TLC #71: Jan. 10, 2005
Dear Hearts & Gentle People:
I write with heavy heart, having lost one of my best
friends from 3rd grade on. Liz Anne (White) Kramer died on Dec. 15 after a
valiant 4 1/2 year battle with cancer - Mesothelioma and ovarian. She was
LHS class of 1957 also.
Two weeks later her father, Clifton White, died at
91. Many of you know the family and may want to send her mother, Mary Elizabeth
White, a card. If so, her address is 530 N. 17th St. in Lex 64067. Phone is
There will be a joint memorial service, for Liz and
Whitey, here at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday 1/15 at 11 a.m. Anyone who
would like to attend is very welcome. You may
contact me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-259-4559.
For those of you who do not know, my policy is
to print notices of deaths only if someone requests it. This time I'm the
one requesting it. Liz was a lot of fun, a great friend and a wonderful
mother, grandmother, and wife to husband Mike. And everyone who knew him loved
her father Whitey. They will be greatly missed.
Having delivered the sad news, I now wish you a
happy 2005 and hope your holidays were joyous. I won't even mention the new
grandson in our family, Alexander Kenneth Worthington born 12/20/04 in Denver.
He is, of course, way above average. We spent our holidays delighting in him and
his family and enjoying the company of Mary Kay Skelton '56 Smith and
sainted husband David.
Others have been busy. Witness Harry
Dunford's latest enterprise:
NOW HEAR THIS: Mr. Harry D. announces that he
has entered the publishing business with the formation of his Blog. For the
uninformed, this is a personal web-site which you can access and can read my
notes, opinions, rants or whatever and to which you can send e-mails for
publication on the site. Susan Worthington has a newsletter which goes to about
350 people and is titled The Lexington Connection. It is a fine piece of work
and she often has photos of Lexington, both ancient and new. You can access
that, I believe, by typing in Lexington Connection in Google. If not, I can get
you the address if interested. She has been after me to enter into publishing
which I have now done. My first brief article is now posted on my blog. The URL
is www.blogger.com User Name is:
Lexitown, Password: rm3capa18.
This is an amusing read. I've been after Harry and
also Slick Heathman to record their Lexington memories. They know all the good
stories. I am, of course, too young. But I do not want those items lost to the
ages. Harry had another memory he shared:
One more item about the original Odessa Ice Cream Shop and
its location. The house immediately to the west was large, at least 3 stories
and had a large front porch. However, it had been taken over by Dr. Fredendall
and another doctor and was used as a medical clinic. After Drs. Ward and Cope
returned from service they had offices in this building. Also, Jinx Holman had a
barber shop in the building before he went in with Boyd Myers in the downtown
location where Charolette Stier's business is now located.
The short wall in front of the building, to the east of
the Odessa Shop was typical of the walls which were built at various locations
from 13th street to 16th street and many of these are still in existence
today.There were no such walls on the north side of
Franklin. The photo distinctly shows the small wall as well as the shadow of the
Medical Clinic building and I believe proves that the photo was of the original
Odessa Shop on the south side of Franklin east of the Mattingly
offices. I rest my case.
And I plead guilty of mis-identifying the Odessa #1
as Odessa #2. Harry is completely correct. Mea culpa.
Jim O'Malley knows some good stories too. He
contributed a memory of Glen Whitney for this
I was really saddened to hear of the death of Glen
Whitney. I admired him so much and remember fondly my taking
Chemistry from him during my junior year (1947-48) at LHS. He
was an excellent teacher and prepared me well for College Chemistry, which I
took later at CMSU. Let me tell you a funny story about how Mr.
Whitney saved LHS from being burned down by Jim O'Malley.
We were doing an experiment during one of our lab sessions
with red phosphorous. We were supposed to take several spoonfuls of
red phosphorous from the small container it was in and put it in a test
tube. I noticed that my lab spoon had some sulphur residue from an
earlier experiment on it, so I asked Mr. W. what I should do. He
suggested that I light a Bunsen burner and melt the stuff from the
spoon. I did that all right, but I didn't cool the spoon enough
after heating it and as I put the spoon in the container and made contact with
the red phosphorus, the whole thing
ignited....and I mean
IGNITED!!!! The smoke ROLLED out of that can! Keeping my cool
I remembered that Mr. W. had taught us that if you cut off the oxygen supply to
a fire it would go out, so I took the container of red phosphorus and turned it
upside down on the table and the crisis was over....I
Mr. W. came rushing over and asked, "Jimmie, what
happened?" I proudly explained what I had done and then, to show him that
the fire was indeed out I picked the container up and as soon as the oxygen hit
the phosphorus it ignited again. WHAT A MESS!!! He
sent the class out of the lab and told me later that he spent the rest of the
morning trying to put out that fire and cleaning up the mess.
