TLC logo TLC #101:  August 19, 2007

Dear Hearts & Gentle People:
Hello, Lexington family. We've had several recent deaths within the "family," and I wish I had happier news to relay. Fred & Rose Hayes Seitz's son was killed in an automobile accident recently. Glen Schwermer, husband of Margaret Ann Myers Schwermer, died from complications of a stroke he had suffered a few years ago. And recently Tony Jiovenale, brother of Janice Tubiolo and Shirley Link, died of complications from diabetes and heart failure. I know I speak for you all when I say our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families.
Doug '73 Booker reminded me of another loss:
Thought I would mention about Dick Birdsall's passing away a few weeks ago. He was a very special friend of mine with a lot of ties and memories, and for sure of Mom/Dad's. 
We have two new restaurants in Lexington, a new Chinese Buffet in the 4-Life shopping center, and a BBQ called Pal's also on Hwy 13. They are so new I have not tried either, but plan to rectify that soon. And the Mexican restaurant, Las Carretas, now occupies the location which formerly housed The Brewery.
The mural is up and Lexington's history from 1804 to the present is on display for all to see. It's located on the east wall of the Chamber of Commerce/Missouri License Bureau building on the SW corner of Franklin and 9th. Come see it! Or you can visit our web pages.
And then it began....
Sharon Shurmantine '65 McGinness:
I think a correction is in order.  Ike Entine's wife was Rebecca.  Helen was Ike's sister.  Her name was actually Helen Wexler.  Helen's son Lou graduated sometime in the early 60's and is/was an attorney in Overland Park, Kansas.  Rebecca Entine taught music and led the orchestra in the mid-60s.  Also will you please add Pam Shurmantine '63 Windsor (my much, much older sister) to your list of recipients.
I'll be glad to. Any response, Pam?
And it continues....
From Barbara Tabb '55 Jarman:

I just wanted to drop a quick note here while I'm thinking about it, and I hope someone will clear it up.  I had to dig out the last edition of TLC to see what was written concerning the name of Ike Entine's wife.  When someone wrote back that it was Helen, not Stella, I started questioning my own memory on that.  I thought that Ike and Helen were brother and sister, and that Helen's married name was Wexler.  I have this mental image of the woman that I always thought was married to Ike, but don't know that I ever heard her name.  She was short, brunette, and wore glasses, and was not the constant presence in the store that Helen was.  Can anyone add anything?  I'll probably contribute more later, but need to know if my memory is getting that faulty.  LOL  Thanks, and I'm really enjoying these issues of TLC.   
And recently I got my Shirleys mixed up. Previously, you may remember, I got my Joyces mixed up! It was Shirley Collobert Guevel who wrote about the junk yard. 
Then I heard from Naomi Harlow:
We are at the lake by Warsaw visiting David and Julie (Bunch) Reynolds. Just read the TLC and she loved it. Two things:  Please add her to the mailing list, and in your readers' comments re: Ike Entine...Helen was his sister, Rebecca was his wife. Thanks for all your work.
Sharron Jenkins '57 Heathman chimed in:
If our memory is correct, Helen Entine was Ike's sister, not wife. Congrats on the 100th.... keep them coming.    
And Judy '59 Cameron remembered:
Just a bit of information and correction. Ike Entine's wife was Rebecca and Helen Entine's husband was Sidney Wexler.  Helen and Ike were brother and sister and the two of them ran Entine's.
Likewise Don Stephenson:
I would like to correct a comment in TLC #100 that said that Helen Entine was Ike's wife.  Helen was Ike's sister, not his wife, and she was married to Sidney Wexler with whom I was personally well acquainted.
And these are just a sample, folks. There were more!
Don's letter in #100 got Jim O'Malley going:
Don Stephenson's comments about the Palace of Sweets cleared up a big mystery for me.  I'd often heard about "Hinesley's" and suspected that it became the Palace of Sweets, and now he's confirmed it.   When I was just a little guy, probably 4 or 5, my mother took me to Hinesley's for an ice cream cone, but I was so young I didn't remember where it was located. 
Anyway, Mrs. Hinesley waited on us and her appearance scared me so much I hid behind my mom's skirt.  She had bright red hair and her facial muscles had been horribly torn and this made her face terribly distorted.  It's too bad she didn't have the services of a good plastic surgeon.  When we left the shop I asked my mother what happened to her and mom told me that she was working on a machine and her hair got tangled in it and caused the damage.  I later learned that the Hinesleys had had a cigar factory on S. 9th St. at one time.  I suspect that was where the accident happened.   

