December, 2007

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WEST ENDER
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FRIENDs
 
 
    Merry Christmas
 
 
 
 
                                                                                             
My Christmas thoughts always take me to all the wonderful sights,sounds,and smells of the season that were a part of West End.  The stores were always decorated snd you could always hear the Christmas music when you walked in front of the stores going along Gordon St.  I don't even have to close my eyes ..but just look up ..to  remember  walking in front of the Colonial Store and smelling all the fresh cut Christmas trees that lined the sidewalk, and there was a produce store on the other side of Gordon that had trees along the sidewalk ,that was an unforgetable aroma, and  I can almost hear the Salvation Army bell ringers that were in front of the Sears store,  you could hear those bells all over the area.  And then the stores that sold toys along Gordon were always joyous places with the music,and decorations.And how could a youngster forget the way Woolworths was fixed up for Christmas.Walking along that sidewalk in front of the stores just stands in my mind as such a wonderful Christmas experience.
 
Merry Christmas from Marilyn Woodward
 
 
 
      
 
 
 
Marilyn and Jim  Hinson , Southwest '61, and I, Brown '58, wish all our West End and Cascade Heights frends a Very Merry Christmas and we hope 2008 is the best year every for you all. We live in Sautee in the North Georgia mountains now where every season is beautiful but especially Christmas time. We still remember the sounds and smells of West End at Christmas time. We also remember all the Christmas activity at both Brown and Southwest High Schools. We feel very fortuniate to have been raised in the West End-Cascade Heights area in the '50's and early '60's.

Jim and Marilyn (Clonts) Hinson
 
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                   OBITUARYS
   
         Jim Arblaster Sylvan High class of  1960         passed away November 24
        Jim was in Brunswick Hospital


Pat Thomas Brannon sent this notice of Bereavemant.    
Laura Nichols Cameron in the death of her husband Johnny (class of ’56). Johnny died Tuesday morning after a long and horrific battle with cancer. Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough; funeral tomorrow at same place. Johnny was a retired City of Atlanta policeman and a good ol’ Adair Park guy!
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  I  hope Barbara Williams is reading this! I read her note at Thanksgiving . Thank you for remembering me. I never knew I was Cool!! I was always Beejee Arnold's sidekick and she was cool! She had a green convertible with no brakes! We used to drive by the texeco  gas station near Cascade Ave. and call for help from Mr. Wynn who ran the station! I remember one time, Beejee was driving and I jumped into the back seat and hid on  the floor of the back for the crash! [It didn't happen, thank goodness!] She had another car that wasn't big enough for my to get into without really cramming in! { a little Nash metropolitan] . My sister ,Frances used to babysit for you, Barbara, and your sister. I think once you drove your Mom's car thru the garage, didn't you? I mean ,ALL the way thru! Right thru the back and knocked a big hole in the garage. You were very young! I also remember waving goodbye to ya'll one day in your yard.{I was walking backwards and fell into a hole!] I still have a scar on my leg! Boy, there are so many memories! This newsletter is soo great! We all get to share so many wonderful times! Hope everyone has a great Holiday season! Thanks again!  Sincerely, Shirley Hester Barronton.
 
 
 
 
I enjoy the newsletter, and want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas
Bob Tidwell
Brown High 1957

 
 
 
               
 
 
 
 
I have just finished reading your 2007 THANKSGIVING EDITION OF The West Ender and it was wonderful as usual. I hope you two will continue delivering such good news and memories helping to keep lots of smiles on our faces. This one was particular good and most enjoyable.
Ray Winters chauffeured his twin sister Faye, Martha Moore and I all over West End, Oakland City , Cascade Heights , South West High School , and Sylvan Hills yesterday. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we all had. We arrived in West End around 10:30 a.m. and reluctantly departed around 1:30 p.m. We couldn’t quite grasp the new school that sits where our beloved Ragsdale once was. They have even changed the name but I can’t recall the new name. Brick and mortar everywhere with no playground or Magnolia trees in sight. What a treat it was to enjoy a late lunch at the good old VARSITY. This is a Veterans Day that will never be easily forgotten. I only wish we could have been on a big bus loaded down with all of our class mates.
Whether or not you gals realize it - you were a big part of keeping the memories alive and motivating us to return to the scene of our treasured past.
THANK YOU just isn’t adequate. I really appreciate you both and hope to be able to tell you just how much at the I. N. Ragsdale Reunion next year.
BEST WISHES FOR A "HAPPY THANKSGIVING"!
Gail Baldwin Anderson
 
             
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I am Tom Hadlow,Southwest High class of 63. I live in Boise Idaho with my wife Rosalie. Still get to Atlanta every now and then to see my lifelong best friend, Jim Pounds. Would like to see classmates who are passing through Boise. Great camping and fishing here.

