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B. F. Walker, Inc.

I can’t remember the year that Hubby began working for B. F. Walker, Inc.  He was working for Halliburton Oil Company when we first met (in Farmington, New Mexico during the BIG oil and gas boom in the Four Corners area in the 1950s).  Shortly after he came back from his stint in the Army he began employment with B. F. Walker (a subsidiary of  Noble Corporation).

In 1983 when we were living in Denver,  Hubby and a friend purchased B. F. Walker and those trucks provided our bucks until DH retired and we moved from Denver to Seguin, Texas.

My!  The turns life takes . . . or the choices we make I guess I should say – it was been a marvelous journey!   We have dear friends from all of the places we have lived or visited and I’m especially counting my blessings during this Holy Season.

B. F. Walker was incorporated in 1939 in Arkansas.  The company initially had horse-driven wagons, I understand.

Trivia:  a trucking company purchased a poem my mother wrote about a truckdriver and printed it on business cards to give to all of their truckdrivers.  How I would like to have one of those cards now.  When my mom and my dad were dating (in the 1930s), he was driving a truck loaded with potatoes from the northeastern part of New Mexico to the southern part of New Mexico (I imagine on a daily basis).  He was quite likely the flirty truckdriver she penned.

Although she never told me, I imagine they were in his truck when they eloped to Tucumcari, New Mexico in 1937! Perhaps on a potato run??



see the young girl kneeling in front - black outfit with musical notes

see the young girl kneeling in front - black outfit with musical notes

My sister twirled in many local and statewide competitions (and piled up the awards, I might add).

This photograph was taken at a competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 1957.

FAST FORWARD to probably about 1983 or thereabouts when I attended one of the Rattler Reunions in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  There are literally thousands of ex-Tucumcarians (Tucumcari-ites??) who attend these reunions each year.

Well, this particular year, I kept noticing a young woman who looked so very familiar (she was the wife of one of my 1956 classmates).  Finally, I approached her and asked if she was from Albuquerque, New Mexico and had twirled in competitions.  Lo and behold: she wasShe did.  Of course, she didn’t remember me, but she remembered my sister from the numerous state competitions.  She exclaimed:  “I’m so glad to talk to someone!  I don’t know a soul here.” She was a fairly new bride and hadn’t been to any of the previous reunions.

For the life of me, now I can’t remember her maiden name – but her given name was Judy  – and she didn’t look any different in the 1980s than she did kneeling with her baton wearing the charming black outfit with the sequined musical notes (well she was all grown up, of course – but still had that sweet heart-shaped face and lovely smile).

Connecting in Tucumcari, New Mexico – who woulda thunk it?

Serendipity.  Connectedness. Instant friendships (albeit in the here and now of the Where We Are).

Life is so interesting

and surprising

and we meet so many

interesting folks

on our journey.

Farmington High School Class of 1956

A teenager in the 1950s (at least where I lived) was rather like the scenes in Happy Days.  Or perhaps my brain tends to remember it that way.

My Farmington high school friends and my childhood Tucumcari friends helped to form who I am today (whoever that may be).  I treasure the memories of these friends and these years..

Posted a Class of 1956 in 2006 photograph on my Photo Blog, Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

We didn’t have a large class; I believe there were 106 in our graduating class (or maybe it was 126 – Miss Louise Lyons would attest to my ignorance in math).  Thus, I dare say we knew each of our classmates.

Our officers in 1956 were:

President Alvin Watson (deceased)
Vice President Richard Young (deceased)
Secretary Dustin Wilson (deceased)
Treasurer Barbara Tefertiller (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Larry Neely (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Barbara Burnham (Farmington, New Mexico)
Hope Coslett (Seguin, Texas)

SPONSORS were Louise Lyons (deceased), Kenneth Woodrum (deceased), Alfred Maxey, Joan Larson, M. W. Ammon (deceased?), and Alma Humphrey.

Ah – the 1950s . . . football, basketball, and softball games, track meets, pep rallies, sock hops, Chinese fire drill, swimming in Jackson Lake, broken hearts, proms, going steady, breaking up, college applications, piling in dad’s car to ‘cruise’ main street, meeting at the Chicken Shack or the Chicken Hut, kidnap breakfasts, slumber parties on and on – the memories flow.

THEN: Vietnam.  We grew up.  We grew up.

Physical Education in the 1950s

Is physical education still called physical education?  Is it different in 2009 than it was in the 1950s?  I would imagine that it is.

“Physical education is the study, practice, and appreciation of the art and science of human movement.” (Harrison, Blakemore, and Buck, p. 15)

“Elementary school physical education in the 1950s espoused the aims of complete education through programs which emphasized mastery of skills in games, sports, dance, and similar activities.”

There were some excellent girl athletes in our school (I was definitely not one of them), however I don’t recall that we really had competitive sports for girls.  The physical education classes provided for games such as basketball and softball.

If I remember correctly, our classes were called “Physical education and health” classes.  The health class is where we were taught proper hygiene, the birds and the bees, etc.

The physical education class was for movement, i.e., calisthenics, softball, and basketball.  I don’t recall playing volleyball or any track-running activities.  However, I had no athletic prowess whatsoever so perhaps I just don’t remember some of what was taught.

