The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Winnifred H. (nee Smith) Doggett, mother of the Doggett sisters:
passed away on Saturday, July 28, about 4pm. She had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for quite a long time and was cared for by her daughter, 1958's HARRIETTE E. DOGGETT. I believe Winnie was 82 or 83. She was also the mother of the late WINNIFRED SUSAN DOGGETT, Class of 1960, first wife of 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH. The notice came to me, directly from Harriette.
If anyone wishes to send a card to Harriette or contact her otherwise, the following information will be helpful:
Mrs. Daniel G. Del Campo Sr.
56 Jackson Road - Vilonia
501 849-2946 (Residence)
Thursday, July 27, 2006
WECATON NEWS REPORT, 27 JULY 2006:
---And we're off!!! I'd love to have delayed this, but I just couldn't. Once again, my WC folder is bursting at the proverbial seams. There has also been lots of contact from WC people, aside from e-mail, so I've got to get cracking before this feeble, old brain loses all the juicy details of everything, right?
Let's begin with the check-ins from our forwarders, as always is the case. They include 1954's WILLIAM L. MCNABB; 1955's FREDA P. FLETCHER, NORMAN E. JACKSON; 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, ROBERT W. "SMITTY" SMITH, WM. R. HOWARD, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, HARRIETTE E. DOGGETT, SANDRA L. BARSALOU, JAMES E. KECKLER; 195 9's GARY E. BARNES;1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, DAVID G. OTT, C. SUE MCCLOUD, THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., GERALD A. FULLER, RICHARD S. HOLT, STEVEN M. KOKOT, EULA FAYE BAILEY, LINDA J. SNELL, LONNIE M. THACKER, J. DAVID MAYS; 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, SALLY L. GILLETTE, NANCY J. ERTEL, RICHARD E. KNEER, BARBARA J.TURNINGTON, SANDRA S. HOLLINGS -WORTH, SHARON K. WENDELKEN, JACQUELINE N. LESHER, JANET L. WALTERS, DALLAS K. MATHIS; 1962's BARBARA T. O'NEAL; 1970's THOMAS A DORSEY; 1971's PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, and as a footnote here, I want to mention that I also received material from Martha E. Craig, widow of 1960's RONALD P. CRAIG.
Although I've had lots of e-mails during this period, I'm finding that I've gotten a huge number of them from a very small number of us. So this is my cue, again, to let you know that we all have to contribute, in order for this to work. I know very well that there are probably a number of us who have had significant occurrences--- births of grandchildren, illnesses, bought a new car, took a trip, shared time with other WC people, bought a new house, bought an RV, celebrated a wedding anniversary, retired---you get the idea, I'm sure. So do NOT overlook these news items, as regards letting me know about them. It is this type of material which constitutes our entire WeCaTon News Report, so do remember that, okay? With nothing from all of you, I'm obviously left with nothing to report. So thank you, one and all, for your contributions. This is a joint effort, and I cannot do it alone!
We've added some more people to our list, I'm happy to report. That ever-elusive WILLIAM E. HECKER is back with us again, via courtesy of his 1962 golfing pal, RICHARD G. DENNEY, whose wife is 1962's LIELA K. GEORGE. Thanks very much, Dick. For about two years, 1960's MONTY ESTEP tried hard to stay abreast of Bill's e-mail address, but it must have changed, apparently. Monty is ever-mindful of putting out the word about WC events, the bulletin, and all the general WC info. Thanks, Monty, and welcome back, Bill! PLEASE keep me posted in the future if you get a new e-mail address.
However, Dick Denny is no piker when it comes to finding new sign-ons, either. He has also delivered to us, 1957's DAVID P. CHANCE. I'm sure most of us remember Dave. I know I certainly do, So welcome aboard, Dave, and be sure to put in your appearance on alumni weekend. We're just like Motel 6, "We'll leave the light on fer ya'!"
