TLC #39: May 27, 2002
Dear Hearts & Gentle People:
Your scribe has just returned from a 3-week trip out Route
66 where she got plenty of kicks. We had a wonderful time, spent a week in
Sedona, went to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and back through the Texas Hill
Country, namely Fredericksburg and New Braunfels. And I have
actually I will spare you details because the TLC Official Photographer, Wally
Hulver, has promised more pictures of the old hometown. At this moment I have
one to send, separately, of an event last week. Gov. Holden came to Lexington to
present a couple of checks: one in the amount of $1,500,000 to kick off the
creation of the National Military Education Center (which will always be known
to us as the Ike Skelton Museum). Now, lest you get your backs up over the name,
let me assure you that Ike is the one who demurred. Apparently, if I understand
correctly (and it does happen on occasion), it is not customary to name a
building after a sitting Congressman. The location of the complex will be at
what is now the Wentworth Country Club. What a wonderful thing this will be for
Lexington! The state has committed $20,000,000 for it
over the next ten years. There will corporate and individual matching, and we
already have a high-powered planning engineer in town to make it
other check presented by the governor on Thursday was to Wentworth, in the
amount of $144,000 to help fund further military history (Hall of Honor) at WMA.
Also they are building a big new barracks which should be a boon for
Quite a few of us got to visit with the governor when he
was here. And only a month or so ago, Senator Carnahan was here to speak at a
Chamber of Commerce banquet. Before that the Lt. Gov. had been in town.
Lexington has a high profile within the state, and good things are happening.
And now, before we get to the mail, let's take care of business.
you to know Hattie Sweeney ('53) Ussery wants someone to mail her TLC
news. The address is as
15638 Varner Road
Mayview, Missouri 64071-9601
the pics and update on Lexington. Everything appears to be taking shape
Who will adopt
visiting with Tony Grosso last week, I mentioned that you send out
newsletter about Lexington folks and that I may send info about
promotion. I told him that his being named the head coach of the
City Jays would be of interest to people in
up in Lexington where he played fullback and linebacker. He
from Lexington High in 1973. He was selected from 13 applicants
was narrowed down to five finalists: Kurt Thompson from
David White, Socarro, NM; Steve Huff, College Station, TX; Don
Blue Valley North, KS; and Tony from Jeff City. These were
narrowed down to
Thompson and Grosso.
hired as an assistant 22 years ago by Coach Pete Adkins who
amassed record of
354 - 48 - 2; a 71-game winning streak and 9 state
Cole, an assistant, followed the legendary Adkins who
retired in 1995. While
he was working on his masters and teaching in Lexington High School, Grosso got
the call from Adkins. Tony came to Jeff for an interview the next
day. Adkins and his team that had just won three state
made an immediate impact on Grosso. "You could see it and
feel it" Grosso said. "The way the players reacted to the
coaches, the way the coaches reacted to the players, the community and all the
loyal Jay fans .... you could just tell there was something very, very special
about this program." Tony's only regret is that his parents were not there
to see him named head coach. He knew they would have been so
Tony's a hard-working guy and we wish him much
In response to Jim O'Malley's query about which bank Jesse
James robbed, Marilou Edwards (John R. Edwards '51)
It was the
Wentworth Bank, now Fredricksons' wine shop, that Jesse James robbed.
Jesse James' great-grandson came from California a few years ago and presented a
brass plaque to Sharman Trost, the owner at that time, stating such. The
plaque should be somewhere in the wine shop.
check with Joann (Ritter) but she told me they named their shop
"Limrick's" because it was the Limrick Bank owned, of course, by Mr.
Limrick of Linwood Lawn. That part is true; it was the Limrick
Someone mentioned in
the newsletter about being taught the "rolling Missouri stop" by her
dad in learning to drive. I learned the same maneuver from my dad. A few years
ago I was taking our two girls to the swimming pool and, passing trough a quiet
residential area, I pulled the famous "rolling Missouri stop" (braking
at a stop sign to slow down to check for oncoming traffic, then rolling on
through the intersection). A policeman pulled me over. When he came up to my
window he asked, "What do you call what you did back there at the stop
sign?" (Wrong question) "A rolling Missouri stop" I said.
"My dad taught it to me when he taught me how to drive." He just
laughed and let me go. "Stop twice at the next stop sign," he said.
Now our girls call it a "rolling Lexington."