Thanks again

tom
    Here is a picture that Daniel from Murphy High School sent showing Sharpes Appliance Store on Moreland Ave
                                          
 
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Hi!
This is Norma McElroy Curley-Sylvan class of 1958. I appreciate whoever suggested that I receive this newsletter. What a great idea.
I currently live in Demorest,Ga with my husband of nearly 7yrs-Rudy. As most of my class knows my first husband Frank died in 1995. I have been a nurse for 47yrs and am now only semi retired.
We travel a lot and are into jewelry making now. Would love to hear from any in the old neighborhood. We are looking forward to our 50th reunion next year.>
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          We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas
 
                              
 
 
 
Hi to all in the Brown High School community.  My name is Bob Harper ('66), and I live in Marietta, Ga., where I have practiced dermatology for the last 24 years.  My wife Judy and I have three wonderful children, all of whom graduated from the University of Georgia and, thankfully, are gainfully employed.

I am member of a nine physician practice with offices in Marietta, Canton, and West Cobb County.  We have been blessed with a thriving business to the point of now planning for a new and larger office for our Marietta patients that is three times its current size.

I am getting closer to the point of slowing down a little bit in my practice to spend more time doing the things that I most enyoy outside the office, especially fly fishing and golf.  We have built a vacation home in the mountains of western North Carolina (on Lake Santeetlah just outside the little town of Robbinsville), and we're looking forward to being there a greater portion of the time.

Last November we had our 40th class reunion at Carolynn Gooch Cort's house, and we had so much fun that we decided to do it again this year. On October 6 about 40 of us got together at my house for what turned out to be another great time.  In preparation for the party I went down to West End and took over 100 pictures of all the old places we used to gather: the Gordon St. Theater, the corner where Joe Cotten's once stood, the churches, John A. White Park, Adams Park, Oakland City Park, the street intersections all up and down Gordon Street and Cascade Rd., Campbellton Plaza, the elementary schools, and finally quite a few pictures of Brown (now the Brown Junior High Dolphins).  I even got shots of where Cheney Stadium stood (now a running track) and where we had our junior-senior dance (what was at that time the Jewish Progressive Club, now a part of the Turner Broadcasting complex).  Needless to say, it was quite a nostalgic trip.  I showed the DVD at the reunion, and we had a great time reminiscing about the years we spent growing up there.

A highlight for all of us was that Lamar Crawley and his wife Charlotte came to the reunion.  Lamar had to be one of the most popular teachers at Brown during that time, and they drove all the way from their home in Monticello.  By the way, he's the same old Mr. Crawley!  Still full of energy.  Believe it or not, his new avocation is raising chickens.

I enjoy the newsletter a great deal.  Staying connected is important, especially with a group that meant so much to us all.  Thanks to all who have a part in producing it.

Best wishes to all for a blessed holiday season.  Bob Harper



                                            
 
 
Virgil Tillander (class of 1959) and his wife Margaret would like to wish all the Brown High folks a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
 
 
 
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Merry Christmas To all the people who lived in the most wonderful area that anyone could ever imagine...I'm tal;king about the entire area of Southwest Atlanta--West End-Sylvan Hills-Cascade Heights-or any of our neighborhoods.
I am Nancy McWilliams Sylvan- 55-56--Browm 57-58-59
How I loved the Christmas season in Atlanta, as a youngster going downtown to the "big stores was an unimaginable treat, seeing all the decorations, hearing the music, and just seeing the happy faces on the people as they shopped in Davisons or Rich's
This newsletter is such a wonderful way to share all those wonderful memories.
Merry Christmas Everyone
               
 
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL! Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Raymond & Rebecca (Harris) Rogers ( we are both class of 1966)
 
 
 
 
Hello,I am M.J.Burnett,I was in the class of 1958 but actually gradusted in the Summer of 1957 so I could attend college that Fall.My wife Joyce and I live in Mexico Beach Florida where we moved after I retired as a dentist.   But I still find myself working in a local dental clinic about 8 hours each week just to keep busy.
I want to wish all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year
 
 
 

              
 
 
 
