The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Thursday, March 29, 2007
BERTHA JAN HOERNER, '57, DECEASED:
It is with great sadness that I announce to all of you that we have lost yet another alumnus, in the person of 1957's BERTHA JAN HOERNER. She died March 22, in her chosen state of residence, North Carolina, where she had lived for many, many years. I assume she was 68 years old, probably.
The news came to me today, through her sister, who did not write details of her passing. She conveyed only the date and the place and that it was in North Carolina, following a long illness. She did not convey the nature of the illness. Bertha's sister is BARBARA E. HOERNER (current name Richardson), who was in the Class of 1955.
The Hoerner family were all Miami Shores Kids. They are all well-known to me. I grew up with all of them, as did all us Miami Shores Kids. Bertha attended the Frisch's Frolic, about 5 years ago (it was the first one we had, I think). It was good to see her. I'm sorry to hear of her passing, as I know we all are. Once again, I'm sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
WHAT'S NEXT FOR WOODY'S ???
West Carrollton eager to see what's in store for Woody's Market site
By Lisa Bernard
Friday, March 09, 2007
WEST CARROLLTON— As city leaders and local developers prepare to unveil plans for the former Woody's Market site next week, West Carrollton business owners are taking in a cautious sigh of relief. Once a bustling mega-market and restaurant, Woody's closed its doors in 1999. Lingering since has been a rainbow colored shell — 70,000 square feet of empty space that cast a long shadow across Dixie Drive. "It's like a carcass that has been lying here," said Bill Castro, owner of El Meson, which neighbors the former market. "It was a success story during its time, but now it's time to move on."
Castro is among a contingent of West Carrollton business owners who will be watching closely as redevelopment plans unfold in the next week for the nearly two-acre site. "What we hope it won't be is just another exit off of I-75, with fast-food restaurants and gas stations and every other aspect of chains that has been created to keep us from being unique, and a destination," Castro added. Denny Holloway, owner of Holly's Home Cooking on Dixie Drive, agreed.
"There's been a lot more stuff pulled out of town, than what we've gotten back in to town," Holloway said, pointing to the 2000 closing of furniture giant Roberds and the 2001 shut down of Fraser Papers. "You can't replace it with car lot after car lot and fast food places."
Still, there are some who believe the former market remains an attraction in its own right.
"It's kind of a landmark in West Carrollton," said Dixie Drive barber shop owner Baron Prittchett. "I still think it's a shame they're going to tear down a restaurant that goes over a road. That could be a draw to the city if you just keep that structure in place."
Montgomery County grant documents indicate the former market is to be torn down, with plans for mixed-use retail to go in its place. However, those closest to the proposed redevelopment have remained tight-lipped, promising to deliver the full plans Thursday. "This is very significant for the city of West Carrollton and for the region in general," said West Carrollton Economic Development Director Kathy Perkins.
What's next? According to Montgomery County grant records, the following plans for the former Woody's Market could be: A more than $1 million redevelopment by Unified Developers Group, which includes demolition of current building. An approximately 25,000-square-foot building, of which 15,000 feet would be use for "production" facility. Specialty cake and caterer A Taste of Elegance, is said to be working with UDG. Additional space could be occupied by small grocery, a dairy and/or drug store. An additional 5,000-square-foot building, across Dixie Drive, which could house a bank or similar operation.
Friday, March 09, 2007
HERBERT GATES, '58; DECEASED:
From the Dayton Daily News:
A life long resident of Dayton, Ohio departed this life on Saturday, December 2, 2006. He was born on June 21st 1940 at Miami Valley Hospital, the son of the late Herbert Russell and Mary Charlotte Gates.
