Saturday, April 10, 2010

......LHS News......
Originally sent April 9

Sorry to once again be reporting the loss of LHS grads....

Dorothy Lahoma (Olson) Johnson, 83, of Lawton, passed on April 7 in a local care center. Dorothy grew up in Lawton, graduated LHS and attended Cameron. She married Harold E. Johnson in 1959. They owned & operated Johnson Milk Company. He passed in 1993. She is survived by a son Erick and his wife Teri; two grandsons. Graveside services will be 2:30pm Saturday April 10, Highland Cemetery.
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Note: Harold Johnson was father of LHS classmates, Eddie, Mikel, and Reddy Johnson.

Also passing, Donald Hagler, 69, of Lawton. Donnie passed on April 8, he was class of '58. He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters Serita and Belinda; a son Joey; 3 grandchildren; twin brother Ronnie and brothers David and Trevor Hagler. Donnie was a restaurateur and owner and operator of the Big Chef restaurant here in Lawton, Formerly, the Haglers had the Kater Inn on Cache Road. Services will be 10:00am on Tuesday April 13, First United Methodist church with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
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Our sympathies are with these families in their loss.

From the eMail bag:
From Tommye (Boudreau) Hobbs and Jo (Van Stone) Riley......
Save the dates of September 24 and 25, 2010 for the '49, '50, '51, '52 reunion. SW Oklahoma should have wonderful crisp, cool weather, OU has an away game, LHS has a home game,The Event is available. These dates should please everyone! So far we are planning a Tailgate Party at the LHS-Mustang game on Friday night and the dinner at The Event on Saturday. You will be receiving the brochure with more information later, but mark your calendars. See you in September!
Jo: Tommye:

Remembering John Griswold from Bobby Spradlin, '55.....
"Sorry to hear about John Griswold. He and I were good friends. We attended a lot of stock shows together.John's life was full of interesting antidotal episodes. Have to be careful about mentioning some of them.I'm not sure if the statute of limitations has expired on everything. But , I recall one in particular worth mentioning. This took place at the Houston Fat Stock Show in about 1953.

During the auction of the grand championsteer, several guys from Lawton were sitting around in the bidding arena at the Shamrock Hotel. Gris had a couple of drinks then, he decided it would be a good idea to help the kid selling the grand champion get a good price by getting active in the bidding. He got so active that he held the bid at $18,000.00 for what seemed like an eternity.

By now, the guys from Lawton had moved away from him and were standing on the other side of the arena. But, were flashing him thumbs up on being the successful bidder. Everybody was interested to see how he would handle that pesky $18,000.00 price tag. Fortunately, Glen McCarthy, who built the hotel, (he was the model for the character Jett Rink in the movie "Giant") was sitting ringside and had more to drink than Gris . So, he bid $18,500.00 for the drunk guy sitting next to him and he bought the steer. Gris escaped, but not without a lot of anxiety."
As I said......Johnny was a character!

Luther, '57 and Barbara Green sent some beautiful pictures of Bluebonnets blooming in Texas. (above). Certainly welcome after the terrible winter and cold. ( hiway 71, Austin to Brady).

Regards to all........... Georgia

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