Also climbing aboard was another 1960 fellow, FRED L. DOOLEY. We all remember you, Fred, and we sure do hope to see you during alumni weekend on Oct. 6, 7, and 8. Please don't forget us! Also getting back in touch, thanks totally to 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, is the long-lost RICHARD L. "DICKIE" PHILLIPS, who attended the same car show as did Bruce. Bruce doubtless remembered that we'd "lost" him and got me his new e-mail. Bruce mentioned that 1962's RICHARD C. CALL was also at the same car show. It's just got to be great fun for several WC people to run into each other here and there, as they go to various events.
It was at this particular car show when Bruce said he saw a Woody's Market car with the familiar insignia of the fruit basket. I am very sure that 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST has long since posted it on the blogspot, if you want to take a peek. What a great photo!
For a spell there, we also lost 1957's THOMAS D. ELLIOTT and his classmate spouse, THERESA M. MOSES. I'm happy to report, though, that I just heard from them and all is well. They are back on board. I'm sure we'll be seeing both of them in October!
Whatever would I do without my many helpers among you? I refer to several people, actually. There's 1960 computer guru, MICHAEL S. WEST, as well as 1961 computer guru, NANCY J. ERTEL. Between these two, they solve every glitch I hit. Nancy keeps a very sharp eye for articles and details of interest for WC. They both also do a lot of extra things, and Mike does a great job with our blog, so thank you both. There's 1959's GARY E. BARNES and all his efforts to make me aware of everything WC for the WNR bulletins. There's 1960's THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., who keeps us all so fully and correctly informed, due to his post on the school board, and another of our classmates, RICHARD S. HOLT, who faithfully sends me every piece of WC news he finds. There's 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, who reports every WC happening to me, in detail, and lists the names of all those who were present. There's my detective pal, from whom there are no secrets, 1958's WILLIAM R. HOWARD, who finds everyone for me, upon first request. I know I'm taking a risky chance by listing people who help me, as I know I've missed some of you. But I thank each and every single one of you
Bruce also gave me a great report on the 4th of July festival, writing that it was a roaring success. He also sent me several WC mementos of the event. He said he ran into 1958 classmate, WILLIAM R. HOWARD with wife Lucy, 1958's JAMES E. RICHARDSON and spouse, K. JUNE CRUTCHFIELD, 1959's GARY E. BARNES with wife Pat, and JAMES CLEARY, who was headed back to his home in Venice, Florida.
PATTY JO WHEELBARGER, 1971, continues her quest to find class members. Patty is doggedly and determinedly trying to find as many 1971-ers as she possibly can. She continues her quest to try to raise more alumni weekend attendees than the Class of 1960. Believe it or not, Patty, I still wish you the very best of luck in that effort. I think you'll do great. Such dedication is to be commended!
Let's all remember to contact Gary Barnes in plenty of time, if we wish to be a part of his golf outing, which will take place at the Mound Golf Course on Friday, October 6. Gary is in the phone book. Bruce says he thinks this promises to be a banner year. I agree with him and am getting more excited with every passing week.
For a moment there, I digressed, but you've all grown accustomed to that quality in me, by now, haven't you?
In any case, I wanted to tell you that I'm so excited to have added yet another Miami Shores Kid to our list. It's 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY. Don has been such a joy, since he "found" me, courtesy of 1960's PHILLIP D. HOWARD and his 1967 spouse, MARIAN KAY HUSSEY. We've had a circus with our Miami Shores memories and talking about everyone whom we both mutually know.
For those of you who may not be aware, Don owns the Insurance Store of Ohio, in Middletown. For many years, he moved out to California, returning to Ohio about 8 years ago with his Miamisburg wife, Bonnie Lee Webb. (I'm writing that in here, so that other MS kids won't think it's a relative of MS grocer, Major Webb.) Anyway, success has followed him and they just built a new home on Anthony Lane in Miamisburg. Get a peek at Don on the blogspot. He's also heavily into the music scene and has repeatedly told me how thrilled he is to have been able to reconnect with old high school pals, namely RICHARD L. SCHINDLER and longtime MS former neighbor, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT. This is all such a thrill, being able to put old friends in contact with one another.