He was active member of College Hill Community Church, Presbyterian U.S.A. He graduated from West Carrollton High School, was a 2nd Class Airman with the United States Air Force, received his BA from Central State University, was employed by the Dayton Police Dept (4yrs) 1964 - 1968 and was an original member of the Dayton Police Community Relations Unit, was also employed by WHIO-TV 7 (18 yrs) 1968 - 1986 and received an award as a national winning photographer and was one of the first African-American News Reporters in Dayton, Youth Facilitator with the Wesley Community Center and an Educator with the Dayton Board of Education for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul David Gates, his nephews, Wm Donnell Stevens, Billy Engram, & two stepsons, Jeffery Love and Craig Love.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria (Dixon) Gates, one son, H. David (Necia) Gates, two daughters, Lisa (Gates) McCall and Melanie (Gates) Edmondson, one Stepson, Michael Love, three sisters, Shirley (Gates) (Monte) Robinson, Mary (Gates) Stevens and Joyce (Gates) (William) Engram, eight grandkids, Wm Jeremy McGuire, Kyle McCall, Jordon McCall, Kaiser Gates, Zoryn Gates, Kaz Gates, Jessica Love, and Rontay Love, his favorite nieces and nephews, Cheryl Robinson, Monte Ray Robinson, Joyce (Robinson) Reynolds, Billy (Nancy) Stevens, Patricia Stevens (son, Sean), Sherri Walker (daughter, Kazia), and Brian Engram, In-Laws, Albert and Joyce Dixon, and two very devoted special friends William (Sonny) Johnson and Jerome Wilson and a host of loving relatives and friends.
Funeral Service, 11:00 AM, Friday, November 8, 2006 at the College Hill Community Church, Presbyterian U.S.A., 1547 Philadelphia Dr., with Reverend Robert Jones officiating. Interment: Dayton National Cemetery. Viewing 9:00 AM until time of service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church. Ceremonies entrusted to McLIN FUNERAL CHAPEL/NORTHERN HILLS, 2801 N. Gettysburg Ave.
Published in the Dayton Daily News on 12/7/2006.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
WECATON NEWS REPORT !!! - 06 MAR 2007:
Okay, I'm, "up and runnin," once again. I meant to get back sooner, but as I think I may have previously mentioned (at least a billion times, I guess) I'm still in the throes of placing and putting-away. I actually did get to the very last crate and/or box, on this very day. I thought I never would. So I'm taking a break and will treat myself to an interval of journalistic efforts.
Let's see, I believe our last installment ended with all of us still at Frisch's or was it the old Girl Scout House or where? I don't know, actually, but what stands out in my mind is the fact that I failed to mention one of the great reconnections of the night; that being, with two old golfing pals, 1960's THOMAS D. YOUNG and his crony, DAVID A. BLAIR. Earlier that day, I confess, I called Dave to tell him that Tom would be at Frisch's and I told him he was one of the people about whom Tom had specifically asked.
The two of them had a wonderful visit, apparent to all, and I understand they have also connected again, just since that time. Tom also visited with his WC golfing mentor, MURL E. HUFFMAN, I understand.
Also present was JOANN K. STEMLEY, looking just as vibrant as ever. (Please tell me you really were there, Jo, and that I'm not imagining this.) I'm also seeing (in my mind's eye) the presence of 1960's DOROTHY J. "DOTTIE" WILLMAN and her 1958 spouse, VINCENT A. BRODBECK. There was also W. BAILEY HAWKINS. Bailey, did I see a blip in the Miamisburg/West Carrollton News, during the past 2- 3 months, in which either one of your daughters was married or you had a new grandchild? It seems as though I did. By the way, folks, Bailey looks beyond wonderful! What's in your water, Bailey? I want some of that stuff.
Also, I want to be sure everyone knows about my wonderful dinner engagement of the previous night (Thursday). Did I tell you about this already? I'll bet. Anyway, we all went to the great Paragon Restaurant, with everything prearranged by my close pal, Bruce. In attendance, were 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, who served as my escort, T. BARRY RUSSELLO and his 1959 spouse, BETSY R. MURPHY, Bruce's companion and 1971 class member, PATTY J. WHEELBARGER, 1960's GARY L. WARLAUMONT and wife, Jill, the ever-present-at-all-things-WC, 1960's GERALD A. FULLER, and his WC-honorary spouse, Becky. Among the no-shows, who were SUPPOSED to be there, was one more of my 1960 classmates CHARLES V. CARTER and wife Pam. However, they got the night confused and didn't make it. We shall not have THAT again!
