TLC logo TLC #30:  November 15, 2001

Dear Hearts and Gentle People:
It's a lovely fall evening in your hometown. We have been having most unusual balmy weather, with highs near 70 and lows in the the middle of November! Does this signify the dreaded Global Warning? Or does it signify the equally dreaded "We'll pay for this later"?
The fall colors are mixed this year with much red, white and blue as Lexington residents fly their flags and display their patriotism in their yards and in their dress. We feel very safe here, but we grieve for those elsewhere who have lost and suffered so much.
We too have had recent losses. This note was forwarded from Leamon Johnson:
Just heard that Charlie Waddell was found dead in his garage Sunday. Looks like a heart attack. My aunt June (Payne) died Sat. and I was at the funeral home making arrangements this morning when Kenny Nadler gave me the news.
Kenny Nadler is our funeral director, Walker-Nadler (used to be Tempel) Funeral Home. I believe Leamon did the service for Mrs. Payne's funeral. I'm sure most of you remember than Charlie Waddell was married to Beverly Price.
In case you also remember them, let me add some other long-time Lexington names we have lost since the last TLC issue: Tracy McFadden, Dortha (Steva) Vialle, and Gordon Reed (Reed's Ready-to-Wear on Main St.) Our condolences to all these families.
Downtown news:
Jack's Landing, our newest restaurant, is now open and reports are good. It is located in the old Eagle Theater building, one of the first downtown restorations. Many others have followed. Across 9th Street to the west is Fredericksons' Fine Wine and Spirits. More new antique shops have opened, almost too many to keep track of. Some are a second location of well-established shops, such as Limrick's Fine Things which features clothing and jewelry. There is an upscale toy store called Imagine That, and Cox's Corner is being rehabbed now and renamed Always Christmas (west side) and Missouri River Antiques on the east side. The new shop on the south side of Main owned by George (Butch) and Charolette Stier is called Il Bel Carrello (the beautiful cart). I forgot to mention the name last issue. They specialize in European antiques.
This weekend is the annual Merchants' Holiday Open House, with all the shops in Christmas finery, serving special goodies and offering unusual gifts. (No, I am not employed by the Chamber of Commerce. It's just a fun time.)
Lexington has another feather in its cap, the Harris Sword. (I hadn't heard of it either.)

It was unveiled in Jefferson City on Nov. 10. The Harris Sword, an important artifact from the Civil War, is now on display at the Missouri State Capitol until its permanent transfer to the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, expected in early 2002.

It was previously displayed in Augusta, Georgia, and was acquired for the state of Missouri through efforts by an ad hoc committee formed for that purpose. The committee raised $20,000 in private and corporate funds to complete the acquisition, along with $37,000 from the state. 

Officers he commanded during the Battle of Lexington (September 1861) gave Gen. Thomas A. Harris the sword. Their gift was to commemorate his deeds on the battlefield. Boyle & Gamble, a noted arms manufacturer of Richmond, Virginia, crafted the sword.

Most contemporary presentation swords were simply purchased "off the shelf" and taken to a jeweler to engrave a dedication. The Harris Sword is unique because it is marked with words and symbols directly related to the Battle of Lexington. These details make the sword an outstanding, event-specific artifact.

The most remarkable features include the Presentation Inscription, on the upper scabbard mount, which reads "Presented to Thos. A. Harris by the officers of the 2nd division Missouri State Guard"; a Hemp Bale engraved below the carrying ring band on the scabbard and the words "Hemp Bale" appear both on and below the image; the Missouri State Seal, including the motto "United We Stand, Divided We fall" appears on the lower scabbard mount.

After a brief exhibition at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, the Harris Sword will be housed here permanently at the Anderson House Visitors' Center.

Another new effort is underway. A group calling themselves the Alley Cats volunteers their time and muscle on weekends repairing potholes in our alleys. Most of them are members of the Chamber's Community Service committee. They are able to use the city equipment, but they do the work themselves. Love that cooperative spirit!

And now the sports news: LHS ended the football season with a 6-2 record in the conference and 6-4 overall. I believe they tied for 2nd in the conference. I know, I know, it's not like it was in Our Day. But it's a whole lot better than last year!

And now news to each other from each other. The first is from Duncan Lee:

In these troubled and uncertain times we often wonder how our friends and
families are faring. With the fear of more attacks, with corporate layoffs, rising prices, falling interest, failing stocks, failing companies, fear of traveling, fear of eating out, fear of breathing, we need to communicate with each other and reassure ourselves that we needn't fear so much. Things are not all that bad and we will prevail.

On that note, I would like to let you know that Reno, NV, is doing quite well under the strain. For example, just this month alone there are many conventions, seminars and meetings scheduled in our biggest little city in
the Sierra. Among these are the National Sash and Door Jobbers Association,
with 3,000 attendees; and the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council annual convention, with 150 attendees.

