Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fred Williams and a Black Cat

Fred Williams shows off a Black Cat signed by the members of the Class of '57 at their 40th reunion in 1997.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Alphonso Steele

ALFONSO STEELE. Last Survivor of the Battle of San Jacinto. Married Miss Mary Ann Powell on September 28, 1838; moved to Mexia, Limestone County, Texas, in the fall of 1844.

Joe Lucas

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

143rd Infantry, 1938

Photo taken August 3rd, 1938 of Co. B of the 143rd Infantry in Mexia, Texas. Most of these men were mobilized in Nov of 1940 with the 36th Infantry Division, seeing heavy action in Italy, France, and Germany. Five of the men were killed in action. Many got Silver Stars and one the Distinguished Service Cross. The Company commander (center from row) Ray G. Purcell was not mobilized due to his age and was disappointed not to be able to go to the war.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

At the Courthouse

Patricia Grider, Glenda Vardeman, Faye Lynn Eubanks, Jack Bothwell, Carolyn Stewart, Betty Jane Tacker, Sandra Yarbrough, Ann Kassen, Martha Kerzee.

This was taken at the county courthouse. When Joe David Pounds was tried for murder, these eight girls cut classes to attend the trial. Gilbert Smith showed up, and they slid down from their seats to the floor and tried to crawl out without being caught. It didn't work, and they were suspended from school for several days. After one day, Ann Kassen went to Mr. Smith and begged and cried. He was so flustered by it all that he told her they could come back to school the next day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Another Landmark Gone

Mexia Daily News -: "A longtime familiar site out on East Highway 84 has been the Bluebonnet Grocery. The folks there were best known for their hamburgers, but for other types of food, as well. Many people would go to the Bluebonnet 'for the atmosphere,' have a burger and visit and fellowship. Richard Palkin was the last proprietor of the Bluebonnet, and has promised to soon 'sit down for some talk,' which should make an interesting story forthcoming. We had to go ahead with the picture because it's virtually gone the way of the buffalo - nearly non-existent. But, suffice it to say, it was part of the 'Mexia cultural scene' for many years."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Richard Boydston, Sue Ann Boydston, Buddy Bates

Mexia Daily News - GOOD FELLOWSHIP FOR CLASS OF '62: "Richard Boydstun, a member of the Class of 1962, came from Dallas with his wife Sue Ann for Homecoming activities. This photo was snapped during a class luncheon at the Farmhouse. Richard is still working with Southwestern Bell, and formerly was with The Associated Press, and before that with The Daily News as a typesetter. Far right is Buddy Bates, former Black Cat fullback and member of the Class of 1961. Buddy has the Tomball Electronics Company."

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Distinguished Alumnus 2007

Dick Flatt Mexia Exes’ Distinguished Alumnus

By Bob Wright-Editor

Richard Neal Flatt was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Mexia Ex-Students Association, and was so recognized during pre-game ceremonies Friday night at Black Cat Field.

Richard Neal Flatt? He’s Dicky Flatt, or Stick Flatt, if you prefer - all one and the same - and a 1960 graduate of Mexia High School, followed by graduation on May 17, 1964, with a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University. Dicky, oft-quoted by Phil Gramm during the latter’s time in the hallowed halls of Congress, is the son of the late Leon and Jane Flatt. He’s married to the former Linda Ennis Matthews, and they have two sons - Clinton Wayne (Clint) Flatt and Richard Douglas (Doug) Flatt. Dick and his wife have five grandchildren - Analise, 6; Tucker, 3, and Finn Flatt, four months (children of Doug); and granddaughter, Molly Michelle, 9, and grandson Tyler Dean Flatt, 11 (chldren of Clint).

Dicky Flatt is involved in, and has in the past been involved in so many endeavors for church (he’s a member of First Presbyterian Church), community and in the furtherance of youth issues, much of which has been his work as a Scouter. Dicky served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 until Dec. 12, 1971, honorably discharged as a Captain, and immediately joined the workforce of Bennett Printing Company in Dallas, serving there until 1972 when he joined the family firm, Flatt Stationers, Inc., established by his parents.

From 1972 on he has been with Flatt’s, serving as Vice-president from ‘92 until 1994, and became President of the firm in 1995, a position he continues to hold. His service to his church has run the gamut - Ordained as an Elder in 1969, served on the Presbyterian Session numerous times, has chaired all of the church’s committees, served in all offices for Men of the Church organization, has taught Sunday School, Bible Study teacher, and has been heavily involved for over 20 years in the Thursday mornings’ Community Prayer Breakfasts. One of the more out-front area of service today is his work with Navarro College, in which he serves as the NC Foundation as Vice-president.

Flatt became an Eagle Scout in 1957 and was recipient of the coveted Silver Beaver Award in 1991. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 670 from 1980 until 1989. Other civic endeavors of service by Dicky Flatt include twice-President of the Mexia Lions Club, which has named him Lion of the Year on three occasions; is a Lifetime Member of the Mexia Parent-Teachers Association (PTA); each year is a Limestone County Youth Livestock Buyer; a DARE supporter; is involved in the Limestone County War on Drugs, and is also involved in the DECA Vocational Programs.

He’s a participant in the Academic Sweater Fund each year, holds memberships in the Texas Association of Community Schools, the Printing and Imaging Association of Texas, and the National Federation of Independent Business. The Distinguished Alumnus for 2007 is on the Mexia Chamber of Commerce board of directors, is in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was Mexia Citizen of the Year in 1984, is on the board of directors for Centex Association for Retarded Citizens (from 1996 until the present), was in the Mexia Industrial Foundation, the Downtown Merchants Association and the General Mexia Hospital Board.

For over 10 years, his name has been at the forefront of Mexia blood drives, for which he serves as Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator for Mexia. Dick says he’s “retired” as a Little League umpire, as well as from the Mexia Baseball Association which he has served as Vice-president. The Flatt family and Flatt’s Stationers has long supported many youth groups, teams and individuals, and other civic organizations in the community - for 70 years.

Monday, October 01, 2007

2007 Coming-Home Queen

Coming-Home Queen Jackie Davis Casey stands between Tommy Thompson and Mike Marrs. Nancy Adams is on the left, and Barbara Holloway is on the right.

Mexia Daily News - Jackie Davis Casey: 2007 Coming-Home Queen:

By Bob Wright-Editor

Jacqueline (Jackie) Davis Casey is the Mexia Ex-Students Association’s Coming Home Queen, and was so honored Friday night in pre-game ceremonies at Black Cat Field.

Jackie, a member of the 1962 graduating class, recently retired as a Medical Records Secretary at Parkview Regional Hospital. She has worked at numerous area hospitals, as well as having served as President of the Texas Medical Records Secretary Association.

Jan Jackson, last year’s Coming Home Queen, presented the crown, while flowers to Jackie were presented by JoNell McNatt Trumble, Class of 1953.

Flowers were provided by Magness Florist.

The automobile to take the Coming Home Queen around the stadium track, was provided by Beene Motor Sales, Inc., of Mexia.

The Daily News recently had a Page 1 feature concerning Jackie’s long career in the medical profession. Jackie Davis Casey was coordinator of her class’ reunion luncheon for today at the Farmhouse Restaurant, and for tonight’s get-together of the Class of 1962 at the home of Mrs. Blake Smith."

Sumpter Frazier