Sunday, October 30, 2011

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

Originally sent October 26

Do you know........the LHS Lore is 100!!!! And for the 100th edition of The Lore, the 25 member staff is working hard to produce an especially memorable edition of the yearbook. The 100th Lore is set to contain a mixture of pictures of the current school year and the best old photos culled from the last century of yearbooks. Including 'Huey' - the LHS Wolverine mascot - in all his forms. (did U know his name was Huey? - I didn't!).
You can pre-order the 100th edition of The Lore by calling the LHS office - (580) 355-5170; cost is $75.00 each.
btw...great story on LORE - page 5-A, Sunday Constitution, October 23.

Another great story from Herb Jacobs in same paper, page 6-C, talks about the 'Top 10' sports stories for 1954 & 1955. The story from 1954 was originally run in a column written by Lew Johnson. Will be lots of names you will recognize. Herb says....more to come, up through year 1963. Try

"Allen Isbell mentioned that he first experienced pizza at Bianco's. I too ate my first pizza in Lawton. I don't remember where. But I do remember the last time I saw Allen eating pizza. It was at Abilene Christian. We lived in the same dorm and early one morning he was standing still in his underwear in my room eating pizza left over from the night before for his breakfast! Allen likes pizza."
Clifton Ditmore, '53

Note: I gotta tell ya....back in the day...there was nothing better than Bianco's or Dantes' leftover pizza for breakfast! Think most of us have been there!!! Allen was ahead of his time. haha!

Yours truly was out of town and unable to attend either of the [old] LHS events. But, I did receive this nice note on the dedication from '59 classmate Carlana (Fitch) Murray who attended the Tuesday event:

"..... the opening of the new city hall building on Tuesday was very nice. Very nostalgic to sit in the 2nd row and reminisce about past assemblies, the school in general, etc. Many dignitaries there but the highlight (at least for me) was when Kenny Bridges and Peggy (Elledge) Long each spoke about the school and some of its former teachers........ Vanita Lee, Paul Wilson, Lena Japp, Lily Stafford, Marvin Bickett, Glenn Dosser, and others.
Also, a brass ensemble played prior to the actual ceremony, first time the stage had been used since the school closed. They closed their part of the program with a rousing rendition of "We're Loyal to you Lawton High!" All in all, a very nice way to end an afternoon!"
(color pix of event from newspaper - Carlana is in purple in second row, her mom - Mrs. Fitch - is on her left).
(also, black and white photo shows the restored 'stage').

My Bill & I journeyed to Texas - Big D - on OU/Texas week-end. Not for the game per se, but to see 'West Side Story' with tickets given to us as a gift from our daughter Leslie. The show Saturday night at the State Fair Music Hall was a wonderful production, with a cast of young people with agile limbs to make all the great dance moves as well as wonderful voices to sing! Really enjoyed it.
Meanwhile, we had opportunity to attended a pre-game party on Friday night at former Lawtonians Bob & Karen Drewrys lovely Dallas home. Bob & Karen were our next door neighbors prior to moving to Dallas. Numerous former Lawtonians there - Dr. Sam Hamra, Don Gaskins, Ron Jones, and others down from Lawton and surrounding Oklahoma areas. Great visit, delicious food, and Bob & Karen were sensitive hosts taking into consideration that not all their guests were OU fans [can't imagine]. They had plenty napkins/cups, etc., with OU, but also some orange 'hook 'em' horns' in use as well. Didn't do Texas any good! Lovely evening and always great to visit with long time and dear friends.

On Saturday, Bill joined Ron Jones and several other of the 'guys' to watch the OU game and lunch at Sam & Sonia Hamras' beautiful Dallas home. I did what any self-respecting female would do in Dallas ....I went shopping! Great time had by all.

Ron Jones was a wonderful host to us personally, having ask Ron about places to stay due to large influx of people, he went above and beyond, was extremely helpful and got us fixed up! Herb Jacobs was right...Ron knows Dallas!


So very sorry to report the passing of Venna Lee (Wallace) Cook, 87, of Cache. Venna Lee passed on October 15. She taught in the LPS for 43 years and I know many receiving this news took Home Ec from Mrs. Cook.
She is survived by hubby of 56 years, Robert; a son, Stephen; a daughter Shelly.
Services were October 19 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:

I hated to hear of the passing of Jack Atkins. Jack lived in Mabank, TX but died on October 14 while on a family vacation in Sonoma, CA. Jack was class 1959. Jack loved flying but had been grounded due to heart problems. Last Friday in CA, with an instructor, he took a glider flight, flying over mountains and valleys. He made a perfect landing. but suffered a fatal heart attack just as the plane stopped. Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol (Dyer); son Kenneth; daughter Audra; several grandchildren.
Services were Saturday October 22 in Mabank, TX. Jack is related to our '59 classmate George Bridges and I appreciate George sending this info to me & his sister Donna Waller for a follow-up.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also appreciate Bert Click, '49, for sending this info he ran across....
'49 classmate Leonard Alton "Len" Roe, 78, of Tavernier, FL, passed last year - September 2010. There is a lengthy obit at the link below.

Our sympathies are always with those who have lost loved ones.


After a viciously hot and dry summer, we remain dry but are having a lovely fall....cold coming in by little 'baby steps'. Regards to all........Georgia

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