Wednesday, November 30, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent November 21

Barb Odom Smith, '56, says her brother - David Shell - is also a 'turkey' this year, being born on November 24. David is LHS class 1969 & he and wife Susan live in Tijeras, NM, just outside Albuquerque. He returns 'home' on occasion to hike out in the Wichitas.

My sister Suzy Salas, '64, is just back from Vegas! Don't know what she/they did? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!!!!!

'59 classmate Wade Harrison has left the 'home town' to return to the sunny state of Arizona! He will be doing some back and forth but one of Wades daughters is the area (Scottsdale) and he has lived there previously! All the best Wade!

Also in AZ for Thanksgiving, classmate Larry Campbell. He is in Phoenix with son Chris who works for PING!

Have to share this....I was so excited when Lewis Chandler emailed to let me know he had purchased a 1914 LORE at an auction in Tulsa. The auction was done for the estate of Nancy (English) King, formerly of Lawton, and daughter of Exall English, founder of Security Bank. I am sure the LORE belonged to Exall or possibly his wife, Lucille. I was even more excited when Lewis sent the LORE to me for safe keeping and posterity! I have read some and do recognize a few names of those who became business people in Lawton. Just a great 'book' and in very good condition, just small water damage on bottom. I will take great care to preserve it!

NOTE: The English family lived across the street from us when I was growing up. They had two daughters - Nancy and Ellen. ( and a Cocker named Fudgie). Both girls went to school in Lawton until Jr High, freshman or maybe sophomore year and then they went away to private school. Nancy obviously has passed but I do not know when? I have not heard anything about Ellen (English) Chadwell in years. I know some of you will remember them and had they remained in Lawton school would have been classes of about '55, '56, '57?

Mike Wyant, '57, let me know that the fall edition of The Prairie Lore ( published by the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society) contains two stories and a poem written by Mike that describes growing up in Lawton in the 1940's and 50's. Mike says he feels 'honored' to be in the same edition as several other interesting stories including one about Erle Haliburton, (The Haliburton Company of Duncan), and the great Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker.

For those interested, the semi-annual publication can only be obtained from the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society, P.O. Box 3693, Lawton, OK 73502, for an annual fee of $12.00.
Mike says he will have more stories and articles in the future but will only "use some of your names in the good stories"! Well.........maybe better check this out!!!!

btw....Mike was in a car wreck couple months ago but luckily escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

Are YOU a former Camp Fire Girl? If so, Connie (Conway) is trying to find out IF any of you gals would be interested in a WO HE LO Camp Fire Girl reunion? Maybe next spring? April - 2012? She has started gathering names, addresses, etc., and would like to hear from any who would like to have this type reunion. The Camp Fire Girl office here in Lawton closed in 1990's and there are NO records. Locating former Camp Fire Girls will have to be done word of mouth, contacting those you may know. You can email Connie at: or call her at: (580) 574-6601. She works but does have an answer machine and will return all calls. So..... get hold of Connie and let her know.


Jerry Boucher sent an update on wife Mary Ann. News was some 'better' than they thought, but she was diagnosed at MD Anderson with a blood disorder called Myleofibrosis. She is joining a trial program dealing with this illness and it will necessitate their traveling back & forth to Houston for a while. They ask for your prayers.

Have just received info that Wilma Jean (Ervin)Young passed November 5 in Colorado and services were held November 11. She was LHS class 1951. She was preceded in death by her husband Dean Young, class 1950; she is survived by a daughter, DeAnn; a son Steve; several grandchildren; a brother Covert Lee Ervin [would have been '59] who is married to our '59 classmate Gloria (Lamb).
Extended obit and guest book at:

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those who are experiencing illness.


Again, lot of new names to receive the LHS News. Welcome and want to remind you, previously sent news, photos, other, is archived HERE!

I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends. Georgia

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