Saturday, September 24, 2022

2022-2023 Officers of 50 Year Club

Officers of the 50 Year Club

Introduced during the 46th Reunion Meeting

Serving in 2022-2023


Bill Fortney
(MWHS Class of 1968)

1st Vice President:
Don Freeman
(MWHS Class of 1970)
2nd Vice President:
Terry Brooks
(MWHS Class of 1970)
Margaret Hill Colton
(MWHS Class of 1967)
Recording Secretary:
Frances Adkins Cleveland
(MWHS Class of 1963)
Corresponding Secretary:
Belinda Harper Bateman
(MWHS Class of 1971)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MWHS 50 Year Club Lillian Peek Cottage Parlor

About $17,000 needed to complete Parlor!

Beth Ramsey Visentine
Class of 1960


The new chandeliers and wall sconces in the Lillian Peek Cottage were beautifully accessorized with drapes just before the 2015 Reunion. Just in time for visitors to admire the room and visualize the plans for the Parlor.

Beth Ramsey Visentine created the window treatment. The drapery fabric, shown in the third picture, and fabric for the sheers was provided by John and Jo Murphy. John Murphy and David Visentine installed the rod and draperies.

There is still about $17,000.00 needed to complete the Parlor. If you can help:
Restoration donations for Lillian Peek Cottage Home Economics Building Benefit by the MWHS 50 Year Club can be sent to:
MWHS 50 Year Club
215 NW 5th Ave
Mineral WellsTexas 76067

About $17,000 needed to complete Parlor!

Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Renovation; Digital Format used; originals owned and released for use by Murphy, John and Jo; accessed Judith Richards Shubert 2015.
Copyright 2015, Judith Richards Shubert

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thanks to All Who Serve and Have Served ~ We Thank You!

Mineral Wells has a long proud military history of those serving our homeland. We still have many serving today, both in the military, on the home front and overseas. Also, in positions of service, protecting us are those in the police departments, fire departments, the first responders, and those in emergency rooms and hospitals worldwide. Join me in thanking them for their service.

The Navy Draft
June 28, 1943

Mineral Wells High School
Senior Class
Convention Hall ~ Monday, May 31, 1943

In the Picture are:

 Fred Modrall
James Hubbard
George Smith
Buddy Atwood
Myron M. Crawford

On back of photo:
Myron Melvin Crawford S 2/C
Born Nov. 28, 1924
Age when Picture Made (July 1943)
Myron age 18 yrs. Old


U. S. Navy Draft Group Photo, original made July 1943 at Mineral Wells Convention Hall, belonging to MWHS 50 Year Club, digital format used.

The 1943 Burro, Mineral Wells High School yearbook, yearbook property MWHS 50 Year Club, digital format used.

Copyright 2015: Judith Richards Shubert

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Open for Visiting During Reunion

The Lillian Peek

Home Economics Cottage

will be

open for visiting on Friday, June 12

between 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

and on Saturday, June 13

after the events at Mineral Wells High School

on Ram Boulevard

until about 3:00 P.M.

An announcement will be made on Saturday

at the gathering on specific times.

There will also be pictures of the completed work
at MWHS as well as an
OPPORTUNITY to donate funds for completion.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Renovations MWHS 50 Year Club Office

Renovations to the Bedroom
of the
Lillian Peek Cottage
November 2014

Now the
50 Year Club Office

Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Renovation; Digital Format used; originals owned and released for use by Murphy, John and Jo; accessed Judith Richards Shubert 2014.
Copyright 2014, Judith Richards Shubert

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to All America's Veterans

Veterans Day History

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. After a brief period of changing the time of observance for four national holidays under the Uniform Holiday Bill in 1968, the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor all America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs: History of Veterans Day

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mineral Wells High School 2014 Coming Home Queen ~ Helen Hart Luckett

                                                                            By DAVID MAY

MWHS 2014 Coming Home Queen
Helen Hart Luckett
Escorted by her son
Col. James H. Luckett, US Army (Ret.)

In June, Mineral Wells High School alumna, Helen Hart Luckett was elected to represent the 50 Year Club as the 2014 Coming Home Queen for Mineral Wells High School. She was a beautiful Queen as she was escorted onto the field Friday night, September 26, by her son, retired U.S. Army Col. James H. Luckett, of Fredricksburg, Virginia. The 1941 graduate was dressed in the school colors of red and white and was given the traditional bouquet of red roses. Her husband, Ed Luckett, was also a graduate of Mineral Wells High School, Class of 1935.
Presented with the 2014 Homecoming Court during halftime of Friday's football game at Ram Stadium, a 37-9 victory over Godley, she also rode in Thursday's homecoming parade.

                                                                                              By DAVID MAY

Driving a Thunderbird Convertible belonging to Sarah Patterson, 50 Year Club Secretary, Marguriete Crum, and Mrs. Luckett wave to the crowd as they enjoy the parade before the bonfire at the high school.

Helen Hart Luckett and her husband, Ed, raised two sons who both went on to become graduates of the United States Military Academy. She has led a busy life, being a community volunteer in various organizations, becoming very active with the Boy Scouts of America in 1958. Over the years she has been involved in many other organizations and today shows no indication of slowing down.

Active in Ridglea Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, the MWHS 50 Year Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Huguenot Society of Texas Inc. and still pursuing her interests in history and genealogy, Mrs. Luckett has a very full calendar.

I encourage you to read David May's interview with her in the Mineral Wells Index. I am awed by her accomplishments and her busy life-style! Oh, did I mention she preceded me as the MWHS 50 Year Club Historian?

May, David; Mineral Wells Index"Helen Hart Luckett Returns a Queen", accessed 30 Sept 2014.

May, David; Mineral Wells Index, "Helen Hart Luckett Returns a Queen", accessed 30 Sept 2014; permission given to use here by David May 30 Sept 2014.

Copyright 2014: Judith Richards Shubert