DONNA J. RICHARDS, Class of 1961, continues to make efforts to "gather her flock" for the 45th, which obviously occurs this year. I don't know the plans, but if anyone knows the whereabouts of any members of that class, and you think no one else does, be sure to let Donna know.
Did everybody see the great photo of those two 1958 friends, WILLIAM R. HOWARD and ROBERT W. "SMITTY" SMITH? That one is also on the blogspot, courtesy of Mike West. Two of Bill's grandchildren are in the photo and believe me, you can sure tell they are Bill's grandchildren. Smitty and Bill had a visit when Bill and Lucy took the kids to Mall of America in Minnesota and visited Smitty on the way back. He lives in Wisconsin, I do believe. We WC people never miss a chance for a visit with an old friend, it seems. My husband remains nothing short of slack-jawed that so many of us remain so connected, after all this time. He tells me he's never seen anything like it, in his life. Neither have I! What a testimonial to all us WC "kin!"
As I always do, I mailed my heavily-read copies of Reminisce magazine to the Wests, in Gatlinburg. I'm given to understand they read them, also, and then take them to the local nursing home. That magazine has taken on a life of its own, thanks to you, PHILIP H. WOLFORD, who gifted me with a subscription. Since I'm talking about subscriptions, I will tell all of you that I now also have a subscription the Miamisburg-West Carrollton News, courtesy of 1961's fellow alumnus and Miami Shores Kid, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT. She was kind enough to order a subscription for me and I have been voraciously reading each and every page of every issue. Many thanks, Lynn!
Speaking of Lynn, she and I have recently gotten to spend some quality time together. She was at her parents' home, right on the edge of Orange Park, for two weeks. I drove up there twice to see her and was on my way for the third time, when we hit a little snag with her schedule, so we didn't get in that third visit. But we did have two good ones, and a lot of phone gab and catching up on everything. Lynn returned to her Germantown home on July 18.
Try as I might, I'm unable to avoid the inevitable topic of the losses we have suffered during this last period. From the class of 1961, was CAROLYN WRIGHT. I was unable to locate her in the 1961 book, but I re-member the archaic practice back then, of refusing to include someone's photo, in the event they hadn't paid their entire photo packet balance by the time the book went to print. I don't know if that was it or not, but in any case, that particular practice rendered our books as historically incorrect, with grads being missing, so I think that practice ended years ago. Although, she was but 63, Carolyn had outlived 3 husbands. That's quite a record! Many thanks to Carolyn's classmate, DONNA J. RICHARDS, for sending this to me.
Also, it has just recently come to my attention that 1975's DEBBIE ANN DARE passed away on June 21, of cancer. No one sent me a thing about this. But thanks to Lynn, I found it in the Germantown Press' July 13 edition. I don't know how we all missed this one, but we did. I didn't know this lady at all, but I'll bet some of you did. Her current name was Worley and she had been employed by the City of Springboro for 10 years. Obviously, it's far too late for attending any sort of services or viewing, but at least we are now aware of her passing.
Then of course, on July 22, we lost a truly iconoclastic figure in the person WOODROW W. BOWMAN, who was 93 1/2 years old. I don't need to tell any of you how I felt about that loss, as I know you're all very well aware. As I have previously written, the world will be a tad less fun, without Woody walking around in it. In my childhood and teenage memories, he is a figure who was larger than life, and will remain so. I had hopes of trying to visit him, just one more time, when I was there in October. How I do wish I'd done it last year!
