LaCasa School, Harmon County, Oklahoma
Coaly Orchard

***In Memoriam our J W "JAY" COALY 1927 - 2002 and other Buffalos.. .... the Poem, Obit and The Dash


2007 LaCasa Alumni Reunion 2007 "Buffalo Stampede"

Honoring the Classes of 1937 -1947 - 1957 when doors closed!
Over 50 attended the MIXER on Friday, April 6, 2007
Over 110 attended the LUNCH on Saturday, April 7, 2007
A wonderful time of seeing friends and family from LaCasa!
SEE 2007 PHOTOS HERE.....2007 Photo Page

2006 LaCasa Alumni Reunion 2006

Harmon County Historical Museum
Mixer on Friday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Joe Bailey Metcalf Cafeteria
Coffee and Orange Juice 10:30 am
Lunch on Saturday 11:30 - 1:30 pm

.....NEW.....A LINK TO 2007 PHOTO PAGE

Luncheon attended by 40 Buffaloes! Beautiful Easter Decorations, wonderful
food and excellent entertainment!
Your Host and Hostess are the local Harmon County Alumni members,
working together to Show you All a Good Time!

Thank You All!
Honoring the Classes of 1936 1946 1956


J W Barefoot and Bob Garton, remembering!


The Coaly Family hosted the 2005 LaCasa School Reunion!
50 attended
Please, send your addresses, comments, suggestions to :

Delbert and Jeanette Coaly
RR2, Box 277
Hollis, OK 73550

"Back to the '50's"
The Coaly Family hosted the 2004 LaCasa School Reunion!
60 attended
Please, send your addresses, comments, suggestions to :

Harold and Joyce Coaly Jackson
8241 East 32nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74145-1402

"LaCasa Girls Basketball Team
Jr Champions 1946"

Mr G Clemmons, Coach
Top Left to Right...Cloma Faye Dennis, Irene Mangis, Doris Johnson, Fannie Jean Kurkendall, Dottie Sue Nelson, Betty Beth Coaly, Wanda Beth Richardson
Bottom Row...Doris Darnell, Paula Beth Bible, Coleen Bevins, Patsy Louise Dearing, Joyce Irene Coaly, Bernice Lewis

property of Betty Beth Coaly Donated Oct 2003

"LaCasa Class of 1947"

Back Row: Wilmadean Johnson, Bill J Wilkinson, Wendel Richardson, Ruth Gregory and Juanabell Trammell

Front Row: Garland Clemmons, Mr Owens, Mr Ewing and Mr Lewis, LaCasa School Superintendent

PHOTO property of Betty Beth Coaly Donated Oct 2003

"LaCasa School Play"

J W Barefoot and Hurl Prock

Property of Betty Beth LandersDonated Oct 2003

Don Cary at LaCasa Monument Dedication July 6, 2002

Cecil Cummins and J E Payne July 6, 2002

"keeping the memories alive"

by Donna Walkup Cary July 6, 2002
July 6, 2002

Rain, Rain, Sweet Rain on Saturday did not deter the crowd of about 50 people who gathered for
the LaCasa Monument Dedication.
The Monument was ready to be unveiled largely thru the efforts of Mary Beth Williams who had asked the question
"Why doesn't LaCasa School have a Monument?"
and (at times) lived to regret it! She and her committee, Dottie Prock, Wanda Carry, Don Cary and others worked with the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma Dept of Transportation, the LaCasa School Alumni and managed to complete this project in a little over one year!
Excellent Job! Thanks, Mary Beth!


Hosted by the CARY FAMILY and Honoring the Class of '53

PERFECT ATTENDANCE...All of the Class of 1953 were in attendance....including sponsors....
FOR the 2003 LaCasa Reunion


Superintendent of Schools and Class Sponsor MR. BOB COPELAND
and Principal MR. BOB NAYLOR

The Western Theme was a big hit! Don Cary wore the biggest HAT!
All the little Cowboys and Cowgirls had a great time!
On Friday from 4 pm on the crowd gathered at the PSO Room next to Pioneer Telephone for cookies and conversation. The room was full and noisy with laughter, hugs and TALL TALES!
On Saturday morning the crowd gathered again at the Elementary School Cafeteria,
for lunch prepared and served by our own local LaCasa Cowboy, Kent Rollins~Cowboy Cook!
The tables were decorated with beautiful Cowboy items and we even had a saddle or two in the room.
Kent took time to tell a few tales after a huge meal of Bar-B-Q Beef, beans, potatoe salad, peach cobbler, fresh hot rolls and Camp Coffee!
We hurt when we laughed! No senior portions served here!