And, then, just in time and most appropriate, early next month the Reno
Hilton will host the American Nuclear Society and its 1400 attendees, all
of whom declined nightlights in their rooms as they glow quite nicely
themselves, thank you all just the same.

And, I'm sure if you all look around your local communities, you will find
similar signs of normality and a general sense of "Well, it's all going to
be alright, then." We don't know exactly when "then" will be, but as we
used to say in England (and may still do), "Put on the kettle and let's have a
cup of tea."

Keep smiling, be kind to your neighbor and, please, buy some lentils next
time you're shopping. We need the convention business.

(He wrote more later but I'll save it for next time. - Ed)

From Shirley Briggle:

Susan, here is part of an email from (The Rev.) Ron Christiansen, husband of Darlene Wegener, '53 after they could not make it to Dallas for a family wedding
Sept. 15 (we were to see them that weekend).  Their son and family live in New York City:

"We spent the week before Labor Day in the Atlantic City area (Margate City) with Kendall (our son) and Carol and her parents and three grandchildren.   We had a pleasant week there. As it turned out, we thought for a few hours on Sept. 11 that it might have been the last time we would see her, as she was in Tower 1 when the first plane hit two floors above her office!   As luck would have it, she had just gotten to the Tower (after getting their three children off to school and the subway was late), and she decided to stop in the Concourse to get a cup of coffee.  She was in line when the plane hit, and immediately ran out into the plaza and over to the Marriott (used to sit between the two towers) and was 4th in line to use the outside pay phone to call home and to Kendall's office.   Then she walked the mile plus north to her parents' apartment.  Got there just in time to see her building fall! Kendall works in midtown and was up at Riverside Church (@116th) and walked down to the apartment, and finally they walked
across the East River to a friend's house, and by then the subways were running in Brooklyn. Quite a day! Carol was administrative assistant to the Director of
the World Trade Center in 1993 when the bombing took place, and handled interior security for 8 days without going home. Double whammies is almost too much!"

Darlene and Ron's e-mail is

This from Norma Homfeld Barney:

...If I were to move to the old High School I would take the Home Ec room... It is very large and brings back many memories of three years of Home Ec with Carleen Hendrickson... Some of the greatest hours were in those rooms ripping out seams and cooking for the Board of Education... It was a great life...
And, finally, a walk down Memory Lane with Diane Gibson Conger:
Susan, I have wonderful memories of Mose Butler. When I was small we lived
on Oneida Street.  Mose, I believe, lived on the corner of the next block. He was such an imposing presence.  He impressed me as being a "gentle giant". My name for him was Moses.  He seemed to like my nickname.

There was a rule that no dogs were allowed at Arnold School.  My dog decided
to follow me to school one day. I was in the second grade.  I needed to get to school and I could not get Rick to go back home.  He followed me to South Street and I was crying and pleading with him to go back home. Along came Moses in his police car and he stopped to see why I was crying. I told him my problem and he put Rick and me in the police car and took me home, tied Rick to the clothesline and drove me back to school.  He was my hero!

Another time, I had gotten a huge splinter under my fingernail from one of those old wooden teeter-totters at Arnold.  It went all the way to the base of my nail.  The pain was terrific!  My Dad was out of town and Mother had no way of getting me.  I started to walk home.  I was holding my hand and agonizing over the pain.  Along came my wonderful Moses!  He took me home to get the care I needed.  He is etched in my memory forever. (I'll bet he is in others' memories too.)
And one more, this one from Jan Jiovenale Tubiolo:

I loved (TLC #29)!!  Especially identifying our icon from Lexington ~ Gordon
Wright.  (Too bad the word lexicon doesn't work - it would be kind of lyrical to call him the lexicon from Lexington but, I'm getting carried away).  So glad to have a solid someone to blame things on and I know Gordon is solid.  As a matter of fact, I'll probably blame him for EVERYTHING now and the best part is that I can rest easy from now on since he's there.....Thank you, Gordon!!

Also, having Lexington get the awards AND the theater complex is almost enough to make me move back home.  There I go, getting carried away again....

One of my fondest memories of the Minstrel Shows was Marian Wilhoit.  She
was such a natural comedian, and I loved going to the Minstrels. I can
picture the Interlocutor back then, but not the name and it seems to me that
Marian might have held that position at one time, but I do remember her as
an Endman.  Today I'm sure Interlocutor duties would be jointly conducted by
that dynamic duo Don Coen and Wally Hulver. (Surely she means endmen.)
I'm trying to achieve some balance between reporting current news of Lexington, strolls down Memory Lane, and current news of each other. Please send any of the aforementioned or general feedback (wasn't he at Wentworth? :-) ), requests, comments, and anything else short of obscenities.
Your devoted scribe,












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