Worth a thousand words

They met at Tyler Street United Methodist Church in the early 1970s, and all three have longtime ties to Oak Cliff.

Gayla Brooks Kokel can date her neighborhood heritage back to 1918, when her father was born in what was then called Eagle Ford. She was born at Methodist Hospital and graduated from Kimball High School. Alan C. Elliott also was born at Methodist Hospital and graduated from Adamson High School. Patricia Summey moved to the neighborhood in 1970 when she began teaching at Trinity Heights School, which is now Harrell Budd Elementary. The three also are members of the Dallas Area Writers Group, and meet together monthly along with other aspiring writers.

Elliott also happens to be the webmaster — or “mayor”, as he quips — of oakcliff.com, an online database of neighborhood history. That’s how the acquisitions editor of Arcadia Publishing found him, when she called him in June 2008 for suggestions on someone who could write a book about Oak Cliff.
“I thought, well, I’ve written a few books,” says Elliott, who has roughly 15 titles to his name.

He enlisted the help of Kokel and Summey, and the three of them set to work. The book would be a pictorial history of Oak Cliff, so they put out a call for photos on Elliott’s website, and contacted other people personally. The effort resulted in more than 600 photos, which the three authors then whittled down to 200.

“Some you have to show, like the one of Texas Theatre,” Elliott says, referring to the book’s cover photo, “but some have never been in print, and most Cliffites have never seen them before. The reason is, we didn’t want to duplicate what’s already out there.”

“People gave us access to things you don’t normally see in this type of book,” Kokel adds, referring to the numerous family photos submitted. “And we tried to get a real story to go with the images. If it’s a building, it’s what happened there — not just what it is and when it was built.”

Among their favorites is a 1922 Adamson High School yearbook photo with the female students participating in synchronized exercises with long shorts on — considered skimpy at the time. “If you look real close, you’ll see some boys on the telephone poles watching them — seeing those girls in their sexy clothes,” Kokel laughs.

Another is a photo of a 4-year-old Paula Craig, a current Stevens Park resident, wearing a miniature Army uniform and getting ready to sing and tap dance as part of a World War II bond fundraiser. The three also love a 1960 photo of the South Oak Cliff High School Girls Rifle Club, with three prim- and proper-looking young women posing with rifles. “Forget conceal and carry,” the caption reads.

“They were packin’ heat,” Kokel laughs.

“The times, they have a-changed,” Summey chimes in.

Of course, because the three authors have plenty of neighborhood history of their own, family photos from each one found their way into the book. A photo of Summey’s late husband, William “Bill” Summey, is on the dedication page. Kokel included a Depression-era photo of her father and mother goofing off in front of the Cliff Towers Hotel. And the collection of images concludes with a 2007 wedding photo of Elliott’s daughter. It’s one of four Oak Cliff weddings included in the book — others are from the ’20s, ’40s and ’60s.

“We were trying to get across the idea of generations in Oak Cliff,” Elliott says.

The book’s photos are arranged chronologically in six chapters. What the authors tried to do is “tell stories, not just list names,” Elliott says. “We wanted to be entertaining.” But when it came down to a selection process, if it was a decision between a good story or a good photo, the authors went with the good photo.

“It’s not an all-encompassing history book — it’s images,” Summey says.

“It’s like a walk down memory lane,” Elliott explains.

“It’s like a yearbook — on steroids,” Kokel echoes.

“Images of America: Oak Cliff” from Arcadia Publishing hits shelves in all major Dallas bookstores on April 27. It sells for $21.99. Elliott plans to post a survey on oakcliff.com, asking visitors to vote for their favorite photo or caption. The authors know, however, that their book of all kinds of Oak Cliff photos and history will only beget more Oak Cliff photos and history.

“It’s going to be the stories that come up after the book comes out, and people will ask, ‘Why didn’t you write about that?’” Summey says.

“That’ll be the follow up on the web,” Elliott says.

The authors will sign copies of “Images of America: Oak Cliff” on Saturday, May 2 at Dicho’s in the Bishop Arts District, 500 N. Bishop, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and at the Cedar Hill Barnes and Noble, 305 W. FM 1382, from 2-4 p.m.