Some Tucumcari photos posted on Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

Brownie Troop 4

Identified the girls in Brownie Troop 4 (photo on “The Tucumcari Years,”  Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings):

back row: ( left to right) Carman Opedocia, Patsy Marie Hale, Marie Clark, Jerry Sue Rusk, Oudia Tredway, Mrs. J. A. Allen, Patricia Ann Sanders, Addie Louise Heffington, Patricia Ann C de Baca, Mary Bonds, Marian Ward, Hope Coslett

front row: (left to right) Nancy Cherry, Virginia Thaxton, Helen Marie Gordon, Sandra Jernigan, Glynda Jo Morris, DeLoris Valverdia, Curbie Fay Crocker, Kay Jernigan, Marilyn Allen, Janice Fullford

It is likely that I’ve mis-spelled some of the names.  Apologies.

My we were so very very young.

Rattler Reunions

I really should have dated my Tucumcari photos (and all of my photos – as well as writing who is in the picture).  A little too late to think about that for these older Tucumcari photographs.

Posting on Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings some of the Rattler Reunion photographs.  I’m ashamed that I can’t recall the date of the reunion in that posting.  I rather doubt it was 1985 (although the clipping is that date).

Betty Martinez and Tommy Dean Fullerton have died since that reunion photograph was taken.  It won’t ever be the same when we all get together.  Betty died in 1999 and Tommy Dean in 1997 (I think that is correct).

Tommy Dean and his brother Ron attended every class reunion, I believe.  Ron died February 2000 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  God – we miss these classmates.

Tucumcari Classmates

Infrequently I would see some of my Tucumcari friends at state functions such as FHA (Future Homemakers of America – I am now such a Creature!), Commercial Club competitions, high school football games (not that often though since the Farmington {in the Four Corners area of New Mexico}  and Tucumcari teams were in different divisions), Student Council, etc.

In 1955 at Girls State I was delighted to see Sandra Snider and Mahota Mitchell.  Of course, we were kept so very busy, there wasn’t much time for visiting.  Don’t believe I snapped any pictures of Sandra but happened to be passing by (camera in tow of course) when the Girls State photographer had lined up the city to which Mahota Mitchell belonged and I took that opportunity to take a picture.

Oh my – the Tucumcari memories have become a Flood!

See Mahota on my Photo Blog: Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

Rattler Reunions

The Tucumcari reunions are probably one of the largest in the nation.  In 2002, the Rattler Reunion brought between 3,000 and 4,000 people to the town (I’ve not found statistics for previous or more recent reunions, but I dare say that is about what it is each year).

Tucumcari has a population  listed at 5,123.  Thus, tourism (especially the Rattler Reunion) contributes greatly to Tucumcari economy.  The motels are full.  The restaurants are busy.  Folks shop for gifts, clothing – you name it.

Each reunion is hosted by the 30-year class.  Thus, the class of 1979 will be hosting this year’s reunion and the class of 1959 will be honored.  Each class will have separate class activities, i.e., perhaps a breakfast for the Class of 1956 or hot dogs by the pool, lunch at someone’s residence.  There is a  golf tournment.  All of the classes will come together for the Saturday night dance and dinner.

A lot of planning, a great deal of preparation, much work, and networking goes into the annual Rattler Reunion.  It is BIG deal and is always great fun.  As I’ve mentioned in another posting, there is usually some interaction with the Rattler Reunion and the XIT reunion in Dalhart.  This is one of the most fun weekends to be had!

However, I believe that this year the XIT reunion will be the first full weekend of August (which is the 7th and 8th) and the Rattler reunion will be the last of July and 1st of August.

I’ve posted a photo from the 1976 reunion (the first one I attended) of some members of the Class of 1956 on my “Photo Blog” Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

Tucumcari Reunions

Jumpin’ Jehosophat!

When I began going through the Tucumcari photographs, more and more memories came to the fore and I’m having a great time savoring them.

The Tucumcari reunions are held each year during the first full weekend in August.  It is so helpful to just set a permanent date; everyone knows that the first full weekend in August is REUNION TIME.

As is the case in all towns, I suppose, high school athletics is very very important.  Several years ago, Billy Jack Turnbeaugh,  wanted to recognize the best Tucumcari high school football players. Billy Jack embarked on a large project and although the book about these players was published several years ago, I’ve yet to read it.  This book is definitely on my To Read List.

More Tucumcari photos on what I term my Photo Blog: Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

Tucumcari memories – more

I don’t know when Tucumcari dropped the name Sixshooter Siding and became Tucumcari but when we lived there, it was Tucumcari.

We lived in Tucumcari from about 1942 until we moved to Farmington the last of August 1953.  My childhood years were thus spent in Tucumcari and I have some fond memories of the place and the people.  I’ve attended some of the Tucumcari reunions and there have been years when there were about 1000 attendees.  So many folks at one time or another lived for a period of time in Tucumcari and these reunions are for anyone who ever lived there (even for a short while).  It is great fun!

An aside:  The XIT Ranch reunion in Dalhart  is always held the same weekend as the Tucumcari reunion and sometimes, there is some traveling back and forth to both reunions.

Of course, when Route 66 was ‘active,’ there was a lot going on in Tucumcari.  I remember that some of the Broadway and Hollywood entertainers would bus through and sometimes give a performance in Tucumcari.  They quite likely thought of this as a rehearsal.  Everyone drove on Route 66 – before interstate and super highways!

Posted a 1952 snapshot of classmates Barry Copeland and Frank Daly on what I am now thinking of as my Photo Blog at Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.

If you are from Tucumcari, perhaps you can help identify some of the Rattler basketball players in the photograph I’ve posted on that site.  Would be delighted to hear from some Tucumcari folks.