Many thanks to 1987's SHARLENE N. MERKER for getting the word to me, first. I instantly called EULA FAYE BAILEY and we talked 2-3 times that day, even sharing tears on the phone. The part of life where we lose those about whom we care, truly is horrible. How I wish it could be different! Thanks also, to 1966's JOHN E. MCCLELLAN and 1961's JACQUELINE N. LESHER for help in securing the correct postal mail-ing address for Woody. Sadly, we will all have to now use that address for sympathy cards, rather than get- well cards.
Although many of us have great stories about Woody, I have to re-cap a couple of them, myself. It seems so fitting to do so. For those of you who are unaware, he was very much the quiet philanthropist. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, when people were without funds for food, they simply went hungry. When they needed medicine and couldn't afford it, they did without it. When their children needed dental work and they couldn't pay for it, it just wasn't done. But that was not the case for those people who lived in the WC school district, if Woody Bowman heard about it. He sent groceries, he paid medical bills, and he paid dental bills for many a WC family. It was all done very quietly, no fanfare. I'm willing to bet that some of the families had no idea he was their benefactor. Can we even begin to tally the number of children's sports teams and events which he sponsored, over the years?? I daresay, we cannot.
He did much more positive things than negative, but he had just enough orneriness in him to be the interest -ing and fascinating person whom he was. Yes, he did tick off the City of WC because of his choice of paint schemes for his store. Yes, he ticked off the D.O.T. when he built his building as he did, and they were forced to plan the road around it. Yes, he was well-connected to high-powered politicians and some people didn't like that. But are things any different in today's politics? Love him or hate him, Woody was a force with whom to reckon, and he sure did know a lot about reckoning! West Carrollton will never again see a man like Woody. How fortunate we all were, to have had him among us for so long! The city should build a likeness of him and put it right in front of City Hall and it should stay there forever. If not for Woody Bowman, no one outside Montgomery County would have ever heard of the tiny town of WC!
BEVERLY A. BOWMAN and I spoke for a while the other day. It was a hard conversation and we both remembered those trips as we ran through the store, grabbing whatever we wanted. As we'd leave, it seemed as though there were several people who were in that store at all hours of the night and day. They were 1960's THOMAS D. YOUNG, 1959's GARY L. SIZER, the meatcutter, "Rabbit," and also Henriettia and Minnie. What great times!
Many of you have sent in comments on Woody, as well as sending me all the newspaper articles and photos and short stories. Those people include 1954 's WILLIAM L. MCNABB, 1955's NORMAN E. JACKSON, FREDA P. FLETCHER, 1960's RICHARD S. HOLT, 1961's JACQUELINE N. LESHER, 1959's BETSY R. MURPHY, 1971's RODNEY R. GABBARD, 1960's FRED L. DOOLEY, 1966's JOHN E. MCCLELLAN, 1983's CRAIG A. VAN DYKE, 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH, 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY, 1961 's JUDITH L. SAMUELS, 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, 1956's J. DEANNA CHRISTIE, 1957's SHIRLEY ANN HILE, 1961's SHARON K. WENDELKEN, 1960's THOMAS D. YOUNG, 1961's JUDY M. FRANTZ, and 1971's PAMELA K. SHIPLEY. Thanks to all. It was so sad to note that Tom Young wrote to ask for an address to mail him a card, but he died before Tom could get it sent. Tom was like a fixture in the store, in our high school years.
We lost a couple of people for awhile. Among them were 1957's THERESA M. MOSES, THOMAS D. ELLIOTT, and 1955's FREDA P. FLETCHER. But we now have them all back. I just got e-mail from the Elliott household. They've been vacationing, it seems. Can you even imagine someone on this list taking a vacation without telling me in advance? Ha! But they did! As for Freda, that was another whole story. Bill McNabb and I were getting ready to call out the Feds, in order to find Freda. He hadn't heard anything and neither had I. So I set about trying to find her. I even sent a postal letter. It was right about that time, she came back home and told me she'd been out of town and got unexpectedly delayed in an area where she couldn't get e-mail. Horrors!!! She made it back just in the nick of time!
