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Thanks so much for
letting us be a part of your 50th Year Class Reunion. I hope
our little part brought back some nice memories. You were so
nice to us.....
all who had a part in organizing our reunion ... it was
great! Thanks to all!
Jane Kay (Herrick) Mehlman
wish to express my sincere thanks to you all for allowing me
to maintain "The List". This past
year was truly a great experience finding and talking with
so many of you. We had our Texas "Mini" reunions and Sherry
said so many of the "Texas" group made her feel so welcome
at the Main Reunion, both Friday and Saturday. I could go on
forever but the Events were great. I agree, this was the
best ever that I attended. Joe Garrison said we wanted to
contact ALL members. We still need
to find 72 more to complete that task so please review the
"missing" list and see if you can help.
Winnsboro Event in October.
Check the website for details or contact me. It is a public
event. The Motel is giving the "LRCHS Group"
a special rate.
Don Payne, LRCHS '57
Keeper of " THE LIST "
P.O. Box 4092
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-0092
reunion!!! All who were involved in its organization have
my thanks. Lets do it again in 2057! See all of you then.
I think all of the people involved in
planning and putting together the reunion did an outstanding
job. Clearly, great amounts of time, energy, creativity
and resourcefulness were expended on this event, and the
result certainly reflected this. The reunion was nostalgic,
fun and emotional - and made me wish that I had attended
previous reunions. My thanks to all of the people who had a
hand in making the reunion such an overwhelming success for
doing a magnificent job. I had a wonderful time.
Our 50th reunion was an experience I
will never forget. The first reunion I ever got to attend
was the 45th and it was great, but this one was so memorable
and put together very well. You could hear the excitement
in the room when you entered and feel the love between the
classmates. Knowing that people actually remembered me,
even without looking at the name tag, was great. I got a
ton of hugs and even though our visits were short, all the
good memories of LRCHS were brought back. And I think we
all look pretty darn good considering we are looking at 70
not too far in the future, but age is just a number. Thanks
to all the organizers of the reunion - you made it happen
big time and we look forward to another one in five years.
Love to all of the Class of 1957.
The 50 the reunion was absolutely fantastic, We are all so
lucky and fortunate to have classmates who serve on the
LRCHS57 Reunion Committee, that simply do a out -standing job
of organizing this memorable event. I was like most everyone
else in attendance who simply ran out of time to see and talk
with everyone I wanted to see. Looks as if we will all get to
do this again, in the not too distance future. (hopefully)
Also, the Saturday morning Memorial service at LRCHS was very
enlightening and well presented. I have now been to the last 3
reunions. (40th, 45th and the 50th) I look forward to more
reunions as they seem to be getting better and more rewarding.
Thanking you again for your efforts in making this one of the
most memorable weekends in my life.
Your old classmate,
Gaylon Wayne Mulkey
THIS REUNION WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST.
AS WE GET OLDER, WE GET WISER AND MORE MELLOW.....THIS IS A
GOOD THING! THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE
IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL OF US TO GATHER IN ONE PLACE AFTER SO
MANY YEARS. I SAW ENTHUSIASM ON EVERY FACE THERE!
BENI (BROWN) WILSON
I now live in L.A.
and so almost didn't go, but Don Payne fired me up. (The
Payne family and Fewell family go way back when Don and I were
5 or 6 years old). Then I talked to Ralph Erwin (Master of the
Directory), Charles Humphrey (Master of our Website), Joanie
Sanders Gintella (who wrote our Class Poem, "Who Are We?") and
the urge grew. I saw how much work and care went into creating
the website by Charles, the Directory by Ralph, the Master
List by Don, and the Reunion Committee's work to bring about
the playgrounds for this event. Each one is to be
congratulated. I loved seeing as many as I could out of the
large turnout and I didn't have to look at all the badges
first, as I thought I might, to recognize everyone. Being
there brought home the fact that we are a special group as the
Class of 1957 and should be proud of it.
