TLC logo TLC #26:  August 30, 2001

And now, by popular demand, TLC Issue #26:
As this is written a storm is brewing over your old hometown, and I just hope the computer doesn't explode under my fingers as I type.
I also hope the weather improves for the weekend reunion of the LHS Classes of 1951 and 1952. Chairperson Liz Fenner says everyone is invited to come visit. The first event is an informal gathering at the Lexington Inn Friday 8/31 at 6:30. The classes will hold their official reunion Saturday at the Moose Lodge, and friends are invited at 9:00 p.m.
At the conclusion of the festivities I trust some of you will submit reports of the weekend and news that would be of general interest. Here's wishing you a great time!
Already we have one message, from Jack Gueguen:
Just checking in after the 6 weeks in New England.  I'll print out the issues I found in the accumulation of messages and get back to you when I can see light at the top of the stack.
Please pass my best to all at the reunion this coming weekend, and say that I'll do my best to make up for my absence through contributions to this network.
And the latest from Gene Boyer:

Hi Susan: This is what has happened and this what I know. First I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern. Will go to Tulsa Tues. Aug. 28th for pre-admission at 930 a.m. Surgery is down for Sept. 6th at 1:30 p.m. Hope to go home Sun. or Mon. Dr. Forrest is doing the surgery With LOTS OF EXPERTISE ??? The recovery time is about 40-60 days. All the people I have talked to and the TLC GREAT FRIENDS, I can't go wrong. Thanks again for everything Will keep you posted.
Good luck, Gene!
The Lexington News carried a Letter to the Editor which roused much interest. At the urging of several of you, and with his permission, I reprint it now for you:
Dear Editor,

I enjoyed reading and certainly applaud the letter from Professor Effie Boldridge and Mrs. Irma Boldridge Ingram in the August 15th Lexington News. They discussed the historical importance the Douglass school  played in Lexington, its neglect, and the possibility of its being recognized as an historical archive.

Lexingtonians have little idea of the heroic struggle the students, faculty and parents went through to provide a quality education at Douglass. Douglass School was supposed to be "...separate but equal," but it sure didn't receive an equal measure. Resources were few and there was little community support.

From 1886 to 1936 Douglass had only one principal.  He was Professor George H. Green.  Following his tenure as principal at Douglass he continued teaching there until his retirement in 1947. Bob Ripley in his "Believe It or Not" series in the national press, described Professor Green as having taught for 71 years and for never having missed a day or been late.

Professor Green was a remarkable person. Born into slavery, he was sold twice before he was emancipated.   He graduated from Lincoln University and was later honored by his Alma Mater by having a building named after him. He died in Hannibal, MO in 1952, at age 95.  All of us who know of him are proud of him, and he deserves to be recognized and honored by his community.

I would like to propose several ways that Professor Green could be honored.

1.  Have an artist paint a portrait of him from photos and display it in an appropriate place of honor in the community.  Have numbered prints made of the portrait and sell them to the public.  Use the proceeds to help in the acquisition and redoing of the old Douglass School into a black history archive for the Lexington community.
2.  Have an actor do a living history presentation as Professor Green at one of our Old Homes Tours, or some other community celebration.  This could do much to educate and heal us.

3.   Establish a Professor Green Scholarship Fund.  Professor Green loved learning and he loved young people.  Helping young people receive a higher education would please him very much and honor his legacy.

Perhaps Dr. Boldridge and Mrs. Ingram would consider serving on an Honoring Professor Green committee.