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  1. […] people have now left comments on the story in May’s Oak Cliff Advocate about the new book from neighborhood residents Alan C. Elliott, […]

  2. Joehardinbrown August 2, 2012 at 4:54 AM

     You just named all of my old haunts. Whew! Mem o ries!

  3. Barbara McKethan Cambron July 8, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    I can’t wait to get this book. I just heard about it from Charlene and Charles Theobalt. I also have so many memories of growing up in Oak Cliff; I lived on Genoa Street right off Marsalis Ave. in two different houses all of my school years. I went to Harold Budd elem. Boud Story Jr High and graduated from Adamson Hight Shool in 1966. My friends Lanna Benson Nustad, Ann Dilday Copland, Kathy Hultsman, Peggy Franklin Young, Jane Rust Fuchs, Linda Blaisdell, Janis and Linda Hubbard, Kathy Hendsley, Roy Thomas, Raymond Jones, Don Luttrell, Rita Davis and so many more.

    We spent many hours playing at the Zoo riding rides for 10 cents and walking the creek and comming up at the Zoo. We could here the lions roar at night and a few times parots and different birds escaped from the Zoo and were caught in the big tree in front of my house. Walking to school at Harold Budd and riding the bus to Jefferson to shop and downtown. Nailers Chicken on Jefferson I think. Kips Big Boys, St Andrews Golf Course, Keist Park. Playing kick the can under the street lights, staying out to 10:00 pm and parents never having to worry about us. On Halloween we would walk for blocks and blocks and getting so much candy and baked goods we could not carry it all. No one even gave a thought to the goodies not being safe. I agree with everyone else we were so luck to grow up in a wonderful environment where kids could be kids and play outside. We played croquet, teather ball, hide and seek, red rover, dodge ball and went from thing to thing until late at night.

    Thanks for making me remember all the wonderful times I had as a child. Too many memories to put down. Good luck with the sale of your book.

  4. Wanda Whidby Besson February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Amazing how many of us were born at the Methodist Hospital! If I could pick a time in my life to re-live – it would be my years living in Oak Cliff. I lived in the Beckley Heights area – Laureland Road – where there were lots of kids with bikes and the sport in the backyard was tetherball. I moved within one block of Kimball HS in 1964 so I walked to school with my two cousins Nannette and Jan Harris (’65 and ’66). We would sneak out my uncle’s ’65 black TBird and cruise Sivils (when we felt brave) and then waste lots of gas at Kiest Park on Sunday afternoons after church. Boy we thought we were so hot! On Halloween we would all dare each other to walk around Laureland Cemetary (mostly vacant at the time). Remember if you bought your school supplies at Skillerns in Wynnewood you got a free milk shake!! Remember carrying 50 cents to the Texas theatre? – got you admission, drink and candy. Remember the “hottest bands” competitions at Kiest Park on Friday nights? …and we can’t forget “spash day in Galveston”. When we lived on Laureland Rd, we often would sneak under the back fence of the Hi-Vue drivein and watch the Elvis Presley movies. I remmeber lots of good friends from Oak Cliff – Sherry Willis, Chuck Arnold, James McKinley, Marita West, Vickie Findley, Ruth Collins and Linda Norris. You guys still out there?? I’ve lost touch with so many folks -I have lived happily in the VA/DC area since 1973. Thanks Gayla for the book – you’ve touched alot of hearts and stirred lots of great memories for so many of us. A time when all my concerns were: what am I going to wear to school, have I teased my hair, can’t wait to get my license and what’s that boy’s name.

  5. suzane evans February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    My grandfather, claude Prim, owned Prim Cleaners on Clarendon Avenue, in Oak Cliff. I lived in the projects of Mustang Village/LaReunion which I was growing up before moving to Garland, Texas. There was a store at the end of the street on Clarendon that raised chickens. I use to ride my tricycle up and down and watch the baby chickens in the window. Wow! What memories!!!

  6. Charles (Benny) Kirtley February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Pinkie, I’m 67 will be 68 in April 2010.

  7. Lou E. (Pinkie) Clay February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Thank all of you for your efforts in completing and getting this book published, now, I just need to know where to purchase it in the Dallas area, actually the Garland area I guess I am a little older than most that have posted here will be sixty six,January 2010.

