MINDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Dedicated To The Memory Of
Jewel Amazone Wood
Jewel A. Wood Dulany, wife
of Frenchy Dulany
Nell, Joyce, John, Jay
and Tim Dulany
Mama was Jewel (Jack) and, course Daddy was always
know as Frenchy. Mama got her nickname Jack when she
came to Minden from
East Texas to finish high school in 1927-28. She was a
tomboy. I'm sending
you this picture of her in her Minden basketball
uniform. She told this
story to me. The girls didn't have uniforms and, of
course, they wanted
them. So she was elected to go to the principle Mr. J.E.
Harper to see if
there was any way to get the uniforms. She said that Mr.
Harper said he'd
buy them for the girls. I love this picture of Mama. She
was 17 in 1927.
Did you know that Cowboy Drake gave Daddy his nickname
Frenchy. Daddy came
to Minden in 1923. His daddy bought the house there on
the corner of
Goodwill and Marshall. Cowboy's family lived just down
the street. They
struck up a friendship and since Daddy was so dark, he
became Frenchy. One
of there other friends was Douglas Cheshire. I believe
he lived on Goodwill
I am so thankful for the time I spent with Mama and
Daddy in their last
years. They both told me some wonderful stories and I
put most of them down
and have shared them with the family.
Courtesy of Joyce Dulany
You asked who my dad's sister were - His half sister's
were Maude Durrett
married Ewel Robinson of Arcadia, LA. and Thelma Durrett
never married. My
grandmother May Bell Cathey was 1st married to Thomas
Jefferson Durrett, III
He was killed in a cotton mill accident just after
Thelma was born. A
year later his cousin came courting;My granddaddy Felix
They had Nell who married Clayton Rogers of Arcadia,
Mary who married
Herbert Braswell, Agnes married Travis Taylor, Claudine
Goodell of Jasper, Texas, Reba married Sly Bonacarso of
New Orleans and
Sybil married Bill Hughes of Minden. Daddy was the only
son and he was
between Nell and Mary. Mary is the only one living now.
She lives in Mobil,
Mama' s name was Jewel Amazone Wood. She was from San
Texas. What was her daddy's cotton field is now part of
Sam Rayburn Lake.
She told me that her parents sent her to Minden for
better schools. Her
Mother Adliza Thompson Wood was a school teacher and her
Thomas Wood was a Forest Ranger and postmaster of a
small community called
Zana, Texas. She was just 16 when they sent her to board
with a cousin of
Grandmother's, Henry Stratton and his wife Ellen. You
may remember Gerald
Stratton, their son. We always called them Ma and Pa
Stratton. They were
like grandparents to us.
Sherry, when you ask me these questions, memories just
come rolling back. I
could tell you other stories but I'm afraid you'll get
tired of hearing
them. After Mama finished school, she went to work for
company. She and three other girls were boarding at the
Stratton's. Mama said
that they only had the one room and one double bed, so
two girls worked days
and two worked nights. When the two that was working
days got home the other
two went to work. That way they only needed the one bed.
I get a big kick
out of that story. Can't you just picture these four
girls having a great
time together. I have great pictures of Mama and some of
these girls and the
clothes are just wonderful. It was the late 20's and the
styles were so
Mama had a sister Addie Bell and a brother Ewell. Jewel
and Ewell were just
13 months apart and Addie Bell was six years younger.
Addie Bell lived with
Mama and Daddy after her divorce. I don't know if you
remember Glenda Sue and Dianne Moore.
Compliments of Donald Lee Gardner
and Dr. Charles Hennigan
If you can identify any of the people in
the above picture, please e-mail
MindenMemories@AOL.Com, or write to Sherry Gresham
4507 Verone Street, Bellaire, Texas
A group from the First
Baptist Church of Minden pictured. Joyce Dulany is the pretty little girl with the ribbon in
her hair fifth from the left end.
Jewel Wood's Sunday School Class in
RAMBLINGS FROM JOYCE
In this picture Jewel is in overall's
and Lola in coat. They are standing in
the middle of the
of the Homer Road which is a dirt road
in front of the Stratton home. This home
located just about two house up from
where Golden Corral is or was now.
Quite a change from now, huh? Now, I'm
not sure where this house is in the
third picture. It looks familiar but I
can't place it. It is probably there
on Broadway. This was the big snow of
November 1929 and that is Jewel Wood
in the picture.. The telephone girls
walked to work from the Homer road and
Mama said when this snow came, they had
to walk in the ruts of where cars
had passed. She said sometime the man
who owned the taxi service would pick
I really don't know what year Mama
graduated or if she did. I have a report
card of hers that is dated October,
1928. I guess I always assume she
graduated. Daddy did not go back to
school after coming to Minden. He said
his daddy tried to bribe him with a new
car to go on to school and to
college, but he got the job at the
Coca-Cola Plant and liked having the
money. From the pictures of him during
that time and knowing him later
myself, he probably spent his money on
clothes. He loved nice clothes and
most especially shoes. Now I know his
younger sister's graduated from
Minden. Sybil Dulany is in Class
Favorites in MindenMemories.. She
in 1939 and was in Who Who as Best all
around senior girl. Reba Dulany
graduated in '37 or '38.