Don Cary, our MC, "Welcomed" the LaCasa Students back to Hollis!
Ralph Lewis and Grant Bible offered our prayers of thankfulness for the fellowship, food and friends!
Lucille Bible left the room and in came "Minnie Pearl" to tell us all about the "goin's on's" in Grinder Switch!
Wanda Cary led us in the School Song!
Harlon Cary read the list of names of the ones we have lost over the past year, eleven people were on that list.
They will be missed!

An invitation was made to visit the Harmon County Historical Museum where items from the LaCasa School are housed. Inetha Rollins donated her LaCasa School letter jacket to the Museum to hang beside the yellow girls basketball uniform that many of the girls remembered wearing!
Wow! It is short!

Everyone had a wonderful time, there were several who had not attended for a while
and several who were not able to attend this year!
LaCasa Reunion 2004 - 2005 years will be hosted by the Coaly Family.....their theme...."THE 50's" so get out your blue suede shoes and your poodle skirts! And let us know the names and addresses of the people you would most like to see attend! We will contact them!

Thanks again to the CARY FAMILY, for the western decorations, the programs, the excellent food and for gathering so many people to visit with, share photos and catch up on the News!
This was a beautiful day in Hollis for the 2003 LaCasa Reunion!

Mary Beth Williams and Bob Copeland April 18, 2003

Don Cary greeted the guests, and while having Coffee and Donuts, reminded us of the 3l 1/2 year history of the LaCasa school, from 1925 to 1957 and introduced one of the former Superintendents, Mr Bob Copeland!

Bob Copeland shared SOME of his LaCasa memories with the group! When he became Superintendent.... his duties also included being a full time Teacher, Counselor, Custodian, Cafeteria Manager, Payroll and School Board Clerk, drama and sports Coach and FRIEND to all! Any one of these duties would have overwhelmed a lesser MAN! He did them all, WELL! When Mr Copeland begain service at LaCasa there were only 6 teachers for 12 grades and a budget of $21,000. The school was heated with a Pot Bellied wood burning stove and the teachers lounge was the stroll up the field to boys outhouse! It was not easy... but LaCasa is where God placed him and he feels strongly that this was the job he was "Suppose to Be" doing!

Mr Copeland's theory was a school... UNDER GOD... based on strong moral values. Something hard to come by these days!
But, I did overhear talk about recalling when the boys "liberated some watermelons"!

Mr Copeland AKA "Arron Slick from Pumpkin' Crick" also remembered fondly some of the many nicknames of the LaCasa School students, the longest "Sally Magusalama Ibblestein"! Some of these nicknames are their names to this day, such as Mr Cain's son SAP and Cotton and Bibbles. Some some are just memories.... There were Fats, Runt, Spur, Toddy, Popeye, Fuzzy, Doodlebug and Beatle Bug, Catfish, Duce, and don't forget the brothers Cowboy and Calfboy!

Many remembered the schools rock fence being covered with food on special days! And the parents and friends that brought and shared it!

In all, a good a crowd for only having had about 275 gradudates in all the years of service of the LaCasa School!
All of those students have made quite a ripple...... you might even call it a Wave!

Oh Yes! The songs were led by a new generation of CARY's and I noticed a great improvement since the Reunion,
could we have been practicing singing the LaCasa songs?
Saturday, July 6, 2002
Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma


The LaCasa Monument Dedication will be held
Saturday, July 6, 2002
10:00 A. M.
at the monument site
located 3 miles east of Hollis on Highway 62

This site location is next to the old silver barn see photo below, 5 miles north of the LaCasa School location. The Monument will be similar to the site that Ron School has constructed north of Hollis on Highway 30. The dedication will include a group of "descendants" singing two LaCasa songs and speeches by
Mary Beth Williams, Chairperson of the Monument Committee and
Bob Copeland, past principal and superintendent of LaCasa.
The program should last about 30 minutes.

