Memories of Midland- Part 1

By Paula Crites Pieri

Some people think we are making things up when we talk about how wonderful things were in the 50s and early 60s.  I have never talked to anyone who grew up during that time that ever said anything bad about it. So as I scan the paper, and watch TV News, and see what a terrible shape the world is in today, I thought I would write a little about what it was like growing up in the 40s, 50s and 60s and how different it was then than it is today. Some things are better now, Women’s Rights, race relations, medicine-we have nicer houses, and bigger and better “things”. However the essence, the quality, the honesty and the simple pleasure of our life during the 50s is so hard to explain…but I will try. 

Growing up in a small West Texas town may not seem very exciting; however, I had such wonderful memories of my childhood that I just had to write them down, before they are forgotten. Midland was a small town then and we knew most everyone. Many of the friends I made then are the friends I have today.    

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Memories of Midland- Part 2

By Paula Crites Pieri

I went to North Elementary and remember it fondly. We used to walk to school every day gathering a little group of friends as we walked along. I still remember those kids and can recognize them in our 3rd grade Rhythm Band photo. When I was in the 5th grade, I was playing Deep Roving Right Field, hoping no one would hit a ball my way, when I met a little girl, Emily Stall, who had just transferred from West Elementary. She was to become my best friend and still is today. She lived on the corner of A Street and Club House Drive, just across from the Country Club, then the Elks Club, now the park with the lake. Most of our calls ended with “Meet me at the corner I have something to tell you” and I would run down the alley and we would meet halfway. She introduced me to the world of bossy big sisters and snoopy little brothers.

I went to Cowden in Jr. High. The “cut off” for Cowden and the new school, San Jacinto, was Cuthbert, the street behind Storey. All my friends went to San Jacinto and I went to Cowden. I didn’t really enjoy Cowden, since I didn’t know that many people. Thank goodness there was High School.

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Memories of Midland- Part 3

By Paula Crites Pieri

I always loved horses and was so excited every year when World Championship Rodeo would come to town. The Rodeo parade was a highlight. We would sit on the fence on A Street and watch all the cowboys and floats go by. Some of the MHS band played at the rodeo, and my boyfriend played the base drum in the band. Fortunately, it was a large instrument, because I would sneak in every night, under the drum, so I would get in for free. I would sit on the rail and watch the whole rodeo –up close and personal. One time, it got a little too personal. One of the grand entry people came up and asked if I could ride, and I said yes. First of all, I had read every horse book and rented horses every year in Ruidoso, and, in my head, I thought I could ride. It became apparent, immediately, that thinking and reading and dreaming about horses does not make a good rider. I did get through the whole grand entry, probably with a look of sheer terror on my face, while galloping around in the arena. Fortunately I didn’t fall off and learned a very valuable lesson. DO NOT volunteer to do something unless you are VERY sure you know how to do it.

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Floyd & Claudia (Mills) Lewis

Right after graduation, Floyd joined the Navy and spent 10 years as a Photographer’s Mate. I went off to Baylor University where I graduated in 1963 with a teaching degree. I taught in Lubbock for one year.

In the meantime, Floyd had re-enlisted, and in the fall of 1963, we got back together (we had dated a few times in high school), got engaged and in June of 1964 married here in Midland. Hewas stationed in San Diego, Calif., so we went there immediately after our wedding. We lived there for 6- l/2 years, and moved back to Midland in January 1971. Our son, Jason, had been born in California in 1970, and our daughter, Claudine, was born in Midland in 1971. We stayed in Midland for a little over 3 years – Floyd working in photography and me teaching atMHS and Austin Freshman School. We moved to Houston in 1974. Floyd worked at a variety of positions – mostly related to photography or graphics, and I taught in Spring I.S.D. north ofHouston.

After I retired in 2004, we moved back to Midland, into the house that Floyd’s stepfather and mother had lived in here on Shanks Drive. His Mother passed away in 2000, and his stepfather in 2002. One of the reasons for moving home was to be close to my father and stepmother, but my Dad passed away in 2003 before we could complete the move. Now, we keep in close touch with my stepmother who still lives in the Mills family home on W. Kentucky Street.

After forty years of teaching, I still can’t stay out of the classroom, so I’m now in my fifth year as a substitute in Midland ISD. I teach anywhere from 2-4 days a week, which keeps me pretty busy.

Our daughter, who teaches in Garland ISD, is married with two sons, and she and her family live in Sachse, north of Dallas. Our son is a First Sgt. in the Army, stationed currently at FortMcCoy, Wisconsin, as a medic instructor.

This past summer, we took on a new venture which is a little unusual for someone of our age – we opened a bar! It’ s called the Star Lite Saloon and is located on Garden City Highway about halfway between Lamesa Road and Fairgrounds Road. Floyd spends most of his time there, of course, and I’m there as often as possible. Come and see us sometime!

Mary Jane Hanks Saiken

My life has not been too exciting but it damn sure has not been boring.

I married Preston Bridgewater after attending TCU and Abilene Christian College. ACC was a horrific experience ….. ! never was too good at being a “nice Church of Christ girl.”

