Originally sent September 5
Last Friday night kicked off the LHS football season as the Wolves (ranked 6) 'stomped' their annual rival Eisenhower, (ranked 10).....61-14! Go Wolves!....."beer, beer, for 'ol Lawton High...."
Don't you just 'love' those technical football terms....."stomped"...."rolled"...."held-on" ...."blasts"..."strong finish".....to WIN!
And, easy win for OU's season opener at Norman Saturday eve - OU 47, Tulsa 14. Boomer ~ Sooner!
Lots of email about lot of things in past 2-3 weeks.......
"I never felt the earthquake last week as I was driving to an appointment. We were planning on a beach trip this past weekend but IRENE decided to visit instead. Our beach place at Emerald Isle, NC had few damages and our home in Smithfield is right on the I-95 corridor and we were very blessed to just have rain, lots of leaves, small trees and branches and about a thousand pine cones."
Connie (Lassetter) Johnson, class of 1956
"Gunnar & I were in [DC] in time to experience the great "Earthquake of 2011". I was alone in the National Archives doing family research when it occurred. Leaving the building I discovered that there were no cabs available around the building and although buses and the Metro were operating, I had absolutely no idea which one might take me closer to my hotel. I decided that the only chance I had to get back to my wonderful husband was to find a hotel and ask a bellman to help me get a cab. After walking nearly a mile in a straight line, a hotel appeared in my site. Sure enough, a kind bellman came to the rescue and saved the day. The lesson learned was, "Never go to an unfamiliar city without a map and have a cell phone with texting capabilities. It was impossible to get a call through to anyone. After the Biennial was finished we visited family and stayed to watch the preparations for Irene. Our plane left for DFW an hour and forty minutes before Dulles was closed. Dulles was nearly empty of people and airplanes as we left the area.What an adventure!"
Beverly (Carnes) Carlson, '60
"Talked to Wes Hamm (class of '63). He is 80 miles N. of the epicenter in VA. He said he truly realized knew what the song meant of "I feel the earth move under my feet". They have also had a few aftershocks. He, also thought about terrorists!
Also, I gave a tour this morning [Aug. 27] at the old LHS for the class of '47. Really enjoyed everyone and they seemed very impressed with the way the building is "shaping up". It's really fun to hear the old stories and memories of the building."
Janet (Burt) Terry, '63
Frankie (Ingraham) Kinderman, '56, and hubby Mark, recently celebrated their 47th year of wedded bliss! Always good news of enduring unions and Frankie added this note....[talking about Lawton's bday]..."I remember going to Harmon Park for the Pioneer picnic. My great-grandmother's house was where they held the first Pioneer Club's meeting. Also remember Alan Dayton as he lived across the street on Arlington".
"My wife Carol & I just returned from a 2 week cruise tour of Alaska. The photo (above) is at the Arctic Circle at Prudhoe Bay. All I can say is WOW what a trip!!!!"
Charles Darling and wife Jackie are on the west coast and sent these comments couple weeks ago....
"We've had a relatively mild summer up till now. The heat finally arrived and is hitting triple digits in Pasadena, with the added bonus of gulf moisture driving humidity readings through the roof.
Took the grandson through Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park earlier this month and it was HOT!!! Las Vegas was 115 when we stopped for fuel."
Bill & I attended the dinner at the Country Club on Saturday night for the class 1947. We had a great time and turns out we knew many from those years. Betty (Phillips) and hubby Clarence Aubrey; Jake and wife 'Bill' Hester; Herb, '47 and wife Jean (Tompkins) Bridges, '46; Betty (Zak) - Minettes sister....speaking of Minette: her hubby Homer Page fell off a ladder that same Saturday afternoon & remains in hospital as of this writing. Broke some ribs and other abrasions. Minnette was at the Saturday night event very briefly.
Also attending Dorothy (Dawson) DeMoro from Bills class '52 as well as Linda (Cooter) Allred, '57. Her sister Jacquie (Cooter) Forrester is '47 and came from MS.
