Welcome to My New Format
the Landon High School Class of 1956 web site. This web site is owned
and maintained by Jim Webb for the enjoyment of all classmates from
After having the same format on my Web site for approximately twelve years, I've decided to do a little journalism for a change. After retiring from business in 2000 with an AA Degree from then Florida Jr. College in Jacksonville, I applied to, and was accepted into the University of Florida's School of Journalism in Gainesville. I bought myself a new red Corvette and got ready for life's newest adventure. My goal was to be a writer/journalist. For four years, I commuted 140 miles round trip for two or three days a week to attend classes on the UF Campus. My UF education has helped me do a professional job of organizing and editing this Web site.
I do not have access to the Internet. I employ a company who works with me and uploads our revised class information to the Internet as needed. My personal cost is currently averaging about $500 a year. This is my gift to the Landon Class of 1956 and all Landonians.
If you have any information that you want to share with our classmates, I will
print it for you in
this section of our Web site.
If you have any information that you want to share with our classmates, I will print it for you in this section of our Web site.
Joe and Sandie DeSalvo have volunteered to continue the upkeep of our class directory. This is a quite a task as class information is constantly changing. If you are a Landon Class of 1956 graduate and interested in having a current class directory e-mailed to you at no cost, contact Joe or Sandie. Their contact information is (813) 278-8634.
I have a short feature story on Bill and Inge Boss for this edition. This is the type of news that I like to report. If you would like to tell me your life story or any interesting part of it, just contact me.
When I was preparing Jack Gillrup's Obituary, I found it interesting that Jack was born in the original Mayo Clinic, which would indicate to me that his birth might have been foreseen as a problem. I remember Jack telling me that his was a normal birth, but he contracted Polio at a very young age and spent three or four years at Hope Haven Hospital on Atlantic Blvd., learning to walk with crutches in time to start school. He told me that, "Hope Haven was a horrible place to be in as a kid," and I didn't ask why. I now ask myself if there was a link between Jack's Polio and his family moving from Minnesota to Jacksonville for treatment at Hope Haven Hospital?
I was also recalling my personal experiences with Jack. For years, I owned a pawn shop in Jacksonville with a Federal Gun License. Jack liked to drop by and talk gun prices, hunting trips and old Landon friends. Jack worked for the City of Jacksonville. He knew a lot of people and had an opinion about everything going on in city politics.
A few years ago, My wife, Becky, and I were invited to classmate Sue Crutchfield's Wedding at the Marabanong Estate in Empire Point. Jack and his wife, Elaine, were there also and the four of us enjoyed a pleasant afternoon visiting before the wedding. I learned that afternoon that Jack was no longer able to walk on crutches, but used them only to get to his wheelchair. He told me, "James, I am getting too old for these things," referring to his crutches.
"Marabanong" owned by Joe Ripley, Jr. (Landon '54)
Jack was good about calling me with Landon Web site questions and sending me thank you e-mails for my work. I can say from my phone conversations with him that Jack was very happy his last few years with Frances, his new wife.
Richard Mette 1948-2018
I am sad to report the death of Richard Mette on July 9, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Richard was a good guy who worked very hard to keep the memory of our classmate and his oldest brother, Robert "Bob" Mette, alive. One of Richard's most cherished possessions was a baseball that Bob had given him in the Summer of 1956, just before he left with his USMCR unit on their annual two week training trip to Camp LeJeune, NC. While at camp, Bob contracted Spinal Meningitis and died on August 12, 1956. Richard established a scholarship with the Marine Corp Reserve Unit in Jacksonville in Bob's memory and he was also responsible for the two cement benches and bronze marker on the grounds at Landon High School in Bob's memory.
Cement Benches Bronze Marker
Words of Wisdom
Etienne De Grellet, a Quaker Missionary, "I shall pass this way but once; Any good that I can do or kindness I can show to any human being; Let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
In my travels as a genealogist, I have visited many cemeteries. I have seen headstones with the inscription, "I shall not pass this way again." It never made much sense to me at the time, but now I know the origin. Jim Webb
WARNING: Do not go to this hyperlink until music stops playing from when you open the Home Page, otherwise you will hear two sounds at one time.