By the way, Bill McNabb's computer equipment fell victim to a storm, in early May, he wrote me. Bill made reference to something called,a"motherboard," and the term sure did scare me for just a moment, until I read further into it. Ha! At first, I thought he was just really angry! But all is well now, and Bill is back in business.
We've had a few among us who have taken wonderful trips, as you all know. They include 1957's THERESA M. MOSES and spouse THOMAS D. ELLIOTT, who sent a wonderful vacation report, which all of you have already seen and read. Also taking a lengthy road trip was 1960's IDA JANE TREON, with her family and covering 15 states. I believe all of you also read that report, much earlier. Then of course, we have those two FULLER people, GERALD A. and wife Becky, who are always on the road and I'm green with envy. We all know by now about Becky's wonderful travel reports, filled with good details and descriptions. They, too, have a recent wonderful photo posted on the blog, courtesy of Mike West. Take a peek. Jerry recently attended the reunion of his U.S. Army 24th Infantry football team.
Also running the road is 1961's JUDITH L. SAMUELS and her husband, Bill Van Cleef. They take jaunts on the weekends and spend time at various of Florida's hotels and resorts. Maybe one of these years, we'll get her up to Ohio for alumni weekend. Then there's 1960's WILLIAM O. WALKER, and his WC-honorary spouse, KAREN, who are, "homeless," and forced to travel the U.S. in their sumptuous RV, as they work in areas where there are storms and play in areas where there aren't storms. Such a tough life!
What's with you, JOHN W. OBERLIES, JR., of 1961? I've gotten back a slew of e-mail I've sent to you, with a message that you are out of the office AGAIN? You must do lots of traveling! You showed up at the 2001 alumni gig, so now, it's 5 years later. Do we get to see you this year again? It's your class' 45th year!
The WC chat forum, moderated by 1985 alumnus, M. CYNTHEA POTEET, continues to grow and thrive, I'm happy to report. Cynthea does a fabulous job with this and it seems to draw the late 1970s through current grads. I'm hoping, between Cynthea's forum and my
bulletin, we can dredge up quite an attendance for this year's alumni gathering. Keep up the great work on that, Cynthea. I can't do what you do. I'm okay with this bulletin thing, though.
You all know by now that I'm one of those lifelong-and-ardent, "scooter tramps," and a love of riding is one of the things in common which I share with NORMAN E. JACKSON, 1955. So we have to have an exchange every now and then about riding and motorcycles and all the related topics. Norm wrote that Miamisburg had a recent bike show, which he attended. Norm has a Gold Wing and I have two Harley-Davidsons, so we always have to have the usual, eedling rhetoric about one versus the other. But as Norm writes, "Thank God we are all in a country where we can each ride whatever we want!"
Attention, LINDA L. BECKETT, Class of 1958! I've got to ask you to be sure to send everything I've sent lately, to your sibling, RONALD L. "PETE" BECKETT, and his spouse, CAROL A. PFISTER, both of 1956. I continue to have transmittal problems to them and I'm sure not going to omit them, no matter what. So do please bear with me, Linda, until I can get around the glitch, whatever it proves to be. Thanks.
FREDA P. FLETCHER, 1955, and I continue to make exchanges about life in Miami Shores and the days of the boat races and all the people we both knew. She has a slug of cousins in the WC alumni ranks! Did you reach your old pal, CAROLE JUNE TEWELL, Freda? You never did say.
As always seems to be the case, I'm in near-perpetual contact with 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY and with MICHAEL S. WEST, also with 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, and 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH. I don't see that ever changing, at least not at anytime in the foreseeable future, which is just fine with me.
During this past month, I've received an invitation to the wedding reception for 1960's Honorable Judge CHARLES A. "BUD" LOWMAN III and 1961's SALLY LYNNE GILLETTE. The nuptials will take place on August 26 and I know we all wish the future newlyweds a long and happy union.