"THANKS, FOR THE
want to send a sincere thank you to all of those that made
this reunion such a memorable event in my life. This was my
1st reunion and I was happy to see so many old friends.
There were classmates there that I've known since the 3rd
grade. We shared many great stories and had a wonderful
have 17 classmates living in Florida and we want to start
having a LRCHS 57 mini reunion here.
Again, thank you for the time and effort put forth to making
this reunion such a success.
Awesome and So
much fun! Food was great, bands were fantastic, and
everyone looked unbelievably young and GOOD!
Congratulations to the entire committee for the many hours
you spent organizing the best reunion we've ever had. We
always had a very special class and its 'class' was never
more obvious than in this reunion, especially at the
Memorial Service on Saturday morning. Looking forward to
the 55th! Will be glad to help from 'afar' if you can find
something for me to do!
All involved on the
reunion committee are to be commended for your hard work.
Everything was well organized and obviously a lot of thought
and time was spent on the arrangements.
WE WISH TO
THANK ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE THIS 50TH THE BEST
REUNION EVER. IT WAS A VERY WELL ORGANIZED EVENT AND A LOT
OF PEOPLE WORKED HARD TO BRING IT ON AND WE THANK THEM FOR
ALL THEIR EFFORTS.
I HAVE A
FAVOR TO ASK OF THOSE WHO WE MET AT THE REUNION, IF YOU SEE
THIS ON THE WEBSITE....WOULD YOU PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE AND
WRITE US A SHORT NOTE ON OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS TO SAY HELLO
AGAIN UNTIL NEXT TIME. THANKS TO CHARLES HUMPHREY AND DON
PAYNE WHO WORKED DILIGENTLY ON THE WEBSITE AND ALL THE
REGINA (MALCZYCKI) DOBBINS
Overall, I'd give
the reunion a 9 out of 10. It was very well organized and
the Peabody Hotel was a great venue. The food and
entertainment was excellent. Kudos to all the organizers
and especially good job to Charles for the great web site.
The only reason it didn't get a 10 was the goof on the power
point presentation at the memorial service (Barb Smith) and
I would have liked to have heard more about where classmates
came from and what they're doing now. Maybe this was
covered on Friday night which I wasn't able to attend.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next reunion and I'm sure
it'll be even better and more attended.
TO THE REUNION
Thank you for all
the hours of work you gave to make this Reunion so very
special. It was a really monumental task, and you
accomplished it with grace. It was such fun to see all of
"us" again, and to recognize each other with relative ease,
even after life has had its way with us these many years.
Seeing all my Arkansas buddies again was just wonderful.
Those few years I had at LRCHS were so very special, because
of all the fantastic and talented classmates. Thank you all.
Mary Claire (Shannon)
What a blast! I had
a great time visiting with all my old and new friends. The
planning committee is to be commended for a job well done.
From the social time on Friday evening to the wonderful
memorial service to tour of LRCHS through the great times had
on Saturday evening, everything was well planned. Thanks for
making our 50th another milestone is list of great memories.
Betty (Phyllis Dodd)
THAT WAS THE BEST REUNION EVER. HAT'S OFF TO ALL THE
CLASSMATES WHO WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS A WEEKEND WE WILL
Charles Humphrey, and Don Payne did a great job beyond the
call of duty. The acceptance of our Wisconsin friends was
wonderful and greatly appreciated. The Friday at the Hangar
was great once we got there, along JFK at 6:30 pm as the
traffic was terrible. Thank goodness it hadn't rained since
we parked on the grass. For the next reunion, I suggest a
Friday night in LR and close to the Hotel where the out
of towner's are staying.
I've attended all
of the reunions (10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 45th and the
greatest, the 50th). This one was the best, and everyone
seems to get just a little more mellow each time. The
memorial service was very moving.
Anyone who has any
complaints is a sourpuss. The committee did a fabulous job.
