Tag Archives: Dorothy Crawford

Blog 21 May 31, 2014

Today is the traditional day for Memorial Day. Do you remember that May 31 was always the last day of school? We went for a short while, just long enough to get report cards. Then we were free for the summer—at least until we were old enough to get jobs. In the younger days, grade-school wise, summers seemed endless, until it was a week till school started. Then it was rushing around to do some summer project to take back to school in the fall.

Bur that was before high school. Summer jobs varied. Between junior and senior years, I had a job with CPS. A crew of a dozen of us were hired to clear land at what is now the CPS park on Perrin-Beitel Road near the main post office. On that crew with me from Jeff were Jim Bob Millar and Bob Jolly. We were all kids of CPS employees, so we had a job. But it was hot, hard work—you could not walk three steps without coming across prickly pear cactus and tons of small trees. We worked all summer clearing and made a dent.

Photo moment! Here is a photo someone gave me in May of our freshman year. Told me they found it in a trash can in the Declaration or Monticello office and thought I might want it. It went into a box of photos that I sorted not long ago and put aside.

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I don’t recognize those behind the counter, but the “customers” are Genevieve San Marco Brooks and me. Notice the long skirts on the girls.

More pics. Did you read Carolyn Taylor’s comments about the pictures from the kid party? Carolyn lets us know what is going on. Here are a couple more for you.

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It’s Tommy French, Carolyn Taylor , Jane McRoberts, and Jerry Harris.

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Here we have Jack Taylor (class of ’55), Dorothy Crawford, Does anyone know who this is?, followed by Henry Coy, I think. Note the Fox Company border around the photo?

Reunion follow up: I am at work (very slowly) at getting the class history. I am still hoping to get some input on life since 1954. We have about 70 replies so far. With 280 on our active roster, that leaves close to 200 who need to reply. Also, there will be photos to label and put into some sort of viewable format. Probably the first item to look for is a class directory. Many thanks are going to Lavonne Kennedy, who is scanning in the photos from the yearbook to add to the class history, so we can see then and now.

Mr. McDaniel: It has intrigued me that there are so many comments about Mr. Mc. He generated strong passions in his student, that is for certain. I am a bit surprised that there have not been more memories about other teachers. I heard various comments about teachers at the reunion.

Looking ahead: it would be nice to learn more about some of our out-of-touch classmates. Is anyone in contact with Cres McFall, who lives in California? What about Roy McBride in Florida, Don McCorkle in La Grange, or Ney and Joan Rieber, in Carolina? Kay Haller sent a note before the reunion. I will dig it out and print it soon.


Blog 14 April 2, 2014

Does anyone remember Karotkin’s Furniture down on Commerce Street behind the Aztec Theater? Some years back it was converted to a boutique hotel that has been awarded four diamonds and is consistently ranked one as one of the top hundred hotels in the country. Or something like that…

Gay Scarborough (we all knew her at Jeff as Era Mae McFarland) has sent me several emails, and I am going to include a portion of her latest here. She brought back memories I had not thought of for years. For example, Gay (her preferred name) mentioned the Black and White Ball. I did not know a whole lot about it, but I sort of recall it was a big deal and a somewhat political thing dealing with what today we would call raising social consciousness. Here are Gay’s comments:

Sweet memories.  Does anyone remember the Saturday, cliff hanger, to be continued, shows at the Woodlawn theatre?  Also, the dances at Woodlawn Lake?  My first kiss.  Not so romantic.

I enjoy your blogs sooo much.   Omar and I put a bid in on one of the homes on King’s Row in King William.  As we were uncertain about moving there we didn’t up our bid and it went to someone else. It was really interesting to read Jeanines’ family’s history of their homes. 

I was a member of the Pioneer Club and attended the dances.  (Tried to comment on your blog but was interrupted in the middle and canceled). That’s where I had the great honor of being first choice for the Black & White Ball but my grandmother was convinced by someone’s mom to have me step down and let her daughter have the crown. I remember being relieved.  Being a princess didn’t seem to be a fit. It was an almost honor. Ha!  My family actually pioneered the Austin, Georgetown, Liberty Hill area.  My family’s names are on street signs and nearly everyone in the Liberty Hill cemetary are relatives of mine.  I plan to visit the museum and see if my name is there somewhere. Ok for blog. Ha

Fun to see my buddy Rich Kaufmans’ picture.  My husband and I had fun hanging out when he lived in LA way.

Aleen Smith sent along a nice update for the class booklet on what we have done in our lives since leaving Jeff. Aleen was chosen as Miss Fiesta of 1952. As I recall, she was either the first or second to hold that title. I think Texas Nowotny was selected the following year. It was a great honor back then. Today, I think they have several dozen queens (and kings) to reign during fiesta—so many you can hardly keep track of them, but it is something to please everyone, I suppose.

The Reunion update: Those registrations are coming in, several each day. We have 96 registered already with three plus weeks to go, which is very encouraging. There is still room to play miniature golf at Cool Crest if you want to sgin up. Contact Tas McGraw (at Jeff, we knew her as Dorothy Crawford) at joetas@att.net.

I intend to get downtown in the next week or so and map out a walking tour around town. One possibility is a tour of the grand old hotels, several of which have undergone recent renovations. These will include the St Anthony, Gunter, Menger, Emily Morgan (we knew this as the Medical Arts Building back in the day), and maybe the Crockett.

Travis Park just reopened after a 3-month, $500,000 face lift. I drove by last nilght and did not see significant change, though they tout replacing some dead trees, looks like they laid sod and added pavers and added a bicycle station for renting or returning, plus a dog park.

Next blog will have info about a maybe contest. Unless the contest does not materialize. I believe this is what the ad experts call a teaser. No more teasing today.