Mike Roberts

Hi Herbert. I too worked for grocers early on - Fed Mart @ Griggs and Long Drive, Weingarten, Haenel's and then Kroger, where I also made grocery mngr and asst store mngr. I had ideas of becoming District Manager but a divorce ended that dream. What a trip!

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike, you're the first to take advantage of the new opportunity to leave comments on the biography pages. Thanks for leading the way!!! I hope others will now go back and reread the biography pages previously read and leave comments along the way.

Which reminds me, Mike - where's your biography? I could build a bit of one from your comments here on the blog, but I'd so much rather you e-mail something on the journey you've traveled as well as your current status and activities, along with a photo or two or ten.

And on the subject of photos - you will see I've added some of Herbert to this page. These are from the Milby Website alumni pages and the reunion slideshow. I do this from time to time so we can get a current impression. But folks - by the time I copy, paste, scan, insert, etc - the quality of the photo does not do the subject justice - more like an impressionistic painting. So please send me photos as e-mail attachments any old time and I will replace these in the blog. Karla

Herbert Johns

Well all of us on the coast are back in the repair mode. Hurricane Ike did a number on the coast that no one can even imagine. Pictures do not show the damage. Not even close.

100's of house and belongings are gone - I MEAN GONE - DISAPPEARED FOREVER - GONE. Imagine going to work or to the store and coming home and you cannot even find your lot because everything is gone (trees, signs, houses, cars, light poles, everything ). Nothing but a flat barren land as far as you can see. Nothing but dead cows and deserted auto/trucks. Everything that you worked all your life for is completely gone with no trace of it. No lumber, nothing! All of your keepsakes, pictures (ALL) GONE. No baby pictures or family pictures. It is BAD, FOLKS.

Sheila Steele Howard

Please know that there are many of us out here thinking of you and your neighbors and wishing that your hurt will end and you will see a brighter day ahead soon. May 2009 bring blessings to you and yours. Sheila

Karla Davis

I was glad to hear from Herbert, but so sad to know that his life continues to be so devastated by the flooding. I sense that his sorrow is greatly compounded by the suffering of others around him. I agree with Sheila's comment, above, and will continue to pray for all who were involved.

I had an e-mail from Laura this week that included information about their recovery from the flood. I have posted her remarks as well as these from Herbert on the Hurricane Ike page - linked in the lead post under Recent Features or found deep in the right sidebar.

Please continue to keep us informed - even though the news is not good. I am quite sure we all want to know how to pray for those who are still affected by that storm. Karla

Mike Roberts

Herbert, I can not fathom the emptiness you have found in these months after such a tragic event. I hope that all of your loved ones , close friends and neighbors are supporting one another in the devastation that all must feel. A house can be rebuilt but the treasures that have been gathered over time which spurn memories on site can only be recalled, never replaced.

Where does one start the recovery ? You have my deepest sympathy my friend ! There is no consolation.

darryl roberts

I remember History class and you struggling to stay awake because of working nights. I can see it like yesterday you popping NoDoz pills to keep from sleeping in class.
Congratulations on two retirements. You had a good work career.

Herbert Johns

Well another day in my life, I had a stint installed in the widowmaker artery and eveything seems to going ok since May14, 2010. I am back up and going again and about complete on IKE repairs. Of course a lot of fun things have gotten in the way of repairs. The major things (house)
the rest I will do as I get to them. I have 2 years and that ends in Sept.2010. I just got back from Tyler for a week and leave shortly for another week somewhere in Texas. Well thats it for now. Herbert Johns

Mike Roberts

Hi Herbert, you have been AWOL on the blog of late. I can understand why as of this message today ! Hey, those pipes have got to be clear passageways for the ELIXAR of LIFE.Sounds like you are still getting around pretty well and planning for another TREK out and about.

It was good seeing you at the REUNION LUNCHEON and I'll keep my ear to the ground for more of the stories we so enjoy on this here BLOG ! STAY WELL ! ! ! Your Pal, Mike Roberts

PS - You know, at least you and our pal John have a good excuse for laying low and quiet, I sincerely hope everyone is not having the same problem you are experiencing! GOD BLESS !

Linda (Little) Strickland


You guys are in my thoughts today. Herbert good to know you have come through your heart procedure. Little did we know health issues would be #1 issue in our retirement years. Just heard on Fox last Sunday that a crease in your ear lobe would make a person more prone to have a heart attack. (I have a crease) Isn't it great that He has given us our appointed time and we don't have to worry about tomorrow.

My Sonny had a hematoma in calf of left leg, cumadin level was high, touch and go there for a while but he is better, swelling gone down and level better.

