TLC #92: November 9, 2006
Dear Hearts & Gentle
I write again! With corrections, more news,
and requests! It's a wonder any grass grows in Lexington at all, what with all
the running around going on. Perhaps I should re-phrase that: Everyone is pretty
First, the dedication of the beautiful and
amazing Veterans Memorial will be on Saturday, 11/11, as announced in this
periodical. BUT it will be at 2 p.m. instead of 11 a.m. which was the
conclusion I jumped to. If you can possibly get here, it will be a wonderful
experience. There will be bands and singing and ceremony and marching and
airplanes doing a fly-over.
There is a long waiting list of people
wishing to purchase a nameplate for the memorial, but there are plans
for expansion already. I'll keep you informed as soon as I learn the details.
And I'll try to be accurate too.
Next, Elizabeth (Betty) Lee, mother of
Barbara Lee Fay and Duncan Lee, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Nov.
29. Some of you had her for a teacher, and some of you know her through her
children, or through her late husband - Ed Lee - who managed the water
company and later served as mayor of Lexington. If you would like to send a
birthday card or note, her address is:
Kansas City, MO
Mary Ann Mullen
Susan, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading
your last TLC. I had a great time looking at the pictures of the '56
reunion. What a great turnout! I am really looking
forward to ours next June and hope lots of people show up.
We spoke of
classrooms at LHS, and she reminisced:
I recall the classroom (Mrs. Cullom's) well. I
loved those windows. I remember climbing through one (on the bottom floor)
the night of our Homecoming game our senior year. Sharron (Jenkins
Heathman) had been crowned queen, and I had on my formal attire and wanted
to change back into my cheerleader uniform which was, for some
reason, in the Home Economics room. The school was locked, and it was
the only way in. Today that would be called breaking and entering. I
recall I had several accomplices.
When I asked
if I might run this, she said:
Sure, go ahead and use
it... the statute of limitations is bound to be up. Of course we did no
damage. I confessed to Mr. Gerhardt when I got back to the game and while
he wasn't too happy with me, I received no punishment. I think they were
more careful about locking the windows after that.
good for the soul. Okay, you accomplices, let us hear from
Knapheide is becoming my favorite correspondent. He's always so pleased
Great TLC and thanks for the corrections. When I
saw Hix's Dept store I remembered. I will
try to get you some more info and photos for your
next TLC. You do a super job.
We all thank you.
And from local newspaper editor, Dr.
Just FYI, we will be posting select stories weekly
on the web, especially those about Lexington, obituaries, and other
items of interest. If you think this would be of interest to your TLC
group, please feel free to forward our web address to them:
Again as a resident, business owner and member of
the City Council, I want to thank you, Ken and all of the volunteers for
making Lexington such a great place to live.
Jim & Shirley Bonkoski wrote
after receiving the news of Clint Johnson's death:
Thank you for the information. Please pass on
to the grandparents our sincere sympathy. Love and blessings to them and
Pat Gueguen Miller took me to task:
For TLC #92: Susan, I want you to print
the first paragraph verbatim. A lot of these people may know, but most
don't, and would want to.
Susan humbly hesitated to mention that
she won Adult Leader of the Year at the same
function in Columbia, the Missouri Community Betterment Conference, that
she mentioned in the TLC #90. Congratulations to Our Devoted
Scribe. Well deserved. Maybe she could expound on it a little now
that it's out there.
Okay, okay - but it was one of EIGHT awarded
in the state. Believe me, I am honored and pleased to receive
I SO enjoyed all the pictures of the '56
reunion. I REALLY wanted to be a fly on the wall somewhere and just
look at those memorable (I didn't say old) faces.
Fortunately I was too young for them to remember me, but I sure looked up to
them when I was a Sophomore and they were Seniors. My, what role
models!! You all looked terrific!!!!! And happy.
Just loved reading all those memories of Arthur
Knapheide. Since I've done my book, My Story: Going Home Again,
and included so many of those same things, I could do another one, just
consulting my own family more. Everyone should write their own
story. It's a wonderful experience. Arthur writes so well. I'm
wondering if he has ever tried writing his.
Thanks for all your service to Lexington and to us
Good news from Beverly Hulver
I hope this finds you and Ken perking right
along. I am spending most of my time in Florida now as I have become
engaged to a wonderful man from this area, and we were all friends when
both of our spouses were living. In fact, we have both lost two spouses
each. We are very happy in our situation now and staying very busy.
We were in Lexington to visit Wally (Hulver) and Mil (Mildred Hulver Burns) this summer
on our way to Toronto to visit his family, as he is originally from Toronto but
is now a permanent resident of Florida.
Beverly has a new email address, and if you
would like to have it, send me a note and I'll forward it to her. And
Mary Kay Wilcoxon Gooseman reported a
I underwent gall bladder surgery this
past Thursday at St. Mary's hospital in Blue Springs, and you will never
guess who my roomy was! It was Michelle Eads...Brian's sister. She
graduated in 1970 and I hadn't seen her since she was in HS. I told her
about TLC and she would like to be included.
She and Vicki, my step-daughter, went to school
together and graduated together. I told her I'd send this to you for
her. She recently remarried and 2 weeks later fell and broke her hip and
has had a real time of it for the last 8 weeks and had a second surgery doing
nearly a total hip replacement 2 weeks ago this Thurs. We had a lot
of fun reminiscing about Lexington as she doesn't get down that often, but
remembers 'everyone' so it was interesting. It was good for both of
us!! Her husband is a Forensic Psychiatrist and very
That closes out the mailbag for now, but I
must add a personal comment. It comes from my father's cousin who lives in
Pacific Grove, California. She reads TLC faithfully, and her comment points out
once again how very fortunate we were to grow up in
As I read TLC, I was consumed with regret that I
didn't grow up in Lexington. There were some shades of the time I spent in
Macon, after my dad died, but nothing like the times in Lexington. Thanks,
honey, for sharing these with me.
And thank you for writing, dear Cuz, and the
rest of you too. Let's see, that makes about 356 we have not heard from yet. Get
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