James O'Malley, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Counselor Education
Central MO State University
Warrensburg, MO
Writing apparently does some good. This follow-up comes from Mary Pat Gueguen Miller:

Saw Jimmie O'Malley at the auction today and, following up on his letter to the paper that I mentioned, he said the Supt. of Schools had contacted him that there would be some kind of an honor bestowed on the long-time principal of Douglass School, Prof. George H. Green and Prof. Carter next April, 2002.  He was thrilled and hopes to be a part of it.
Here's a voice from the past: how many remember Marian Johnson '59, younger sister of Howard Johnson? She writes:
Thank you for including me on the LHS alum newsletter list. Even though I am not an actual graduate of Lexington (my family moved away to Wichita) my heart has always belonged with what would have been my '59 class... Anyway, I have really enjoyed reading some of the comments as well as the history that you have included ...You knocked my socks off with this last newsletter about the Saluda.  I had never heard of that... (I hadn't heard of the Lexington brothel, either, but I had always lived a sheltered life.)  (;>)  Anyway...
We had just returned from my husband's Buchanan family reunion when I read your letter.  Many of my husband's cousins are Mormon, so I knew this piece of history would be of great interest to them.  Hope you don't mind that I sent the Saluda excerpt to all of them.  I would not be surprised to hear that some of them had already planned to attend the April commemoration.  We will see.
Marian Johnson Buchanan
Hometown, PA 18252
And the result? I have already received a letter from a couple in Wyoming (perhaps some of the cousins?) who plan to come for the Saluda event. Let me tell you, folks, this is big. There is lots more exciting news, but I'll release it at a later date. Meanwhile remember April 6-9! And in the words of our distinguished U.S. Rep. "Remember the Saluda!"
And now let's have some fun. Barbara Lee '57 Fay rekindles the Arnold-Central "feud":
The Arnold/Central Schools comments bring back a lot of memories.  I attended
portions of first grade in both schools.  When my family moved to Lexington
we found temporary housing in Guillia's Tourist Cabins on Hwy 13, and I was
enrolled in Mrs. Baier's 1st grade class at Arnold where I definitely remember Mike Larkin.  We had a lesson in paper folding, getting the corners to line up perfectly square.  (Must have been a small motor muscle exercise, or maybe we were making paper snowflakes.)  Right after Christmas break, the family was able to move into our house on South 13th, and I transferred to Central where Miss Mike was my teacher.  Central was a spooky kind of place with very large restroom in the basement.  I can still smell the heavily oiled wooden floors.  No wonder it went up in flames.  I found a tea cup in one of the Lexington antique stores a few years ago with the picture of Central School on it, and it's a sentimental item in my china cabinet today. (Even if there was an outbreak of head lice one year in 3rd grade, I try not to dwell on that memory!)  And I recall those football games in Goose Pond and my passion for cheerleading.  Another situation I experienced (I did not have lice!) for a couple of years was the combining of grades.  In second grade, when Mike Wilhoit passed me a note and asked me to marry him, we also had 3rd grade in the same room.  I believe Mrs. Conger was the teacher.  I spent most of my time listening to the 3rd grade subject matter rather than the 2nd, and to this day have a lot of difficulty with subtraction.  I also was in combined 3rd and 4th grades with Mrs. Park.  Remember the "cloak closets?"  Lots of gossip and such went on in there!

On Tabo.  I remember going there after a football game in my cheerleading uniform when I was a senior.  When I got home and had to confess where I had been, I got a huge lecture on how I had not only embarrassed myself and my family, but also the entire high school for going in there, underage, with my school colors on!  My punishment was to go into Mr. Gerhardt and apologize and hope not to get kicked off the cheerleading team.  I don't recall that I actually did that.

