Dear Hearts and Gentle People:
I send you merry greetings from the old hometown and wish you a wonderful Christmas and an awesome, as the kids say, New Year.
There were some nice notes in the mail, which I will share, but we have no new photos on the website, so please enjoy a trip through the archives until we come up with something new for the next issue.
There are certain subjects that push buttons with readers. And writers. One that always brings a response is a mention of the Peckerwood Club.
Joy Knapheide, widow of our friend Arthur '56 Knapheide, wrote a nice note:
I really enjoyed the latest issue of the TLC. I only wish Arthur had been here
to see it. You see, his parents and Aunts and Uncles used to go to the
Peckerwood Club and have told us great stories about that place. I only wish I
could remember them to tell. Arthur's Mom is 95 and still likes to tell stories
Valerie '73 Wood-Hellyer reported in:
did have our Class of ’73 reunion at the VFW last Friday. We had a very
lean turnout, but those of us who came had a blast. I must say I was
disappointed that many of our classmates who live in
(of mine) Wanda Harrington '57
just want you to know how much your e-mails mean to me. I share them with
my sisters, Lois and Jean (Harrington), trying to remember all the good times we
had while growing up in
Yes, M'am, we sure did! John '47 Rostine remembers the Peckerwood Club well:
I worked for MO Public service. The warehouse was across from Walker Drug Store, and there was the old ice plant under the MPS warehouse, The Peckerwood Club was on old 24 Hwy. I went there a lot of times. Mittieville was named after the owner, by the name of Ma Mittie. She was one of the sisters that owned the place, a very good eating place. They served fresh catfish - you would go out to the fish tank and pick out the fish you wanted and they'd clean it and cook it for you,
I didn't know that, John. Thanks for writing.
Bette Phipps '73 Thomas sent a copy of her note to Jimmie '73 Lorantos to share:
Really enjoyed the pix from our reunion & also checked the archive pix. Thanks so much for preserving & documenting our past. I have some of the grade-school pix & used to know the names of everyone in those pix, but 60 or so years have eroded all those memories. I'm pretty sure those pix of you minuet-dancers were from the 4th grade play we did (Mrs. Parks was our teacher then). I was the Statue of Liberty, standing on a box or something & maybe covered with tin foil & holding up something (a torch?). I really wanted to be a minuet dancer & decided I was given the Statue part because Mrs. Parks couldn't think of anywhere else to put me. Since I was the only Statue of Liberty, some might have thought of me as having a commanding role, but being Bette, I knew it was actually some form of "Oh, well, what else can we do with her?"
Faithful Jim '49 O'Malley recalls the Peckerwood Club:
enjoyed reading about the Peckerwood Club and it called up a host of
memories. During the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s the PC was known far and
wide. Before Hwy 24 bypassed
I first visited the PC during high school and found it a family place where folks went for an inexpensive evening of fellowship with their neighbors and friends. I soon discovered it had world class catfish, chicken, and tenderloin sandwiches! They had a 3.2 beer license and didn’t have mixed drinks. Many celebrities visited there. Above the entrance to the dance area was an autographed picture of James J. Braddock, who defeated Max Baer for the heavyweight boxing championship in 1935 and then lost it to Joe Louis two years later. The movie “The Cinderella Man” was based on his life. Did Jim Braddock visit the PC? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
Once when I was visiting the PC I ordered a tenderloin and Minnie added a side of green pickled tomatoes. I complimented Minnie on them and, from then on, whenever I stopped in to eat she included green pickled tomatoes to my order. They were simply delicious!!!! A closing comment: Their juke box had great music on it. Just right for dancing! Best wishes to everyone.
Jim sent along a photo of Jim Braddock which you can call up on Google.
His classmate George '60 Gordon wrote for the first time. You will be mighty proud to read the next-to-last paragraph.
you for providing this great service of connection for all of us who have
We will be having the 50th reunion of the 1960 class in August or September of this coming year. I am reading of the experiences of previous classes with interest.
Dr. Effie Boldridge was in the Class of 1960, and I regretted having a conflict on the day of her funeral. On the Monday after the service, I delivered 85 dictionaries to third graders at Leslie Bell Elementary on behalf of Project Literacy in KC.The dictionaries are purchased by Tony Richardson's Foundation, and they are delivered by members of the Downtown Rotary Club.
was extremely pleased with the students response to my
presentation. The students responded with enthusiastic spontaneity
and interest in the dictionaries, and when they bordered on becoming a
little chaotic the teachers calmly and respectfully brought them back to
more focused attention. These teachers are doing a wonderful job of
promoting both enthusiasm and cooperation in the learning process.
The entire school staff, including the principal, secretary and
custodian, were all very helpful and supportive. It was heartwarming
for me to witness the exceptional quality of educational experience that
is being offered to the students of
I will try to keep you posted as the plans for our reunion develop. May I ask that my name be added to the list of the regular recipients of your journal.
Marian Johnson '59 Buchanan was prompted to write by Lucia Cope also '59 Hulston:
Had to write when I saw Lucia's offering in the latest TLC. The class of '59 LHS Reunion deserved being highlighted...After all, it was our 50th! Lucia's summary of our wonderful weekend was great!!!! Although, I'm not sure about those seating assignments. Guess I'd be one of those by the door, unless one of those tables included a loss of memory category. :-)
Mary Pat Gueguen '58 Miller enjoyed seeing them too: