TLC logo TLC #56:  August 18, 2003

Dear Hearts and Gentle People:
Yes, another TLC so soon. We've had a few responses to our website, a few photos, a few notes. And also, it's 108 degrees outside, so I may as well stay inside and do this. Therefore, we'll get right to it.
From Rubyanne (Higginsville) Hepler:
Susan, I sent your website to several of my friends, some former Lexingtonians, and some from Higginsville who I am meeting at noon today at the Peddler for lunch. Sent on to a WMA alumnus, and he wrote back and said he enjoyed it. Said it was informative and cute. Stated Lexington was a neat little place and he loved to visit it. Thought you might appreciate what he said about your website. I also like it and keep me on your list for future ones. Pray for rain.
In response to our request for genealogical help, Barbara Lee '57 Fay sent the following. Many of you will remember her mother Betty Lee, who taught at LHS for many years.
I let my Mother read all the TLCs and she has provided some genealogical sources for you and Loretta Gueguen Broker to help with your Irish ancestors. 
Free:  Lexington library has good collection of local history -- some family -- some county --general census records on microfilm

Best source in print for Irish:
Mac Lysaght, Edward, Irish Families 1957 and More Irish Families, 1960 (mostly ancient names and counties)

Family History Library will give you access to Ancestral File and International Genealogical Indes.  Try Cindi's List and Cindy's List under Genealogy.

UK and Ireland Genealogical infor (GENUK)

Mother's email is
It is not an internet service, only for brief email messages.  Hope this helps.

Barbara Tabb '55 Jarman:

Susan, I don't know if you want this kind of old photos for the new website - just thought I'd send it along. You might have fun with it even if you don't use it. It's Central School, '44-'45, and that is Mrs. Conger who was the teacher. I think this must have been when some were still without front teeth, judging by the number closed lips.
I think even clothing can tell a tale about those times - several 'military' looks there, and I can remember that one of my very favorite articles of clothing about that time was an 'Eisenhower' jacket that Mom made for me. I probably
discovered with it that I was somewhat allergic to wool, but I stubbornly wore it anyhow because it was so 'unique'. 
 I think she used some of my uncle's buttons from his uniform - and, I probably still have a couple of them.
 I have all the grade school group shots except for the 6th grade, and have no idea why it is missing - maybe it never even got taken. If anyone has one, I'd sure like to see it again. I just don't remember ever seeing it, and would like to have a picture of Miss Rush - was scared to death of her before getting in her class (she was the 'principal', and head honcho), but she quickly put me at ease by being one of the best teachers I ever had.
Barbara also wondered about a girl in the photo named Carol Wilkey. She moved from Lexington in grade school. Anyone know what happened to her? 
To see the TLC website for this issue, go to: TLC #56 Web Pages
When you have digested that, you will enjoy the Library of Congress website. I was remiss in not including this earlier, because it is a real find. Thanks to Garry Shulkind, new resident of Lexington, for telling us about it. There are photos of Lexington buildings from the mid-to-late 1930s and early 1940s.  Also the 1869 "Bird's Eye" map of Lexington is there and can be magnified and explored. And there are congressional records with mentions of Lexington.
I warn you, plan to spend a good bit of time there if you have any interest in Lexington. It's mesmerizing. 
Here's what you do to get there:  click on 
This in the Library of Congress site.  When you pull up the page, click on:  Search. When the next page comes up and it shows a 'Search for Items' box with a search button to the right of it, in that box type, Lexington Missouri.  I'm certain there is an easier and more direct route, but I'm still a newbie and floundering around on the internet.
The photos of Lexington begin about page 6. Some are identified in an offhand way: "Brick house." Some of the structures no longer exist, and some I cannot recognize. So, send help! 
Now a comment from a satisfied user:
Jim O'Malley
Hi Susan,  Thanks for the info.   Ellie looked up the Lexington map site the other day and shared it with me.   We were fascinated with the closeup views of Lexington.   At  the bottom of the 1869 map is a listing of the churches by number.   Number 12 was the Catholic church and I was surprised when Ellie zoomed in on it to see it was on Highland Ave. and Ninth St., across the street from where Louie Mautino's house used to be.  It had twin spires on it!  My father had told me that before the present church was built in 1907 that an earlier church was located just above Irish Town Hill, to the south of the WW I Memorial Lookout.  I wonder if the church pictured on the 1869 map was the first or second Catholic Church built in Lexington?  It's going to be fun to explore Lexington, circa 1869, "in depth!"
Have fun everybody!
Your devoted scribe,

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