And by-the-way, if you
don't know which one is Howard Shurtleff,
he is the
2nd smallest picture from the top in
the 1940's Who's Who. Also, Daddy only
had 8 sisters and he was the only son.
I saw where you said there were 12
children. Just 9. Another thing, I
don't remember my Aunt Agnes Taylor
the Jewel Box. Maybe that was after I
Sherry, tell me when you get tired of
these ramblings of mine. You know it
is so good to remember all these things
and remembering the stories Mama and
Daddy told me. A lot of the things that
were told to me was during the last
years of their life. It was so special
to be able to care for them.
I have more pictures of later times.
I'll get them sent later. I have an
8X10 photo of me standing in front of
the 1st Baptist Church at age 2 or 3
with other children and their Mama's. I
can identify only a few. Maybe
someone else will be able to identify
Anderson !!! (See also Dulany
Memories under Biography).
were Nell, the eldest, then Joyce, John,
Jay, and Tim
Coach and Mrs. George Doherty at the
Prom If you enlarge the picture you can
Mr. Grambling taking pictures on the
other side of the room which confirms
that this is a Quade Photo.
On The left side of the picture is
Jim Johnson talking to Carolyn Hall both
class of 1957.
Submitted by Roy Baggett
Identified by Roy,
Earlene Mendenhall Lyle and Greg
If you recognize anyone
else e-mail us at
To the left of Coach and Mrs. Doherty
are Mr.& Mrs. Fred Elzen--
the speaker, who had obviously just
said something very funny,
Coach Joe Aillet from La Tech.
Submitted by Roy G. Baggett
Mickey Watson and Bobby "Skeet" Wise
Mickey Watson, Betty Jean Davis,
maybe Bessie Maness, Nellie Sapp,
Carolyn Sale, Dolores Bright, Sara Ruth
Dana Davis, Rebecca Campbell,
Claire Drake and ?
Claire Drake ?
From the Grig
262 Compliments of
Archives & Special Collections
Univ.-Shreveport One Univ. Pl.
Shreveport, La. 71115-2399
PA2784 Minden High
School, Home Economics Class
PA2784 Minden High
School, Home Economics Class
Archives & Special Collections La. State
Univ.-Shreveport One Univ. Pl.
Shreveport, La. 71115-239
CAMPUS LIFE AT MINDEN
HIGH SCHOOL IN 1938
Andrew Richie and Dondee Strickland
513 Main Street
What was this picture
Sue Milner, Bessie Maness and ?
(Carolyn, from the class of 1953) Bess
from the class of 1954)
Sue from the class of
1955) Does anyone know who the other
girl is? Jack Flowers class of ?
Our guess is Jack
Flowers is the football player in the
Eddie McCoy & date, Bob Lyle &
Cora Lou Brown, Tommy Lewis & date
Eddie (Class of 55) Bob, Cora Lou
& Tommy from the class of 1953)
Submitted by Earlene Mendenhall Lyle
Dietrich Rolfs, Anne Sanders
Whittington, & Gail Balkom Lawrence.
Baskerville, Mary Margaret Evans
& Pam Hoefeld @ the Ole Miss
majorettes' camp, ca. 1962.
Submitted by: Larry Mays
Brenda Rushing Farrar, Eve
Baskerville, & Sylvia
Holomon Norwood @
the Ole Miss majorettes'
camp, ca. 1962.
They are hiding cigarettes
behind their backs.
summer of 1961, the Teen Tone Choir
of the First Baptist Church went to
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
to perform & stayed in the
Sylvia Holomon Norwood, Cheryl
Miller Benit, & Sharon Lewis
Maddry, Richard Campbell, Tommy
Collums, Mike O'Rear, Cindy Williams
Brewer @ Hunter's Playhouse, 1963.
Submitted by Larry Mays
"IT'S YOURS GRACIE" Gracie
Davidson & Jonathan Aarons 1953/54
Submitted by Greg Grambling
Cleve Taylor, Clifford Taylor, Bill Gardner and Lee Roy Taylor
Also, the picture of me, Lee Roy, Clifford, and Bill Gardner It
was taken at my Aunt's house (by Loretta Allen's mother)
Cleve has been married since 1961, with two really great
daughters and two grand granddaughters. He has been retired
from the Public Health Service since 1994, but still live in
Maryland to be near the granddaughters who live only 50 miles
away in Leesburg, Va. Many thanks to Cleve for sending
this photo taken at Christmas 1952 of him, Clifford, Bill
Gardner and Lee Roy. He didn't have a picture of the four
He told us how Spot got his name? He was at a football practice
right after Coach Doherty arrived. Coach Doherty, referring to
Clifford's freckles, said something to the effect of, "Taylor,
you've got so many freckles you're just one big spot". From
that day forward, Clifford was "Spot".