Gary and Jerry continue to look as though they've just stepped off the pages of the 1960 Piratan. Of course, our fashion icons, the Russellos, continue to keep the bar high for us all. They appear to do this naturally, no effort at all. Betsy is glamorous and always groomed impeccably, while Barry could always be on the cover of the latest issue of GQ. I'm always thrilled to be in the company of so many youthful-looking people and I keep hoping I'll look that way, too. (Yeah, sure!) But it was a great evening and forgive me, if I've repeated myself. Hey, I warned you all! Again, I ask you all to remind me if you were at Frisch's or the Girl Scout House, and I missed your name. We surely want an accurate accounting of our festivities, don't we? You all have to help me with that, please. In the event I may have missed your name, please be assured that it doesn't mean I don't love you. It's just simply too long for this feeble brain to recall all the details, that's all.
Since my last, brief bulletin, we've had some more of our people sending forwardings, and I'm going to get that done right now. They include 1954's WILLIAM L. MCNABB; 1955's FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1958's WILLIAM R. HOWARD; 1959's GARY E. BARNES, BETSY R. MURPHY, 1958's ROBERT W. "SMITTY" SMITH; 1960's STEVEN M. KOKOT, the widow of 1960's RONALD P. CRAIG, (I always like to make intermittent mention of Ronnie. He was my dear, dear friend and I want to be sure he's never forgotten), RICHARD S. HOLT, DAVID G. OTT; 1961's BARBARA J. TURNINGTON, SALLY L. GILLETTE, SHARON K. WENDELKEN, NANCY J. ERTEL, SANDRA S. HOLLINGSWORTH, RICHARD C. CALL (via wife, Jean), BARBARA T. O'NEAL, 1963's SANDRA A. MINIX, and the more-recently-discovered, JOHN A COMBS, 1964. Thanks to all for maintaining contact.
Speaking of contact, we've "lost" a few of us. If you can help, please do so. We don't want to lose a one of us. It was too many years and too much effort, putting us all back together again. Among the missing are 1955's CARL R. MAYS, whose e-mail keeps being returned , 1957's BERTHA JAN HOERNER, (with the same problem, but only intermittently. What's up, Bertha?), 1957's THOMAS D. ELLIOTT and THERESA M. MOSES (does anyone have an update on them?) Also among the "lost" are 1956's CAROL ANNA PFISTER and spouse RONALD L. "PETE" BECKETT, but I'm reasonably sure they're being covered by Pete's sis, 1958's LINDA L. BECKETT. I have long ago lost 1960's RICHARD G. "JERRY" BROWN, so if anyone has an update on him, please let me know.
There is also DAVID C. SCHRADER, who I think is 1966. Everything to him is being rejected. Update, anyone, please? Anyone? Also covered by other alumni are 1958's JUDITH MARIE SMITH, covered by 1955's NORMAN E. JACKSON. There is also 1957's SARAH MARIE "JACKIE" MASON, whose 1956 sibling, ANITA RAE MASON, is keeping her posted. Obviously, we've also lost 1955's DONNA G. TUDOR, who always received her e-mail at WPAFB. But since she retired on December 31, that's been terminated. But I'm happy to report that she's being covered by sis, SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, of 1960, until she's back online at home. Wow! Every time I write that you have e-mail, Shirley, I just have to grin from ear to ear. I never thought I'd see the day. Ha!
Now, I'm going to do some reporting which is out of the chronological order of things, primarily so that I can get everything current and up to date, as I delete the e-mails, one name after another, once I record their input. It's so much easier than skipping around when we're this far in arrears. So once again, I ask your tolerance.
First of all, I will tell you (very regretfully) that I got only 5-6 responses to the bulletin on the 2007 WC Florida Spring Fest. All were of a negative nature, in regard to attending, this year. Obviously, this means there is little or no interest out there any longer, for this event. Hmmmm! I'm sure wondering why that is? We had about 40 of us in The Villages last year, and many of those came from out of state or traveled a long way within Florida, in order to attend. What's happened? I'm so mystified. Perhaps some of you can enlighten me. Of course, this means we aren't going to be able to have our event this year. Is this the end of it? Shall we move it? Should we just stop it? Input from all of you is needed, in order to make these many weighty decisions. Please register your candid opinion, and thank you. Okay, on to other matters. Lest I should overlook this, I want to be sure everyone knows that two positive responses DID reach me. Who were they? Well, need you ask? Of course, it was 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH and 1960's GERALD A. FULLER. Who else? If it's got WC attached to it, I assure you, those two will be there, wherEVER!