This is a history of Landon High School - produced by some older Landonians, mostly a collection of old 8mm film. Jim Webb
Happy Birthday to classmate Bob Harris!
Wife Lori presenting Bob with his 80th Birthday Cake on December 1, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
I made it to 80!!!
Jim Webb on his 80th Birthday
On December 18, 2018, I celebrated my 80th Birthday here in Jacksonville with a family party at home. My wife prepared my favorite meal of standing rib roast with fresh mushrooms, ending with a three-tier birthday cake and ice cream for dessert. All five of my grandchildren were with me and that made my party extra special.
I can only speak for myself, but at my age, every birthday is a blessing.
Your opinions and thoughts are always appreciated.
I don't make the news, I just report it. I would like to report more than death notices, so please send me any news of interest for our classmates such as marriages, retirements, big fish stories and any old or new pictures of interest. I can easily scan paper pictures and return them to you.
Jim Webb, Editor
"Life Is A Journey - Enjoy Your Trip"
For some unknown reason, anyone who uses AOL as their Internet Service Provider may not receive the sound that I have attached to this site. Try this, Go to "Internet Explorer" on your desktop, type in WWW.Landon56.com then enter, and you will get our Web site with SOUND.
If you learn of a Classmate's Passing
Call me at (904) 743-2511 or send me an e-mail at Jwebbj@aol.com. Our Reunion Committee has voted to dissolve and I have assumed the full responsibility for reporting all class news, good and bad.
If you see something that needs to be removed or changed, please contact Jim Webb at Jim@Landon56.com
Home/Editorial Page: Several Changes. I have a story about Bill and Inge Boss.
Classmates: James Harrell, Sharon Philips, Vicki Acuff, Tom Muhlbauer, Eleanor Leitheiser and Jack Gillrup have been moved to "In Memoriam." Anita Edwards has been moved from "Missing" to "Active Lions."
Memory Lane: No Changes
Landonia: No Changes
Photo Album: No Changes
Music Changes: "Havana" by Camila Cabello (Cuban Street Music honoring Eddie's Book)
Clarence E. "Eddie" Porch, Jr.
1956 Landonian Photo
Congratulations are in order to Classmate Eddie Porch on the publication of his recent book, "From the Halls of Cuba." It appears to be well-received by publishers and readers alike. This book is a novel combining Eddie's personal life and experiences as an US Army Special Forces/Airborne Soldier together with his knowledge of Dictator Fidel Castro's ruination of Cuba, a beautiful island he once loved to visit as a young man.
Eddie (center) serving in US Special Forces Eddie with the US Special Forces in Panama
Book Cover for "From the Halls of Cuba"
FROM THE HALLS OF CUBA…
By: C.E. Porch
At the end of the 19th Century the United States had emerged as a nation finally united and taking full advantage of the industrial revolution. Theodore Roosevelt was stepping onto the world stage with America becoming a world power. Cuba was a lynch pin, a stage where the show begins.
I have used historical events and characters, some I knew personally and others extrapolated from real events in order to put some things into context and give the reader a little insight to history in the background. A few events which I thought that I had created were later in my research proved to have actually occurred, much to my surprise and continuing mystery.
This is a story of the Scott family which rode that wave into the 20th Century with all its wars, prosperities and depressions as reflected in the mirror of Cuba…until Fidel.
Obvious characters, like Teddy Roosevelt, were only mentioned to give context to the invasion, his immediate election three months later as governor of New York, then President and later the Panama Canal. General “Fighting Joe” Wheeler, the Confederate hero and at that time Chairman of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, was indeed selected for political reasons in the Deep South, then proceeded to show the Yankees how to fight a war.