The last time I saw Mr. Whitney was at a reunion of the
class of '50 several years ago. We had a big laugh about the
incident and, believe me, that was something that neither of us could ever
forget. He was a wonderful man and I'm so thankful I had the honor of knowing
him as a friend.
Also, just a comment or two about the beautiful concert
grand piano featured on the TLC website. You mentioned that many of the
students at LHS played recitals on it in the old Lexington Library. I knew
it well. From 1947 to '49 I took voice lessons from Mrs. Worth
(Fay) Bates of Lexington. She was a Lexington institution and had
served for many years as the organist at the First Presbyterian
Church. She also taught voice students from WMA and the local
community. After studying with her for awhile she asked if I would like to
sing for the Lexington Women's Club at the Lexington Library. I
accepted the invitation and Mrs. Bates accompanied me on that fine
instrument. I'm so happy it's been reconditioned and is back in
service in good old Lexington.
Speaking of the Library, wasn't it great to have known
Miss Elizabeth Young, the librarian. She was so good to us and always helpful
with her suggestions for interesting books. Her dad was Mr. Young, a
partner in Crenshaw and Young, the drugstore across from the courthouse on Main
that was the precursor to Ford and Rush, and later Rush Pharmacy. A
very sweet woman!
Janice Jiovenale '57 Tubiolo sent some
It would be difficult to describe exactly how much all this (TLC and the
website) means to me. The class pictures (both Arnold AND Central)
are priceless and always instantly take me back to the time depicted. I
seem to grow more sentimental as time goes by - is that just a factor
of 'aging'?? A mere thanks for bringing them back really seems
inadequate for what you and Wally and Bob do. Just know that it keeps
'home' firmly lodged in my heart. What a labor of love! -
and it induces love and fond memories in all of us.
Mary Ann Mullen '57 Lane likes TLC
Susan, I enjoyed the TLC so much. I was looking
at the picture of my kindergarten class and one of the boys was named Ronnie
something or other. I'm still racking my brain for the rest of his
name. He lived across the street from me and we walked to school
together. He moved away a few years later and soon we lost track of each
other. I think he might be the one standing next to Mrs. Cope but he looks
like the one identified as Jim Demint. This is going to drive me
The Odessa Ice Cream Shop brought back memories.
I worked there for a short time. I didn't last long because the ice cream
was frozen so solid and it took me so long to get scoops out that customers got
tired of waiting. I remember that one of the customers was Mr. Gerhardt
who ordered a couple of hand-packed quarts of ice cream. The poor man had
to wait for hours (or at least it seemed like that to me) but he was really good
natured about it. I wonder if that ice cream was as good as I remember, or
was it just that we were kids and everything tasted good to us. Also, I'm
wondering if the golf course is still there. My husband Dan wants to know
because he spent many hours on that course with my Dad. I trying to get a
fix in my mind where the new memorial is and I just can't remember the layout of
the place. Congratulations to Wally on his photos, the man has talent!
Maxine McMillan '52 Doile
added some nice thoughts:
Susan, you will never know how much I enjoy TLC.
When I was reading #70, I was going crazy, thinking oh no I have missed one.
Yes, it is nice to go back home even though there is
no family left there. I was driving through Lexington when they were
disposing of the old LHS building. I just yelled, Oh no! My husband
was with me and wanted to know what was wrong. It was a sad thing to
Reading TLC brings back such great memories and every
now and then I have a chance to get to Lexington and it is great. You are
doing such an excellent thing sending great information and stories to us.Please
keep up the good work--we all love
Well now, that's about all the payment
a poor scribe can ask - appreciation.
You're a little short-changed on the
photos this issue, although the quality makes up for the quantity, in my
opinion. Still, be sure to click on
My webmaster is still busy
being a newly-wed, and the Hulver boy is out riding his Harley all the time, so
I'm short on pictures this time. We had an ice storm this past week; some
damage, but not the extent of the ice storm of '02. The only recent news that
jumps to mind is that the name for the new bridge has been selected, but you
have to go to the website to read about it.
Under Unfinished Business is the
identification of recently published class photos from a "few" years back. Votes
are still coming in, so we'll deal with that in the next issue.
Until then, warmest regards from
the old hometown...
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