(Wilcoxon) '58 Gooseman
trivia memories these last two TLC letters have brought back to me. I of
course remember most of them (anything after 1940). It only seems
like yesterday that these things happened.
the memories of Miss Mautino as well as Miss Lena. I must share one about
Miss Lena. She had been, I think, Principal of the old Taylor School
(where the American Legion building is today) and my father was a student.
They were not allowed to even 'step' on the grass, and one day she caught him
going across the school yard. She nabbed him and called him her "bad
boy," which from then on, is what she called him. Later, when I came
to Jr. High, and encountered her the "first" day in the hall, she
pulled me aside and called "me" her 'bad girl', all because of what my
Father did in grade school, which again stuck all the rest of the way through
school. My Mother also had her in Teacher Training Class, and Miss Lena
always told them that "the only place to chew gum, was behind the
door in your room!" My what memories of by-gone days. Keep it
Margueritte (Marty) Shehan
Thanks Susan, you can go home again, thanks to Super Cyber Sue. The
pictures and letters were great. I send you Virginia sunshine.
You are most
welcome...all of you TLCers. You can do me a favor by sending your own profiles.
Everyone wants that!
Lorantos '59 writes:
So glad to
receive your news of Lexington and so many names of upper-class members and
classmates. How sweet it is to remember the smiles that go with the e-mail
names listed. In the future I would like to add a few historic photos and hope
they will jog fond memories. At our 40th reunion June '99 in Lexington I
led the Class in singing our alma mater and you would have thought we were
attending a pep rally circa 1955 LHS auditorium. I had been thinking of
suggesting singing this at the reunion but feared our memories of this
particular piece of music might not be vivid. No so. I stood and
began. Others immediately stood and joined in and you would have thought
from the volume and the spirit that it was the beginning of the Olympics.
There is no place in the world that I could be prouder of calling my home
town. We shared a special time in a special place in America. All Praise
be to God. My love and best wishes to each of you. This is a perfect way
to maintain touch. Remember when we thought a mimeograph was a pretty big
deal or a yearly salary of $10,000 was being well paid. Now I have a
communicator just like Mr. Spock. I still can't use my slide rule
for anything but the b-c scale and the numbers have gotten so small I can hardly
read them. May the peace of our Lord be always
with you. Live long and Prosper. Laus Deo!
back to #38, Diane Gibson '58 Conger adds:
I remember when Diane O'Malley lived in the apartment over the shoe
shop. The Gibson Quality Hatchery building was connected to the stairway
to their apartment. The thing I remember best is that they had a
skylight. It was the first I had ever seen. Dad tore down the
Hatchery in the 60s and put in the Coast To Coast Store. It is now the
Bill Seiter lived right across the street from me, when I lived on
Oneida. He played with all the Oneida Street gang. I, especially,
remember his firecrackers on the Fourth of July!! He liked them to be
powerful and loud!!! Bill came to visit me when we lived in Garnett,
Ks. That would have been in the years between '66 and '70. That was
the last time I saw him.
Ernestein Seiter lived next to Bill and his family for a short while,
before they moved to South Street.
Also, does anyone remember Billy Galloday? He lived right across the
street from Sonny (Oetting) in what was to become the Lefman house. His
Father operated the Mainstreet Theater. Billy's mother and my mother
traded babysitting. When it was his Mother's turn, she would send us to
the show. I thought it was great! I think my Mother thought she was
cheated. Billy was quite a handful. Another family lived there
between the Gallodays and the Lefmans. The name escapes me.
Any news on
Bill? Or Billy? Or the other family?
Shirley Briggle Miller remembers:
Delightful memories you relay to us from our TLC "members!"
For one . . . Howard Johnson's recollection of our absolutely ingenious
play in Miss Margaret's 6th grade at Arnold School. Our
rehearsal was almost as much fun as the real thing. We thought we were so
clever, brilliant! Whatever. I (the victim and therefore dead) laughed so
hard with the rest of the class that my stomach quivered up and down, as did the
sheet (over the "dead"), to the continued delight of our classmates.
Even Miss Margaret, believe it or not, laughed along with us all.
information you've all been waiting for...water meter
Bob Ball continues his
quest, and even has a website on the subject!!!! You MUST visit it. As Bob says
"What's the point of having an obsession if one can't bore others with
For those of
you who are burning for information on Tonettes, I promise it will be dealt with
the next issue!!!
And for those who are eager
for my vacation photos...maybe I'll have to get a
P.S. While in Lexington, Gov. Holden visited the Senior Citizens Center and
studied the plans for our 4 for Life complex. More on that next time too. The
photo comes separately.
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