Soon you will be reading Tide Talks and other memories he has
shared with us. Thank you Cleve. We hope to hear from you again
Talent show ca. 1960. They
sang an Everly Brothers song & got
Miller Benit, Eve Baskerville, Anne
Sanders Whittington, & Waynette
Submitted by Larry Mays photo
compliments of Waynette Farrington
Patsy Elkins, John Adcock,
Lynwood Smelser, W. W. Williams & Ann
Linda Cheatham, Betty Norwood (Class of 1955) and Sam Cheatham (Class of
If you like this picture...See the
picture under Farming is Not for meunder
Stories by Doyle Walker which shows more
Photo compliments of John Quade, owner of Quade Photography
Front Row: Betty Faircloth, Mabel Evans, Who are the others?
Second Row, ____, Jeannine Mobley, Betty Claire Rhea, Keitha
Third Row, ___ Johnny Johnson and Tommy Culpepper behind Jeannine
Mobley and Betty Rhea? Who are the others?
Fourth Row, ____ Joy Lynn Murphy, Edward Kennon____Richard Yates,
Billy Kalpakis, Doyle Walker & Paul Robinson
Top Row: ____ Otto Krouse in the middle of the back row but who
are the others?
Back Row: ____,____,3rd boy is Raymond Lyons. ___,____, 5th boy
on the back row is Joe Roberts, ___ Doyle "Spud" Rhames,_____
This is only half the photograph. To see the complete photo go to
Stories and look at "Farming Is Not" For Me by Doyle Walker.
Many thanks to Doyle, Jeannine Mobley Love, Earlene Mendenhall
Lyle, Dottie Adcock, Cleve Taylor and LeVerne Langheld Kidd for
their indentifying the people in the photograph. It has taken two years
to find out who they are.
The second girl on the front row of the half picture is Mable
Evans, a girl I loved knowing.
From...Dottie Day Adcock
Stan Belton - Band trip of some Kind
Stubmitted by Larry Mays - Photo
compliment of Waynette Farrington Sharon
Gladdy Lou Melton & Peggy Whaley
7th grade day at Caney Lake,
Submitted by Larry Mays Photo
- Waynette compliments of
Class of '64 First Baptist girls:
Sharon Lewis Johnston, Mary Linda
Celia Jones, Peggy Whaley McClendon, Waynette Farrington Sharon, Jann
& Sylvia Holomon Norwood.
Submitted by Larry Mays -
Photo compliments of Waynettte Farrington Sharon
The Aquacade 1961 picture
is Diana Nation, Eve Baskerville,
Waynette Farrington Sharon, Susan
Betty Wylie ('61), & Anne
of Larry mays
compliments of Waynette Farrington
Marsha Phillips, Sherry Lynn McCabe, & Glenda
Grower Riles, probably State Fair Weekend.
Submitted by Larry Mays, photo compliments
of of Waynette Farrington Sharon
Marilyn Brown Lowe, Mona Myrick Elkins, Nona
Watts Sale, Anna Roberts Welles, & Waynette
Farrington Sharon on the playground @ E. S.
Richardson, ca. 1956.
Compliments of Larry Mays, photo compliments
of Waynette Farrington Sharon
Class of 1951 Jr. - Sr. Banquet
Submitted by Joyce Dulany Anderson
Left to right next to wall: Joyce Dulany, Marianne
Colvin, Norma Warren, Gene Pugh, ?, Coach Oliphant,
Nell Gilbert Coach, Kirtley Miles, Barbara
Royce Gresham, and others will have to be named by
else. Rene Pugh, Rolene Byars, ?, ?, George Moore, ? and
others will have to be named by someone else.
Photo compliments of Joyce Dulany
This was the campus behind the
1910 building. It would appear this was a grade
school class from the forties. The
teacher may have been leading them below the
terrace to play.
Can you identify these students in
Miss Shealy's class? Submitted by John Quade
Linda Cox - 1955 Basketball Sweetheart hands the ball to Captain
From the 1955 Grig. She was the first ever ever
Camille Ivy, possibly in 1957- 58
school year Photo taken by Bob Grambling
1958-1959 school year -
(1959 grig) Cecile Searles
Basketball Sweetheart from the Grig
Campus Life II
Sweetheart in 1959. Co-captains of the 1958-59
football team were Leonard Miller and Sammy Odom.