has reached their heavenly reward".

People have told me that standing at the places of battle is an humbling experience, in awe of the amount dead in one battle. We want to hear all about your trip!

Savannah has the history also. As I sit in my car at a red light on Victory Drive, palm trees down the center divide, beautiful flowers among the palm trees, I can see the Northern soldiers under Sherman's command on their March to The Sea. Sherman gave Savannah as a Christmas present to President Lincoln. We were not destroyed like Atlanta or the rest of Georgia....crops, livestock, homes burned; women, old folks and children left to starve. Yes, it was quite a history.. I still have my flag , pride in the South....."I will think about this tomorrow".

My husband Sonny visited the battle sight at Shiloh and stood on the side of a hill and cried. Brothers against brothers, Mason against Mason, American against American, line against line shooting and bayonetting each other with screams of pain and death echoing throughout the battle sight.

As I ponder on history, I hope our government will pull together. America is a great country and it is the people that make it great.

Linda

John Echoff

Very interesting comments about the Civil War, or as my Mother's family referred to it as "The War of Northern Aggression", wonder which side they were for! Actually, I had relatives on both sides, Great Uncles from my Dad's side and a Great Uncle on my Mom's side. One of them died in 1947 and the other in 1949-made for some really interesting family gatherings...

John Echoff

Hey Linda, you tell Sonny that if a cityfied East End kid like me can do it so can he, recover from heart surgery that is... I underwent a Quad Bypass in December of '87, and a second Quad in Feburary of '07. Doing great, working, traveling and enjoying life! There have been tough days, but it sure beats the alternative, I'm not ready to be listed in the "In Memory" column just yet. If it begins to get him down, depression is to be expected after a traumatic ordeal such as this, tell him to give me a call and we'll swap cop stories, tall tales, or lie about fishing and hunting. I'm usually up by noon (work 9:30pm-05:30am) and my cell phone is the best way to contact me, the #281-914-1086. Don't hesitate to call if he just feels like he needs to talk to someone.

Love your stories, keep 'em coming.

Linda Strickland

John,

Thank you for your kind words. Sonny got your number, he will talk your ear off! John you have a way in expressing yourself you crack me up no wonder the herd loves you.

So right about the depression and emotional changes after heart surgery. Many a dollar has been written about the heart. Feelings are expressed and felt like the old song when we were younger,"Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart". It amuses me to hear our classmates talk about their "crushes" while in high school, it was just the strings of their hearts making beautiful happy music and only they could hear and feel it.

My Sonny said after his first heart surgery he would cry if some one had a hangnail after this last surgery he has done better. Wonderful to live in a time of history with the health care we have in our life time.

John I would never have known you have had your heart problems, you are right at our 45th reunion you looked very healthy! Bet that wife of yours has something to do with your glow.

Looking forward to the 50th just know we are going to have a good turnout. Linda

Herbert Johns

Its great that John and Sonny are
doing fabulous after their heart
problems. Well to bring you up
to date on me, I retired from teaching in May 2007 and now am just running naked thru the woods so to speak - not really, I haven't been able to run for years
2000 since a truck pinned both knees between the bumpers of the vehicles but its fun to walk also.
Maybe I can get on the BLOG more
often now. Got to go for now
Herbert Johns (Herb)

John Echoff

Linda, x-na on the hours, I've been Shanghi'd! Now on the DAY WATCH!!!! Didn't ask, wasn't asked, but here I is... Walked by the elevator lobby and the overhead door for the sallyport was open, almost went blind from the bright light shining thru the door. Tell Sonny he can call anytime, I'm now up at 3:30AM, work from 5:30AM-1:30PM. Been a long time (over 12 yrs) since I was exposed to daylight, 'fraid I might melt or shrivel up, or something horrible like that. And yes, the skin is PALE, REAL PALE - so there!

Karla Lofgren Davis

Linda has made so many meaningful contributions to the Milby 1960 blog. Here is another - a link to a powerpoint on Galveston Island. Look for it at the top of this page.

This is a great reminder of why Galveston has meant so much to so many of us. Laura McNeil Burns lives in Galveston, in a house that is now almost 100 years old. Maybe she can shed more light on the wonderful old houses featured in the powerpoint. 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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