Our herd is thinning. Great that we have enjoyed each other, our music, living in this great country and having the fruits of our labor in this age we now live.

love you guys, Linda

Mike Roberts

Hey Linda, I knew you were out there somewhere close to the blogosphere ! I hope Sonny continues to improve and is out and about again soon.
We are blessed to have the memories of our time because it was a heck of a ride and it continues !
Hey grab that earlobe and pull down on it to stretch that wrinkle out of there. You just misstook it for a crease ! Mike

Linda Strickland ( Little)

Mike, guess I will have to become a Carol Burnett and tug at my ear lobe, but mainly to wish all you Buffalos the best. Linda

Herbert Johns

Hello everyone it has been a while since I posted or read the blog. Life is good. My (9) grandson and I erected a cover today that was destroyed by Ike (no sinse getting in a hurry to repair RIGHT) He works well and I am probably more tired than he. Not much to say but life is good. Summer is here so will probably stay close to home for a while and get caught up on things. Trying to downsize a little. If I haven't used it in 20 years (I probably don't need it). Selling my property in Honey Island and Centerville (just no interest anymore and too much work to keep them up. Besides I have no business way out in the woods alone
working at a young mans job(clearing and cutting trees). Well time for bed - need to pick figs and pears for a friend tomorrow so they can be canned or whatever is done to them.

Hi, Herbert!!! So glad you stopped in for a visit. And so glad you are doing well. Do stay in touch more often here at the Milby 1960 blog!!! KD

mike roberts

Hi Herbert, I have been wonderin' where you were. We can usually count on you for some chatter on the blog. Hey, It's tough tryin' to keep up with these youngsters anymore. I went next door to help my neighbor pour his cement driveway and it didn't take me long to find out I'm not the concrete finisher I used to be. I'm a better stupervisor ! I can sit back with a cold drink and point out bad spots real easy ! Good to hear you're doin' okay. Take your time with that rebuilding, that's all we old cogers have left is time. Ketch ya later. MR

Charles Simmons

Hi Mike, It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one that suffers from a lack of stamina these days. Unlike others, I did have a heart attack twelve years ago, but my outdoor activities are limited to about 30 minutes a day in this Texas heat. The fatigue is simply overwhelming. However, it seems I'm in good company!

Herbert Johns

Well just a quick note and then to bed. Heat is pretty tiring these days but can work in the mornings and late in afternoons. you folks stay healthy and well. Till later

Linda Strickland

Mike and Herbert,
Are you both saying your get up and go has got up and went? Nice at your age to blame it on the heat. Goes for you to Charles.

mike roberts

Hi Linda, I still have to get up but my go is slowin' down, a LOT ! How are things on your end ? Hope all is well. I check in here fairly often so anytime you find a good subject to pick apart, I'm willin' to help. Oh yeah ! Thanks for askin' bout the gettup !

Linda Strickland

Just had cataract surgery both eyes, comes with age like your get up and go. Sporting new sun glasses for awhile called Solar Shield. I can now see far away and up close no glasses.

Very hot here but not like Texas.

Trying to take it one day at a time worry about my children and grandchildren. More time to watch news. Anger and disgust does not touch what I feel. We lived in a wonderful time of History.

Herbert Johns

Well I have been AWOL for a while and have settled for a minute to write - then to bed. I am still down sizing and cleaning up after Ike. Little things that you don't think about like grass no longer grows in places - pasture that doesn't produce like you need it
Bearings from salt water that freeze up at unopportune times. Just part of living in the country
aint it GRAND!!! There is always something to do or that breaks and you have to fix it. Then I run the roads a lot and visit neighbors
and etc. Life is good and good night it is about 2:30am and I usually get up for coffee with the local ranch and farmers at 6:00 so good night all. Have a Blessed day

Herbert Johns

Howdy everyone I know that it is cool at your placed but I am considereing installing an Air Conditioner on my OPEN front porch.
It is to say the least HOTTT. Stay
cool and drink lots of water - yeah
I said WATER. The other can wait till dark when its cooler. AHHA !!

Herbert Johns

Howdy everyone!
Well, I'm back on the time share route -- running the roads as much as I can. I'm in Conroe today and plan to go to Madisonville tomorrow visit an Aunt and Uncle. Visited an Aunt in Taminia today and fixed an air conditioner for her. Wow it was hot in her house. Hopefully she will call me in the future when this happens.

All is as good in life as you make it. Is it just me or do the rest of you feel that it is time for us to start downsizing our lives so that our kids don't have to do it for us? I have started selling things (property and just things) that I know that my children have no interest in or want in the future.
As my brother (younger) says "You have had it for 20 years. What makes you think anyone else would even want it whether it works or not". I guess he is right. No one seems to want a 10 key adding machine anymore, even if it works perfectly well. Gee, I guess I'm getting old or something. That 10 key adding machine and the manual typewriter almost feel like family. Well, 2:00AM so time for some sleep I guess. Have a blessed day.

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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 "" 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. ([email protected])

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. ([email protected])

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. [email protected]

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. [email protected]

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. [email protected]

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. [email protected]
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