While I was at the University of Miami working on my Master’s Degree, one of my favorite professors was Dr. Eduardo Leriverend. He had been a professor in the Havana Law School and the young lawyer who drafted the amendment to the Cuban Constitution which eliminated the United States’ right to intervene in Cuban affairs via the Platt Amendment. He was, also, a former Supreme Court Justice, appointed by Fidel Castro. Castro had been a student of Dr. Leriverend, who he described to me as “…absolutely brilliant…but crazy.” When I asked him why he left such a sinecure as a Justice, who had been handpicked by Castro, his soft and simple reply still rings in my mind and absolutely summarizes this period of Cuban history, “When there was no more LAW, I left”. This distinguished man had lived through and participated in the most important times and events in modern Cuban history, and he was always glad to share with his students. He will be missed by those of us who took the time to know him.
In the chapter on Indochina in WW II, I knew Frank Tan as a friend in the last years of his life, and his story is backed up by any book on Ho Chi Minh or OSS operations in Indochina in WW II., including a BBC documentary, Uncle Ho and Uncle Sam. Only my Cuban book characters are fictional. Some facts about China towards the end of the war were related to me by my late uncle, Captain Thomas Hollin Scott, Jr., US Army Air Corps, China-Burma, who flew the last allied plane out of Peking while Mao Tse-tung’s forces were shelling the airfield. The story was that he carried Chiang Kai-shek’s furniture, for which he received a very big starburst medal from Chiang. At least when I was a kid, it seemed huge in my hand. Later he flew some places for the CIA as a civilian that he couldn’t tell me about. All I knew was that big, shiny, brand new convertible sure was pretty.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara at this time in history need no further introduction. I have tried to give some background and feel for Cuba and its stratification at the time and still remain true to the events as a whole. The Cuba I remember as a young man was a magical place, which turned into an inhospitable situation to many in the wrenching destruction of a whole society. Needless to say, my “yankee” father’s business was one of the first to go. Many of my experiences and my Cuban friends are incorporated in this part.
Things about early Miami were related to me by my grandfather, who moved to Miami with my great-grandfather in 1919. I have tried to incorporate some of that fascinating history into the book. Many people have remarked to me about how many Cubans there are in Miami. My answer is simple and factual, “There have always been many Cubans in Miami. From the beginning they were a part of its fascinating fabric. History tells us that the “discoverer” of Florida (the Land of Flowers) was Juan Ponce de Leon, who sailed here from Havana, Cuba.” Enough said.
Several years ago I had the honor and pleasure of having a personal conversation with Vernon Walters, Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired, who knew my late father-in-law, Colonel John Finn while the Colonel was serving on General Eisenhower’s staff in North Africa. General Walters had one of the most extraordinary careers in Army history, stretching from a young lieutenant negotiating with German commanders in North Africa in WW II, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency, advising and translating for four presidents in four different languages, assisting Henry Kissinger in the secret negotiations to end the Viet Nam war, and culminating in an appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations. I told him that I wanted to write a historical novel in which the main character was a combination of Vernon Walters and Audie Murphy. His response was, “Wow, that one I have to read”.
Unfortunately, he died before I could finish. However, I always had him in mind while I was writing, and I read his books. I added a few twists which probably would have made him sit back and say “What the…?!” , but I hope he would have enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy what is coming FROM THE HALLS OF CUBA…
Bill and Inge Boss
Newly Weds Bill and Inge Boss - December 4, 1965 - Baden Baden, Germany
After Graduating from Landon in 1956, Bill entered the Citadel in Charleston, SC, a military college. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and chose the US Air Force as his preferred branch of the US Military. After his specialized Air Force training in the US, Bill was stationed at a French Air Force Base in West Germany under a NATO agreement. The "Cold War" was still red hot and Bill's job in Germany included the responsibility for Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems.
One evening in Freiburg, West Germany, Bill was at a local social club when he observed the most beautiful girl he had ever seen sitting across the room from him. He went over to her and introduced himself. Things didn't go smoothly at first, but Bill convinced her that he was an honorable man. She invited him to sit down at her table and they began to learn more about each other. Inge Scheffler was her name and she had a Master's Degree in English. Her father had escaped from Communist East Germany to West Germany in 1947, and his family, including Inge, followed shortly. Dating and going steady followed. Bill admits that he was infatuated with Inge from the start and love soon followed. Bill and Inge were married on December 4, 1965, and have enjoyed a happy union for 52 years.