Congratulations to Evangeline "Baby" Kehrees and her husband Frank Thompson, chairpersons of the American Cancer Society auction in Leawood, Kansas.  The event raised a record-breaking $625,000 for cancer research!
Ed. - I try to be the objective reporter, but some of the above causes me to interject personal memories. I met Barbara at one of the Arnold-Central football games (A-R-N-O-L-D Arnold! Arnold! Yessiree!) She said Goosepond, but I also remember games being played on Watertower Hill.)  I don't believe the Central cheerleaders had as snappy a school cheer as that ARNOLD. We had big cloakrooms too, and in winter FULL of boots, leggings, hats, gloves, mittens strung together with yarn, coats, all smelling vaguely of wet dog. We did not, that I remember, have head lice. I was never checked for it, I'm sure. As for 2nd grade, we never had combined classes, but I was skipped to 3rd. To this day I have trouble with geography and whenever there is a blank in my knowledge I'm certain it was something everyone else in the world learned in 2nd grade.
Barb also mentioned our tour of duty in the Brownies and Girl Scouts. We met at the Girl Scout Little House at the northeast corner of 19th & Main. It was a charming little house, although in drastic need of repair even then. It's long-gone now, a vacant lot stands vigil. But I know many of you girls are smiling right now, with memories of the Girl Scout Little House.
And while we are on this sentimental buildings journey, Barb's brother Duncan '60 Lee checks in on the "LHS Arms":
Here's a topic that might elicit some memories from the TLC roster. With
the talk of turning the old LHS building into an apartment complex, if each of
us could choose a room for living quarters, which would it be?

I choose the Band Room as my first choice. I have lots of good memories from
that room and the band itself. From '54-'55 to '58-'59 Carroll Lewis was the
band teacher. He was a real inspiration to me, and many others I'm sure,
and we were sad when he left before my senior year. Carroll went to Raytown
South where he organized a stage jazz band and in 1961 he won the Stan
Kenton Clinic's Outstanding Stage Band Director award. He was then a
leading force in organizing the KC Jazz Festival (which I think still exists) and
in 1965  his Raytown South jazz band performed along with the likes of Count
Basie. WDAF Radio made a recording of the festival, an album (on vinyl, of
course) that I treasure.

Under Lewis' direction, the LHS band won many first place awards in
competition all the way to the state finals in Columbia, several years in
a row. His marching band was the talk of the state, also, when he instituted
synchronized marching instead of the usual formation-style movements. I
remember the years when, to make up the numbers he needed to complete the
synchronization, he drafted students to carry instruments and act like
they were playing when they really couldn't.
Ed. note: I was one of them! Actually, that was begun by his predecessor. (I can see him in my mind but cannot recall his name.) I "played" the glockenspiel! The only tune I could really play was "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and there wasn't a great deal of call for that. I faked the rest. But, Duncan, you got a guffaw on that one.

When I started with the band in the 7th grade Louis Short was the only
baritone horn player and he was very good. I had been forced the previous
year to switch from cornet to baritone horn by Lewis' predecessor; a
devastating blow to my 11-year-old ego. I soon found out the reason. Louis
graduated that year, '55, and for the next three years I was the only
baritone horn player!

Another innovation of Carroll's was the all-girl drum corps. I don't remember the numbers, or the names of all the members, but it was a great show. It seems to me there were six snares and two bass drums. Maybe one of the members is a reader here and can fill us in on the details.

Anyway, I choose the band room as my "LHS Arms" apartment. What about the
rest of you?

Me first! Me first! What a fun idea! I choose Ernestine Seiter's room on the 2nd floor, with the small stage, because that was where we met to practice songs for the minstrels. Someone said you cannot be unhappy while you're singing, and I have found this to be quite true. However, by some quirk, I notice other people can become quite unhappy when I sing.
 Okay, now the rest of you send your choices. I guess even your locker would qualify.
Previews of coming attractions: I received a 5-page handwritten letter from Norman Thorson which I will transcribe for #27. You'll enjoy that. Also, I will give details of Lexington's latest triumph: acquisition of The Harris Sword for the Battle of Lexington Visitors' Center. You don't know of The Harris Sword? Well, you will.
Also, I have a TLC "orphan." Carolyn VanZandt Schroeder needs to be adopted by one of you. She is computerless and also on oxygen full-time now, so will someone offer to adopt her by mailing or delivering her copies of TLC? I know lots of people are receiving them by means other than email, and that certainly warms the editor's heart.
Well, Kids, the storm has passed. Beautiful weather is forecast for the Classes of '51 and '52. All is well in the little kingdom of Lexington, and I remain
Your Devoted Scribe,


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