As all of you are very well aware, severe tornadoes swept through Central Florida on February 2. I had a number of calls from a number of you, requesting info on the welfare of anyone named MAYS, who lived in the hard-hit area, The Villages. Those queries would include a special e-mail from Dave's classmate (and our official world traveler, I might add) ROBERTA A. RICE. I, too, was concerned about them. There were also inquiries for 1957's GARY D. MAYS, who lives in DeLand, which is in the same county from which I had just moved, Volusia.
So I set about trying to see what I could discover. Just like everyone else in the world (of WC), I dialed the home number of 1960's J. DAVID MAYS and wife, Ann. Of course, there was no success. Next, I tried their cell phone with the same result. I repeated this unsuccessful process with Gary's home number. At this point, I decided to try what I felt would just NEVER work---e-mail. But of course, it DID work. I soon had a reply from Ann, in which she confirmed that she and Dave were fine. The storms had come terribly near to them, but completely missed their place. At that time, their houseguests were fellow 1960 classmate and close friends, THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., and his wife, Susan (the very charming and glamorous Susan, I might add.) Everyone was safe.
On the very next day, Dave was able to get through on his cell phone, so he and I had a lengthy chat, in which he described having been awake around 3:20 a.m., and hearing a roaring sound. Of course, we all know now just what that was. Dave also told me that Gary was fine and he'd finally been able to contact him. I had similar concerns about a couple of other 1960 classmates in that area, namely CHARLOTTE LEE HUEY and MADELEINE D. CAMPBELL. I also knew that JOANN K. STEMLEY was roaming around the area somewhere. Dave, however, was able to tell me that the bad weather had missed the areas where Charlotte and Madeleine are located. Later, on that same day, I got a call from Jo Ann, so we knew she was okay, too.
Ann also provided info which was unrelated to the storms. She wrote that The Villages continues to be a paradise for her and Dave. She also wrote that 1960 classmate, DANNY L. WALTERS, will be spending a couple of months in The Villages with wife Phyllis, and their houseguests will be newlyweds (August of 2006) 1960's CHARLES A. "BUD" LOWMAN III and his 1961 spouse, SALLY L. GILLETTE. I'm told that yet one more 1960 classmate, LARRY M. PENDLEY (aka, "my first husband") and wife, Judi, may also join the crew there.
Dave and Ann took a trip to Key West in January, with friends from Dayton. So how did that go, Ann? I've been to Key West many times. It's ever-entertaining and a truly great place, that's for sure.
Quite coincidentally, I had a call on the same day as Dave and I chatted, right after the storms, from my old friend and classmate, CHARLES A. HIGH, JR. He's a fellow Miami Shores Kid. Charlie and I go back to the beginning of time, it seems. He's having quite a tough time, still. He's got continuing heart problems, needs yet another surgery, and is still trying to care for his ill wife, all on his own. She is a stroke victim and is also wheelchair-bound. To his credit, and no surprise to me, Charlie is devoted to her and determined to see to her care. As admirable as that is, I can't help but think he may be taking on a bit too much, due to his own condition. So let's all keep Charlie in our good thoughts and prayers.
Many thanks to 1963's ANNA MAE STOKES who has delivered another alumnus to us, in the person of her classmate, BARBARA L. CRIDER. So welcome aboard, Barbara! Barb's sister, LORETTA, was a pretty good pal of mine in school. We'd sure like to have your older sis on board, too, Barbara. Do you have her e-mail address, by chance?
E-mails have been frequent of late, between me and 1954's JO ANNE MCCLURE. It seems she's trying to sell her Florida home, so if anyone is interested, be sure to contact me and I'll put you in contact. She is also thinking of moving elsewhere, as I have done. I wish you good luck with that, Jo Anne.
Toward the end of November, I got a cordial e-mail from T. BARRY RUSSELLO, in which he indicated that he and spouse, BETSY R. MURPHY, aren't receiving the bulletins. Since that time, I've gotten Betsy's home e-mail and so I'm sending the bulletins to that address, hoping for greater success. Betsy, keep me posted, okay?