We also have added 1966's DAVID C. SCHRADER, and he's looking for any help he can get in locating the members of his class whom he cannot find. I've done a bit of research and even talked with Dave on the phone, but let's all keep digging and help Dave all we can. You will recall, I'm sure, that the list was posted a while back. Welcome aboard, Dave!
DESDA E. DOERSAM, Class of 1964, continues to search for her classmates, too, and let's also pitch in on that one, at every opportunity. If you know people in these classes, please don't assume that everyone else already knows where they are, too. That isn't the case all the time. Make someone aware, so that they can be included in our activities.
Our 1961 author, CAROL A. MUMMA, has written a new novel. How exciting! It is titled as, "Vengeance Can Wait," and is a mystery novel. It is available from Mundania Press. I understand that she and writing partner, Linda Zimmer, held a book-signing during WC's 4th of July fest. There was also a check-in from 1958's JAMES E. RICHARDSON and wife K. JUNE
CRUTCHFIELD, in which they alluded to the extreme heat in Ohio. Yes, we have some heat in Florida, too, but for the past few years, it's been nothing compared to what seems to go through the center of the U.S., in the hottest part of the summer season. I think some of atmospheric conditions are rapidly changing. We'll all see Jim and June, of course, come October.
Always at the ready with correct facts is none other than 1960's THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., who reported that Mary Pat Russell taught at the Junior High in the late 1960s. My feeble brain has such trouble with all the details, from writing so many reports, but I believe it was her husband who died, and that's what I wrote, which prompted Tom's e-mail. Is that right, Tom? I keep telling all of you, I need all the help I can get! In any case, thanks, Tom (and best to you, Susan).
Thanks again for gracious words of praise from both 1959's GARY E. BARNES and 1961's JACK L. GODBY. It is so fun to be in touch with so many WC people and to know that they actually want to read what I have written. It is the ultimate compliment! I'm deeply appreciative.
From the widow of teacher PHILIP M. HUBBARD, came an announcement of his being honored by a graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery. She wrote that anyone visiting that area can visit the gravesite at any time. WILLIAM R. HOWARD, 1958, wrote that the Hubbards' son, also named Philip, had worked for him at the Dayton Police Department for several years, at one time.
We got a bit from 1961's RICHARD E. KNEER and wife Becky, who wrote that they are very much looking forward to alumni weekend in October. Well, we all are, Dick and Becky, and we're looking forward to seeing both of you, too!
Once again, I was overwhelmed with e-mails in which people strongly objected to having our Friday night gathering anywhere on this earth, other than our old Moraine City Frisch's. It seems the mere mention of doing such a thing, causes quite a stir. So I'll write this once again. The Frisch's Frolic was begun as a very casual thing, wherein Mike West, Bill Howard, Bruce Chenoweth, and I were going to meet there, the even before the alumni gig. That's really all it was. I happened to mention that to a few other people and they wanted to come, too. Great! As a result of that little impromptu e-mail, this gathering was born, and it was in 2002, I do believe, and was totally the brain- child of Mike West. No, it's not going anywhere and whoever wishes to be there, is surely welcome. It has established a life of its own. It usually breaks up about 10 or so. Then a huge group goes across the street to Fricker's, where the eve is concluded, after another hour or two. Let's face it, the whole weekend is based on nostalgia. That Frisch's is the one, original piece of our high school years, which still remains. So the great draw for it, is based on the history of the place. That will never change, I'm sure. Even if they did tear that one down, or close it, I suspect we'd all just move down the road, to the one nearest to the Dayton Mall. But I'm sure it's always going to be at the Frisch's in Moraine City, as long as possible. So everyone can rest easily on that score. I will take my cue on this event from it's orginator, Mike West. When HE says, "Let's stop it or let's move it elsewhere," then we'll do so. In the meantime, I'll see you all at the Moraine City Frisch's on October 6, okay?
