of '57 Had Its Dreams.
McLeod High School Longhorns.....
by N. Ray Maxie
Texas Longhorn was our school mascot from the beginning. Please see
www.greatschools.net …The graduating class of 1957 at McLeod High
School had 21 graduates. Of those 21, take a guess who was the tallest
in the class. Me, yours truly. And my soon to be wife, high school
sweetheart, Bobbie Jean Weemes, was the shortest. (You know what they
say: opposites attract.) Since she was the shortest, she was first
to proceed down the auditorium isle and receive her diploma. And me
being the tallest was last to walk down the isle. That moment in our
lives was one of the greatest events and achievements for us, ever.
"Just get that high school diploma, son!" And thankfully our parents
would settle for NO less.
As I write this memoir, my recollection brings back two very important
lessons that my parents passed along to me as a youth. Mom always
said, "Son eat your vegetables." And Pop always said, "Save your money
and watch your friends." Both of which are still to this day very
good advises. Five servings of vegetables a day can promote good health
and saving your money can promote wealth; all the while watching any
good results your successful friends can obtain. I still pass these
things along to my children today.
"Oh, The Class of '57 Had it's Dreams", according to the popular old
Statler Brothers hit song. And we really did. Just take a look, as
I reminisce and review my 1957 yearbook. Here is the totality of my
graduating classmates. Most of whom I still remember pretty well to
this day. We still hold a class reunion about every three to five
years and have a good time together. There are some though that, for
whatever reason, never get attend our celebrations.
Billy Ray Adcox
Johnny Ray Francis
Wesley "Bud" Green
Mary Lou Land
La Nelldwin (Nell) Walton
Robert Gerald Walton
Bobbie Jean Weemes
said that I was very near a star athlete in high school. That I had
good height; good athletic skills and very good coaching from Coaches
Fite, Wilkerson and George. I lettered in basketball all four years
while playing on the "varsity" team. Back then we didn't call it varsity.
It was the "A" team and of all the sports I played, I enjoyed high
school basketball most. Most always, I played the "center" position
on both offense and defense. During good games, I would score 18 to
24 points and really had fun doing it. My senior year, we played a
tournament at Waskom and brought home all the trophies.
During the time I was in eighth grade, our coach was watching me closely.
He saw me working really hard in the gym, practicing and dedicating
lots of time to it. I was practicing my favorite shots; the fade away
jump shot; the hook shot, free throws and lay ups. Coach Fite often
used some of us eighth grade underlings during practice, as red shirts
to scrimmage against the first string high school players. I just
wanted to play basketball. One day while I was still in the eighth
grade, coach told me, "Maxie, if you keep up the good work, I'll let
you play on the high school "B" team, soon." And, they said, contrary
to High School Interscholastic League Rules, he did just that. I played
in a lot of high school "B" team games while I was still an eighth
grader. And they say coach never got into trouble with the league
officials. But, they say he did have some very serious conflict with
a few of the fathers of other players that I was replacing on the
high school "B" team.
Back in 1957, McLeod was ranked a "15B" school. Or maybe "2B". That
was the last year that McLeod High had a football team. Since it was
such a small school, many times players, such as other teammates and
myself were found playing on both the offensive and defensive squad.
My senior year I was awarded the all district player award twice that
year. I won offensive all district right tackle, plus defensive all
district right guard. I had lettered all four years and received football
jackets each year. Other players did the same. I was proud of those
jackets and kept them for many years. I never pursued organized athletic
sports after high school. I later attended East Texas State Teacher's
College (now East Texas State University) and The University of Houston
to obtain a degree.
My teenage bride and I raised two sons and are now happily retired
after many years of employment as "public servants". Recently we celebrated
our 47th wedding anniversary. We find a lot of pleasure in helping
others by volunteering for various civic organizations; public speaking,
writing, donating, traveling the USA a lot and helping our family
and friends. We also have a few of our favorite animals to attend
here on our "city" estate we call "PIDDLIN' ACRES".
their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 15, 2007
| All this is
just part of my "Deep East Texas Roots" in Cass County. I am happy
to have grown up during the fifties near McLeod in the oil patch.
I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a McLeod Longhorn.
If you ever care to, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
N. Ray Maxie
"Ramblin' Ray" October