Saturday, May 21, 2011

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

Originally sent May 19

Sisters and teachers Bernice and Elaine Smith - both deceased - have left a legacy to the benefit of Lawton schools, teachers, and education. After a lifetime of educating the sisters have left a $300,000 gift (in trust) to the Lawton Public School Foundation. The sisters were lifetime Lawtonians - daughters of a local dentist. Both graduated as valedictorian of their class at LHS, Elaine in 1929 and Bernice in 1930. The sisters taught at LHS, Eisenhower, and Cameron over the course of their 41 year careers. They traveled extensively, visiting some 65 countries. Neither ever married and they lived together until Elaine passed in 2009 at age 98 and Bernice passed in February of this year at age 99. Their generous gift will be most appreciated. I know many receiving this news had one or both of these teachers at some point in their education.
Picture above is from LHS 1964 yearbook and shows Bernice in top of photo, Elaine on bottom.

Classmates Janice (Parker) Bell, '55, Fran (Jacks) Wehner, '64, along with fellow photag Diane Mullins, will be exhibiting their photographic artwork entitled "Stars and Stripes - Through the Lens of Friends" at the Museum of the Great Plains. All three ladies are members of the Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society and worked almost a year to assemble this exhibit in honor of Armed Services Appreciation Day and the Museum.
The special exhibit opens with a reception on Friday May 20 at the Museum, 5:30 ~ 7:30pm, and will be available for viewing on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. No admission for viewing this exhibit and the Museum also has *free*
admission on Sundays. Museum - (580) 581-3460.

btw.....'59 classmate Rex Givens let me know that the Museum bookstore has "Empire of the Summer Moon" if you haven't gotten a copy yet.

And, speaking of that book....this email........
"I read the book and it was great except for the ending. The author didn't mention Quanah’s monument and tomb at Ft. Sill’s old cemetery where he is buried with Cynthia Ann and Prairie Flower. Other than that, it was a great book. Mitch Braley and I toured the Star House a few years ago in Cache and I am totally at a loss to understand why the Comanche Tribe has not tried to buy it and set it up as a monument or museum to their last great chief. Instead it is just sitting out there and rotting. I did write it up and submitted it as a candidate for Oklahoma Historical Places and it was accepted and placed on that list, but I don't think that has helped."
Reese Russell, '56’er

Well, "summertime (almost) and the livin is easy".... CATfish are Bill caught a bunch. About 18 in day and half (two trips), with friend Jim Ferguson. All great size but Bill caught one whopper at 11 pounds 2 oz. On rod and reel.

Appreciate emails from classmates John Smith; Dorothy (Dawson) DeMoro; Jovita (Reinwand) Weeks; Lewis Chandler; Carroll (Hankins) Pokorny; Mitch Braley.

Friend and classmate Shirley (Brittain) Russell, '57, had surgery Monday to receive a pacemaker. She is home now & doing well.

Ray Hobbs, '52, who received treatment for squamous cell cancer last year has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. No connection to other. Wife Tommye (Boudreaux) says they have already gotten treatment options, and Ray will be getting treatment over the next 12 months starting right away. They are currently in CA and Tommye says due to this latest they will probably not be able to make this Septembers reunion.

I know you all join me in prayers and hopes for all our classmates with health problems.

Storm just moved through.....finally some downpour of much needed rain. Did bring some hail, not too bad at our house although heard down around Grandfield was big as tennis balls! Guess morning news will tell. Wind minimal. Can't complain, need the water!

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

1 comment:

Teresa (McCune) Cipriano said...

I am happy to report Uncle Ray Hobbs has his treatments scheduled final treatment August 24th. The odds are in his favor. They have made all reservations and will be there for the September reunion.