Also, I heard from Betsy. But the news was not good. She reported that her niece, 1961's OTHEL MURPHY (current last name, McQuistion), is quite ill. I was truly distressed to hear of Othel's illness. During the first week of February, Othel suffered a very major heart attack and may have also had a stroke at the same time. She is comatose (at this writing) and Betsy reports that they don't know if she will emerge or not. She has sent the following address, if any of you wish to send a card to her. Betsy reads things to her. We don't know, you know, if people who are comatose can hear or not. So if you're inclined to do so, please send a card to Othel Murphy McQuistion, Sycamore Life Care Center, Room 4004, Bed 2, 2150 Leiter Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342. Better yet, go and visit her. I know we all wish only the very best for her and a speedy and full recovery.
We have a couple of other alumnus who are currently experiencing some health problems, too. Recently, I got an e-mail from 1958's WILLIAM R. HOWARD, in which he sent an update on the status of RICHARD L. SCHINDLER, his classmate. It was forwarded to him by another classmate, RICHARD LEE JOHNSON. It sounds as though we all need to also keep Dick in our good thoughts and prayers. He has cancer and he's undergoing in-depth treatments. He's feeling badly, as we can well imagine, an awfully lot of the time. We all want you to be well again, Dick, so hang in there!
In an ironic note, not longer after Bill sent me a report on Dick, he also had to go into the hospital to have a cancer operation. I'm given to understand that Bill is fighting prostate cancer. He had two procedures the week of February 19, and is currently at home (I do believe) recuperating. This news came to me in the strictest confidence, from RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, or else I'd have shared it sooner. But Tom gave me the go-ahead, just the other day. So let's pull for all our people who are ill and under the weather. We all want all of them to pull through with flying colors. If you are so inclined, send cards, e-mail, or call. Let's let them know we're thinking of them, okay? By the way, Tom was also one of those on the long list, who made inquiry about the welfare of the Mayses, when the bad storms hit Florida.
Now, let's back up a bit and get to the annual alumni dinner/dance. What a gig! It was truly spectacular and if you missed it, I surely hope you won't make that mistake again, come next year. Our people who do all that work on the alumni committee are nothing less than awesome! I think I've got this right when I name 1970's THOMAS A. DORSEY, 1964's STEVEN F. SHADE, 1958's K. JUNE CRUTCHFIELD (and might I add that her position gives us the benefit of the work of her spouse, also 1958, JAMES E. RICHARDSON), and 1948's JACQUELYN A. CRITZER. I know there are others who deserve recognition, but I don't know who they are. However, I do know that all the people I have mentioned deserve a slug of credit. So thank you all, on behalf of all of us.
The festivities began at 6 that night, and many people were there, very early, with everyone obviously excited -ly anticipating another great evening of nostalgia and getting reconnected with old friends. What fun it was! I would see many familiar and beloved faces and had great visits with all of them (or at least as many as I possibly could.)
The spotlight class of the evening, as I'd previously written, was 1956, of which my sister, JUDY ANN RISNER, is a member. I'm not quite sure now, but I do believe they had numbers in the 30s, representing their class. If any of you 1956 people are reading this, please tell me if that's right or wrong. Every member was announced by Tom Dorsey, as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation. They'd also shared a nice meal, just their class members, on the previous night.
My class (1960) and the class to which I've come to refer as, "our sister class," (1961) were also heavily represented. My best recall of the 1960 people includes SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., EDGARD L. KELLY, CHARLES V. CARTER, DOUGLAS A. RENAS, GARY D. RICHARDS, DAVID G. OTT, CHARLES A. "BUD" LOWMAN III, LARRY M. PENDLEY, T. BARRY RUSSELLO, DOROTHY J. "DOTTIE" WILLMAN. There may have been others. Please let me know, if you were there.