Met and enjoyed visiting with Jack Bost who lives in IL. Jack had help but seemed he was the main organizer who put this lovely event together and he was so nice to invite us to attend. I know locally, Jean Bridges & Jeneanne Lawson helped him a lot.
We met some new friends and everyone was so friendly and talkative! About 55 in attendance and they 'voted' to do it again next year! Same time-frame, same place, if possible. Facilities lovely and food good.
I took a few pictures and hope to have them on the blog soon.
I know class '61 held their 50th this week-end. Maybe I will get a 'report' and some pictures I can share with all...?
REMINDER: SEND MONIES NOW! Classes '49 ~ '52 Annual reunion. September 23-24. Saturday night - all at Lawton Country Club. Let Tommye Hobbs know asap at: email@example.com or Jo Riley:
NOTES: Class '49 Party: Friday night 6:00 PM at the Leister-Bridges home, 3304 Baltimore, Lawton.
Class '52: Friday night 6:00pm, get together/social, back room at Furrs Cafeteria; dutch treat.
For all: Meet and Greet: Saturday morning 10:00 AM, atrium (west side) of the 'real' Lawton High School. Coffee and sweet rolls will be provided.
Farewell Breakfast: Sunday morning 9:00 AM, Golden Corral, 2632 NW Cache Road. No host; pay as you enter.
NOTE: also the 23-25, the Annual International Festival, held at Elmer Thomas Park, 3rd and Ferris. Fun event if you have any spare time. Good food, entertainment, art. No admission.
Just few weeks back, a bad fire in Medicine Park area, now, another fire (worse) raging since last Thursday in area around and north of Meers. Been hard to fight as weather so hot and some areas burning are very remote. As of Sunday morning, 10 homes lost plus many out buildings. On west side, fire burned up to Jed Johnson Tower, not sure of damage to the actual structure? Back fires started helped stop fire approaching Holy City (Easter Pageant) area. Cooler temps came in early Sunday morn and very light drizzle, and Monday, seems a lot, if not all, under control. Terrible on the loss of homes but so fortunate no injuries other than a fireman who fell from a truck. He is OK. Can check stories in Lawton paper:
So sorry to report the passing of Dorothy Louise (Bennett) Meek, 91, of Lawton. Born in IN but moving to Tulsa at age 5, Dorothy later lived in and retired in Lawton. They founded the Grav-a-Name business in Lawton. She is mom to our '59 classmate Robert Meek, also sons Lewis and Richard; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grand children.
Services will be at 10:00am Wednesday September 7, First Christian church, Lawton. Burial will be at 3:30, Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa under direction of Becker Funeral Home.
Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
Also, hate we lost Dale Forducey, 72, of Elgin. Dale passed on September 1. Dale and his family moved to Lawton from Hollis in 1950 and Dale started attending Lawton schools, graduating LHS class 1956.
Dale worked with his dad, George, and mom Edna, in their 4 Dueces Western Wear in the downtown business community for many years. He was quite a character and always a lot of laughs when visiting with Dale.
He is survived by wife Cynthia (Johnson) who he married in 1987; 3 sons, Mark Forducey and Lonnie and Allan Johnson; numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, George and Mitchell Forducey. Services were September 3 in Elgin.
Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.fletcherandelginfuneral.com/
Also passing, James Richard Ferrer, 56, of Herndon, VA, on August 15 after a lengthy battle with cancer. James was LHS class 1972. He is survived by wife Joveda Faye (Bunch-Baldas); one son, two daughters: extended family.
Obit is in Lawton paper of September 2. http://www.swoknews.com/
And, Tim Doughty, 51, of Lawton passed on August 28, in Wynnewood, OK, after a lengthy illness. Tim was son of '59 classmate Pat (Dunn) and Jerry Doughty, '57. He is also survived by a sister, Debbie. So very sorry for their loss. Memorial service for Tim was in Lawton on August 31.
Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers, are always with those who have lost loved ones.
Bill says we have to 'labor' today!!! I'm going to get another opinion! Have a good holiday! Georgia