I I would like to add my thanks for the newsletter also. I have enjoyed it so much and enjoy hearing about old friends and acquaintances that I had long since forgotten. Bea Hasty Favre, thanks for the note to Lyndal. Yes, I remember the A&P closing at 12:00 on Wednesdays. I also remember the library. My next door neighbor Cecilia Phillips and I used to work in the library after school and during the summer. Do you remember when it was on the stage at Ragsdale? And do you remember our 7th grade classroom with Mrs. Fain in the auditorium as well. I worked for the Atlanta Board of Education for a while and Mr. Fain was my boss. I can still hear him saying not to run down the hall at school. One day I was running down the hall at work and he told me to walk, not run. What a privilege it was to work for him. Also Dean Brooks, who was our homeroom teacher at Sylvan, worked in the sam e department. He now lives just a few miles from me in Fairburn. We also went to the doctor and dentist in Oakland City. Did any of you go to Dr. Burke? It is so good to hear from so many of you and see old pictures from the good old days. I too wish our children could have grown up in such a world. I am so thankful for Christian parents and their influence on my life. I have been a Christian since the age of 9 and I am so thankful for God's guidance in my life. Isn't it a shame that "they" are trying to take that away from our children and grandchildren? Angie Rainwater Terry, Sylvan class of 60.
 
                                         
 
                         My name is Fred Dorsey,I was in the class of 1953 at Brown but got my diploma in Jan,1954.I can remember how meaningful Christmas was when I was a youngster growing up around the area that we all hold so dear, two of my most memorable Christmases was working at  W.T Grant Department  store in downtown Atlanta during the holiday season .My job was keeping the counters stocked and keeping the cashiers stocked with bags and gift boxes.I always started working on the Friday after Thanksgiving,I called it a job but actually it was more fun working there than it was work.Most all of the part time workers were from schools around Atlanta  .While working there on the Christmas of my last year at Brown I met and fell for a very pretty girl who gift wrapped packages,  she was a senior at Russell High School.  In three years we married and we are still married today.Aside from meeting her though I think what made my job so enjoyable was constantly being in and a part of all that spirit of Christmas  that people had in those days.I loved hearing the
nusic of the season being played, the sound of the bells,seeing people that were so happy.At times my Wife and I remind each other of those days and how we just had so much fun.
           
Merry Christmas to all
     From an old Brown Rebel
                  Freddy        
                                    
 
 

 
A very special merry Christmas greeting from the Stovall family-Ron(class of 62) and Anne(class of 63),wish everyone the best holiday season.The Stovalls live in Stockbridge Ga.
                                
   
 
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
 
GIRLS, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ENABLING US TO STEP BACK INTO OUR YOUTH. WE SIT AT OUR COMPUTER AND START TO READ AND BEFORE WE KNOW IT, WE HAVE DRIFTED BACK INTO OUR YOUTH. I THINK THIS HELPS LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE, FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE IT. OUR CHILDREN CAN NOT IMAGINE HOW BLESSED WE WERE.THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY WALK THE STREETS OF WEST END WHEN IT WAS DARK AND FEEL SAFE. I PRAY AS I GET OLDER AND MY MIND STARTS TO LEAVE ME, I CAN SIT IN A ROCKER AN DRIFT BACK INTO THE YEARS AND SPEND MANY LOvELY DAYS RELIVING BROWN HIGH, WEST END AND ATLANTA THE WAY WE USE TO KNOW IT.
IF, ANY OF YOU ARE LIVING NEAR ELLIJAY, GEORGIA LOOK ME UP, I WOULD LOVE TO GET TOGETHER AND REMINISCE. SANDRA HEPTINSTALL UHLMAN (1959)[Email Address Removed]
 
 
 
         

 
 
 Remember the Rich's Pink Pig anyone ??        
 
 
                              
                               
  
 
 
             
Hello to Brown High Newsletter:
I am Charles(Bobby) Beasley class of 56 BHS, It is sure nice to seethe names of the people I remember from so long ago. I am retiredfrom the Navy (l973) I have 4 wonderful daughter and 7 grandchildren5 greatchrildren. I lived at 1277 Lorenzo Dr. and attended RagsdaleElementary School.Reading all the responses bring back a lot memories of West End,Oakland City,Oakland City Park, Yellow Jacket-Varsity Drive In. I worked at the drug stores at Lee and Avon, Miss Georgia on Lee Street I now live in Ben Hill west of the airport and injoying lifes rewards
Hope all have a very  MERRY  CHRISTMAS
 
 
 
 
 
Thinking of all the Christmas memories takes me back to all the beautiful decorations right in our own area at the Stewart Lakewood shopping center. All the stores would be decorated with garland and lights and had music. And just the way that the stores were laid out like along a sidewalk with a huge Christmas tree in the center,  I used to love walking along in front of all rhe stores there.
           I'm Janet Robinson Sylvan 1955
       I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
 
 
 
              
 
 
HERES A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO ALLMy BROWN Sylvan and Southwest GRADS FROM THE PAST.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KIDDO.........