From 1961, somewhere on that weekend (probably at the alumni dinner, but maybe the previous night), I can recall seeing ROBERT W. BRANE, SANDRA J. CASEY, THOMAS D. WELLER, CHRIS L. CLEARY, JAMES E. CURTIS, MICHAEL R. FORSYTH, JACK L. GODBY, EDNA L. GRAY, RICHARD E. KNEER, JACQUELYN N. LESHER, CAROLE J. LEWIS, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, JOHN L. MONTGOMERY, CAROL A. MUMMA, DONNA J. RICHARDS, JANET L. WALTERS, PAULA R. WILSON. That class nearly always has a great turnout for all things WC.
For some reason, though, the 1959 class always has a very sparse turnout, and no one seems to know why. But we know we can always count on seeing GARY E. BARNES and BETSY R. MURPHY. So that's a plus.
From 1957, we saw DARELL L. TOBIAS, LOIS M. KOKOT, and SARAH MARIE "JACKIE" MASON. I hadn't seen Jackie in years and she looked positively smashing. In our youth, Jackie, and her 1956 sister, ANITA RAE MASON, had been our neighbors, and my sister and I spent many an hour with Jackie and Anita, in our childhood. It was great to see both of them again.
No one can work the crowd the way teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN can, though, and on this night, he did not disappoint. His legacy continued as he held court all over the room, recalling one name after another, and recounting incident after incident, to an attentive and spellbound audience. His degree of accuracy is simply astounding, in view of the fact that some of the occurrences took place decades ago. I'm sure I can speak for us all, when I write that we hope to see him at each and every WC event!
Without a doubt, though, the highlight of the evening just had to be the fabulous entrance of my long-lost, 1960 classmate, EDGAR L. "EDDIE" KELLY. He called me on my cell phone to tell me he was on the way. He was greeted in the parking lot by two of the finest of the 1961 class, PAULA R. WILSON and her joined-at-the-hip, lifelong best friend, DONNA JEAN RICHARDS. What an entry they made! Even after 46 years-plus, Eddie still had, "it." He was still the cool guy, the hip guy, who could take down the whole room without saying a word, just like he so often did in high school. He still had the old swagger.
With Paula on one arm and Donna on the other, into the big ballroom he came. Now picture this. He was wearing the full regalia of an Irish kilt. Eddie takes pride in his Irish heritage and, of course, such dress is considered the same as a military uniform, thereby acceptable attire at any function. He had it perfect, from head to toe.
There was the tam, tilted precisely ajar atop his head. Next came the puff-sleeved shirt (shades of a Jerry Seinfeld episode) with the lacing at the neck. Yes, he had a shillelagh, too. Then, there was the huge belt (sorry, Eddie, I don't know the right name for that) with the pouch in front. Of course, there was the fabulous kilt, itself, perfectly crafted with precisely-hanging pleats and made of top-quality pure wool, the knee socks, and the hiking shoes. He surely presented a positively spectacular sight. All heads turned, as he walked through the crowd.
As the evening went into full swing, Eddie and Paula hit the dance floor together. He said he had to be careful as he made the turns and dips, as he didn't want to, "flash anyone." So does that answer the age-old question, "What do they wear under those kilts, anyway?" Ha! Paula didn't have quite enough, I guess, for very soon, we looked over and saw her atop the table, still dancing, to the sound of cheers and whistles and clapping. Way to go, Paula!
Eddie had a long visit with former teacher, DAVID E. COLLINS, who displayed obvious delight with being reunited with Eddie. Of course, Mr. C. was in the company of his vibrant and gorgeous spouse, the 1961 homecoming queen, CHRIS L. CLEARY, who somehow manages never to age. Eddie also got in a visit with another of his close school pals in 1962's RICHARD C. CALL, who made a special effort to drop by and see Eddie. I saw a lot of smiling and laughing, as the two of them sat together, for the first time in over 46 years. It was truly an evening of rich rewards and Eddie had a circus. He later saw his old high school girlfriend, DIANA J. MILTON, who has suffered some health problems of her own. We hope she is doing better by now, and faring well. Eddie and I got to visit a lot and he sent me a cordial and wonderful e-mail, upon his return home to his wife, Marilyn, in Nampa, Idaho. We sure look forward to seeing you again this October in Ohio, Eddie! You, too, Marilyn!
