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Celebrating reunions, old memorabilia together
Class of 1951 (back, from left) Paul Foerster, Katie Lou Hoover Klann, Benny Roemer, Henry Castro, (front) Rolland Gerald Varnon, Martha Bayer Albert, and Julia Muñiz Castro.
Apple Pie and SalsaOctober 30, 2013 2,852 views 1 comment
I had been dragging my feet in writing this column. (So what else is new?) I knew what I wanted to write about, but there seemed to be something missing to make it interesting. The morning of the day that I knew I had to get started I decided to clean one of the drawers in our bedroom. I have learned that if you want to do housecleaning and you feel overwhelmed, tackle one small task at a time. So that’s what I did that morning. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just rearranging. When I came upon a wallet in a drawer that held mostly dresser scarves, aprons, head scarves, and shawls, I thought at first that it had belonged to my late brother, Doroteo. I thought maybe I had forgotten I had put it there. It’s made of cowhide and still in good condition. Upon taking out its contents, I discovered that it actually belonged to Henry. I felt that I was entitled to look through it, after 60 years. And there was the missing link to go with my story.
Henry and I attended this year’s Floresville High School 50-Plus Reunion. There are only a few of us from the graduating class of 1951 that attend most every year. This year we had one less because we lost “Gene” Marvin Forister early this year. He was always good for a laugh. We missed him. Paul Foerster joined us this time. We had not seen Paul since the year 2000. That was when we were having reunions organized by the late Billie Joe Campbell (class of 1952). B.J. called it the Early Fabulous Fifties. It included the classes of 1950 thru 1955. The class of 1949 joined us after the first year. These reunions ceased after B.J. passed away. By then our class had been invited to join the 50-Plus reunion group. Each year a class is added as they reach the 50-year anniversary of having graduated from Floresville High. I enjoy these reunions because we get to see others that went to high school when we did. Back then everybody knew everybody else, regardless of what class they were in. Another plus for me is that I get to meet people whom I didn’t know before. They know me by my picture next to my column. Like Willie Kay from Kentucky and Tommy from Virginia, both formerly of Floresville. They told me they look forward to my column. Of course there were some of my regular fans who made it a point to say something nice to me, like Mr. E.J. Hierholzer. He says he especially likes my articles when I throw in some Spanish. Mr. Hierholzer won the prize this year for being the oldest alumnus there, from the class of 1941.
Paul and Benny brought their annuals from our last year in school. They had each of us sign our names on our pictures this year. That was a neat idea. I never thought of that. And that brings me back to what I found in Henry’s wallet. I found two receipts for the ’50-’51 annual! One shows where Henry gave a partial payment and the other one where it was paid in full. And another piece of paper with some interesting information. Perhaps it was given as an incentive to buy an annual?
If Henry had had the wallet in his drawer I would not have run across it. Coincidence? Besides class pictures of some of our classmates and a couple of some other friends, the other thing I found of interest was a special pass to the Atascosa Drive-In Theater. It says “Good Anytime,” and it shows the price -- tax 7 cents, service charge 3 cents -- total 10 cents. When I told Henry that he had never taken me there, he said he did. But I know it’s not true. Oh, well.
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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