I'll start off with a correction. Our mayor (the one I bragged about
recently) made a mistake when he announced the date for the ceremony dedicating
John Shea Avenue. It is APRIL 27 instead of March 27. Other than a nonrefundable
plane ticket for my daughter, no harm done. Dogwoods will be in bloom, and they
are planning a nice ceremony. So all of you who said you'd like to be there but
couldn't make it on March 27....now you can!
We will have a little reception after the ceremony. I hope I don't have
Carpal Tunnel by then - from typing my brains out on this newsletter. Must I go
on, or have I generated any guilt yet?
By the way, "carpal" looked strange to me, so I ran a spell
check. Sure enough, my program said it should be "carpool"! Yep.
That's what I've got: Carpool Tunnel Syndrome.
That's enough about me. Around town: you should see the Franklin Hole! They
are digging and grading and smoothing. Something big must be going to
My wife, Bobbie, had her right breast removed on
Monday due to a cancerous lump. She had her left breast removed three and
a half years ago. She is back home and recovering rapidly. Would
appreciate her being included in everyone's prayers.
Hi Susan, On Monday of last week, Ellie & I went to
funeral in Lexington. He was a long-time teacher
His daughter, Carolyn, was a classmate of mine at LHS, class of
married name is pronounced Fettrow, but I'm not sure of the
Carolyn lives in Richmond, VA. Thought you
might like to include this in
a future issue of the Lexington
ENEWS. Sophie Kehrees Vialle of
Lexington was also a
classmate of ours and should be able to give you her
(She mentioned planning to dine with Jim Lehrer
and his wife. I inquired "The real one?")
Yeah, the "real one." We went to MU J-School together, (he
was a year OLDER! and still is!) then after the Service, he came here and worked
for Bob at the Dallas Morning News. Later he was at the other paper, the
now defunct Dallas Times Herald, then had a news show here on the PBS
station that was very much like the one he has in Washington, without the snazzy
set. Their kids and our kids played together, etc. We see them when they
come to town and when one or both of us is in D.C.
It has been many, many years since we have communicated.
Thank heaven for
e-mail!!! Enjoyed you seventh letter. It was wonderful hear
about all the people from
the past. It was great to hear about Jan Rider,
Dr. Ward and Billy Don Baker.
I have been living in Texas for
almost forty years. I love it here . It is very exciting to see this
area grow. I have two grown children, girl and boy. My
daughter was married in Dec. 1999 and she delivered my first granddaughter
in Sept. 17. Shelley, (named after Shelley Cope) and her family live in
Boca Raton, Fl.
My son Steve lives in Austin. He is working on his
degree. He has a couple of businesses. His
girlfriend Amy has Amy's Ice
Cream stores. There are nine of
them. George W. Bush is crazy about Amy"s
Ice Cream. It is
wonderful . I am especially fond of Mexican Vanilla!!!!
Jerry is with IBM. We have been married 9 1/2 years. He is
wonderful to have around. We are so grateful to have found one
Just thought I would let you know that I am glad to be on
your list. Talked with Lucia Cope Hulston, and Anne Thompson Johnson
last week and they would like to be included on your list. Lucia's e-mail
address is email@example.com
. I hope you will
include them on your list.
I often think of your dad Susan. He truly left his impression on many
people. Our dad loved John Shea . He always got a kick everytime
about our family or the dogs in his column. I remember how
sweet and kind
he was. So glad they are naming Highway 13 after
him. He will always be
From Janice Jiovenale
First of all, congratulations on the honor to your father. Well
Won't be able to make it back for the momentous occasion,
but if we get back
there this fall, will take a spin along 'John Shea
What memories THIS one brought back!! Funny how one
reminiscence leads to
another like an unbroken chain linking us all.
At Jan Rider's mention of
Sunshine Lake, the associations flooded
My grandparents, Dick and Minnie Atwood, ran the fishing camp at
Lake for years, along with their farm at Henrietta. My
grandad used to
skate all over that lake in winter, pulling my Mother and
Aunt Geneva in a
boxed-sled. As a matter of fact, I was born at
Sunshine Lake and lived
there for over a year before we all moved into town
great-grandparents continued to live in the
two-story brick house at the
lake (protected from the lake by a big earthen
dike) with the younger of
their 17 children (Grandpa Dick was the oldest)
for another 11 or 12 years
after we left. The house I was born in
burned down on a Christmas Day, due
to faulty wiring on an electric train
set connection. We spent many, many
big family celebrations there and
Jan's letter made the little rental
cabins, sand, sandburs, water lilies and
the watermelon field across the
road pop into my mind as clearly as if I saw
them yesterday. Thanks to Jan,
for the memories.
From Babe Kehrees
Susan, Received your "newsletter"
today and what a pleasant surprise. Thanks to Mary Pat Gueguen Miller for
adding me to your list. I am still connected to Lexington as I still own
our family home at l724 Franklin. It is rented most of the time, when I can find
a good renter. As I am sure everyone knows, my sister Sophie Vialle still
lives in Lexington and my other older sister Katena Vleisides lives in Kansas
City. Our brother George Kehrees (Sophie's twin) died a few years
ago. I hate to appear greedy, however, I sure would enjoy reading the
first six issues. What a marvelous idea --- it's a great newsletter.
It is such fun to read about Lexington and old friends and very enjoyable.
Again, many thanks.
Evangeline (Baby Kehrees) Thompson (Class
From Eileen Mischon
Speaking of Greg (Ed: her son) --when he was in high school he was visiting
Lex one time
and stopped in front of your house to take some pictures.
He was quite good
at making drawings from pictures and loved old homes.
Your mother came out
and asked him what he was doing and he told her.
He also mentioned that his
grandparents lived in Lex. When your mom
asked him who they were they
invited him in and showed him all around.
He was so impressed with your
parents and their home.
Would you please
sign my cousin, Ray Mischon, up for the TLC. His email is
Thanks for the
news. Keep up the good work!
Mom had a stroke several years ago and is in the
nursing home at Concordia. She's doing great for 96 years of age and would
like to find a little white house to live in but that's not possible at her
And from Susan Shea Worthington:
So many of you have written it would be impossible
to include all the welcome comments I have received, about my father and about
TLC. Rest assured I will NOT print anything personal without permission. Please
send your news. I know people are gobbling this up and want more. And now
that I have learned to "copy" and "paste" etc. I can send
them along. Maybe even some digital pictures???
More soon! Your turn!
Your devoted scribe,