In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

In Celebration of MHS Class of 1958

A Tribute and Celebration

We were the class of 1958, members of the Greatest Generation as well as children of the Greatest Generation. Born in 1940, we are also called members of the Traditional Generation.

Our childhood, post World War II, "was the best of times . . . it was the age of wisdom . . . it was the epoch of belief . . .it was the season of Light . . . it was the spring of hope . . . we had everything before us . . .we were all going direct to Heaven . . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.) At least, that's the way I felt about it. We were truly blessed.

- Ouida Tomlinson -

This blog is a place for 1958 graduates of Meridian, Mississippi, High School to stay in touch, post their news, items of interest and photographs.

CLASS OF 1958 MEMORIES (Click to read all posts relating to sports, honors, graduation and other memories of our class in 1957-58.)




Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obituary for Frances Mayerhoff Askew

Frances Louise Askew
August 28, 1940 - January 20, 2009

Services for Mrs. Frances L. Askew will be held Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm at James F. Webb Chapel. Rev. Pam Randall officiating. Burial will be in Sageville Methodist Church Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Askew, age 68, of Clinton died Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at CMMC. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel “Sam” Askew of Clinton; Sons, Sam L. Askew III and wife Sara of Clinton, and John M. Askew of Clinton; Granddaughter, Katherine Askew; Step Grandson, Steven Weddle; Sister, Martha Anne Bramer of Meridian. Several nieces and nephews

She is preceded in death by her Parents, John and Louise Mayerhoff.

Pallbearers will be: Stan Joy, Eddie Mayerhoff, Gilbert Gaddis, Walter Miller, Donnie Hale, James D. Askew Jr., Marshall Mayerhoff, and Mark Mayerhoff.

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Our friend and classmate, Frances Mayerhoff Askew, passed away on January 20, 2009. Remember Frances and her husband Sam, and children in your prayers.

We commend our friend Frances to almighty God,
and entrust her to her creator.
May she rest in the arms of the Lord
who formed her from the dust of the earth.
May she enjoy the vision of God forever. Amen.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dancing Granny

She is 87. Perhaps in 20 years we can all dance like this. Start Practicing.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hello From Texas

This is a true story that could only happen at Wal-Mart. I need to fill you in on a couple of details first, before I continue with my story.

I have a dachshund that weighs about 10-12 pounds and he is a paraplegic, paralyzed in his back legs. He gets around fine, dragging his back feet, and he has wheels that strap on to his back end when the weather permits him to go outside. We have chosen NOT to have him undergo surgery because there is no guarantee that it will correct his problem. He wears a diaper around his belly to cover his wee-wee. It will not fit him the conventional way. With this information, you can now understand this story.

Yesterday, I really needed to go to Wal-Mart and pick up a few items that would make my recovery easier. It was my first time to drive myself since the last surgery, and I went alone. I parked in a handicap section, hobbled in and got myself an electric cart and headed for the baby section. There is a lady that works in that section who is a real smarty mouth. We had a discussion about a month ago over Dr. Smith's Diaper ointment vs Butt Paste. She didn't stock the Dr. Smith's which is the best, and it doesn't hurt animals or babies.

I knew exactly which brand and what size diaper fits "Copper" the best. The size I needed, Huggies, #5 overnight, was on the top shelf, which meant I was going to have to ask for help. "She" came over and asked if she could help me. I said, "Yes, please get me THAT bag of diapers." Instead, she tried to sell me on a cheaper brand that I wasn't familiar with. I told her "No, I know what size fits him best." Then she asked me "How much does the CHILD weigh?" I said "about 10-12 pounds."

She said "Oh, NO, You need to buy the NEWBORN size." I told her that I didn't put it on him the conventional way, I used it as a belly band to cover his "wee-wee". I thought she was going to call security on me, for cruelity to a child. Then I realized she didn't know WHAT this child was. I explained to her his situation. Then I asked her to get me a big box of NURSING PADS. She didn't have the nerve to ask me WHAT FOR, and she left.

My husband has a big diabetic ulcer on his leg, and the nursing pads are wonderful to use as a bandage. It was either that or Kotex. Hey, I'm resourceful. Just because a kitten was born in an oven, it doesn't make him a biscuit.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Stand By Me

Sung by Louis McDonald at the reunion.


Our classmate David James, an author himself, has an ongoing and lively blog collection of prose, poetry, good music, and cartoons, which I'm sure many of you will enjoy. Here's his email about it and the web address (copy and paste into the URL box):

"Martha Ann, thanks for your editing help with my blog, I think it's time to take the training wheels off and have it suffer the "slings and arrows" of our classmate peers. They really helped shape the class blog. To that end, I'd appreciate it if you'd post my blog's link on the class blog. I'm looking for critical feedback from any and all... anonymously, if need be."

Cars We Drove In the 50's and 60's


Great video - sent by Michael Gay.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

God Minute

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you . . . ." Jeremiah 1:5.

The Miracle of Life

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1957 Wildcat Football Season

Ralph Abraham, Halfback, reporting on 1957 footback season:

We did not win the North Big Eight Championship because we had a 6-01 record in the North, and Greenville had a 7-01. Even though we did not play them, they had a better record in the North. If you remember we tied Vicksburg. We had a 10-0-1 overall record which was the best. That year there was an epidemic of the "Hong Cong" flu. Corinth could not field a team, because of the flu: and we won it by forfeit.

Coach Owens picked up a game with Picayune who had an open week. That accounted for our extra game. I think we were ranked # 1(?) but could not play for all of the marbles, because we did not have the best North record. That tie got us. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is real, and I remember it like it was yesterday. That is how I remember the situation. By the way Greenville defeated Brookhaven for the championship, so the North did win!

Wildcats go Undefeated in the 1957-1958

1957 Football Programs

Seniors Win Powder Puff Bowl

Girls get in the game!

Senior class MHS girls defeated Junior class MHS girls on a chilly day in February, 50 years ago. The score was 20 to 13, we think. There was plenty of beef in both lines. The lines were so tough in fact that in some cases, flag snatching was abandoned in favor of hefty and sure tackles. Backfields were awesome.

Check out that roster.


Meridian High School 2008 Football Team Wins State Championship!

"The Wildcats won the MHSAA Class 5A state championship against five time defending champions South Panola at Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Jackson Friday [December 5, 2008], snapping South Panola's 89 game winning streak, the third longest in history for a high school team." Read more, click here.

Football fans in Mississippi I am sure already know the MHS Wildcats beat Panola and won the state championship this year.

But, what they need to know is that our "special class" by gathering in Mississippi and singing the Wildcat Fight Song at the reunion would put our team over the top. In fact, we sung it TWICE for good measure . . . to band accompaniment. . . just to ensure that "When those Meridian Wildcats fall in line . . "

Such a fitting reward for us. . . and a fitting Thank You to our class for the Wildcat Emblem . . .that was our class gift to the school, 50 years ago.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hi Folks!

Just dropping by a moment. Sorry I haven't been here much lately. As you can tell, I'm not doing well. Cough, cough, cough, cough - constantly since Christmas. My doctor has been on vacation, and everyone in Diamondhead is sick. Tomorrow is my lucky day. I see him at 4:00. Meanwhile, I'm off to the kitchen to make more chicken soup. God bless.