Port Arthur, Texas


While searching I came across a number of photos of old PA in a foldout.  The guy wanted  $200 for the entire foldout, I would buy it if he was within reason.  Instead I just grabbed a few that interests me.  These are the ones I picked, edited for size and content.  Note the capacity listed for Gulf, in gallons.  Today the measurement is in hundreds of thousands of 55 gallon barrels.  Also there was this neat history of PA.  After we view them here for awhile, I will find somewhere to post them on the page.   Enjoy. 




Port Arthur is a city in Jefferson County within the Beaumont–Port Arthur metropolitan area of the U.S. state of Texas. A small, uninhabited portion extends into Orange County. It is 90 mi (140 km) east of Houston. The largest oil refinery in the United States is located in Port Arthur.

The population of Port Arthur was 53,818 at the 2010 census,[4] down from 57,755 at the 2000 census. Early attempts at settlements in the area had all failed. However, in 1895, Arthur Stilwell founded Port Arthur, and the town quickly grew. Port Arthur was incorporated as a city in 1898 and soon developed into a seaport. It eventually became the center of a large oil refinery network.  The Rainbow Bridge across the Neches River connects Port Arthur to Bridge City.
Aurora was an early settlement attempt near the mouth of Taylor Bayou on Sabine Lake, about 14 miles (23 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide. It is a saltwater estuary formed by the confluence of the Neches and Sabine Rivers. Through its tidal outlet, 5-mile-long (8 km) Sabine Pass, Sabine Lake drains some 50,000 sq mi (100,000 km2) of Texas and Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico.
The town was conceived in 1837, and in 1840 promoters led by Almanzon Huston were offering town lots for sale. Some were sold, but Huston's project failed to attract many settlers. The area next was known as "Sparks", after John Sparks, who moved his family to the shores of Sabine Lake near the site of Aurora. The Eastern Texas Railroad, completed between Sabine Pass and Beaumont, Texas, passed 4 miles (6 km) west of Sparks. However, the American Civil War soon began, and rail lines were removed. In 1886, a destructive hurricane hit the coast, causing the remaining residents to dismantle their homes and move to Beaumont.  By 1895, Aurora had become a ghost town.
Arthur Stilwell led the resettling of the area as part of his planned city of Port Arthur. Pleasure Island now separates the city from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The 18.5-mile (29.8 km) man-made island was created between 1899 and 1908 by the Corps of Engineers to support development of the port.
Arthur Stilwell founded the Port Arthur Channel and Dock Company to manage the port facilities. The port officially opened with the arrival of the British steamer Saint Oswald in 1899. (The ship later sank in 1915, after colliding with the French battleship Suffren during World War I.)
When oil was discovered in the region, Port Arthur developed for a time as the center of the largest oil refinery network in the world.
Nearby towns : 
Beaumont (county seat)
Bevil Oaks
Port Arthur (small part in Orange County)
Port Neches
Taylor Landing
Census-designated places
Central Gardens
Unincorporated areas
Beauxart Gardens





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75th Birthday Celebration - April 27, 2019

Hurricane Harvey Experiences ..... Page 1    Page 2   A blow by blow report of what happened to some here
Class Roster List     70th Birthday Bash    Bulletins/News Alphabetical listing, city, state, and email of known classmates

"A"    "B"    "C"    "D-E"   "F-G"  "H-I"   "J-K"   "L"   "M"  

"NOPQR"   "S"   "TUV"   "WYZ"

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Clippings, comments of classmates and teachers gone but not forgotten


***Reunion 2017 ->  Final Before Reunion    

FriNite Pg.1   FriNite Pg2.  GW Special Page   

Museum   Sartins Lunch   AnitasPhotos  

SaturdayNite1  SaturdayNite2  

Yes, hard to believe but Reunion 55 came and went so fast, 

like high school.

Tribute to Coach Pete Pense   Special Page dedicated to TJ Coach Pense

Charlotte Rothman's Special Page   

Charlotte Rothman Metreyeon shares some special memories

US Military Members of the Class of 62   Special USMC Photos, comments, interesting stories of our Classmates in Arms
For Red Hussars   TJ YaYa    Special Red Hussars information - Hussar scans...YaYa Party
Rock & Roll             Back In Time    Back by popular demand of one Mr. JK Petteway...
New "Old" Pictures  - Scraps of Memories    Some old, real old, pictures and clippings

Classmates in the News  Classmates Pics   Pt Neches Fire-2019 

News of interest and pics sent in about classmates

People Places-Old PA   P1   - P2 - P3    Scans of People/Places from my local Barber Shop of Old PA
Old PA   Page1  Page2  Page3  Page4   Page5 (Done)  Yes even more Old PA Pics of PA, People, Singers, Events ...
Cute and Funny Pictures   Cute and Funny Poems   New Pictures of "old" classmates  ... Inspiring Poems...
School Pictures - Tyrrell -  Sam Houston  Other Schools   School Group Pictures with most of the names
Ronnie's Adventures  Information and pictures of classmate Ronnie Thompson
Kent Foster Foundation  (His site is apparently gone. Go to Memorials) Great montage of pics at the start.  Tribute to our old friend.
Still Revvin'@67 -  Final Photos     It was nice -  Saturday May 21, 2011 -.
"Mix@66"   "First Pics"    Another great get together for classmates to meet once again
"Jive @ 65" - Linda's - Pompano - Lews Pics - Emails/Comments A nice setting, good conversation, good friends meet again...
Lucille's Page   Hanna's Pictures Comments and pics from the Class.

