I’ve noticed posts on social media about the Tivy High School class of 1968, which will be celebrating its 50 year reunion this year. I understand quite a few are hoping to attend the Tivy Homecoming celebrations in a few weeks, when the Antlers play Memorial on Oct. 19 at Antler Stadium.
Going through my photo collection, I’ve found quite a few images from 1968. In honor of the 1968 Tivy graduates, I thought I’d publish a few here.
I have a few images of downtown pep rallies from 1968. It was a long tradition for pep rallies to be held at the intersection of Water and Earl Garrett streets on Friday afternoons before the football game that evening.
When I was a student at Tivy, the cheerleaders, the band, Golden Girls and Antlerettes would march to town from Antler Stadium, coming down Sidney Baker Street and turning left onto Water Street. This happened for every home game, but a much bigger parade was held for homecoming.
In 1968, however, it’s likely the starting point was not the stadium, but the high school, which, in those days, was where the B.T. Wilson campus is today, on Tivy Street.
Once downtown, a large circle formed at the intersection of Earl Garrett and Water Streets, with the Antlerettes, Golden Girls and the band all facing in toward the cheerleader, drum major and twirlers in the middle. The fight song would be played, cheerleaders would lead the crowd in cheers, and the Tivy Alma Mater would close the event.
Regular home game downtown Tivy pep rallies ended in the 1980s.
I also found a 1968 photograph of a very popular spot for Kerr County youths, even today: kids sliding down Ingram Dam. When I posted this photo on social media, it brought back lots of memories, mainly of fun times and holes in jeans and bathing suits made from sliding down the dam.
In 1968, freight trains still came to Kerrville. (Passenger service ended years earlier.) I found two photos from 1968 featuring the old railroad: one of the freight office and another of men unloading furniture for Crick’s Furniture onto a truck. Crick’s Furniture was on Broadway; I went to school with the children of the owners.
In 1968, Gibson’s Discount Center opened, and I found a few photos from that event. In one, a woman is giving away necklaces to shoppers; in another, a crowd of shoppers stands around the jewelry case.
One big community event in 1968 was a performance by “Up With People;” apparently several local teenagers were part of the cast. There was a parade, a performance behind the new Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, and a performance in the old municipal auditorium. I noticed how well-dressed the audience was for the performance.
Lastly, I think the 1968 Kerrville City Council was way ahead of newcomers like Tesla — I found a wonderful image of several members of the council inspecting an electric car. I recognize John M. Mosty, Francis Swayze and Marvin Hunter.
While I cannot find a news story to accompany the photograph, I hope to hear the full story from my friends Mosty and Swayze.
Until next week, all the best.
Joe Herring Jr. is a Kerrville native who remembers Kerrville and Kerr County as it was in 1968.