These two photos were
purchased by classmate Miles Wofford after he saw them at Leo's restaurant
during our 50th reunion.
If you want copies of these or other photos
that Miles has, contact him at
has photos of several older Teams, SEE BELOW.
"I was able to go back to
Leo’s soon after our reunion and obtain from the owner all but two
of the district football pictures that were hanging on the walls --
the owner had unintentionally acquired the pictures when he
purchased several items
the auction of
Ashley’s Restaurant in 'Five Points' on Montana when it closed --
his buy included a large dough mixer which was on a closed cardboard
box with a
pallet underneath so it could be moved, and upon opening the box, he saw the
All District Winners football pictures.
There was a tradition, each year
Ashley's restaurant treated the
winning district football team to a big Mexican dinner,
picture was taken for posterity and
on the dining room walls with preceding years' photos of winners.
This custom was discontinued after 1954 when
Ashley’s moved their restaurant way out on
Montana, several miles before the Border Town Drive-in,
which some of you will probably remember.
cardboard box underneath the dough mixer contained photos of the All District Winners from 1937
to 1954, and two Austin yearbooks for 1962 and 1963.
Leo's owner had the
items in storage
for years, and when he heard we would be having lunch at his restaurant for the
50th reunion, he brought in a few photos for us to see
and maybe purchase, he thought the football players in our group would
especially be interested, but although there was interest in looking
at the photos, none were purchased.
After our reunion lunch at Leo's I purchased the 1952 and 1954 photos for $20.00, and
later was able to obtain the remaining photos and the two yearbooks
Leo's owner asked that I
distribute the photos by email to anyone who's interested, as part of the low price
he gave me. Most photos are in
frames with glass covers and in good shape, but a few unframed
photos' names are hard to read.
There are 15 photos in total, the earliest year 1937 and latest
1954, with two
missing, 1942 and 1949. The
size I'll email to whoever's interested is 8˝ x 11.
are all marked with the players' and coaches' names and other information.
Seven photos are Austin '54, '52, '50, '48, '47, '44 and '37;
there are four Ysleta photos for years '51,
'46, '43, and '41; three El Paso High photos for years '45, '40 and
'39, and one Bowie High photo for year 1953. What is unique is that these
have never been in circulation -- the players may remember that a picture
was taken, but unless they went back to Ashley’s restaurant and
dined in the
room where the photos were displayed, they never
even saw the picture.
I plan eventually to give the originals to the Museum in El Paso for high school
athletics, I understand there is such a place.
Anyone who wants one or more
of the photos emailed to them, let me know, and you can print out hard
copies if you want to. The large view photos here on the
website can be printed out directly from the web page, just be sure to
use good quality photo paper.
I can also have copies made of the original larger
photo images in 11x14, and will postal mail for the actual
costs involved." Miles:
Click on any Panther Year for Large View...