TLC logo TLC #102:  September 2, 2007



Dear Hearts & Gentle People:


The first Lexington Mural will be dedicated on Thursday, 9/6, at 6:00 p.m. Y'all come!

This event will be followed by the Heritage Homes Tour on Saturday (9/8 10-4) and Sunday (9/9 12-4).  Five homes will be open to the public, $12 in advance and $15 on the days of the Tour. Email me if you want further information,



An interesting new enterprise in Lexington is being unveiled this weekend: the Big River Ranch. It is 1,000 acres of "rolling hills, beautiful meadows, bluffs, lakes and ponds" on Goodloe Orchard Road where people can ride horses, camp out, "eat in the event center, mingle with others in the common area, play guitar, visit around a campfire." They also plan to install an indoor arena to host events such as rodeos and other entertainment, and eventually add amenities such as an RV parking area with hook-ups and showers. The Big River Ranch is owned by Kenny Welch and well-known reenactor Robbie Maupin. It's proximity to downtown should be convenient for visitors and provide some punch to our economy.


School is in session, football season is about to begin, and we're all ready for cooler weather. Have you noticed, though, how much faster the summers go by than they used to? And speaking of the mural, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.


Norma Homfeld Barney sent a representative note:


This mural is beautiful... Congratulations to all who made this possible and such a nice addition to Lexington. 
I'm considering changing the name of our newsletter to the Entine Family Letter!
Virginia Little also wrote about the mural AND the Entine family!!
I received the TLC and thank you - I find many of the names are familiar, etc.  My question is about the Entine family - I knew Rebecca's name, and that Helen Wexler worked at the store, etc., but I can't remember their children (Ike and Rebecca's) except Benny (?).  Was there a brother whose name I can't remember and a daughter?  I just have a very vague memory of the family, except, as I say, Benny.
Later Virginia wrote to answer her own question:
Allen, Benny, Rebecca and Sonia, in descending order of birth.  My  informant was my daughter, Barbara, who was contemporary with Benny.  By the way, the mural looks great! 
The best Entine memory came from Conrad '56 Pitz:
Susan, again you have triggered some fond memories of times when I was young and growing up in good old Lexington. I remember Ike and Helen well and true. Helen was Ike's sister. LaDonna (nee Williams '57) and I used to drive Helen to Kansas City on Saturdays so she could attend Synagogue at 95th and Wornall. While she was at Synagogue, she would give us money to take her son Louis out for dinner, and we would go bowling at the old PlayMore Bowling alley located around Linwood and Paseo, pick her up later and back to Lexington we would go. So long ago.
Also a small note about Swartz's Junk yard. As I remember, it was located on the west side of 14th and Main behind (what was then) the Evangelical Church. There was a Miniature Golf Course on the east side of the street before Maid-Rite came onto the scene. I can remember Carl and I would pull our wagons up to the Junk Yard full of bottles and small treasures that we had found to gain a few nickels or dimes. Again, what memories. Keep up the wonderful work you do in keeping us Out of Towner's informed of all the Happening things in good old Lexington
Diane Gibson '58 Conger also recalls the Entines:
I remember the Entine family living on Frances St. when we moved to that location.  I believe they had two boys.  I can't recall their names.  We shared a party line at the time.   Mother and I would go to Entine's Store frequently.  Mother had graduated with Helen.  They would spend time talking while I shopped.  I bought one of my favorite trenchcoats at that store.
You probably think I insert mistakes on purpose, just to get you all to write. Not necessary - I can do it without even trying. Witness what I did to our friend Jan Rider McCoy
Received my copy of TLC-thank you for adding my new e-mail address. Noticed my name was spelled Ryder, and it is Rider. 
Also I realized I had alluded to hip surgery, when it was really her back. And if you remember seeing her twirling the baton, you would never believe she had a bad back.
I seemed to have had a birth defect, and actually my surgery was putting the 5Th lumbar back in line with the spine. I never knew and never had back problems?  It took this many years for it to break loose and move forward.  Happy to say I am walking well, and they tell me I am way ahead of the pack.  Had a wonderful Neuro-surgeon.  With rods, screws, cages, and cadaver parts one can live with anything.  I was very lucky not to have permanent damage but then you just can't keep Lexington girls down can you??
Absolutely not.
Hope to be able to drive to Lexington this fall and get my home-town fix.
Angie Brown Ferguson requested news of her father, Richard Brown, who graduated from LHS in 1960. Several people responded. The first is from Larry '61 Kopp:

Glad to say a few words in honor of Richard Brown. Richard was a Senior football tri-captain (along with other greats Ken Ely and Larry Seitz).and lettered three years in LHS. If I remember right, Richard and I started out playing tackle positions together and ended up playing guard. He was also co-captain his Junior year.