Reunion 2012

Friday 1 - Friday 2  - Friday 3 - Sat Night 1 - Sat Night 2  

Lew's Friday Pics   - Lew's Sat Pics  - Paul's Portraits 

Group Pictures - Museum/Lunch  -  Quinn's Gems - Bob Salter  

GW's Reunion Page - Golf Sat - Hanna/Sam--> Pg One  Pg Two  

If you see wrong names, please let us know.

If you want a comment under a certain photo, let us know. 

A group photo of the Hussars was taken.  We need a copy of that photo for our group page.  Contact me if you know who took it.

Gretchen's Memories - Miscellaneous Reunion Info   Gretchen's great story of old PA -  See who came to the Reunion
A Treat From Sue ..  More From Sue   Get your 50's gear ready
Golden Reunion 50 -   Website Contributors  "O What A Night" All prior Information and Updates can be found here. . Golf too
Youtube Videos --> Hussars - Military - Mix66 - Underwood Videos made by Wayne Quinn at Reunion, Fox Sports

Reunion 2007


Meeting information - Registration, Schedule, & Questionnaire 

Reunion 2007    - Your input 

Comments, quotes, testimonials, critiques, and some thanks 

Pictures Friday Night - Page1   Page2  Page3  Page4   Friday Night at Esther's, nearly to the end of these (name corrections?)
Pictures - Golf Pictures from the Island - real golfers

Pictures - Saturday Social - Page1  Page2  Page3  

Pictures of Saturday Social at Sanderson's, nearly all of these posted
Pictures - Saturday Night - Page1  Page2  Page3  Page4  Page5   Saturday Night at Park Central - Should all be in 
Hanna and Sam's Pictures      A big batch of pictures of the Reunion here - All legible are done
Reunion 2007 - Attendees Who attended the Reunion, sent in Questionnaires, and played Golf 

 Reunion 2002 

Reunion 2002 News Information, news, and pics leading up to 02 Reunion
Reunion 2002 Friday Night Welcome Friday Night Welcome at Rodney Landry's Cajun Restaurant
Reunion 2002 Saturday Social Saturday Afternoon Social at Andrews
Reunion 2002 Saturday Night Saturday Night Dinner and Dance at Andrews
Reunion 2002 Sunday Brunch Sunday Brunch and final goodbys at Linda's home
Reunion 2002 Comments Comments and information about the 2002 Reunion
Reunion 1997 Pictures from our 35th Reunion
Reunion 1972 A Group Picture in 1972
Mini Reunions at Larry's French Market-  2006  2007   A good crowd for TJ, PNG, and SFA grads - a few pics of our guys.  See both years here
TJ61 and BB61 Reunion Party-April 5, 2003 Our pics of a big party that involved several classes


Phillip Pampolina

website ---


Marty Fleckman

Spook Laird has a new business.

310 Silver Creek Run

Lawrenceville, GA 30044-4800 

(770) 279-9626

Here is a great article on GW in
the latest Texas Monthly Magazine. 

View a copy of it here ...
In addition there is a great
listing of his career on the movie
data base website, it's at
and it has a wealth of information,
listing everything he has been in.
Classmate Gracey Potter Weisbrod has
her own website featuring her immense
gallery.  Check it out at

---Links ---

Final Ragin Cajun ...
TJ/BBS 60 yr old Birthday Party - 2003 (All we have is what I posted)
Red Hussars Alumni Association
Thomas Jefferson Class of 57
Thomas Jefferson Class of 58
Thomas Jefferson Class of 59
Thomas Jefferson Class of 60
Thomas Jefferson Class of 61
Thomas Jefferson Class of 63    (Apparently Done In)
Thomas Jefferson Class of 64
Thomas Jefferson Class of 65
Thomas Jefferson Class of 66 (Won't Be Back)
Thomas Jefferson Class of 67
Thomas Jefferson Class of 68
Thomas Jefferson Memories Page
Pictures from Final Homecoming
Thorup...meandering through life!
Bishop Byrne High School

From the PA News 11/13/08 - "Community Scoop" 


Class of  1938 had fun

Dorothy Chevis Henry shared a report of the “70th and final” class reunion of the Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1938 at the Pompano Club.

“On that special day, nine of the original 296 classmates met for a reunion luncheon.  With heads held high, smiling faces, outstretched hands and many hugs and kisses, each graduate was presented with a beautiful name badge, made by fellow classmate Wallace Verrett,” Henry said.

“Everyone had stories to tell.  There was much laughter and some tears too, when they recalled the 23 T.J. graduates who never returned from World War II.  As the reunion was coming to a close, J.E. Harrell and Margaret Parrish Elison, committee members, led the group in singing the school song, ‘The Old Maroon and Gold.’  Some remembered the class motto, ‘Not finished, Just Begun,’” Henry said.