  8. Marjorie Procter-Smith February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Wow, some memories! We lived on Grayson near Wynnewood Village until I was 9, so I started school at Jeff Davis, then we moved to Druid Hills (never met any druids, though), Holliday Road, went to Daniel Webster and Kimball and Browne and back to Kimball. Memories: sitting in chairs in the middle of our street (it was a dead end when we first moved there) to watch the Kiest Park fireworks (yes, I remember the year they all went off at once!); catching crawdads in Crow Creek behind our house, swimming in the deep holes in Five Mile Creek, riding my bicycle all day, going barefoot all summer (ah, the days before fire ants!), spending summer days at the summer park program at the elementary school they built when they extended our street; playing outside in the summer until it was too dark to see; Polar Bear ice cream; the Hampton Road Drive-In (we saw the Ten Commandments there, and my brother and I fell asleep in the back of the station wagon just after they crossed the Red Sea); the opening of the first Jack In The Box on Hampton Road; the ice cream truck, and a popsicle for a dime; saving my allowance to buy Madame Alexander dolls at the big toy store in Wynnewood Village (I still have them!); the Snow Cone stand; barbecue from Austin’s and greasy delicious tacos from a little take-out stand on Hampton Road somewhere….

  9. P. Worth February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    It’s truly a wonderful book.
    Price at Amazon.Com is $16.50.
    A few clicks and it’ll be in your hands in 2-3 days.
    Buy several for your friends and parents and shipping is free.

  10. Jim Bryan February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    George Peabody, L.V. Stockard, and Sunset Class of ’60…(didn’t want Max Rogers to be the only one of us on here!. By the way, Max, Bill Kibler and some of the gang are getting our 50th Reunion together for Sept 2010…if you are not on his email list, email me and I’ll send you his contact information. Mine is jbryan1939@msn.com.

    Two of us from Sunset’s class of ’60 (K.R. Johnson and I) retired after long careers as Dallas Police Officers…Remember when the cops used to break up the Kiest Park bonfire where we would all fight before the Sunset/SOC (or, SOC/Sunset game for you Golden Bears!) football game every year? Of course, if someone got their nose bloodied it was all over. Well, I became one of those..as did a friend of mine who was a SOC Alum. Kinda makes me hesitant to bring up another Oak Cliff tradition…”trunking in” to the Jefferson and Hampton Rd drive-ins where two would pay, and as many as could hide in the trunk didn’t…

    Great memories everyone…Oak Cliff was truly a great place to grow up in the Post-War years.

  11. Joanna Barrett Robertson February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Thanks to Michael Gaddy for referring me to this site. I want to got & purchase this book ASAP. I too was born at Methodist Hospital as many have stated before me. Went to L.P.Cowart, L.V. Stockard & graduated from J.F.Kimball in 1966. I lived on Emmett Street off of Clarendon. My older sister & younger sister attended Sunset, but I chose to transfer to Kimball. Great memories during a great time. Never locking our doors. Actually had sleep overs in the open back yard under the stars! Guess we can never feel that safe again. Thanks for the memories….Joanna

  12. Alan Tucker February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Grew up near Hampton & Illinois.I remember being a package boy at the grocery store at this location.Made $1.25 per hour but tips were great.I remember that the Hampton & Illinois shopping center was an airport previously.Jefferson Avenue was the place to be on Saturdays.You could actually drive and/or walk in Kiest Park even during the night without worrying about anything bad happening.I also remember Southern made donuts near Clarendon & Hampton road.Are the good times really gone?????? I think so.We used to race our cars down the (BEAN STRIP} near the old Gibson store off of Westmoreland.
    Alan Tucker

  13. Gaylon Richardson February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I share many of the memories most of you have stated of the fifties and sixties when we grew up in a world of peace and happiness. I remember going to the fair with a group of kids from the time I was in the first grade at Elisha Pease until my senior year in 1966 at Kimball.

    In high school we cruised Kiest Park, spent many hours in the drive in of Austin’s barbeque. Went to the Wynnwood theater and had a Big Boy afterward on dates. Mr Durret always knew who was at the Hampton Drive Inn instead of the football game. The man promoted as well as Don King.

    I worked on Jefferson at Austin Shoe Store two doors down from the Texas theater when I was in High School. Did anyone attend the minstrall shows in the fifties at the Texas theater? Does anyone remember Burnett Field where the Double A Dallas Eagles played, the wooden bleachers made a great rally stomp.