From P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, 1961, came a report on the retirement party for 1961's SANDRA JEAN CASEY, spouse of 1961's TOM D. WELLER. Lynn wrote that it was held at the Secret Garden and that a good time was had by all. How wonderful! Among the attendees were CAROLE J. LEWIS, DONNA J. RICHARDS (and her daughter), EDNA L. GRAY, (who made a fabulous German chocolate cake, wrote Lynn) and SALLY L. GILLETTE. Sandy's mom was also in attendance. I know there were others, but those were all the names Lynn sent. I'm willing to be that JANET L. WALTERS was also there, though. Lynn also wrote that she's looking forward to another lunch very soon with pal, BARBARA J. TURNINGTON. Thanks for the report, Lynn, and I know we all offer congratulations to Sandy, upon her retirement.
My sister, 1956's JUDY ANN RISNER and classmate ANITA RAE MASON, continue to work diligently on the gathering of their flock for the 50th year. It is that class which will be spotlighted at this year's alumni gig and if anyone is aware of the locale of anymore of them, please call her at 937 836-2813.
Has ANYone heard a word from BOYD H. JENKINS? I'm quite concerned about him and I think I'll call him tonight. I've waited long enough. The last time I heard from him, he was having a little ticker problem. But I have heard nothing untoward since that time, so I'm hoping everything is okay.
With Woody's passing, this has been a tough bulletin to write. His loss has deeply affected me. Yes, I know he was 93 1/2, lived a full and rewarding and exciting life, and that no one lives forever. However, in my mind, he was sort of one of those immortal people, who remains impervious to the rigors of normal life, which are faced by everyone else. This is first of the bulletins I've ever written, since he's been gone. He's such a part of WC history, it's just not the same.
With that, I've completed all the e-mails I've received. In spite of that, though, I'm sure there are things which I've missed. If so, do remind me, and we'll get it into the next WNR, I promise. It is now July 27 and is but 81 days until our alumni weekend begins anew. I can scarcely believe it! The time has flown. I leave each of you with my usual wish for glowing health, great happiness, peaceful serenity, spiritual harmony, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
---And there you have it! More at 11---B
Sunday, July 23, 2006
WOODY BOWMAN PASSED AWAY,
Saturday, 22 July at about 11:30 PM.
No details at this time, except that arrangements will be under the auspices of Swart's in W.C.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
(CORRECTED) WOODY BOWMAN UNDER HOSPICE CARE AT HOME; 20 JULY 2006:
It is with a very heavy heart that I report to all of you that Woodrow W. "Woody" Bowman, age 93 1/2, is under hospice care. This has occurred only in the last couple of days. Obviously, there is no way to see into the future. I don't yet know the name of the care center, but will see if I can get that information. So many of you have written and want to send cards. I don't know where to tell you, at this time, to send them, though. As I am given information, I will pass it to you.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
ON 16 JULY, BONNIE WROTE:
Philip Hubbard's widow, Jean, sent this to me with instructions to share it with all of you. I know we all remember our late, former teacher. This is a nice tribute to him. Do scroll down to read all of it.
From: Jean Hubbard
Date: 07/15/06 17:15:00
To: Bonnie Risner
Subject: philip m hubbard
Please share with your fellow alums of West Carrollton HS that family services were held for Philip Hubbard at graveside at Arlington National Cemetery this week. You may visit his final resting place in the columbarium there any time you are in the Washington area. The specific location is court 8, section k2, number 9-4. Staff members are very helpful and will help locate his resting place if you so request.
The services were memorable. I find it very comforting to know he is at rest there, honored by his country and held in the hands of his Lord.
God bless you all,
Jean Hubbard (Mrs Philip M Hubbard)
Friday, July 14, 2006
BRUCE CHENOWETH, '58, WRITES:
I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio at the Good Guys National Hot Rod and Classic Car Show.
