ND 49/50/51 REUNION GROUP NEWSLETTER, October 2004  

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Had a nice note from Jerry Gibson after the Oct newsletter.  Said Gail (Peoples) has had Alzheimers for 10 years now.  The family came to celebrate her 70th birthday, & he & Gail have been married 51 years last Sept.  They had been friends with Jerienne Able Moorman, & he said that was about the only name he recognized in the letter.  Shirley Feurbacher Chesney corrected us that her husband is Lonnie, rather than Ronnie as reported.  Twins.  Even she has a difficult time sorting them out sometimes. 

                SMU Alumni magazine had a nice write up about a Hispanic young man, now teaching algebra at ND, who was a recipient of the Dedman scholarship.  He had been an ND student himself, & had planned to join the Marines to continue his education via the government benefits, but when he learned of the Dedman scholarship he applied.  He “embraced college life” & succeeded in several leadership roles, & now has returned to give back.  That is so much better an attitude for struggling youth than “get back at.”

            Frances Hagg Perkins lost a son, heart attack, in Oct.  We are not supposed to bury our children, but many of us have.  Lola Ruth Marshall & Emil Huber celebrated a 52 year marriage.  Josie Ferretes (49) & David Flores (47) had their 50th anniversary Sept. 4.

            We are always glad to have folks other than our “regular” attendees come to the 3rd Saturday lunches.  In October Jim Nabors, Pat Stone Roth, Martha Davenport Young, Mac & Connie Armstrong showed up.  Mary Dougherty Ratliff & Charlie, who have been off & on participants for several years, also were there.  Our November lunch was poorly attended, only 8 of us, all regulars, but Dale Pryor, who had been at Bonham with many of us, & who went to ND for a couple of years before graduating from Tech, had come from AZ to see us all.  I am so sorry it was such a meager number.  He had brought his family history book he is compiling for his kids, & had a copy of that 7th grade picture in it. He  spent some time in the Navy, but his career was at IBM, & he has lived many places on the west coast, currently in Green Valley, AZ.  He has been in touch with Bob Browne.  In December we met at Houston & Anita Goodspeed’s as we did last year.  Their house is well laid out to accommodate a crowd comfortably.  We were glad to see Johnnie Hunt come with John, for a change.  She had not been to the cafeteria for awhile.  Max & Nancy Lyles Wheeler came again this year.  She & Mary Ratliff enjoyed some childhood reminiscing.  Brooks & Ann Neal came down from McKinney & he plans to bring Glenda Smith Goodwyn, also in McKinney, next time he comes.  Robert Wellborn & Robert Allison had a nice chat.  And LaVerne Faust Johnson came, saying she really needs to do this more often.  We enjoyed having Roy & Sue Willard Olivier.  (Someone left a silver cake/pie server.  Call Anita to retrieve it.) There are a lot of you in the immediate Dallas area who could come eat with us, if you just would. Will give you a headstart on recognizing us next Sept at the Reunion, if you make our acquaintance this early.

The lunch dates for the coming quarter are Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16.  We meet at Luby’s on Meadow Road at Central/75 at 12:30.  We have been having a few 52’s show up, & will be glad to visit with any BD’s who come. 

The Bulldog Breakfast will be Saturday, Jan 29 at Dunston’s on Lovers Lane at Inwood.  Need to make reservations with Nick Moore, 903-852-3155.  Buffet line at 10:00, coffee etc at 9:00


I DO plan to come to the Reunion next fall, Friday, Sept. 30, 2005. ________  ($15 cost- send to return address)

I plan to attend the Greater North Dallas Alumni Lunch on Saturday, Oct 1  (will also be at Brookhaven) _____     

I’d like to (see, do, go)­_______________________________________________________________________

Halloween being on Sunday, the DMNews did a feature on the White Rock Lady of the Lake.  That seems to go back as far as the early 1930’s.  Rosemary Brau Rumbley was quoted: “We’ve all seen her rise from the lake. Everyone who has lived in East Dallas has seen her.”  And further into the story was information by way of the late Frank Tolbert, who wrote one of the earliest accounts (1953), based on a tale told to him by Barbara Mainord Rookstool’s father.  It seems that Barbara’s father may perhaps have been the originator of the story, telling of his own experience of picking up the young girl who was trying to get home from a dance after a car accident.  When he arrived at her home on Gaston, she had disappeared, but the raincoat he had wrapped her in remained on the seat.  Barbara would not confirm nor deny her father’s tale, saying, “It’s a good story.  I’m not going to burst anyone’s bubble.”

            Mary Ann Jund Thornton sends stuff email often, but this one is worth repeating. 

Statistics from one hundred years ago, 1904:  The average life expectancy was 47 years.  Only 14% of U.S. homes had a bathtub.  A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00.  There were only 8000 cars in the U.S. & only 144 miles of paved roads.  The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.  The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.  The average U.S. worker made between $200 & $400 per year.  A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 a year, a veterinarian between $1500 & $4000, a mechanical engineer about $5000.  90% of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press & by the government as substandard.  Sugar cost 4 cents a pound; eggs were 14 cents a dozen; coffee was 15 cents a pound.  Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.  The five leading causes of death in U.S. were 1) pneumonia & influenza, 2) TB, 3) diarrhea, 3) heart disease, 5) stroke. The American flag had 45 stars.  AZ, OK, NM, HI & AK hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.  Crossword puzzles, canned beer  iced tea hadn’t been developed.  There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Only 6% of all Americans had graduated high school, & 2 of 10 U.S. adults couldn’t read or write.  Marijuana, heroin, & morphine were all available over the counter at the corner drugstore.  18% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic.  There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.

She goes on to mention that she forwarded this from someone else without typing it & sent it on in a matter of seconds.  Try to imagine what life may be like in another 100 years.  Mind-boggling!

            RoseMary Rumbley gave a talk at Brookhaven College in November, & had an opportunity to visit with Betty Dougherty Caldwell, who was there with her husband Wayne.  Also saw Charlotte Leiman Webberman & Emily Bennett Mitchell.  We have learned that RoseMary actually has some groupies who follow her around to all the talks she gives that they can get to.

Regards the reunion.  How bout some input.  We are thinking of planning grade school lunches for Friday noon.  Would that mess up too many schedules?  Meaning, will you make an effort to go?  We are putting in a tear-off for you to return in this letter.  Next April we plan to print names of those who have paid, & will do this as well in July, so you have an idea of who may be at the reunion.  Your $15 check will be your reservation. That is what the buffet evening will cost you.  Just visiting time, & CD’s of vintage music.




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