    My parents first apartment was off Jefferson where they lived from 1940 until December 1941. While my Dad was overseas during the war my mother and aunt shared an apartment and worked at Chance Vaught. After the war my parents moved back to Oak Cliff and had an apartment on twelth street which was torn down to build R.L. Thornton Freeway.

    Gayla, Alan and Patrica your book has brought back many memories of family and friends. Thank You. Gaylon

  14. Sharon Jones McDonald February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Phew! So many memories – some of my own and some you had to remind me about. A few names here bring back fond memories…Rita Bogan, Marc McCord, Cathy Conway, George Ellerbee, Florence Greenspan, and many more. Great stuff. Good to hear you are all doing well.

    Sharon Jones McDonald, Modesto CA

  15. Cathy Conway Reno February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Oak Cliff was wonderful back in the 1950’s- 1960’s. I took a drive through there a few years back on a trip home, and oh, boy, it isn’t the great place it used to be! I too am a Methodist Hospital baby. I grew up on Texas Drive and walked the block and half to Lenore Kirk Hall for elementary school. Junior high was Stockard where I was a Strutter – some of the most fun days I can remember. Then on to Kimball. I wanted to go to Sunset, but was not in the right district.

    In the summer my friends and I would walk up to Weiss Park to go swimming. What fun to step on the bubbles in the hot tar of the street! I can still smell that hot tar smell. Walking across the big water pipe in the park was for the really brave souls.

    Every Saturday was spent at the Heights Theatre, where I picked up my love for horror movies: The Amazing Collosal Man, The Screaming Skull, The Tingler, and many more.

    Austin’s BBQ was my favorite. And the glass of ice tea was HUGE.

    Anyone remember The Teen Shop in the Heights Shopping Center? They had great clothes for teens. I’d troll in there while my mother shopped at the A&P. And the record shop there – what was it’s name? – received much of my money for their 45RPM records, many of which I still have today.

    I loved Oak Cliff THEN. I am thankful I got to grow up in such a safe, happy place.

    I just ordered my copy of the book at Amazon.

    Cathy Conway (Reno)

  16. Marc McCord February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Like many of you, I was born at Methodist Hospital and delivered by Dr. Tim Green, as were my brothers Bob and Bill, and my sisters Mary and Karen.

    I remember Page’s Rexall Drug Store with its soda fountain and lay-awy for my baseball gloves, my parents shopping for US Keds and jeans at Levine’s, and most Saturday’s at the Heights theater or playing baseball at L.O. Donald with George and Harold Ellerbee, Larry Brown, Stanley Black, Kyle Black, and too manyothers to remember at 61.

    Most of us attended L.V. Stockard, and we spent a lot of time at the DQ and Dairy Mart on Hampton, Austin’s and Keist Park. I have fond memories of my band, The Extortions (Don Sperry, Gary Forsythe and Jon McIver), playing pavilion parties when we were attending Kimball.

    In the words of The statler Brothers. “Do you remember these?”

    Marc W. McCord

  17. Max Rogers February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I lived on the most traveled street in Oak Cliff. Clarendon Dr. I think life expectancy was about a few seconds, if you parked out front. No really, just kidding, maybe you had a minuet or two. It was busy!
    I played football, basketball, and baseball at Greiner, and looked at books occasionally, after leaving Peeler Elem, and then on to Sunset where I played a little football and basketball, and started paying more attention to books. My favorite activity in Oak Cliff was going to the Lake Cliff Swimming pool, it was big, but close to the Orange Juice Stand and Polar Bear Ice Cream (you can tell where my heart was). I am so glad for my years growing up in Oak Cliff I would not trade the experiences I have had. Oh yes, I had Oma Ford, teacher at Sunset, for Advisory for three years while at Sunset, wonderful lady! From Sunset upon graduation (1960), I attended Arlington College (name then, UTA now), and North Texas (now UNT, graduated in 1965). I retired from the Public Schools, and presently am living in Midlothian, Texas, married for 42 years, three children, and seven grands. I am attempting to be a Christian Writer, and publish, but as usual will become famous only after I die, maybe! Max Rogers

  18. John (JOHNNY) Wallace February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM


    Thank you for reminding me of the most memorable times of my life. It seems that those days are so clear to me. L.O.Donald, Stockard and the Class of 65 at Kimball Hi School..