Also actively courting the room were 1957's DARELL L. TOBIAS, looking always-dashing, suave, and of course, impeccably groomed. Giving him a run for his money was 1958's ever-present-at-all-functions-WC, BRUCE E. CHENOWETH. However, conspicuously absent, for perhaps the first time ever, was anyone named MAYS, except for WILLMA. I'm sorry, Willma, I don't know your class year, right off the top of my head. Where were you, DAVE or DOUG or GARY or CARL or SCOTT or DANNY? (Boy, I sure hope I got all those names right! Did I, Dave? In any case, you know my heart is in the right place.) But we sure did miss all of you. A gathering of WC folks with none of the Mays brothers (or sisters) present---well, it's just not quite, "right," now is it? However, we ARE thrilled that YOU were there, Willma! You "saved" the family.
Across the room, the spotlight class of 1956 were all engaged in animated conversation for the entire time the function lasted. It was obvious they were enjoying each other immensely. The long-traveled SUSAN M. MASON looked youthful and fit and her glowing smile had survived the years. Spouses CAROL ANNA PFISTER and R. L. "PETE" BECKETT, who came all the way from Alaska, were also making the rounds.
In close proximity sat 1955's NORMAN E. JACKSON with wife Nancy. He shared much of his time with the beautiful JUDITH MARIE SMITH of 1958, as they got current on the passing of the years. Judy had also traveled quite a ways to be there. She and Norm both looked wonderful, too.
Since I've made mention of Norm, I want to tell all of you that it just so happens that he and wife Nancy were the very first WC visitors I had, in my Tennessee home. On this very day, (it's now Monday, March 5) they came to visit us, as they were on their way home from a trip to Florida and parts far and wide, visiting family and friends. I took them through our house, on the old, "ten-cent tour," and then we all took a trip to the nearby Perkins (a big favorite of mine AND the Youngs) for lunch and some quality chatting and many reminiscences. Our grandson was with us, too, and the Jacksons treated us all. I tried hard to get them to spend the night (or as long as they wanted, for that matter) but they said they had to return home to care for Norm's elderly mother. It was a wonderful visit, though, and many thanks to you both for stopping on your way home.
Okay, so let's get back to the alumni dinner report. DENNIS A . MICHAEL (1956 and he always comes up from Florida, as I once did) and classmate RALPH D. WILSON were also having a great time. About six weeks after our function, Dennis wrote to say that he and his wife were ensconced in their new Florida home and truly enjoying life again. Great, Dennis! We all look forward to seeing you in Ohio again, come this October.
Soon, I was in the hallway, and there were a few of my own classmates, blocking the traffic flow, so I joined them. It was those newlyweds, 1960's CHARLES A. LOWMAN III (aka Bud) and his 1961 spouse SALLY L. GILLETTE, in the company of, "my first husband," 1960's LARRY M. PENDLEY and wife Judi. Soon, our fashion icons appeared, T. BARRY RUSSELLO (1960) and 1959's BETSY R. MURPHY. This was all just TOO fun! But the fact is, it was also all just too physcially-exhausting for this old bag of bones. So I finally reluctantly made my way back to my temporary digs, and I must confess, I was quite disappointed at the rapid pace with which my stamina had dissipated, since I really wanted to spend more time there than I did. I know I've missed a lot of names, and would truly SO much appreciate it, if all of you would write and tell me what functions you attended, and let me know if your name isn't in here. As I've previously written, we want to have some accurate records of our functions, right? So help me out!
Our alumni weekend was concluded all too quickly and I found myself back on the road to my Florida home, of course, little suspecting that it would be the very last time I'd ever make the trek from Florida. Messages came pouring in on my e-mail, afterward, and everyone was elated that they'd once again seen all their old WC pals, as was I. We had missed 1960 's MICHAEL S. WEST at the dinner, but I knew there would be a valid reason for that and he did write to tell me that he'd had to return unexpectedly to Gatlinburg, his home. I had tried repeatedly to call him, as had Bruce. So we were glad to know he was all right, when he finally did reach one of us (I've forgotten which one.)
