Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be, so enjoy this day while it last...

Observations on Growing Older
~ Your kids are becoming you...and you don't like them...but your grandchildren are perfect!
~ Going out is good...Coming home is better!
~ When people say you look "Great"...they add "for your age!"
~ When you needed the discount, you paid full price, Now you get discounts on everything...
movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.
~ You forget names...but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~ The 5 pounds you wanted to lose is not 15 and you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 pounds.
~ You realize you're never going to be really good at anything...especially golf.
~ Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.
~ The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~ Your spouse sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than he or she does in bed.  It's called their "pre-sleep".
~ Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?  Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident.
~ You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married...Now, "I hope they STAY married!"
~ You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch...
~ When GOOGLE, ipod, email, modem...were unheard of, and a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.
~ You tend to use more 4 letter words..."what?..."when?"...???
~ Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~ Your husband/wife has a night out with the guys or gals but is home by 9:00 p.m.  Next week it will be 8:30 p.m.
~ You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.
~ Notice everything they sell i stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~ That used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~ Everybody whispers.
~ Now that your spouse has'd give anything if he/she would find a job!
~ You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet...2 of which you will never wear.
~~~~But old is good in some things; old songs, old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Marian Love Phillips (Class of 1959)

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Classmate Sister Dies

Mary Eileen Braun Cato

Mary Eileen Braun Cato died Monday, July 11, 2011, at her residence.  She was 67.

Born in Vicksburg, she was the daughter of the late Herman Karl Braun and Amelia buck Braun Mincey.  Mrs. Cato was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy of the Class of 1962. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Cato loved nature with a special devotion for fishing.  She was a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph K. "Joe" Braun.

She is survived by her husband, Ray E. Cato of Vicksburg; a daughter, Karla Sherman Alford (Danny) of Crystal Springs, a grandson, Cameron Ray Sherman; and one sister, Marie B. Yowan (Class of 1959) (Bill) of Utica, Michigan.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Pennock officiating.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held from 9:00 a.m. Thursday until the hour of service.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Older Than Dirt!

Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
 'It was a place called 'at home,' I explained. 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.' 
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it : Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people... 

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was. 

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. 

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive. 
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it? 


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old. 

How many do you remember? 

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.. 

Older Than Dirt Quiz :
 Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom. 
1.Candy cigarettes

2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes 

3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles 

4. Party lineson the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie

6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels[if you were fortunate])
8. Howdy Doody 

9. 45 RPM records


11. Metal ice trays with lever 

12. Blue flashbulb

13.Cork popguns 

14. Studebakers

15. Wash tub wringers 

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered
11-15 =You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life..
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