Originally sent October 31
Someone planning to visit Lawton inquired and received info from Ed Harp and Jim Reynolds that LHS alums still meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the cafeteria at Memorial Hospital for coffee/breakfast and a visit. All grads welcome and if need any additional info, call Charlie Fatum as I was told he is there every Tuesday!
This is 'group' that used to meet at the Wildcat Cafe inside Ramons Flowers. Sadly, the Wildcat is gone!
'59 classmate Ed Adams writes that the Fall colors in LeFlore county are really beginning to show. The drive along the Talimena Trail and Hwy 270 in South Leflore are very colorful. He invites everyone over. Ed says.... Poteau - Heavener - Hodgen to the Talimena drive then west to Talihina.
Wedding bells and congratulations for LHS grad(s) and the current Mayor of Lawton, Fred Fitch, '65, and Natalie Higgins, '76. They tied the knot on October 21 at the Palmer House in the 'windy city' - Chicago!
Tommye Hobbs, '52, had an automated response telling all that she & Ray, '52, are now 'homeless' and staying in their RV at the Madera (CA) Fairgrounds with no Internet connection. Ray has several more weeks of doctors appointments before they can complete their move to the Sacramento area. She gives a phone number if anyone needs it, email me.
Murdoch Matthew, '49, and I have emailed several times back & forth & I recalled the TV show Murdoch used to host - Kid's Corner - over KSWO TV here in Lawton. I told him I wrote to him one time & he sent me a piece of his original 'art-work'. A hand drawn picture of a duck! I was in grade school at the time & I kept it for years but do not know what happened to it. To make a longer story short, Murdoch was just so kind to mail me several 'posters' he did for a puppet theater in Bloomington, IN back in the '70's & '80's. Just great and so reminiscent of the art work I received & remembered from many years ago. Since I am a BIG Halloween collector, I especially like one called the 'Witchy Broom'...spider & all!!!!
'60's classmate Gale McCray played baseball at LHS - played left field, played on 1959 State Champion Team. Gale, who lives in Dallas area, sent info on an interesting event coming up soon....the Tarrant County College, NW Campus, Senior Education Program presents 'Celebrate America with Baseball and Apple Pie', on Friday November 18, 11:30am - 2:00pm.
There will be nachos, Texas BBQ, and of course apple pie! Gale will be part of the entertainment - 'Gale McCray: One Man Looks at Baseball'. Gale says his part will be some poems, some songs, and memories of when he first started playing baseball in 1949 on McKinley street (in Lawton, America) with Tommy and Johnny Bateman and others. It sounds fun and if you are in the area and want to attend, you can get more information by contacting: Kathy Saburn, (817) 515-7199.
Once again, Herb Jacobs in his Sunday sports column talks about the '50's at LHS, Cameron, and Lawton muni. Reviving Top 10 lists from Lew Johnsons columns of 1956 and 1957, excerpts from column of December 10, 1956 feature names: Barbara Waid, Don McFarland, Harvey Coombs.
The #1 story of that column/list...."LHS football team won 10 of its 11 games, shared the Boomer Conference title with El Reno and was named states top prep team in all the polls."
The Top 10 list of 1957 has names: Jerry Moon, Ron Hartline, Bob Yingling, Brent Morford.
And the #1 story of that column/list was,
"Hartline stole the show by capturing out-standing player trophies in three all-star games during a 15 day span in August."
Also, "[Billy] Higgins was boys winner and [Babs] Yarmuk captured the title in Boomer Conference tennis championships. Higgins also won the state Junior Jaycee title & earned a trip to Santa Monica, CA."
"Sid Ahlschlager of LHS was named to the All-State baseball team, giving the Wolverines a representative on that elite squad for the sixth straight year".
If you can get the article - a good one, page 5-C, October 30, Sunday Constitution.
Been difficult, but, I have managed to not eat all the Halloween treats, so will be tending the door tonight for the little intruders! Weather has slight 'crispness', clear, so should be a beautiful fall evening!
I love Halloween and always remember the fun and excitement of the school carnival at Washington - especially the Spook House - and then trick r treating all the way home!
Happiness IS finding 5 Milk Duds in one of those little individual boxes, when it's usually just 4. See....doesn't take much to keep 'getting older' people happy!
Halloween trivia.....on October 31 in....
1898 - candy corn is produced by the Goelitz Confectionery Co of Fairfield,CA. Now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Co. [does anybody really like candy corn?]
1926 - Master Magician Harry Houdini dies on October 31 from a burst appendix.
1946 - Pres. Harry Truman reports a mysterious knocking on his bedroom door and in a letter to his wife, declares the White House to be haunted! [I'll say!]
1966 - Charlie Brown first utters, "I got a rock", when trick r treating in the TV special, 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".
2000 - Trunk-or-treating: kids receive candy from the trucks of cars gathered at a school or church parking lot...it begins to catch on as advocates tout safety. [bummer]
2010 - Belleville, IL: bans trick r treating for kids over the age of 12.
Wishing you nothing but TREATS this All Hallows Eve....eerie regards.... Georgia