Then Duncan '60 Lee sent his memories:


Congratulations on the 100th and, now, plus!
Richard Brown graduated LHS in 1960. He played tackle on the football team and, I'm not sure about this, may have been a starter from his sophomore year. He wasn't  particularly large for a tackle, but he was particularly ferocious. In our senior year Richard and I got into some interesting adventures that will be better off left untold. I was very sorry to hear of his passing.
Oh, Duncan, we all yearn to hear of "interesting adventures"!!! Do tell!
I don't believe Bette Phipps '59 Thomas played football, but she too remembers Richard Brown:
I very much enjoyed reading the latest TLC, especially memories of "The Palace of Sweets" which my Mother remembered fondly.  When I read the comments from Angela Brown Ferguson regarding her father, Richard Brown, I wondered if he was the younger brother of my friend and classmate, Barbara Brown, class of '59.  If so, I wonder if Angela would give a warm hello to Barbara and her family. (Sorry, but I can't remember Barbara's married name.  After all, she's only had it
for almost 50 years!). 
Angie was very happy to hear from some of her father's contemporaries:
Thank you so much - Susan !!! Means a lot to me as it would have to my Dad. In the others you forwarded, I do recall hearing of Larry Seitz too. I believe he is in some of those old newspaper clippings I have somewhere, as well. 
Before we leave the subject of football, Joe Anton wanted me to mention the following:
Susan you might want to mention that Bobby Price died playing football for Lexington against Excelsior Springs at the Wentworth stadium in 1946 (I believe).  Bobby Gadt may have been in that game also but my memory isn't sure.
Or was he playing for Wentworth? I hope someone will pay tribute to Bobby Price and others as well. I had hoped, as well as requested, that I would receive memories of the wonderful athletes Lexington has produced through the years. Please send your memories of them!
And, finally, from H.T. Seaton - by way of Doug Booker:

Thanks for the interesting TLC #101 from Susan Worthington.  I read the whole thing and need to correct that the new mural of Lexington is on the SW corner of 11th Street, not 9th.
Of course it is. (Got him to write, though, didn't I?)
Also, concerning Hinesley's ice cream shop being in the Palace of Sweets, which was located in the middle of Block #43 on the north side of Main Street. (Block 43???)  I remember the Palace of Sweets, but do not recall the Hinesleys being there. It was operated by a man with a Greek name, George Poulas (?) and Roscoe Sheets worked there for a while also. Frances Bureman worked there, and made some of the candy before going to work for Montgomery Ward for many years.  She continued to make candy every Christmas and gave some to us each year when she and Loren lived at 1824 South St.
I feel sure the ice cream place was located prior to that time in Block #44 (Block 44???), the next block west of Block #43, just past where the corner turns down Broadway, in a small front room of the SE annex to the old Lexington Hotel located on Broadway.  There was angle parking in front of the shop and, as I remember, a couple of steps into the entrance. The whole shop was no more than 20 or 30 feet square.
I also remember well, like Jim O'Malley, first entering the shop and Mrs. Hinesley was bent down behind the counter.  When she raised to take our order, my sister Virginia, and I were so shocked we were unable to speak for a short time. But we did get the ice cream cones and found that she was really a nice lady who understood reactions to her appearance. She had caught her hair in some machinery before I first saw her, in the summer of 1934 or 1935.
Rose Hayes '57 Seitz is something of a historian. She needs your help:
Susan, I am in need of a picture of the old country schools. I need pictures of the Marshall School, which was just outside of town on Highway 13; and one of the Locust Grove School, also on Highway 13.  I can find numerous articles on both but no pictures.  I graduated from the Marshall School in 1953.  If any of your readers know of a picture of either, I would appreciate it.  I thoroughly enjoyed the last TLC.
Okay, folks, you have your assignments for #103. Write soon! 
Your devoted scribe,


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