The PSO Building, now the Pioneer Telephone Co office, on main street in Hollis will be open from 8:00 am till noon with coffee and donuts. Come by before and after the dedication ceremony.

This is a once in a lifetime occasion to help honor a wonderful school, to remember the good times and what LaCasa means to so many families. Our thanks go out to the Monument Committee Chairman and the other committee members
Dottie Prock and Wanda Beth Cary.
See you there!
information submitted by Don and Donna Cary Jun 17, 2002

Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma
July 6, 2002

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Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma
June 15, 2002

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The 71st LaCasa School Reunion
"A Great Success"
There were over 40 students in attendance at the 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Mixer on Friday evening March 29, 2002! Everyone was talking at once! In the background the LaCasa School Video was playing and you could hear the squeals when someone was recognized. The Cary family provided cookie, coffee and tea!

By 10:00 am on Saturday morning the Cafeteria was busy! The patriotic decorations were inspiring, the RED,WHITE & BLUE flags flying, with flowers and sparkles galore! They remind us of how proud we are of this wonderful Country, USA forever!

There were about 85 guests for Lunch around the Red River Ranch....Chuck Wagon! We had warm... home ( a wagon) cooked biscuits, ham or beef, slow cooked brown beans and potatoe salad..... and a luscious peach cobbler that would take anyone off their diet! Kent Rollins not only cooked a wonderful meal he gave a hilarious presentation of Cowboy Poetry that left us laughing and crying!

Our Host Don Cary introduced the group of Cary's that worked so hard to see that we all had a wonderful time! Don's eloquent voice would hold anyones attention as we saw on the LaCasa Videos! A Reunion this nice is not brought about without the work and cooperation of lots of people!
Thank you Cary's!

Special Guest....Lee Greenwood sang "GOD BLESS THE USA" accompanied by a pretty sad bunch of backup singers! But the spirit was definitely there even if the voices were a little weak! We also sang "LaCasa", the backup singers need a lot more practice on this one!

see words below!
Not recommended for viewer born after 1942!

Joe Don Gideon won the PRIZE for traveling the most miles to share his smile! He came over 400 miles from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Remember to Contact Donna Cary with your address changes! The Cary Family will also Host the 2003 Reunion.... but, be thinking about YOUR contribution for 2004 & 2005 events!
See you next year!

LA CASA SCHOOL began with the consolidation of Mesquite, Bearden and Star Valley in 1925. And closed 1957 with student transfers to Hollis High School. The first graduation was in the spring of 1928 with one graduate, student Pearl Walkup!

Many of the LaCasa School students including the Coaly Kids can be seen on the fantastic Videos by

See the students of LaCasa Schools on 3 videos. They did an outstanding job and we have spent hours looking at the films! Hope you will get your copies! Delbert remembers fondly his days at LaCasa School, his Daddy James Elbert "Ebb" Coaly would bring homeOrange Slices candy and he loved eating his Mothers wonderful cream pies!

WE WILL LIST ALL CLASS MEMBERS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A LA CASA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE! Just send us your name and class year! We will tell your stories and remembrances on these pages.
Also, tell us if you want your E-Mail address listed! Send PICS, too!
.....Our LaCasa Students and Friends ONLINE E-Mail Address
NEW Lorraine may also be reached at the Harmon County Historical Museum HCHM
Lorraine Hatcher Almsted....
NEW Peggy Tramell Hawkins....
NEW Mar 27,2006 Joann McEndree....
NEW May 27,2004 Nancy Barefoot....
. 1955 Bonnie CRABB NEW....
1942 Don MITCHELL wife Fae ......
1948 Hurl PROCK and wife Betty
. Herman PROCK wife Dottie....
. Herbert Eugene PROCK wife Audra ......
1958 & 1957 Thanya PROCK Clyde KIRBY ......
. Grant BIBLE and wife
1950 Russ ROLLINS....
1953 Nolin CUMMINS....
1953 Mickey husband Gale CASWELL ......
1958 Winnona DAVIDSON Farmer husband Billy ......
1952 Earl NELSON and wife Mary
1952 Earlene NELSON Stegall and husband Ed........
Rose Mary HASKINS Hollis and husband Neil...
Rose Mary's Web Site and Bio with Pic'sFOURTH CROSS MINISTRY
Delbert COALY and wife
Delbert's Web SiteCOALY ORCHARD
1958 Don

