2004 Lockhart Chisholm Trail Roundup
June 12, 2004
Students return home for special anniversary
(From the Lockhart Post Register 7/1/2004)
From California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and all over Texas, Lockhart High School graduates from the class of 1954 gathered in Lockhart to celebrate their 50th anniversary at Chisholm Trail Days.
We were "54 in '54," and thirty-two of us returned in 2004 to renew old friendships, share memories, and enjoy a reunion that we could never have imagined fifty years ago.
Fourteen members of our class had been together since the first grade. Over the school years our numbers grew as new students joined us. Some moved away, but many more stayed for graduation and together we passed the Chain of Knowledge to the Junior Class.
We have sadly said farewell to nine classmates who died.
"We Finish to Begin" was our motto, and the class song was "Throughout the Years to Come." After heated 'debate;' we selected-scarlet and silver as our class colors and the red rose as our flower.
We left high school for the grown-up world and became farmers, ranchers. nurses. engineers, homemakers, teachers, business men and women, law enforcement officers, secretaries, ministers, and served our country in the military.
Reunions have brought us together from time to time, and fifty years passed quickly. Many of us have retired and are traveling, starting new careers, spending more time with family and friends, facing illnesses and loss of loved ones, and supporting each other through good times and bad.
Our class favorites and officers rode in the Chisholm Trail parade in a red 1954 Chevrolet BelAir convertible. The rest of us followed on a float with balloons, bales of hay, lots of bottled water, music from the '50s, and carnival beads to throw to people along the parade route.
We got a blue ribbon.
After the parade we gathered at the Legion Inn for barbecue with all the trimmings and finished with a big cake decorated with red roses and silver ribbons.
There was time to visit, look at many pictures and mementos of our high school years, and meet spouses, children, and grandchildren of our classmates. Picture taking never stopped.
Ann Harris Cardwell was mistress of ceremonies. She welcomed everyone, shared news of those who were not able to come, and led us in a brief memorial service for our deceased classmates.
Many people helped make this reunion a very successful occasion including Kay Gotthardt Studer, Ann Harris Cardwell, Jolene Schreiber Williams, Sharon Seeliger Boynton, James O. Lipscomb who provided the float, Barbara Fowler Wilson who fed us after we decorated the float in her garage, Wayne Overman who brought the carnival beads from Louisiana and Patti Pope Hewlett and her husband Don (class of '53) who let us use the beautifully restored convertible.
And here is a special message for all of our classmates who were not able to join us: We enthusiastically voted to have another reunion in five years and are hoping to see everyone then.
Those present were:
Barbara Bettge Huskey, College Station
Beth Bodeman Maupin, Austin
Jonell Boyd Schulze, Lockhart
Wyonda Buckner Johnson, EIgin
Eleanor Coers Terk, San Marcos
Margie Cole Petty, Red Rock
Edward Davis, Austin
Joyce Dressen Weeks, Greenville
Barbara Fowler Wilson, Lockha
Kay Gotthardt Studer, Lockhart
Howard Grantham, Houston
Ann Harris Cardwell, Livingston
Agapita Hernandez Flores, San Antonio
Jimmy Ingram, Round Rock
Cecil Tulle Kirksey, Dallas
Janice Laws Sageser, Plainview
James O. Lipscomb, Lockhart
Wesley Martindale, Maxwell
Yvonne Masur Stegall, Austin
Wayne Overman, Madisonville, LA
Patti Pope Hewlett, Georgetown
James Powell, Wimberley
Oscar Riddle, Lockhart
Jolene Schreiber Williams, Marble Falls
Roy Schuetzeberg, Norman, OK
Sharon Seeliger Boynton, Iowa City, IA
James Oxsheer Smith, Hempstead
Reida Showalter Bridges, Belton
Naomi Stephens Kruemmer, Lockhart
Albert Tamayo, San Antonio
Bobbie Terry Perry, Lockhart
Arthur Velasquez, North Aurora, IL
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