Occasionally, Brewer alumni will put together multiple year reunions. For instance, in 2005 the classes of 1979, 1980 and 1981 met at Joe T. Garcia's for a wonderful night of remembrance and renewing friendships. What if classes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s could all get together for a reunion? If there was a venue large enough, it would be a wonderful gathering. But, sadly not everyone would be able to attend. But, what if there was a place on the Internet where Brewer alumni and those who have lived in White Settlement could come together and share precious memories?
Ironically, it took a Brewer alumnus thousands of miles away to actually create such a place. Wayne Grissom (class of '84), who lives in England said, "I was homesick and surfing the Internet late one night. I started looking for landmarks related to White Settlement and found very few. That concerned me and I decided to start a page dedicated to White Settlement landmarks". Wayne is no stranger to historical buildings as he now lives several miles south of the Scottish border in England. He is a Christian missionary and pastor of the Penrith Baptist Church in Penrith, England.
As a result of his trip down Memory Lane, Wayne established the Facebook "Memories of White Settlement, Tx [sic] Landmarks" page. He recalled, "I was amazed he at how quickly the page began gaining friends. Within just a few hours of establishing the Facebook page people began accessing it and posting their favorite memories." Because of his initiative, today you can read about the Silver Wheel skating rink, hand grenade factory, swimming holes, Cherry Lane Drive-in Theater and gravel streets. A person can encounter people that are old friends as well as meeting new friends sharing a common interest in White Settlement history.
Ironically, there were previous attempts to achieve something similar. A decade ago, there at least 4 email newsletters that existed. The classes of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s all had email newsletters that fostered dialogue regarding memories of their respective classes and growing up in White Settlement. These newsletters would go out every few days or weeks with entries from whoever wanted to participate. These precursor newsletters actually looked amazingly like the current Facebook format. People would update their lives, talk about upcoming events, share pictures, etc. In fact, one could lightheartedly build a case for White Settlement alumni getting royalties for inventing the idea for Facebook.
As Wayne Grissom experienced on a homesick night in England, you too will certainly take a trip down Memory Lane on this Facebook page. Thanks to Wayne it will be harder to forget Duke's Donuts, Rickeys, and the Drusy's Cafe. The view you get driving through White Settlement may certainly change over the years. But, the view down Cherry Lane and White Settlement Road can certainly stay intact in a much more tangible way on the Facebook White Settlement memories page.
To access the page, go to www.facebook.com. In the top search window, type in 'Memories of White Settlement'.