Delbert is always telling me about the wonderful GIRLS OF LA CASA!
Winnona Davidson Farmer E-mailed to verify that he LOVED the girls!
Earl and Mary Lou Nelson, Duncan, Oklahoma sent me this
" evidence" photo! Delbert could name all the GIRLS, can you? jpc


LaCasa School Graduates
school located south of Hollis

Honorary 1958
(1958 continued)19571956
Donnie Hugh Coaly
Barbara Cary
Don Cary
L B Cummins
Peggy Cummins

Winnona Davidson
Vivian Gregory
Rita McEndree
Thanya Prock
James Sanders
Glenna Sexton
Donna Walkup

(Delberts Class)
Glen Dale Cain
Clyde Kirby
Gaye Trammell
Jessie Watson

Glenn Dennis
Joann Lewis
Wilva Masters
Jerry Trammell

Fred Cary
Bonnie Crabb
James Davidson
Wayne Hatcher
Dale McEndree
J E Payne
Gransville Williams

Bobby Joe Garton
Learldeen Trammell
Bennie Ray Watson

Nolan Cummins
Shirley Lewis
Glenneth McGee
Inetha Rollins
Mickey Trammell
Peggy Trammell
June Watson

Mary Burch
Ola Dean Cummins
Imogene Hatcher
Earl Nelson
Earlene Nelson
Eugene Prock
Joyce Watson

Bertha Brady
Donald Cummins
Edward Mills
Dottie Sue Nelson

Paula Beth Bible
Buddy Cummins
Garland Cummins
Patsy Dearing
Cloma Dennis
Irene Mangis Merideth
Russell Rollins
Jimmie Trammell

Harlan Cary
Kenneth Grimes
Joyce Faye Martin
William Mills
Darrell Payne
Wanda Beth Richardson
Elree Wilkinson
Darrell Williams

Douglas Burns
Edmond Fennell
Mary Edith Gregory
Hurl Prock
Bettye Trammell
Dorothy Trammell
Dorothy Treaway
James Walkup

J W Barefoot
Mary Jo Dennis
Lilliam Fennell
Bobbye Johnson

Willadeen Johnson
Ruth Gregory Mayhugh
Wendell Richardson
Juana Belle Trammell
Billye Jean Wilkinson

Billy Gene Emerson
Ruth Coaly
Eldon McCutcheon
Monte Ray Moore
G W Robinson
May Walkup
Andrew Williams

Fern Ashurst
Max Ball
Rex Ball
Darrell Cummins
Margie Davidson
Julia Jones
Belton Kuykendall
Anna Beth Morrow
Betty Jo Nelson

194319421941 1941 Continued
Bobbie Carter
Reva Crabb
Coy Dennis
Joe Bill Gideon
Northenia Martin
Kenneth McGee
Bill Nelson
Wynnogen McCubbin Roberts
Dorma Williams

Grant Bible
Lucille Cary
Miralda Moore Crabb
Inez Cummins
Junior Gideon
Raymond Ginn
Reba Lewis
Geraldine McCubbin
Don Mitchell
Marvin Williams

Earlene Carter
Leland Crabb
Margaret Claiborne
Charles Dennis
Harlon Ginn
Tomie Lee Johnson
Dortha Merida
C L Morris
L G Nelson, Jr

Edith Osborn
Everett Osborn
Neoma Pringle
Ernest Rollins
Ernestine Rollins
Ila Ray Sanders
Hubert Seright
George Staton
J L Trammell
Hoyt Walkup

19401940 continued 19391938
Auvanelle Bartlett
Jewell Faye Cary
Alton Collier
T J Cummins
Dortha Dennis
Georgia Ellis
Oneta Garvin
Leskel Goodman
Gurney Jones
Travis McGee

Charles Mitchell
Arlene Moore
Billye Nell Mott
Gale Pringle
Una Rippetoe
Audrey Rollins
Johnnie Bob Rollins
Mary Jane Trammell
Frankie Lee Walden
Florence Williams

Glen Ball
Romie Bartlett
Earl Cansler
Clyde Cary
Cecil Cummins
Faye Davidson
Edward Emerson
Roy Hassell
Hazel McCarley
Orville McCubbin
Mary Mitchell
Ellen White
Mary White