I almost missed the chance to pick up a copy of the
directory, which is a treasure. If any are left over, you
should mention their availability on the website.
The reunion was very
well planned, and I enjoyed it and appreciate those who
Virginia (Calhoun) Cross
First, thanks a million for all the work your committee
members did...and to you, Charles, for the wonderful web site
that made such a difference in planning and anticipating and
just KNOWING what was going on with the reunion and with our
class. I thought the reunion was fabulous - just the right mix
of casual and extra nice. It was so great seeing people. The
memorial service was a rich part of the total experience, and
hearing from Central's dynamite principal and walking around
our National Park Service, spit and polished, beautiful school
made me swell with pride. Did I really go to school there?
Sometimes it seems like a dream that I did. What a memorable
week-end. Again, thank you so much, Committee, for all you did
for the rest of us.
and I were very impressed by the planning and
professionalism by the committees responsible for the
reunion. There is much more work involved in such an event
than most people realize unless they have been involved in a
similar endeavor. All of the preparation opened the door to
reunions with old friends in a good environment. Also, when
people saw what was going on, it drew them to the reunion
even if they had not come previously and there were more
opportunities for fellowship. I really appreciate all the
effort and hope that we can do it again in five years.
I thought the
reunion was GREAT! If anything I didn't get to talk to as
many people as I wanted. I particularly enjoyed the
comments by the present day principal. I was pleased that
she praised our website. I'll bet Charles never got a
compliment from Jess Matthews.
Bob (Robert) Rogers
Could not have been better!
Special thanks to the Reunion
Committee and especially to co-chairs Georgiana Gunn and
Also to the Search Committee (yours
truly excepted. I only found one live and two deceased so
decided this wasn't my calling) for their many hours spent
on the telephone and internet.
Also, thanks to Jim East for making
his hanger available for our GREAT Friday night get-together
and for all those involved in conducting the memorial
service Saturday morning. Saturday night was well organized
and the band was great! (I think they are older than we
Also, my appreciation goes out to
Donald Payne and Charles Humphrey, Keeper of "The List" and
Webmaster. When did you guys sleep??
Hope to see you guys around town and
again in 5 years (or sooner). We all have each others e-mail
so lets keep in touch.
I was glad to see
everyone. We really had a great time. The NLR airport was
very nice and it was great at the Peabody. The time at LRCHS
was great also. Will we meet again in about five years? The
committee did a great job.
Nora (Lewis) Hays
No wonder we were called the "wonder
kids." What a wonderful group of people we were! I cannot
remember one unkind word said about one person in our
class. I cannot remember any rumblings or hazing or
bullying. No drugs or real alcohol problems. We were
taught to respect our God, our parents, our country and our
teachers and along with that we respected each other and
just the whole human race.....did you look into the faces of
our class mates? I declare, I've never seen so many truly
good and friendly people in one spot. I probably had more
fun that anybody there last weekend so it's a little
embarrassing to get my reflections on the reunion. I loved
every moment with each person and I was very aware of Jack
Singletons' words from his prayer on Saturday night......the
lives of each person in my class are woven, like fabric into
my life and I wouldn't have missed knowing one single one of
them. It was a magical two nights of friendship and
remembrance, a night where I was back in time and when I
looked into the faces I remembered them as they were....
young, expectant and full of the wonder of years lived.
Lets do it again in 6 months !!!!!!!!
Gwynne (McGee) Satterfield
P.S.: If I haven't done
so.....thank you, thank you for all the emails you sent and
work on the web site. It was grand.
The gang who
worked on this 50th - as well as other reunions - deserve
many "atta boys" (and girls). The format was one that
encouraged interaction and participation. The memorial
service was beautiful although sad. The classmates who
worked to develop the information regarding the Class's
"groovy" gift to LRCHS deserve a great big "Thanks"!! Makes
me proud to be a member of the Class of '57. To all the
East Siders who organized additional opportunities to get
together . . . I really, truly enjoyed ever moment. I
look forward to No. 55.