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE

THE MOST CHERISHED MOMENTS IN MY LIFE WAS TO HAVE BEEN A FELLOW STUDENT AT BHS AND TO HAVE HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PLEASURE OF GROWING UP IN THE AREAS OF OAKLAND CITY AND WEST END AND TO HAVE KNOWN QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST GROUP OF PEOPLE THIS GREAT COUNTRY COULD PRODUCE.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
GOD BLESS AMERICA
BUDDY (SPUD) CAMPBELL class of '53

                                    
                                
 
 
 I an quite sure that everyone remembers the lighting of the
                             Great Tree at Rich's
 
 
       
 
 
IMerry Christmas. Buddy Guy class of 62.
The Guy family and the family
of Joe Sheram class of 1960 gather
each Thanksgiving week at Hilton Head S.C. and share a lot of fond memories

                              
 
              

 
(FOR THE CHRISTMAS EDITION)
 
HELLO AND MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CHARLIE SEYMOUR. GRADUATED FROM I .N .RAGSDALE, MOVED TO MOZLEY PARK AND GRADUATED FROM BROWN HIGH IN 1950.
I REMEMBER  GREAT TIMES AT MOZLEY PARK SWIMMING POOL, CLAYATT`S DRUG STORE AND ALL THE KIDS THAT LIVED IN THE AREA. OTHER MEMORIES OF "JUG HEAD" SPEARS MOTOR SCOOTER SHOP, GORDON STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, WALKING THE RAILROAD TO SCHOOL AND MANY MORE.
A GOOD TIME AND PLACE TO GROW UP.
 
THANKS FOR KEEPING THIS ALIVE......CHARLIE
             
 
                              
 
                
 
 
Hello, this is Ronnie Tolleson. I attended sylvan from 1957 to 1959, then they built a new school--walter f. george so I had to go there in 1960 and graduated from there in 1961. I still got all my year books from both schools and sometimes I look up old class mates and friends. I would like to get on your mailing list and see if anyone remembers me. my older brother forwarded this e-mail to me. his name is Mickey Tolleson and he graduated from sylvan in 1958--thanks and looking forward to the next newsletter---                      RONNIE
                           
 
                               
 
  
Here is a beautiful Christmas Message from Terri Ann Bowen
 
The 1954 Christmas Pageant
 
The year was 1954.      and Deecember I was in the eighth grade at the time.
The polio epidemic had eased up somewhat, but there were still a lot of children in the hospitals, many in iron lungs. One of those was in my Sunday School class. Her name was Joanne. I don't remember her last name, but that doesn't really matter. This is her story.
Joanne was one of the early victims of polio, and ended up sicker than most. She spent a good year in an iron lung before she was able to use just a respirator that was attached to her chest during the day. At night, she still needed to sleep in her "cocoon" as she called it. Once she was able to be outside the iron lung for any amount of time, her physical therapy started, and continued for a long time, it was years actually.
At the end of 1953 she was able to come back and visit our class, instead of the other way around us visiting her at home or in the hospital. She was in a wheel chair at first, still with a chest plate to help her breathe when she got tired. But, she would come about every couple of weeks. Eventually she was fitted with leg braces. Big, cumbersome and heavy things back then. She still needed crutches to walk.
At the start of the 1954 year we decided to put on a Christmas pageant for the church. Joanne was still around, now without the chest plate, but still mostly in her wheelchair. She only had the energy to walk a short distance at a time.
A few months later, we were ready. We'd memorized our parts (I was a shepherd). There was the Nativity, complete a stable and crib, Joanne was one of the three kings, and she and the other two kings would come on stage last.
The organist started playing "We three kings of Orient are Ănd The lights went down. and the procession started at the back of the church. It wasn't until the three kings had made it half way up the aisle that the audience realized what was happening, why the awed silence in back.
When they looked around they saw Joanne. Walking. Without her crutches. Holding just a staff, and singing and smiling through her own tears. She finally reached the first step up to the altar and the Nativity.
The audience stood up, and clapped.
There wasn't a dry eye in the church..... 
 
                        MERRY CHRISTMAS      
 
 
                                           
                                     
                   AND  HUGS  TO EACH
                            AND  EVERYONE !!!!
                FROM  MARILYN and  Gail