After his discharge from the USAF, Bill and Inge decided to settle in Chicago. Inge got a job teaching English and Bill chose to test the water in the new field of computers. Two of the bigger companies that Bill worked for were Arthur Andersen and Service Master. They found time to enjoy a new life style and start a family of three children. Bill and Inge made their retirement money working in the Chicago area where Inge taught English and Bill worked as a Programmer. Life was good for the young couple. They enjoyed living on a lake and even built their own log cabin where they lived for 14 years while raising and preparing their children for college. When it came time to retire, Bill and Inge were looking at real estate ads on their computer and saw a house in Boynton Beach, Florida that seemed to be what they had in mind for retirement. They bought the house and now enjoy living in South Florida.
Log Cabin in Michigan Bill enjoying the Sun in Spain
Bill and Inge always planned not to work in the next millennium, so in 2000, they quit working and planned to do some of the things that they had always talked about doing in retirement. Inge had always wanted to go to Iceland, so their first trek included a two weeks trip to Iceland where they camped in a tent using sleeping bags. They've taken numerous trip to Europe where there visited with old friends in Germany and France. Other destinations in their retirement itinerary included Spain, England and Austria. Both travelers agree that the best beer is in Vienna, the best wiener schnitzel in the Hot Brau House in Munich and the best wines in Southern France along the Mediterranean Coast.
A walk on the shores of Lake Michigan Attending 60th Landon Class Reunion
Bill and Inge have always enjoyed good health by eating wisely and exercising. Each morning after tea for Bill and coffee for Inge, they ride bikes to the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach for their daily exercise.
Bill and Inge are a fortunate couple. Financially, they prepared for the future. There is no conflict in their marriage because they listen to each other and any problem is easily resolved. Bill admits that Inge is the smartest person he has ever known, and she is usually right!
This article was submitted by Bill Boss.
Memories from the Past
Thanks to Doris Fagan for this photo and Nancy Wainwright Posner for helping identify the students..
The top row of six in an arc are L to R: Peggy Leake, Carol Chepenik, Kendall Haines Sasnett, Reuben Mizrahi, Betty Lovan and Mary Monroe. Second row down in an arc are L to R: Catherine Stevens, Sue King, Jeanne Solomon, Sally Guthrie, Mark Entman, Mrs. Button, Eddie Porch, Albert Holt, Nancy Wainwright, Patricia McIlvaine and Norma Sarra. Third row which dips down are L to R: Johnny Carraway (in Boy Scout Uniform), Leni Bowen, Leigh Culley and Bill Coalson. Fourth row straight across L to R: Connie Boyd, Jeanne Heide, Hope Davidson, Barbara Rothstein, Malinda Dixon, Vicky Thomas, Emily Jopling, Becky Goss and Margaret McNatt. Fifth row straight across L to R: unidentified student (Possibly Patty Martin), Melinda Fine, Carl Sasnett, Joan Glickstein, Norman "Bit" Edwards, Ronald Gardner, Mary Woolsey, George Orner, Doris Fagan and Ginger Cogburn.
60th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion
July 2, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant
Front Row Seated L to R: Bill Coalson; Bob Harris, Longwood, FL; Prissy Parkin DeChanie, Welaka, FL: Jim Webb; Kay Steeves Morin, Orlando, FL; Shirley Brewer Yost; Sandra Jones Manning, Houston, TX; Judy NeSmith Reid; Rochelle Robin Siegel, Chevy Chase, MD; Toby Markowitz Ringel; Phyllis Knox Smith; Kathy Enge Barket and Bill Swain.
Middle Row Standing L to R: Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL; Mary Kay Daniel Hurd, Atlantic Beach, FL; Peggy Blackburn Schultz, Blairsville, GA; Mary Letha Fullerton Clark and Joe DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL.