Emma Jo (Fulton) Adcock
What a wonderful
weekend!!! I have told everyone what fun it was.
It made me feel like I was 17 again. I have also said it
was a combination of American Bandstand and "old home
The reunion would
not have been the success it was without the hard work of
Charles Humphrey (webmaster), Don Payne and all of the
committee who worked days/weeks/years to ensure such success.
Thanks for all you did to make it so much fun for the rest of
This was the first
reunion that I've attended. The committee is to be
commended on doing such a wonderful job of organizing all of
the events!! I know they spend many many hours to make it
so special. Also thanks to Charles Humphrey and Don Payne
for the great job that they did. It was truly great to see
so many classmates. Thanks again to everyone on the
committee for making a great reunion possible.
The reunion was
really great - from the Friday night event to the memorial for
classmates and the renewal of friendships. Ginger and I had a
great time and thank everyone who was involved in putting the
I would like to thank the Reunion of `57 committee for all
the time and hard work to make our 50th (it’s
hard to realize) an outstanding success! The tremendous
turnout provides evidence of a well thought out and planned
event. Special thanks to Jim East for providing his hangar
for Friday night’s event, and to Charles Humphrey for an
excellent website to keep up with things. It was a
great time for us! Thanks!!!!
I thank you so
much for a awesome reunion, you guys are the best all went
well and was good to see so many classmates in good shape,
lets do it again.
graduation from Bentonville High School on Saturday morning
took priority. At least I had 3 hours to see a few people on
Saturday night, and I missed so many people I had hoped to
see. Lots of praise for the committee, for the website, for
the reunion directory, and the memorial service. Everyone looked
great and had interesting stories to tell. I look forward
to the 55th year.
Thanks again Charles, Ralph and Don for
all the three of you did to contribute to the success of our
It is abundantly clear to me that we
could not have done it without you.
And while I mean that most sincerely, it
has the added benefit of being the truth.
regards to each of you.
Gordon S. Rather, Jr.
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP
Fax: (501) 376-9442
I have the idea that the 50th Reunion
would not have happened in such a splendid way without your
devotion to the project. You called me months ago, and
that attention convinced me that I would certainly show up for
You have the
gratitude of all.
Lynette (Cook) Black
I just wanted to
drop you a line and let you know that your efforts on this web
site are greatly appreciated. So far I have been unable to
attend a single reunion and this helps fill the empty space.
P.S. Hi Patricia Ann
Charles, Don, Ralph, Jim East and ALL volunteers…what a
fantastic job on the reunion. I cannot imagine all the work
it took to get the great results. Loved every minute of
it. The only complaint I have is that it wasn’t long
enough. Maybe the next reunion can be a WEEK LONG! Thanks
to everyone for such a great time.
Bettye (Wallace) Rogers
What a well
planned and wonderful Golden Reunion . To the Reunion
Committee Don, Ralph, Charles, THANKS A MILLION for all your
hard work and many hours spent on it. Charles and I feel so
blessed to have been a part of the 57 Class and the reunion.
This is our 3rd reunion attending and the 50th is the best
one yet. We are definitely looking forward to the 55th in 5
years. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you haven't made your reservation for Winnsboro, TX in
October 2007, remember to do it NOW. It will be awesome I'm
sure. Check Web Site for details. See you there, I hope.
was impressed at how well organized the event was and thanks
to the organizers for all the hard work. Thanks for the
opportunity to see old friends. With so many people there it
was hard to touch base with everyone.
I live in Sumner, Washington (near Tacoma) and this trip
allowed Dick and I to visit LRU (now University of
Arkansas-Little Rock) and find out about his old professors.