Preston and I had two children – Bret 47, and Kamala would have been 45. Kamala died of cancer a year and a half ago. Bret lives in Dallas and currently is not married and has no children. Kamala had two children, one 15, who lives in Memphis, TN with his dad and a daughter 6 who lives with another dad in Katy, TX.

After 13 years with Preston and probably too much partying …… we divorced and I married a really nice Jewish guy from New Mexico.

He had custody of his two girls and so we became a family 33 years ago and it has been a great marriage.

We moved to Austin 20 years ago and love it here. There are four grandchildren here in Austin and it has been wonderful going to their school events and sports activities. My Mother is still living and is 90 and doing wonderful. She lives in Austin now at a retirement facility and she is having a blast …. she actually plays the drums in a band at the facility and they have another “gig” coming up next weekend. She is in better shape than I am.

We have not traveled too much except to Israel several times and just enjoy all that there is to do here in Austin.

Sharon Watts Caruso (RIP)

Sharron Caruso, age 77, of Bolton, CT, answered God’s call on November 7, 2018, at Manchester Memorial Hospital, in Manchester, CT. She was born on June 21, 1941 in Midland, TX to the late Edward and Jean (Wolcott) Watts.

She was very active with St. Maurice church in Bolton where she and her husband moved to in 1978. She also spent time as a member of the Tallwood Womens Golf Club, but above all it was caring for her family that she took true pride in. She would often boast that she was “a kept woman, and proud of it”. She and her husband lived in Connecticut for 40 years. 

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Pictures from MHS 1954-1959

Pictures and Clippings from the Personal Scrapbook of Jerry Callaway

Bruce Monroe was Davieann Monroe’s big brother. He went on to play for TCU, then law school at UT. He met his wife Lee, at TCU. After law school he went to Alaska to work in the governor’s office. He spent many years in Alaska, and his family loved the outdoor life there. He retired to north Texas and passed away several years ago. 

There was a beautiful blonde young lady named 
Diane (or Diana) David

I think this would be the right years.

But this is just a guess. 

Bulldog Offensive Stats
Bulldogs of the Week
Coach Tugboat Jones
Don Rone, Tugboat Jones and Jim Owens
Football MHS 1954
Football MHS 1954
Jerry Callaway 1954
Larry Cooper, Buddy Whitley and Wahoo McDaniel
Larry Cooper, Johnny Branson and Wahoo McDaniel
MHS Football Team 1954
Tom Inman

Charles Giesey DDS

Written by Charles Giesey, DDS

I grew up at 608 West Louisiana. It was a neat neighborhood with Allen Hitchcock (with the finest comic book collection on the planet) across the alley from my backyard, and Hope Russell across the alley from my front yard. Hope taught me how to play jacks which came in real handy later on. The highlight of my first several years in school happened in the second grade when Mrs. White summoned my mother to school to say “Mrs. Giesey, Charles is the laziest white boy I’ve ever seen.” Well as most of you know things didn’t change much after that. I really didn’t agree with her but Coach Glen Selbo must have when I was a junior as he said “those Giesey kids (my sister Mary played tennis) don’t have enough energy between them to blow someone’s nose.”

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Ronda Horn-Espy

Where did the time go? (It was just yesterday that Linda Rylee, Linda Jackson and I were driving around town and pushing Volkswagens out of people’s driveways and into the middle of their yards! Man, we were wild!) Sorry girls, but that has always been on my conscience

After MHS graduation, came Howard Payne College in Brownwood, where I met my husband, Kim. (Married in 1962.) We moved to Houston in 1963, where our daughter, Mindy was born. Kim was employed by Frito-Lay and we were transferred to Euless for a year and then to Detroit for 2 years.

We transplanted to LA in 1972 to work in the music business (since Kim had a semi successful recording career at HP; we were classmates of Paul and Paula; and many summers of my working at Wemple’s Music Store selling records were all the credits we needed)! It seems weird to look back on those LA years, now. We both worked for record companies and publishing companies while learning the ropes. We met and became friends with a lot of celebrities, I graduated from law school, and in 1981, we started our own company, ultimately representing such artists as B.B. King, Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, Asleep At the Wheel, The Pointer Sisters, Phil Everly and many other colorful characters!

During these years, we traveled to places that Kim could fly us (including several trips to Midland) and other travels to the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Paris, and London. We were tennis devotees and attended the French Open and Queen’s Cup several times.

In 2004, we moved to Austin as my mother was terminally ill. We were very lucky to spend the last year of her life close to each other rather than being so far away in California. With the move, in addition to continuing our publishing company and adding several Austin musicians, we also decided to breed alpacas … which is ·a whole other life, and would take up more space than I have!! (

Mindy and Carl made us grandparents in 2006, with the birth of Cole, who is, of course, the cutest, smartest grandchild in the world! (I’ll arm wrestle anyone who wants to compare!) They moved to Austin just over a year ago, and it has given me a chance to fulfill my role in life … “Doda” … the person who spoils Cole rotten.

Here we are in 2009, older and wiser, still in love and living a great life. I’ll always remember MHS and my friends from there with much fondness!

No names were changed to protect the guilty and large type intentionally used for the vision impaired! RHE 6110109