  19. Carolyn Jenkins February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I have lived in Oak Cliff for 57 of my 59 yrs. It was great going thru the book & seeing pics & reading about our old hangouts! I graduated from Adamson High in ’68 & revisited the school back in April. Sure hope the committee can save our school from being torn down!! Dr. Rodney Moore delivered my two children in ’72 & ’76 & he was THE VERY BEST DR. any female could ever hoped to have!!!!! I miss him!!!! Best of luck to you & hope you are enjoying retirement, Dr. Moore. The people in North Dallas & surrounding area don’t know what they have missed not living in Oak Cliff!!! Thanks to the authors for a wonderful trip down memory lane!!

  20. Marti "Stogner" Settle February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I am a 1962 graduate of Kimball High School. Attended Greiner High for one year and went 7 years to beautiful Lida Hooe over on Hampton Street. I grew up at 926 S. Marlborough and moved to Kiestwood Estates before going into the 9th grade. I attended Kimball the first year it opened.

    Now, Charlie Kirtley, the name of that steakhouse was The Old South Steakhouse which had a 2 lb. sirloin on the menu. It was free if you could eat it all. It was next to Jack Priest’s record shop. How many wonderful hours were spent hanging at Priest’s record shop listen to the hottest rock’roll singles.

    It’s been a long ride. I am now living in Denton and haven’t been to a class reunion for years. My best friend (Linda Page Sargeant) graduated from Sunset the same year and she is living in Destin Florida. We’ve been discussing writing a book. My call to alumna of Lida Hooe is for memories of Mrs. Onstatt, Ms. Musgrave, Gertrude Thompson, Gladys Whittlesey and Mary Fye Beakley.

    If you attended you will be a very civilized citizen because you know “The Onstott” rules. Anyone remember the rules? Let me know what you remember.

    Marti Stogner Settle msettle1@verizon.net

  21. ROY RICHIE February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM


  22. Charles Wallace February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I graduated Adamson in 1965. I worked at the A&P store 100 W Jefferson all my hs years. Brings back many memories.
    Charles Wallace

  23. Suanne Carr Blalock February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Hi Gayla,
    We were neighbors when we lived on Monte Carlo. I lived on the corner of Monte Carlo and Casino. I married a Sunset boy. I remember Sivil’s Drive In, the Polar Bear on Zangs and the Dairy Queen on Hampton Road. Many, many fun memories with you and your parents and twin little brother and sister. It’s a great thing you are doing! I am excited the book. So many people do not have a guess of what Oak Cliff meant to us back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I went to John F. Peeler Elementary and then on to Kimball. There is a group of girls that went to Peeler. We have a dinner once a month in Dallas. Any Peeler-ites out there that would like to join us?

  24. stuart r nicolai February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    do you have any information on d.b.blain? a horse trader in the 1960, he had horse pens at the I35e and hwy67 splite. thank you very much.

  25. Tanya Cowley-Leverett February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Hello Gayla, you probably do not remember me, I lived across the street from your grandmother on Montana back in the days before R.L.Thornton Freeway took our house and area and met you in the neighborhood back then, we were probably in elementary school at the time. I went on to move to the South Oak Cliff part of town, went on to Boude Storey Jr High and then onto SOC. I met up with one of your Kimballites one evening, Jerry Allen and he took me for a ride in the Kimball neighborhood. We went out a few times back then, he was going to teach me to drive his car, which was a standard at the time and me with one foot on a brake and one foot on the gas pedal I had a time with trying to find a third foot for the clutch. Needless to say after jumping across the road a few times, he thought it best that I did not drive his fast car. I have stayed with the automatic cars ever since. Love the memories of Oak Cliff, Kiest Park, the drives and don’t forget the submarine races. Never did see one! Keep up the good work on your book, I have to buy this!

  26. Elbert Shafer February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Wow. Icant wait to get this book. What a great place to grow up. I went to Clair Oliver elementary in 2nd grade. My family moved to ElPaso but returned in 1964. I went to Daniel Webster, T.W. Browne and graduated Kimball in 1970. My brother Marion graduated in 65, the same as Gayla. My younger brothers,Marvin and David graduated in 74 and 7
    7. We lived in the old two story frame house across th e street from Kimball on Blue Ridge Blvd. No one has mentioned the Bronco Bowl or the bowling alley on Zangs. We loved the drag races at Red Bird and Westmoreland. Riding bicycles down Ravinia and friday night football games at Sprague. Kiestwood Baptist Church. Kimball Relays. Mr. Dickey the geometry teacher, Madge Dillon the ancient study hall warden. Too many friends to mention here. SRV RIP.

