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Good memories of my classmate, Gay Johns Zunker
Rainy Days and Starry NightsAugust 14, 2013 | 2,567 views | Post a comment
Gay Johns was a good friend who was in my class at Poth High School from 1947-49. Gay Johns Zunker passed away last week in San Antonio.
We had lost contact since we graduated and when I moved back to South Texas, I found out during a family reunion several years ago that her son was my cousin Lynette’s husband. Lynette gave me Gay’s email address and Gay and I started writing to each other. She lived in Utopia. One day she came to see me and brought me all these pictures and articles about her family. I wrote several stories about the Johns family, whom I found out were important in the history of Poth and Floresville.
Then I invited Gay to our 49’ers reunion at Shorty’s in Falls City several years ago. She had a blast and I did too, and it was like old times that day with Gay, the life of the party. That was the Gay Johns I remembered from the ’40s. She was a funny, pretty, vivacious, talented, and fun person. I spent the night at her house several times back in our high school days. It was where her mother had a beauty shop in Poth. I found this letter from Gay, where she wrote me about life in the ’40s, and I sent it to her kids, Roxie and Bubba, and they loved it.
So I wanted to put it in my column so everyone else could read it too. I think it will bring back memories for a lot of people. She never did find the picture of her mother at Kasper School. Her mother went to Kasper before I did.
Gay Johns Zunker’s letter talks about the 1940s:
I remember the 40s very well -- even remember just where I was on Dec. 7, 1941. My Dad, several cousins, and uncles were all in the service. I remember us gathering scrap iron -- any kind of metal, even saving the tin foil from gum and candy wrappers. Everything was rationed, gas, sugar, shoes, car tires.
I would get a letter from my Dad and at least half of it was blacked out and it had been censored. Couple of other things I remembered that I have wanted to tell/remind you of. One, my Mother went to Kasper School. Somewhere I have a picture of the kids in school there when she was there. At the time the family lived on what was then known as the Eckel Ranch.
Second, do you remember we were the first class at Poth School to go further than Seguin or New Braunfels for our senior trip? We sold drinks at the football games and sandwiches at the dances in Poth to raise funds. We paid for gas for the school bus Mr. Klaus drove. (*Note: our class went to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.)
Our class also left to the school the first PA system they ever had. You have made me remember so many of our antics. I did not remember that you and the other kids from Kasper and Kosciusko came in our sophomore year. That was also the year I came back to Poth from Placedo.
I started school at Poth, and then in the middle of the second grade, Mother remarried and we moved. I always said I wanted to graduate from Poth.
Granny’s house was always home to me. I spent my summers in Poth with Granny, and when she needed an operator at the telephone office and Mr. Teas, who managed the phone company, said she could hire me, I moved home and went to work at the phone office.
Anyway sorry to bore you with all of this, but as I said, you always remind me of those good ole days.
Love to you and yours,
Lois Zook Wauson is the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Wilson County in the mid-20th century. After many years living in other parts of Texas, she now lives and writes in Floresville. Her two books are available from the Wilson County News office. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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