He graduated from there before he went on to University of
Illinois for graduate work in physical chemistry. We also
visited our church and saw a picture of the minister who
married us 47 years ago. Amazingly, I was able to go many
places in our rented car although Little Rock has changed a
lot. We had a wonderful time. Thanks for the opportunity.
and Rosalind (McKelvey) Douthart
WOW!!! What a
party!!! I want to congratulate the planning committee for
doing a fantastic job. They get "First Prize" in "Job Well
Done". I know how much time and hard work goes into making
a successful reunion....much dedication is required and it
certainly was evident Friday night, Saturday morning and
Saturday night. It was great seeing old friends and
remembering all of the fun times. The Stardusters brought
back many good memories... goodness, how did 50 years go so
Syd and I both had a wonderful, wonderful time and we
are looking forward to the next one !
Again, thank you to all you hard working
classmates..... You did good !!!!!!!!!
Linda (Razer) Orton
Having made the 10 Year Reunion was
nothing compared to this Golden Reunion. I am so thankful
the good Lord let me live long enough to be able to come and
visit with all of those who attended. I am already saving up
my shekels so I can attend the 55th, hopefully I can drag Ms
Heidi along too, the Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.
I join all of the others in expressing
my appreciation for the hard work that was done by the
different Committees to put this Reunion together, a job
well done. The Web Site is one of the most professional I
have seen, great job Charles, List Keeper Don, ESJH 'Den
Mother Beni, Task Master Joyce and all of you who worked so
hard to make this gatherin' such a wonderful experience,
One of the things that impressed me the
most was how all of us inter-acted after all of these years,
I did see a few photo Bragging Books of "My Family...kids,
grandkids" and so on, the predominant thought after stating
what we have done for the past 40-50 years or so...was how
we all shared and reconnected with our thoughts and beliefs
and how many of us hoped that we have given that lesson to
our families. I believe we have all done our best work by
being the example for them.
After leaving LR and heading back to
Texas it was my pleasure to attend 2 graduations, preside at
4 birthday parties, a family reunion, haul some grandkids to
Church Camp, Band Camp, receive an award from my home
Masonic Lodge for 45 Years of service. Then help with
transporting my oldest grandson and some of his stuff over
to Baylor where he will start as a Sophomore...he has been
taking extra college courses after school and on Saturday.
He graduated from high school on 29 May this year.
I arrived back home in Germany yesterday
16 June, during my Jet Lag stupor I was informed by the
grandsons that they had done all of the yard work for me
while I was gone, and that they had "fixed" the mower. I
learned this morning what that fix was, duct tape over a
hole in the engine block to keep the oil from leaking out,
and they found a plastic line for the weed eater, filled the
tank with regular gas (not the Mixed oil/gas)...of course
they meant well, but I will have to buy a new mower, and
weed eater because the engines are shot. Isn't a great
feeling to be needed and loved?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and
enduring my banter. It was such a great blessing for me to
see all of you after all of these years.
late in responding however, we thought everything was great
and appreciate all who worked so hard to make it so
successful. Thanks again.
after so many years was a thrill. The idea of having their HS
graduation picture on the name tags was a brilliant idea.
Thoroughly enjoyed the two night event. The first night let us
all reconnect and recognize old friends and the second an
opportunity to spend more time reacquainting.
My sincerest appreciation for all of you who worked so hard to
make the event come off so perfectly.
this reunion more than any in the past and we have attended
all but one. It was good to see some classmates which we
haven't seen in 50 years. Thanks especially to those who
traveled long distances to be there; Tom Bates from Germany,
Joyce (Whittecar) Brewer and the group from Florida,
Hollis Williams and Rosalind (McKelvey) Douthart from
Washington State, Katherine Anne (Bond) Stewart from St.
Paul, Minn., Julie (Saeler) Core from New York, Buster and
Sharon Jones from Virginia, Bronson Jacoway, Anne Fewell,
and others from Calif., also the exchange students from
Manitowoc, Wis. We appreciate these being there as well
as all the others who came from outside Ark.
Barbara (Vermillion) Garrison