Leroy Bridge
Nancy Brisco
Joyce Ginn
Dan Goad
Juanita Merida
O V Pringle
Robert Renfro
Omega Trammell
Syble Walden

Andrew Cummins
Clyde Cummins
Eugene Cummins
McCully Frazier
Madeline Goodman
Denzil Graves
William Gregory
Margaret Johnson
Wanda Johnson
Rubye Morris
Gerald Seright
Virginia Staton
Lois Renfro
Aleen Trammell
Ray Walkup

Clarence Crumb
Clifford Crumb
Naomi Cummins
Young Darnell
Faye Doyel
Elam Gregory
Mary Hudspeth
Jewel Johnson
Blair McGee
Harry Merida
Carmen Moore
Pauline Mott
Margress Nelson
Minnie Ola Pringle
Syble Rippetoe
Opal D Seright
James Trammell
Wacel Trammell
Bertha Wright

Johnnie Cansler
Marvelle Cary
Alton Crabb
A B Cummins
Walter Cummins
Ramond Davidson
Virtie Doyel
W O Garvin
Hugh Ginn
Cloyce Goodman
Nadine Goodman
Clarence Hassell
Bobbie Lou Morris
Madeline Morris
Hubert Pringle
Iolene Walden

Cecil Cary
Roy Cary
Dortha Dean
Wynnogene Hudspeth
Dale Lewis
Nona Lewis
Albert Lee Mott
Ila Faye Nelson
Earthel Patterson
Louise Staton
Grace Trammell
Mildred Trammell
Johnnie Walkup
Velma Williams

J L Doyle
Anna Bell Ginn
Farce Gregory
Reba Gregory
Blant McGee
Lois Merida
Ruby Nelson
Flossie Patterson
Clifton Price
Mina Rollins
Myrtle Seright
Gladys Trammell
Lydia Whitman

Clifford Crabb
Lois Dean
Vera Felder
Buel Garvin
India Garvin
Etta Ginn
Clenie Gregory
Truitt Jennings
Dillon Johnson
Pauline Johnson
Nancy Lee Johnston
Lorene Mott
Cloyce Nelson
Denzil Nelson
Leo Reding
Lowell Rollins
Mildred Rollins
Edward Walden
Mildred Waldrip

Alonzo Cummins
Ruby Cummins
Jessie Dean
Marvin Doyel
Alvis Jennings
Clifford Jennings
Everett Jennings
Samantha Kennmore
Ida Lee Rollins
Alice Staton
Francis Staton
Harlon Trammell

Jessie Ginn
Arrena Johnston
Madeline Mangis
Wayne Nelson
Ralph Patterson
Harlon Rollins

Joe Latimer
Elizabeth MGee
Mary Mott
Ola Nelson
Aileen Vaughan
1st Graduate


LaCasa, LaCasa, Yes we're for LaCasa!
Nothing like LaCasa. Rah! Rah!
Workers! Boosters! Sophs and Freshmen
Oh, Yes!
We are always ready, ever at our best!

Juniors, Seniors, Oh we're hard to beat!
And we haven't any use for those who retreat!
Watch us! Catch us! See if you can match us!
Make us, break us, shake us! We know no defeat!

Hoorah! Rah! Rah! Please excuse our dust!
For we are so peppy that we feel you must!
Oh LaCasa, LaCasa, Yes, we're for LaCasa!

...Welcoming Committee....
on the road to Coaly Orchard
9 mi N of Hollis, Harmon Co, OK!...

I can still remember the taste of fresh churned butter and homemade bread!

The 7 Coaly Kids: Mamie Ruth COALY left school to go to California, was married and returned to finish school with the class of 1945. J W Coaly left school to join the Army and Rheaford Coaly left to join the Navy 1950-1954. Betty Beth Coaly moved in with Ruth in California and graduated in Lancaster, Ca. Joyce Coaly married Harold Jackson of Hollis, at a young age, finished college and was a teacher in Broken Arrow, OK until retirement 1998. Donnie graduated at Hollis High School 1958. Delbert left LaCasa in 11th grade and took his GED IN Arizona.

Photo contributed by Delbert Coaly, 2nd from the left, middle row

Photo contributed by Joyce Coaly Jackson, 4th from the left, front row

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