Thursday, August 8, 2013

......LHS News......
 Originally sent August 6/7

 Some will be receiving the news for first time....this is a good start for you as this is a 'double' batch of the news. Hope you enjoy! Remember, previously sent news and photos are archived at the blog:

 Does anyone know the whereabouts of classmate Jim Sutton? Apparently he has moved. 
And, anyone know where-a-bouts of Cheryl (Draganza) Dayton? Or, Pam Fincher. Pam was 'army brat' and may not have graduated? Friends are looking. Let me know if you have info. Thanks.

 Reunion of classes '52 ~ '54 this past week-end was well attended and fun had by all! Re-cap and pictures SOON!
  btw.....Don Williams, class '53, was in town for the reunion and Herb Jacobs used the opportunity to write a great article for his Sunday column - 'Where Are They Now'? - highlighting Dons abilities on the tennis and squash courts as well as his distinguished career after he graduated West Point. Very good read. Sunday Constitution, August 4, page 3-C. 

 Appreciate Mary (Bowman) Thigpen, '49, for keeping me in the loop....this from Mary.......
 Peggy (Loud) Forster, '49, has her book in print!!! 'Letter Sounds to Help Parents Help Their Children' is available at: http: It is also available through Peggy wrote..."it has been quite a journey". She is living in a Senior complex in San Francisco.

 Edward Charles Ellenbrooks' August article is most interesting - about the Panther Creek Arrastra. [excerpt].....Arrastras were first introduced into this country by the Spanish in the 1500's. Arrastra comes from a Spanish word that means ...'to drag along the ground'. They were used to 'crush' rocks/ore in search for gold or silver. Probably built by miners at the turn of the century, the Panther Creek arrastra is one of the finest examples of a Spanish type arrastra and one of three found in the Wichitas.  This particular grinder is a little difficult to find, but Charles article gives much information about it as well as the location (map included). Very interesting read. Lawton Constitution, Saturday July 13, page 1 -C. Or, you can always contact Charles at: ecebrook

 btw....Lou Green has visited one of the arrastras in the Wichitas. Attached is a picture Luther sent back in spring of 2011. Gives a good idea what they look like although it is quite crude and do NOT believe it is the one Charles has pictured in his article.

 Great article featuring Bill and Billie (Suggs) Penn. Titled: 'Bill and Billie: A Powerful Pair'. Talks of the years the pair have spent involved in the Lawton community. Billie was field representative for US Sen. Don Nickles for 18 years and Bills many years of singing barbershop and being key member of the award winning Chairman of the Chord quartet. Billie Marie (Suggs) was LHS class 1957 and Bill is from Walters. They will celebrate their 54th anniversary this September. Great read. Lawton Constitution, Monday July 8, front page and page 3-A. www

 Karon (Carpenter) Kylllingstad, '60, back home in Lawton after 2 weeks visiting with Karen (Kimball) Hutton, '60, in Ohio and Pittsburgh. Also Karens sister, Barbara (Kimball) Grundman and two of her children Allen Grundman and Susan Grundman. They are all LHS grads!

 Era Faye (Hamm) Kurtz, '59 writes that she & hubby David, '59, are still in Wichita, Kansas and doing great! 

 Charles and Jackie Darling had super time on a recent trip to Alaska. As fires were raging in S. CA they were craving Alaskas cooler temps. 

 George Gill, '63, (my bro) in Sturgis, SD the past few days where he attended the annual Motorcycle rally! He's a 'Harley Hogger!'

 Glenn Webb and wife Carole report "the time of their lives" in Athens and Ephesus. Glenn sent a great photo album. btw...Glenn is class '53 and was diagnosed recently with a benign brain tumor. Apparently he has had it for years and at least so far has not experienced any side-effects from the tumor.

 July Anniversaries include...... '59 classmate Ed Coulson and wife Susan celebrated their 25th Anniversary by taking 22 members of their family to Disneyland! Sounds 'magical' to me. The Coulsons live in Phoenix. Major congrats guys!!!

 More congratulations due Fred Burch, '52, and wife Claudette (Taylor), '55, of Lawton, as they celebrated their 60th anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at an event hosted by their daughter Fredda Steinberg in Houston.

 Also, '59 classmate Ellouise (Haulcy) and hubby Ernest Paul Love celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception in Lawton hosted by their children and grandchildren.

 Happy, Happy, August Anniversary to: Janey (Johnston) and Bill Scott - 49th; Babs (Yarmuk) and Dee Givens - 52nd; Georgia (Gill) and Bill Williams - 48th; George and Christine (Parr) Gill - 47th. Congratulations to us all....wonderful accomplishment!

 And sing August Happy Birthday to: Sally Beth (Bassell) Wiseman; Bettie (Mowrey) Vail; Megan (Gill) Caudill; Tiffany Gill.

 Appreciate the vintage picture of Doe Doe Park send by Nikki Baker. I have posted it on the blog, right hand side, scroll down. It joins another picture of Doe Doe. 

 Tom Burroughs writes that he has "fond memories" of many he reads about in the news and would love to visit [email, mail, or phone] with any LHS classmates. You can correspond with Tom at (406) 837-5594; saxman snail mail is: PO Box 536, Bigfork, MT 59911. Tom is looking forward to the next class '56 reunion and plans to be there!

 John McKee, '54, hosted his annual 4th of July OU BBQ at his home in Santa Fe. Johns annual get together is for OU Sooners now living or visiting in Santa Fe. Some Lawton or former Lawton Sooners in attendance: Dee and Babs Givens; Bob and Karen Drewry; Suzie (Drewry) Battalia; Jack and Judy (Warkentin) Bryan. 

 Plans are finalized for class 1958 reunion September 20-21. Reservation and information forms are in the mail. If you need additional info, contact Kenneth Easton - kennetheeaston (580)353-6252 or (580)353-6253 fax.

 Appreciate emails from: Loretta (Hartline); Wanda Gayle (Smith) Sunderland; Larry Joe Thompson; Betty Boyce; Mary (Harris) Thompson; Bob Drewry; Pat (Adair) Vowell;


 Mary Lou (Holt) Daniel passed on August 4 in Edmond. Mary Lou was LHS class 1943. Burial will be 11:00am on Friday August 9, in the Fort Sill East Cemetery. A Memorial Service at the Edmond church of Christ will follow at 2:30pm. http:

 Patricia Ann (Mercer) Howeth Sanders, 80, of Edmond passed on July 12. Memorial service was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton on July 16. Pat attended Washington and Wilson grade schools, central, and was LHS class 1950. She is survived by a daughter and her family; a son and his family; a brother Earl Mercer; large extended family. Extended obit and guest book at: www

 Helen (Jarvis) McReynolds, 82, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed on July 10. Services were in Des Moines on July 15 with burial in Lawton on July 17. Helen was LHS class 1947. She married William Claxon McReynolds in 1951, he preceded her in death. She is survived by a son and two daughters and their families. An extended and interesting obit and guest book at:

 Randolph 'Randy' Bay Abbott, 63, Leavenworth, KS, passed on July 20. Randy was LHS class 1968. Services were July 24 in Leavenworth. He is survived by wife Joy; 3 daughters; extended family. Extended obit at: Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those receiving treatment for illness.


 Happy Birthday Lawton. Doyce Grayson will be hawking 'refreshing adult beverages' every evening at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo starting Wednesday August 7 ~ at the L.O. Ranch. Regards to all........Georgia

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