Originally sent August 8
Think I started something with this anniversary thing, but good news is always welcome!
'59 classmate George Lewis and wife Joan (Nottingham) will celebrate their 50th (August 25) with a family hosted reception. Major congrats guys!
Larry Muncy, '62, celebrated his 42nd anniversary in July with his wife Linda, who is originally from OKC.
Peggy (Wiggins) Hathcock, '55, wrote that she & hubby Austin celebrated their 56th in July. She also commented..."The Lord has been good to us, and Austin enjoys excellent health. My health isn't excellent, but I've got nothing to complain about".
Mary Alice (Slaughter) Rowland, '57, and Art will be married 55 years this December! And happy to report that both are happy and well up Yukon way. (at least half of those years have been happy according to Art). haha!
Jeane Virginia (Stockton) O'Brien, '61, and hubby Jim celebrated 45 great years in July!
And, Tommye (Boudreaux) Hobbs, class '52 sent this news....."What a bunch of new-bies re the enduring marriages! Ray and I will celebrate 59 years on August 22. Bill and Mary Melton are on number 61. Howard and Genevieve Council maybe even longer. Can anyone top that?"
Sounds like some of them may hold the record....?
I was told on good authority that the Museum of the Great Plains will soon have a permanent display devoted to Howard Council and his lifetime of making quality leather items, in particular his saddles, which are owned by singer George Strait and many world-wide rodeo champions. Howard was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame (OKC) this past spring. Howard and his wife Genevieve are both LHS grads.
Herb Jacobs - 'Where are they Now' - focuses on former Lawtonian Lewis Chandler in this Sunday paper (August 7 - page 6-C). Although Lewis graduated from St. Marys here in Lawton, many LHS classmates knew Lewis and at least one of sisters (Carmen) gradated LHS. The story is about Lewis career in coaching, teaching, counseling, and two bouts with cancer. Through all, becoming a very competitive and successful runner. Cancer free since 2004, Lewis who is 69 and living in Tulsa, trains 3 days a week. He is married to JoAnn (Arrowsmith) of Colorado Springs. Good read if you can pick it up.
Former Lawtonian and LHS grad John McKee, recently hosted his annual 'University of Oklahoma Club of Santa Fe' for those former OU alumns living or temp dwelling in Santa Fe. Picture below courtesy of the Oklahoman.
Left to right: Lawtonian Jack Bryan (married to Judy (Warkentin); John; Howard Berry; Susie (Drewry) Battaglia.
Ben Melton, writes....."Sue and I are in Chama, NM, temp this morning[Aug. 6] was 49, vs the 106 in our home town of Bossier City, LA. We will meet some friends from Houston in about a week in Utah. Then on to Yellowstone.
We will join a tour group at Grants Pass OR. and tour OR. and Washington for about a month. We had to do something to escape the heat!"
We hear that!
Received this nice email from Deanna (Paramore) Manning........
"What a delight it is to receive your LHS newsletter every month and to be able to keep up with all the people I went to school with - lived there from 1949-1957- my dad was manager of Penney's when it was still on C street next to Earl Drug. It is amazing that there are so many connections to each other from one little town, and I so enjoy reliving many of the memories you bring. I graduated from LHS in 1957 and even though I have lived in Southern California since 1964, I have stay connected with Lawton friends and family, until my dad (Dean Paramore) passed away in 2009. Now it is only through e-mail. Hope you keep sending it out for years to come."........
"PS btw....it's going to be 87 today - hottest day so far. You've got to be tough to live in OK."
Sorry to report the passing of Colonel (ret) Dean A. Herman, Jr., 73, of Las Cruces, NM. Born at Ft. Sill, Dean was an 'army brat' who travled all over with his folks but returned to graduate LHS class 1956. Like his father and grandfather before him, he had a very distinguished career in the military. He is survived by his wife, Marguerita (Zileff) who he met while attending Stanford.
Funeral services will be conducted 9:00am, Monday August 15 at Ft. Bliss, TX, chapel #1.
An extended obit was published in the Las Cruces Sun - News on August 6.
Also passing, Rita Jo (Hulsey) Ayers, 78, of Lawton. Rita passed on August 5. She attended LHS but do not know year she graduated or may possibly left before graduation.
She is survived by a son Mitch; two daughters, Jeanie and Jill; grandchildren and extended family. Her husband Bob Ayers passed in 2005. Services were August 8 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guestbook at: http://www.grayfuneral.com/
It's 110 years young for the home town. The annual birthday celebration started off with the Pioneer breakfast this past Saturday and the annual rodeo starts Wednesday (August 10) and runs through Saturday night! Doyce Grayson says ...all come on out! He'll be manning the hospitality tent and says they will have anything you want to drink...as long as it's Keystone Light!
Appreciate these memories from Allen Dayton, '52, they are most appropriate........
"When I was a small lad growing up in Lawton, there were two big days in the year - Christmas & August 6 - Lawton's birthday. Aug. 6 was the biggest. I got to dress up like a cowboy which I assume was to make me a 1901 Pioneer. There was a great parade which my grandmother rode in on a float with the Pioneer Women. And then best of all, we would go to Harmon Park where the Pioneer Women had a stand to sell sandwiches and soda pop. I got to help sell the pop which was in ice coolers. I can still feel that cold ice water in the cooler as I fished for a Royal Crown or a Grapette. This lasted several hours while the politicians spoke and there were talks about the founding of Lawton.
I also remember in 1951 when they had the pageant, "Neath the August Sun."
Happy Birthday Lawton! .........Georgia