Tag Archives: Jerry Harris

Blog 47 April 16, 2015

It has been a while since writing. I suppose the 25-30 of you  who were following have moved on to other more interesting thoughts. I have been remiss, but there are  many interesting time occupiers and some mundane that must be done.

Harry Jones: Over the years, I probably received more queries about Harry than any other one person in our class.  Yesterday, Harry was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park on the Austin Highway. Our class was well represented at the event. Bobby and Phyllis Tate came down from Austin, Billy and Bettye Sue Dube, Danny and Irma Sciaraffa, Don Martin, Charlie Griffin, and I were there, along with Connie Orr from the class ahead. It was a simple and heartfelt service, with a good visit after, as we exchanged memories of Harry. Harry’s daughter, Lee Ann, and son, Gene, were there and Harry’s brother, Dudley. Many sent me their expressions of sympathy or condolences. I have promised Lee Ann that I will send her those emails.

A denial: Someone commented to me that I keep people in touch by sending out notices of who has died. It is not my intention to always be the bearer of sad news. Recently we have had several deaths. Two were to update the list in the history book, as Jan Cox and Robert Lacey had been on the lost list. Harry was a “person of interest” and that is why I broadcast his passing. But I do deny that the purpose of my communications is to pass on news of other losses.

Reminiscing: Yesterday, someone remembered Harry and also George Pierce taking over and teaching a class—maybe geometry. I recall how Harry was the favorite of Mrs. Davis in chemistry class. That was so obvious that it must have embarrassed Harry. If anyone wants to share other memories of Harry, please comment.

Further reminiscing: A group was chatting recently about the movies back in the day. For a quarter, you could go to the movie, buy popcorn, and a drink. For that, you got to see a movie, a few serials, a cartoon, previews and the feature. Then we remember the “News of the Day” from Movietone or “News on Parade” from Paramount. Part of the lead-into one of those two was a montage of various activities. The one that sticks in my mind were girls clad in shorts doing jumping jacks. Does anyone else remember that? Then someone remembered that there was often a sing-a-long, where you followed the bouncing ball. I may not be all that sophisticated today, but singing along at the movie and the bouncing ball seems so cornball today.

I do hear from a lot of you guys for one reason or another. I pretend not to be a gossip, but I do think it is appropriate to pass along some of the comments and news. One flash is that Jerry Harris has recently become engaged after being widowed eleven years ago.

I intend to be a bit more regular with the blog—won’t comment about other things. The newspaper has been running a feature about events in SA over the past hundred or so years—I will include some of that in the future.  Till next time….

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.