The Hinesley's had a wonderful confectionary shop, though, and their ice cream, homemade candies, and sandwiches were a Lexington favorite.  The shop was located midway on the north side of Block 42.  Their shop was sold to two Greek brothers (I don't remember their names) who named it "The Palace of Sweets."  They kept the confectionary tradition going, and also turned it into the Lexington bus station.   In the late 1940s a Mr. Souter took over the bus station business and moved the location to Franklin Ave.  He opened a restaurant along with the bus station and did a good business there.  A closing aside about the Palace of Sweets (aka The Bus Station):  It had the only pay toilet in Lexington! 
The Cope girls have an adventure! This from Lucia Cope '59 Hulston:
Shelly, Marcia and I were "groupies" today for the 340 kayak and canoe race.  Shelly saw them launch this morning, then the three of us drove down to Ft. Osage, Lexington and on to Waverly, and we had a  ball meeting and talking to boaters, land crews and volunteers, from  whence I got my suggestion:  at times of river events, when folks may be coming from out-of-town, is there a committee or group in  Lexington who could place out signs directing people to the river?   Maybe a Boy or Girl Scout troop - or troops - could do it as a  service project.  In Waverly, Boy Scouts had food and drink for sale,  but I think mainly the ground crews were availing themselves of that  service.  Whatever . . . it's just a suggestion.
At Waverly we caught up with quite an unexpected surprise:  seven kids from the University of California at Santa Cruz had made a  raft out of found and recycled goods in the West Bottoms of K.C., and  were headed for the Gulf of Mexico.  (They had until September for  the journey.)  They were "powered" by a  small stern wheel, set in operation by a stationary bike, and on either side of the raft, two kids paddled.  They had no motor, no lights, no radio, and it had  taken them three days to get to Waverly.  What fun!!!
Jan Rider McCoy has rejoined our ranks, after an email address mishap and some hip surgery. Speaking of the Cope girls, Jan wrote:
I have a large book from St Louis that came in a trunk I bought.  In it are the leaders of St. Louis. Scanning through it I saw an article on a gentleman that married Lucia Davis at the turn of the century in the old Davis home in Lexington and then they made their life (I guess) in St Louis.  Do you think young (your age!) Lucia would like to have this book and its article concerning who I am guessing is one of the Lucia women she was named after?
I would imagine so. I also suggest that the "old Davis home" would be the Anderson House?
My old classmate Tom '57 Campbell is still enjoying memories of our 50th Reunion:
Again, I want to thank you and the committee for all the hard work on the reunion.  My wife and I both had a terrific time and everyone made Rita feel right at home.
I was wondering if you have had any new TLC newsletters. Wally '55 Hulver mentioned that I should get the newsletter so I can keep up on the "OLD TOWN" news.
Since returning from the reunion I have received E-Mails from John '57 Graves, Mary Ann Mullen '57 Lane, and Jimmy Joe '57 Pack.  It sure is good to keep in touch with the people who meant so much in my life.  I always welcome E-Mail addresses.  If you ever get any new ones, be sure I get them.  I should have gotten one from Louis '57 Giorza when I visited with him, but I forgot to ask for it.
Since I returned I did get my 1957 Oldsmobile up and running, and I really enjoy driving it.  I was hoping it would have been ready before the reunion but it wasn't.
That would have such a hit! You should drive down from Iowa, and we'll get a bunch of people to go "ridin' around."
Yet another member of the Class of 1957 wrote, regarding his continuing education. You sort of have to know him to appreciate how funny this is. From John '57 Lefman:
I signed up to go to college this morning. In the school of computer science. I'm going to take "Introduction to Java". It is a computer language.I don't have the prerequisites. (Well, except for those college degrees.) I'll know in a couple of days if they will let me in.
Do you think I should join a fraternity so that I can meet some nice sorority girls? Do the students nowadays wear bib-overalls? It was only the hippies back in the sixties. I  want to blend in and not make a statement.
If those sorority girls don't sit up and take notice, it's their loss. I'm sure a guy in his late 60s wearing bib overalls would blend right in on any college campus.
And finally, a new reader, Angela Brown Ferguson, wrote with a good idea:
My Aunt forwards the TLC newsletters to me. I truly enjoy them! I am the daughter of Richard Brown who passed on Oct. 4, 1993. I am not certain of his graduation year. Possibly 1961 or 1962? I honestly can't recall now. But I do know he was quite the football player.  Even upon his passing while at the funeral home, the funeral director asked his name and as I answered, he exclaimed, "Richard Brown, the football player?!"
Through the years I had met many of his friends and would hear them reminisce of their old high school football days. My dad always carried his precious, wonderful memories of his years at the old Lexington High School. I would like to ask you if it is possible for him to be acknowledged somehow in a future TLC newsletter, possibly along with other athletes such as Everette Hall among others, who made the crowds cheer? Possibly with people sending in memories of their most memorable players and such.
I know this may be asking too much, but please consider this request. I would really like to see a memoriam of sorts to my dad for his participation and loyalty to his school.
It certainly is not asking too much, and I think it's a fine idea. So listen up, Class, your next assignment is to remember LHS sports heroes. And just in case I haven't made any mistakes, it will give you something to write about!!!!  
Your devoted scribe,
P.S. Does anyone remember anything about the Entine family???  ;-)




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