150 learn you can go home again
Visiting, lunch, reminiscing highlight annual homecoming
50 YEARS—The Rockdale High School graduating class of 1961 was the 50-year honor class Saturday. Those attending included: Seated (L-R) Wilfred Jacob, Joyce Bayless (teacher), Linda Hall Crane, Barbara Doss Sutton, Jill Longmire Galbreath, Willyne Lamb Stanislaw, Gloria Doss Hooper, Shirley Holton Lane, Barbara Joseph Gross, Sharon Jones, standing, Don Simpson, Phillip Swearingen, Morris Sutton, W. C. Gross, Imogene Johnson Evans, Barbara Pimpler Sager, Judy Lumpkins Slusher, Doris Stricker Proctor, Melba Bartlett Ressel, John Perry Hobson. The class also held its 50-year reunion the previous evening.
Reprter/Mike Brown Famous writer Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again.
About 150 persons, most of them Rockdale High School graduates f rom years past, enjoyed a morning and afternoon of “going home” Sunday in the Patterson Center.
It was the 76th annual homecoming. The 50- year honor class of 1961 had 19 members in attendance, including the current Rockdale Homecoming Association president, Judy Slusher.
No PA system, no problem for Judy Slusher, Homecom - ing Association president and mistress of ceremonies. At left (L- R), Gerald Dockall, who brought six members of his family from Phoenix, AZ, traveling the greatest distance; Robert Hirt, 93, oldest in attendance; Anna Brothers, 10, youngest attending. Slusher, who served as mistress of ceremonies, gave a welcome and introduced Ronnie Laurence, who gave the innovation.
Dr. Lucille Estell issued a plea for photos in connection with a historical book being compiled on Rockdale.
She is especially seeking photos of the long-gone water well in the Main-Cameron intersection in Rockdale’s turn of the (20th) century pioneer days.
Dr. Estell also filled in homecomers on several historical developments, including the I&GN Historical Depot, visit by representatives of the National Trust and the El Camino de los Tejas National Historic Trail.
Slusher recognized the following:
• Gerald Dockall and family of Phoenix, Arizona, traveling the greatest distance to attend.
• Robert Hirt, 93, Houston, oldest person attending.
• Anna Brothers, 10, Dayton, youngest person attending.
A catered meal, served by Lee’s Landing, followed the brief program.
The Rockdale Homecoming Association was formed in 1933 and held its first homecoming one year later. Gatherings have been held every year since.
Current officers are:
• Slusher, president.
• Gerri Offield, vice-president.
• Wenda Dyer, secretary.
• Billie Noack, treasurer.
RHS sports legend Bobby Lynch (seated) visits with Charles “Cotton” Hubert. Despite a severe hearing handicap, Lynch earned a football scholarship and went on to a standout college career at Sam Houston State. Both are members of the Class of 1951.
Vickie Evarhart (R) prepared scrapbooks, photos, displays covering 100 years of Rockdale history.