  27. ALTON DAY February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Many thanks for writing this book gayla, alan,patricia,
    lookin fowared to getting a copy. It looks like most
    of the comments are from the west side of town. My dad
    had a business on south beckley & jefferson, so many
    memories from that area two places not mentioned from
    jefferson beckley area slim’s BBQ, and Bernies hobby
    shop i enjoyed each one.I went to Em Pease grade school
    and WW Bushman,Zumwalt jr high SOC high.
    From the south area not mentioned was the loop 12 drive
    In, glendale park, and the fruit dale area this was a
    seprate area they had there own police & fire dept it
    was a butiful area for kids to play & ride there
    bicycle’s they had a nice park and a creek to play in.
    My family lived on Bonnieview rd.& Neptune rd.during
    my school days, Oak Cliff was a great place to grow up
    in how we all wish we could go back to such a wonderful
    time in our life. Alton Day

  28. Steve Parramore February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I graduated from Sunset in 1972, the last year we had a winning football team. I remember all of the things that have been said, My friend and I were kicked out of the Buffet across from the Sears, my friend,Tim Spurrier, could put away the groceries. I rremember going to the convienience store at Edgefield and Clarendon, the drinks were in ice, by the time I would get there after school, the water was so cold, it was a punishment to pull out the bottled reward. My first Boy Scout meeting was held above the Texaco, at the same intersection, The first night ,I learned the single finger salute… I went to Roger Q. Mills Winnetka, Griener and Sunset. Where the new entrance to Griener is now is on the lot where I my family home was on Edgefield. I look forward to buying the book. Steve Parramore Red Oak ,Texas

  29. Perry Gross February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Gayla, Alan, Patricia, many thanks for writing this book. I hope to find a copy soon. I read all the postings of comments by other Oak Cliffers, and was happily reminded of so much history of our youth. However, one bit of history I didn’t see mentioned: A lot of us who grew up near Hampton and Illinois “parked”, cruised and hung-out at Austin’s Barbecue at that intersection. There was a Dallas Police Officer named J. D. Tippett who moonlighted and “kept the peace” at Austin’s in the evenings. He truly became a friend of many of us who hung out there, communicated with us, treated us as adults, and probably saved us more than once from getting in trouble. He was a great role model, and gave us all an appreciation of the police.

    Unfortunately, Officer Tippett was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas Theater on Jefferson, where he responded to the manhunt on the day President Kennedy was assasinated in downtown. I never think of the President’s death without being reminded of our friend when we were 17 years old, Officer J. D. Tippett.

    Best of Luck with the book,

    Perry Gross,
    Cowart, Stockard, Sunset ’62
    now in St. Pete Beach, FL

  30. Carol Edwards Owens February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I would love to know how to purchase a “Memory Book” of Oak Cliff. I graduated Sunset in 1962, my sister Cathy in 1966 and brother Jim in 1969. I treasure all the good times we had growing up in Oak Cliff (OH!) Anyone remember Oma Ford, Principal Griffin, Hatty Lee Hornbeak??

  31. Tricia Wilburn Wilson February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Hey! Soooo many good memories! I Attended George Peabody Elementry, LV Stockard and Sunset. Graduated in 1962.

    Remember all of the S.O.C/Sunset “Cold” football games with sleet and Max’s Schaffers’ battery operated hand warmer!!! If he had not passed it around to us band members, I think I may not have had any fingers left!! I do remember those long marches down Jefferson, early practices, crazy bus rides to the games and fun times!!!!

    There are also good memories at Hampton Place Baptist Church
    and summers at the camp retreats!

    As head cashier of Kroger, Westmoreland Heights, I worked with a bunch of the guys from Sunset. We were all great friends and have wonderful memories & fun times there too!

    Remember the Vogue theater and Mrs. Wright… our teacher that worked there?

    This is one fine book and I have enjoyed reading all of the great Memories from everyone!