Back Row Standing L to R: Morris Busbia, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Bill Boss, Boynton Beach, FL; James Harrell, Stuart, FL; Ethel Wimberly Leverock; Jim Hernandez, The Villages, FL; Vann Burney; Jim Couch; Mickey Dechman, Thomasville, GA; Richard Craig, Tampa, FL; Buddy Ray Turner; Martha Wilder, Thomasville, GA; Bill Thompson; Tony Fekany; Jim Daniel, Elkton, FL; Gene Manning, Houston, TX; Nancy Wainwright Posner, Social Circle, GA and Fred Fulkerson.
Our 19 out-of-town guests have their addresses listed by their name.
Attending our reunion, but missing the class photo were Classmates Michael Lissner and Deanna Moss Lissner.
In Memoriam o
James Edward Harrell, M.D.
1956 Landonian Photo
2018 Obituary Photo
2018 Obituary Photo
His obituary can be found on Page B-7 in the May 20, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:
--- James Harrell's Military Service to his Country ---
Capt. James Harrell, Medical Doctor, 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi Province, Vietnam, 1967
Photo of Harrell holding a bottle as he emerged from a Viet Cong Tunnel in Cu Chi Province,
1956 Landonian Photo 2018 Obituary Photo
Her Death Notice can be found in the Metro Section of the August 8, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida
Sharon Elise Cooke
1956 Landonian Photo
Thomas J. "Tom" Muhlbauer"
1956 Landonian Photo
2018 Obituary Photo
2018 Obituary Photo
His obituary was found in the January 5, 2018 Edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas:
Tom Muhlbauer - Obituary
1937 - 2017 Tom Muhlbauer, 80, of Beaumont, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. He was born on September 20, 1937, in Niagara Falls, New York, to Irene Morgan and Milton Paul Muhlbauer. Tom was a United States Marine Corps veteran, and retired as a sales representative from Procter & Gamble after thirty years of employment. He is survived by his sons, Kemp Muhlbauer, of Houston and Thomas Joseph Muhlbauer, Jr. and his wife, Shanna, of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Matthew Muhlbauer, Will Muhlbauer, and Emily Muhlbauer; siblings, Paul Muhlbauer, Joy Campbell, Michael Muhlbauer, Larry Muhlbauer, and Lynn Lokken. Tom is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Joel and Jerry Muhlbauer. Tom was an avid sportsman, always committing 110% to hunting, fishing, and playing golf. But where his time and talents really benefited others was his commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. When Kemp joined Boy Scout Troop 85 in 1980, Tom began what would turn out to be a long history of leadership and support of Troop 85 and Scouting on a local level. Tom served Troop 85 as a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Committee Chairman. He served the local Boy Scout council as a District Commissioner. Tom was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, whose Indian name translates to "cheerful, wise man". He was the recipient of the Order of the Arrow Founders Award, the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a volunteer can receive on the local level. Tom was Wood Badge trained and he accompanied his sons Kemp and Thomas on two treks at Philmont Scout Ranch, not to mention providing leadership at many summer and winter camps. Tom gave his heart and soul to Scouting and to the many boys who learned so much from his wisdom and leadership, including his sons, both of whom earned the Eagle Scout rank. Tom was fun to be around and the boys and adults with whom he worked in Scouting have many great stories that will be told and retold for generations to come. The Scout Vesper Softly falls the light of day, as our campfire fades away. Silently each Scout should ask, "Have I done my daily task"? Have I kept my honor bright, can I guiltless sleep tonight? Have I done and have I dared, everything to be prepared? A gathering of Mr. Muhlbauer's family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Broussard's, Beaumont. A family committal will be held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. Memorial and in-lieu-of-flowers donations may be made to the Hazel and Floyd Mack Scout Foundation, Inc., 1355 Stacewood Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77706, to provide camping scholarships to Scouts. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
1956 Landonian Photo
Her Death Notice was found in the December 20, 2015 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:
VINSON - Eleanor L. Vinson 77 of Jacksonville DOB 7/15/1938 DOD 12/18/2015. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Arlington Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. 904-724-6384.
John A. "Jack" Gillrup
1956 Landonian Photo 2018 Obituary Photo
His Death Notice was found on Page B-5 in the Metro Section of the December 4, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:
This event is held on the second
Wednesday of every month. The new location is the Cracker Barrel
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