The "48 Chevy Sedan Delivery with Woody's Market on the side caught my attention, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, I had not taken my camera, so had to use an old camera that I gave to a friend three years ago who was at the show with me. The photo's are no where near the quality my camera takes, but they are better than nothing. Also unfortunately, we could not find this car in the next two days of the show when I had my camera with me, not surprising given over 9,000 old cars were present. I have seen this car at a couple of local shows, always without a camera. I was unable to find the owner, so don't know if this is a replica or an original Sedan Delivery that Woody actually used or just a weird coincidence.
The fourth photo is of a 1948 Olds 98 Fastback (that's what the Big Red One was). The fifth is a 1949 Olds 98 Fastback, same as 1948 except the teardrop parking lights under the headlights. Neither of these were for sale.
The next time I see that Woody's Sedan Delivery, I'll make sure I find out the history of it.
This photo is of a 1948 Olds 98 Fastback (that's what the Big Red One was). The fifth is a 1949 Olds 98 Fastback, same as 1948 except the teardrop parking lights under the headlights. Neither of these were for sale. (editors comment: I knew "Big Red" personally. This one is in much better shape and probably runs most of the time!" 8-))
A 1948 Chevrolet, "Woody's Van" found by Bruce Chenoweth, '58, at a car show. That's Bruce in the picture
Sunday, July 09, 2006
09 JULY 2006 WOODY BOWMAN UPDATE:
We should all be so fortunate! That man, who's now 93 1/2 years old, somehow rallied back again, I'm happy to report. He's amazing! By Wednesday, the tubes had all been removed, I'm told, and he was sitting on the side of his bed and chatting with family members. Yes, It is true that anything can happen, that's for sure, given his very advanced age. But I think it's just remarkable that he has been able to do this. What a best-selling book HIS autobiography would make, eh?
Thursday, July 06, 2006
CAROLYN (CAROL) WRIGHT MORTER, '61, DECEASED:
From the Dayton Daily News, 06 July 2006:
Carol Mortar, age 63 of Moraine passed away Monday July 3, 2006 at her residence following a long illness. Carol was a Payroll Supervisor for Fidelity Nursing Systems. She was preceded in death by 3 husbands Billy Joe Michaels, Robert Harper and Thomas Morter, her parents Edward and Magdalene Wright, niece Robin Middleton Smith and 2 nephews Keith and Heath Wright. Surviving are 2 sons Tim and (his) wife Sue Michaels and Greg Michaels both of Moraine, brothers and sisters Buddy Wright of Dayton, Kenny Wright of Greenville. Shirley and husband David Middleton of Miami Twp., Keith and wife Nicki Wright of Miamisburg, Eddie Wright of Dayton, 4 grandchildren Brandy Michaels of West Carrollton, Brandon Michaels of Miami Twp., Billy Joe Michaels of Xenia and Gregory Nathan Michaels of Franklin.
Funeral services will be Saturday July 8, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the SANNER FUNERAL HOME 800 SO. ALEX RD., WEST CARROLLTON with Rev. George Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.
If desired memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Carol's memory.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
WOODY BOWMAN HOSPITALIZED - - 02 JULY 2006:
Bonnie writes ... it is with great sorrow that I announce to all of you that Woodrow W. "Woody" Bowman, proprietor of the WC icon, Woody's Supermarket, has once again been admitted to Miami Valley Hospital on July 2. It is my understanding that he isn't doing nearly so well this time, as he did last time.
Ironically, Woody opened his first produce stand (just about on the spot where the old Woody's Arctic Bar stood, for years) on the date of July 2, 1944. The event was memorialized in a dated, oil painting which graced the walls of the market for many years. I'm sure we all recall it. He's now 93 1/3 years old.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
JERRY ('60) AND BECKY FULLER ARE ON THEIR SUMMER TRAVELLING VACATION:
Before settling down for the rest of the summer at Lancaster, KY. Becky writes: "...just thought we'd drop you a note and sent a few photo's from our trip in Dallas last week. We went for Jerry's 24th Army Infantry Football Reunion (the football team he played on in the Army AND they won the European championship while he was playing for the team)."