A Slice Of Fabens’ Past

Last updated: 02-19-08

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Welcome to Fabens Nostalgia!

I am guessing you found this webpage because you currently live in Fabens, once lived there or now live somewhere close by. Or perhaps you have family and friends with ties to this small West Texas town. Whatever your reason(s) for navigating to this site, welcome!

For those of you wondering, “Why was Fabens Nostalgia created?” I have two answers, really. Here’s the long answer:

I had been mulling for quite some time an idea for putting together a sort of nostalgic tribute to my hometown of Fabens, Texas. Nostalgia as a general theme, no matter for whom or when or where, has always been a strong interest of mine, for that matter. I ran a yearbook exchange website a while back, and even though it no longer exists, I have never lost the interest in wanting to pick up a related website hobby again.

And the short answer?

I missed my 17th year class reunion last year (for various reasons too long to explain here) and I wanted to find a way to make up for it!

What solidified, though, in my mind that creating a site called Fabens Nostalgia would be an interesting idea is that I composed this little list about a year ago. It’s tucked away at my MySpace page, but I’ve always thought it should be out there elsewhere on the internet… After all, I know there are many who can exactly relate!

Additionally, just recently I’ve been exchanging some e-mails with a few Fabens alumni. Some nostalgic musings were shared back and forth – general oddball comments and funny observations about growing up during the 70’s and 80’s. It then occurred to me, why not built a site specifically dedicated to Fabens nostalgia, and not just the for 80’s, but for all decades across the board?

Thus, Fabens Nostalgia was born!

I grew up in Fabens and I would not have changed my upbringing for the world. Sure, there were many moments of boredom due to the lack of big-city amenities, but, without a doubt, I would not be the person I am today if I had not grown up in Fabens.

Now that I live in the sprawling and oftentimes impersonal metropolis of Houston, I realize how much the small things really mattered growing up in Fabens years ago: driving only a few blocks to get to the neighborhood grocery store, being able to rent your VHS movie and pick up your pizza at the same time, going to school dances in the old Connie E. Murray cafeteria, hanging out at Pop’s Better Burger after football games, building floats during homecoming week, heading out in the desert to huddle around bonfires or watch the sunset… and just knowing that people around you were always friendly and laid-back.

I do miss Fabens. Perhaps not the brick and mortar of the community, but rather all the fond memories associated with names and places around town. I also fondly recall what it was like growing up in Fabens before an era dominated by the internet and modern digital gadgetry. We lived a bit isolated back then, don’t you think? (But then again, I guess the same could be said for Anysmalltown, USA, during the decades of past!)

Click here for an explanation of what you can find at this site. You can also contribute material to make it grow. At the moment many parts of Fabens Nostaglia are just bare bones, but I do plan on making frequent updates, so please check back often. You never know what treasures you just might find!

Here’s a little piece of nostalgia to get you started:

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Click on the above thumbnail to see a photograph of Fabens High School circa 1988. As you can see, the current campus wings and additions are just piles of dirt in this picture. And what about the location of Fabens’ present-day Middle School campus? Well, the picture just speaks for itself.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your visit down memory lane.

Mary Olson
FHS Class of 1990

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11 Responses to “A Slice Of Fabens’ Past”


  1. 1 marymina January 31, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Of all the items I am hoping to receive through this site, yearbook covers and class group pictures rank up at the top of my list. (But any and every thing suitable for the site is welcome!!) If you have any old yearbooks, please dust them off and send in an image. Or, if you can locate your old class pictures, I would be interested in hearing from you as well. Here’s more info about these quests!

  2. 2 Anonymous February 4, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Wow, Mary, this is an interesting site. Thanks for setting it up.

  3. 3 Nancy de Anda (formerly Carrasco) February 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Mary,
    This is great! My husband and I both grew up in Fabens and just recently came across some of his, and his brothers, class pictures ranging from headstart all through fifth grade. It would be great to get more people to share pics and memories on your site. I for one would love for some of my classmates to send pics from the Class of 1997, as we never received a yearbook!!!!!!! And perhaps were the only class without one. No one coordinated a class reunion for us last year.
    Anyway, sorry to vent, but rest assure that I will pass this blog info along. I had also come across Fred Olson’s page while searching for info on Fabens a few weeks ago.
    Thanks for putting something like this together and please count on our support.

    Sincerely,
    Nancy de Anda
    FHS Class of ’97
    nancarra@yahoo.com

  4. 4 Dinora Delgado(formerly Salazar) February 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Mary,

    I totally agree with Nancy, this was a great idea. I was kinda upset when we didn’t have a class reunion. My husband graduated the same year as me (1997) and we attended his class reunion (Burges). It was relly awesome, it would have been great to see everyone from our class again, but like Nancy said no one coordinated it. But maybe we can all get on the same page and make a 20 yr reunion. My husbands class mates asked me what our class was doing and I said “nothing”..

    I think this is great, I will be digging up some photos I may have…and send them out to you!

    Awesome Idea!!!

    Dinora Delgado
    FHS Class 1997

  5. 5 marymina February 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks ladies for your support. I truly appreciate the kind comments as well as your help in spreading the word.

  6. 6 Isma February 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    hey,

    Don’t forget class of 1985!!!

    anyone??

  7. 7 1987Grad February 5, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Hello Mary.

    Sorry to say that I haven’t saved many pictures/card/programs etc from my class (1987) but I am glad that you have made this website. I saw you had the old ’87 yearbook, wow that is great! I never bought one back then so it was pretty nice to see the picture posted here.

    Hopefully as many Fabens grads will stop on by. I’d love to see more stuff from 1987.

    I’ll pass this site info on to as many people as possible. I think my uncle might have some yearbook covers from the ’70s.

  8. 8 Collette February 5, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Hey 1987grad, we are complying a list of the Class of 1987! We would love to have some kind of reunion before we all get too old and don’t remember anyones name!

  9. 9 TheDoorMan79 February 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I graduated in 1979 from Fabens HS. 1987grad, does your uncle have any yearbooks from the late 70’s?

    Thanks Mary for coming up with this idea. I hope that you get some good stuff to add here in the coming days and weeks. I think I might have a few pictures of the old FHS building on Camp street. I have to dig into some old photobooks, but if I find anything interesting I will let you know.

    Thanks again.

  10. 10 Lisa Estrada February 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Hi,Mary!!

    I was so excited to hear about this website and all the effort you are putting into it. I was even more excited to see what you’ve done so far. Thanks for getting this up and running. I will definitely look into locating and sending you those old pics!!

    Nice job and thanks, again!!

  11. 11 marymina February 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you Lisa for your kind remarks and good to hear from you!


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