TLC #107: January 21, 2008
Dear Hearts & Gentle
It was time for a new TLC anyway, but once again
circumstances dictated the timing.
Her family has asked me to let you know that
Harriett Ann Skelton '51 Hall passed away Sunday morning in Richmond, where
she had lived for many years. The services are set for Friday (visitation at 10,
followed by the funeral) and will be held in Richmond, with burial at
Machpelah. If you would like to get in touch with the family or would like more
details about the services, please feel free to contact me. Mary Kay will keep
me posted about the arrangements. I know many of you were close to Harriett Ann,
Mary Kay, Charlotte and Arch. I'll be glad to forward
It has been very cold in the old hometown, and
we've had our share of ice and snow this winter. Things have been quiet since
the holidays. A few relocations have occurred downtown, and one major renovation
is taking place. The Connor-Waggoner store building, which for many years was
Kenton's Florals and Gifts, has been purchased by Brant & Michelle Neer.
They have a real estate firm, Welcome Home Realty, and are making some
restorations. It's always a treasure hunt when you work on a building downtown.
Recently they uncovered a large sign that says "See Us For All Your Printing
Needs." If any of you have memory or information about the history of the
building, perhaps you can fill in the blanks. They believe the printing business
was there shortly after the turn of the century (last century, that is), and
some of us know it had to go back at least 60 years.
Our trusty webmaster is out of town, so there
may not be anything new on the site....yet. We'll come up with something to
entertain you, or make you homesick. If you run out of anything to do, you can
always peruse the archives and read the first 106 issues of TLC. The new URL is
I've mentioned this before, but we have a
monthly event here called Tall Tales & Short Stories of Lexington. The
purpose is to preserve the social history of Lexington, so we concentrate on
subjects that are not already well recorded. Some day a book may come out of
this, but meanwhile we're having a lot of fun doing
It's an extremely casual get-together at our
Mexican restaurant Las Carretas (formerly the home of The Brewery), and we meet
for an hour on the third Thursday. This month's subject was "Great Athletes of
Lexington." Bob Mitchell led the discussion, and he concentrated mainly on his
years in coaching. There was so much interest we decided to do Part II next
month (2/21) and feature the 40s, 50s and 60s. Please send suggestions and, if
you can, be there to join in the fun.
The class of '58 has been having entirely too
much fun planning their 50th reunion. And they have a great website, with many
As for the mail, there weren't any long
missives, but I am going to include little notes because it brings us all closer
together. I do appreciate your thanks for TLC - it's a labor of
I want to tell you how much I enjoy reading
TLC. I'm a graduate of LHS, class of 1958. I've been getting a copy of TLC
forwarded from my cousin, Valerie Wood-Hellyer, for some time. I would like to
subscribe to TLC and become a regular member. I presently live in Excelsior
Springs, and my mother still lives in Lexington so I get back home
John =9258 Cross:
note to wish you and yours a merry Christmas and happy new year. Thanks for your
tireless efforts to keep us distant and long-lost Lexingtonians informed.
thanks for the TLC. I'm printing it to read in the car as I'm about to leave for
a week of silent retreat by Lake Michigan. Be sure that I'll have every one of
the "dear hearts" with me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all the
old friends still in the old home town.
You may have already seen it, but just in case. In the Kansas City Star
"Star" Magazine section in this Sunday's paper (December 16) is an article
written by our own Jim O'Malley. It is a fun read and more history
about our dear Lexington.
It IS a fun read and interesting. It may still be on the Star
Earlene Hancock '57 Edwards:
Am still enjoying reading the newsletter. Keep them
coming. I did make it as far as Kansas City, KS in September but did not
get down to Lexington. My plans are to make it to Lexington this coming
spring or summer, and I will be sure to call you. Hope you had a nice
Merry Xmas to you--would like
you to know that the newsletter you have so faithfully edited and printed all
these years has been a great asset to Lexington. It gets the news of Lexington
all over the USA--and probably some other parts of the world. Betty and I
both look forward to the "next" issue. I still get it--thanks to you--keeps me
up on what is happening in the city of Lexington. Just want you to know how much
I appreciate what you do for all your school mates.
Sharon Shurmantine '65 McGinness:
would love to hear stories about Dr. Brasher. He was such an important
part of my life for so long - from delivery until I moved away. I know
lots of people in Lexington have stories about the old days of doctors making
house calls. Do you think this would make an interesting topic for
Great idea! Send in those sentimental memories and funny experiences
with Lexington doctors!
Here's wishing you all a 2008 filled with
love and happiness!!!
Your devoted scribe,
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