Wednesday, May 11, 2011

......LHS News......

Originally sent May 2

Susan (Hankins) Ellington reports that reservations have picked up for the class '56 and class '54 combined reunion set for June 9-10-11-12. If you plan to attend, make those reservations NOW! Details and more posted at the blog:
Or contact Susan at: (505)-662-0435 or

This from '56 classmate in regard to reunion time this June...
"Hi, I am in my Class A 34' Bounder for the summer. I just finished a seminar in central Arkansas and plan to be in Lawton for the class of 56' reunion the second week of June. Wondering if anyone lives near Heber Springs AR. or Eufala, OK ? Plan to camp near Eufalla, Ok for 2 wks before going to Lawton to find RV site for couple weeks. After reunion will travel toward Colorado."
Charlotte Magill - class of 1956 -

The Museum of the Great Plains is gearing up for their 50th anniversary. They are planning special exhibits and other interesting events in conjunction with the celebration. Perhaps you sent a recipe for the planned cook-book? I will be letting all know when cook-books are available! I know they plan to highlight a lot of the collection of early Lawtonian/historian Arthur Lawrence (deceased). I have seen some of that collection and it is quite interesting with information and pictures of early Lawton. Exhibits open in July.

Classmate Edward Charles Ellenbrooks' monthly Wichita Mountains Field Notes (Lawton Constitution - April 30), has another interesting article...this time about the 'eyeball of the Wichitas'.!! Discovered about 30 years ago by some exploring in the mountains over around Treasure Lake and Post Oak Lake, coming to entrance of the Spanish Cave! The 'eye', discovered by accident, appeared to be 'carved' by sharp instrument. Perhaps a marking to designate a buried treasure? Perhaps a marking of a different nature? Man-made? Nature? Charles did point out that it was very difficult to find. Interesting read on page 1 - C. Photo of the 'eye' above (from newspaper).

And, Luther Green , '57, writes that he & wife Barbara found an old 'corn grinder' way back in 1956. Located near the Meers exit to the refuge. They recently re-discovered it. Most interesting, but again, difficult to locate. (pix above from Luther).

Beautiful time of year to tromp around the mountains and refuge, especially since we just got a little rain. Enjoy, just watch for snakes!!!!!

Bit of correction....Daymond Sims who is battling liver cancer, lives in Richardson, TX along with wife Maxine. He is also cousin to Garland/Gwen Vowell. He would enjoying hearing from any who would remember him from school days. He graduated at Geronimo but had lot of friends in Lawton.

Again losses of classmates and family:

Lila (Butler) Dean, 79, of Lawton, passed on April 29. Lila was LHS class 1950. She married Billy Dean in 1950 & he passed in January of 2005. She is survived by a son Doug; sisters Gladys and Rita; 3 brothers, Ernest, Pat, and '59 classmate Raymond. Services will be 1:30pm, Tuesday May 3, at Becker Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

There will be a Memorial Service - Mass of the Resurrection - for W.S. 'Bill' Thomas, Jr., in Lawton on May 17 (which was Bills birthday), 2:00pm, St. Andrews Episcopal church, 1313 SW 'D'.
Any wishing to make a gift in Bills memory is asked to consider St. Andrews church in Lawton or the hospice which provided care for Bill. Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Passing on April 29, Frances (Ellegood) Griffin, 96, of Lawton. Frances graduated from LHS and Cameron. She is mom to classmate(s) Janice (Griffin) Whittenburg; Linda (Griffin) Ligon. She is also survived by her husband Jess; a grandson and extended family. Services were May 2 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:

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

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