    How do I order>

  32. Cecil Hatfield February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I too want to get one of these books.
    I was in the 1953 class at Sunset High. Mrs Lipscom had the “Hardest” math class. At the beginning of erach year we had to run to our new class. The teacher stood at the door and closed it when the 30 students entered the room. Then after that only the hardest teachers were left. Thats how I got into her class. But after I had her trained, I chose her class next two years. When you went to her class there were three blackboards of home work to copy and turn in next day. I didn’t, I did other homework. She was waiting for me to fail a test to jump on me. But I still made A’s. I didn’t let the others know I had her ‘trained’ so it went well for me. My favorite teacher was Mrs George. Patty Morris was a Cheerleader.
    I went to Cokerall Hill and MB Henderson grade school and WE Griner middle school. Ol lady Witherspoon and Rufas Moore are teachers I remember there
    My cousin Mary Joyce Cason and I lived in Cockrall Hill and used to walk to the Bison Theater near Sunset and back.
    Along Jefferson Blvd there was a short concrete wall we used to walk on. She and I were in the same grades in school.
    I learned to drive on the runways of Red Bird Airport before they started landing airplanes there.
    Ahhhh So many memories. While WWII was going on I used to watch the new P51’s do there testing overhead. Then the B36’s did their slow test flying. Slow was their normal speed.
    The midnight show at the Texas theater. We sat in the balcony and threw cherry bomb firecrackers at the little castles on the wall during the movie at 4th of July time one year.
    Ahhhh So many memories.
    Cecil Hatfield, Thousand Oaks CA now at 74 years old now.

  33. Anita Stricker Anderson February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Love all the comments about the old neighborhood! I grew up in Beckly Heights on Elston St., which was right across the highway from Laurel Land Cemetery. I went to T.G. Terry Elementary School and then graduated from Kimball H.S. in 1966. Remember, Phillips Drive In on Beckley for burgers after football games on Fri. nite or anytime. A car load of us would go to the Hi Vue Drive In or Hampton Rd.Drive In and sit outside to watch the movie. We felt safe in all our neighborhoods back then and that made for wonderful childhoods for us all. Remember A. Harris Shopping Ctr.,and shopping on Jefferson Blvd. at Sears and Penneys.
    We road our bicycles everywhere and our parents didn’t have to worry. Does anyone remember “Twin Falls”? It was at the end of our neighborhood. A bunch of us would take a picnic there and just sit and walk for hours along the creek…walk the big pipe across the creek! After houses and roads were built there, we road our skateboards down the hilly streets, great fun and scraped knees! I remember Vickie,Dickie & Kay Findley, Jackie Hamilton, Dana Hill,
    Elizabeth Arnold, Sherry Heitman, Marita West,Sally Bow
    and my cousins…Danny Mack and the Shuping boys and many more!! We would walk till 11 pm on Halloween in big groups and stop and talk to all the other groups of kids along the way. I loved growing up in Oak Cliff in those days and I still think of it often. We were very lucky to grow up in the times that we did. I wish I could talk to some of the friends I grew with!

  34. Paul Mansfield February 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Thanks, Rodney, for sending me the E-mail about all of this.
    Where do all these kids come from … the ones from the ’60s Kimball graduating classes? I was going to correct Darlene on the “Sonny Bryan’s on Jefferson” gaffe, but Bill Bishop (Hi, Billy)and a couple of others beat me to it. Red Bryan(Sonny’s dad)and his family lived across the street from me on Canterbury Court. They used to let me drive their Cadillac on dates. My pedigree: 1st Grade at Rosemont, then Greiner, Sunset. Fifty kids began at Rosemont in 1936 … 25 boys & 25 girls. We all graduated together from Sunset except about six in 1947. We went to school 11 years in those days. The 12 year thing began a couple of years later. That’s my story and I’ll stick to it. I remember a 25 cent haircut at the barber on Davis, which included a free pass to the Kessler Theater. And the pool hall next(?)to the barbershop, where we were welcome as teenagers. And I remember the world’s first 7-11 Store across from Greiner, where we used to stick our hands in the crushed ice cold drink box to see who could do it the longest. And … we survived. And … how about Rockefeller’s hamburgers for a nickel apiece, six for a quarter? Ahhhh … what memories!

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