The San Saba High School Alumni Association will hold its seventh Annual Meeting at the High School Cafeteria on Saturday, May 14th at 10:30 AM. The meeting will include reports from several committees as well as the election of directors and officers. The meeting will be followed by a luncheon with food provided by the Association. Other activities of the day include a golf tournament at 2:00 PM at the San Saba Golf Course followed by a dinner and dance at the Golf Course Pavilion. The dinner will be catered by Betty Ann Johnson. The highlight of the annual meeting will be the presentation of an Honorary Membership to Louise Oswald.
Louise began her education in a four room country school house in Cayote, Bosque County, Texas. The coyote was the mascot of the school and it is tradition that, when the school was declared a school, the gentleman in authority spelled it "Cayote", and thus history was established. Nevertheless, Cayote was a large school for its day, including grades one through ten. There was no bus service, so Louise and her siblings rode to school each day in a buggy. At noon it was her older brother’s duty to feed "John", the horse. Later her dad bought a blue ford coupe that was driven until completing the tenth grade. At that time bus service was available to Clifton Public School where she graduated from Clifton High School. Louise attended Howard Payne College and graduated with a BS and a Masters in education.
Louise began her teaching career in San Saba, where one day while on playground duty, Mr. Jerry Spain asked if she was interested in the elementary principal’s position. After agreeing, she enrolled at Southwest Texas State University and received her Administrator’s certification. At that time the Principal’s job included teaching responsibilities. She was told that probably the principal’s job would never be a full time position. Guess they were wrong.
Louise taught the fifth grade for ten years and was principal for twenty-eight enjoyable years. The enjoyment came from being privileged to work with dedicated and professional elementary teachers. She retired after thirty-eight years in the San Saba school system. She is a Life-Time member of the Texas State Teachers Association and an Honorary Life-Time member of the Texas Parent Teachers Association.
In 2005 the Louise Oswald American Spirit Award was implemented in the San Saba Elementary School and each year the award is given to a fourth grade student who exemplifies the All American student. She continues to serve on the San Saba County Child Welfare Board and to do volunteer work.
Louise is married to Johnnie Oswald and they have three children, Debbie, married to Bob Millican; Johnny, married to Michelle Moore; and Bonnie, married to Dusty Brotherton. All three children are graduates of San Saba High School. She has had many wonderful hours with her nine grandchildren and now that she is retired, she has even more time to play with, care for, and entertain her thirteen great-grandchildren.