Just days later, I got a great e-mail from Eddie Kelly, which he entitled, "On Cloud Nine," and he proceeded to give me ALL the credit for putting him there. Now, that was flattering, to say the least, but certainly not altogether true. However, I certainly loved reading it and was once again thrilled that Eddie had made the effort to come all the way from Idaho. I'll forever have wonderful memories of his entry in that kilt outfit!
Also missed on that weekend was 1954's WILLIAM L. MCNABB, whose moniker is surely one of the most historic in the annals (and hallways) of WC. But he said the addition on his house hadn't been completed until October 27. Well, you were surely missed, Bill. He recently sent me a news clipping from 1950, and it was about the Miami Shores flood that year, which I vividly recall. I thank you much for that, Bill! He also copied a couple of my old Piratans and returned them to me, and it was the very least I could do, after what he'd done for me, a little more than 2 years ago. He sat, hour after hour, transmitting to me, all the pages of the early editions of what was then the WeCaTon. I was very happy to be able to return the favor.
Another, well-remembered Miami Shores Kid, 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER, also didn't make it, and I had very much wanted to spend some time talking with her about the good, ol' days. Freda, you've just got to get to these things, "don't'cha know!"
A gracious thanks arrived from 1956's SUSAN M. MASON, who had long since returned to her home in California. We hope it won't be another 50 years until we see that gorgeous face, Susan!
Very soon, it was time to begin working on our 2006 WC Florida Holiday Brunch, which is always held at the Dixie Crossroads in Titusville. While this is not a heavily-attended event, historically, it is nevertheless one of my favorites. The smaller crowd allows for lots of quality visiting. It fell on December 2 and I knew by this time that it would be my final one, as a permanent resident of Florida, for my house had sold during the previous month. Immediately afterward, I hit the road to Tennessee, where I wound up buying this house!
As I recall, we had 14 people in attendance. Not bad, not bad. In addition to myself, there was BRUCE E. CHENOWETH (1958), RICHARD E. KNEER (1961), GERALD A. FULLER (1960) and WC-honorary wife Becky, ROBERTA A. RICE (1960), DAVID G. OTT (1960) with his 1963 spouse,SANDRA A. MINIX, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE and wife Sandy, CURTIS A. KEMP and spouse Maria, 1960 's JOANN K. STEMLEY and spouse Ron Hall, and I know this is only 13 people. I'll SWEAR there were 14 of us. I'm so mad at myself for not being able to recall the other name. So once again, I ask for you to write me back and tell me who you were. I've called Bruce, and he can't remember, either. As I type, I'm calling Jerry Fuller. Thank God for Becky, who gave me one more name. My next call will be Tom Fee. Alas! He didn't remember who the 14th person was, either. I tried you, Curt, and there was no answer. Roberta, why don't I have your home phone number? But the 13 of us, as well as that 14th person, had a rousing good time, of that you may be sure.
If I enumerated each and every e-mail from Mike West during the period when I was planning my move from Florida, we'd be here all day, and I've already been on this bulletin for a week. Suffice to say that hell will surely freeze over, before I can ever repay him and Sally for all the help they gave me, as I was planning to migrate north. So that took up a huge amount of time, and was worth each and every minute. Mike and Sally are in the admirable business of saving homeless dogs and being sort of, "foster parents," to them, much the same as 1960's THOMAS D. YOUNG and wife Sandi. The Youngs take care of both dogs AND cats, although it is in a somewhat different type of environment than that of the Wests.
With joy, I will announce to you all that my new agent for my homeowners insurance is 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY, who is not only a fellow alumnus but also a fellow Miami Shores Kid. So I feel that I now truly AM, "in good hands," and that I have a good neighbor who really IS there! As soon as I change the vehicle records, he'll be doing that, too. If any of you are in the market for any insurance, I urge you to contact one of our own. Don owns the Insurance Store of Ohio, in Middletown. Thanks for the great job, Don!
Warmest good wishes were extended to me, upon the occasion of my move to Tennessee, by both Mike and Don. But there were many others, too. Among them were 1958's NICHOLAS P. WOLARY (who is also a recent Tennessee transplant), 1963's SHIRLEY A. RANKIN (another Tennessee resident), 1961's JAMES E. CURTIS (yes, he lives in Tennessee, too), NANCY J. ERTEL, JUDY M. FRANTZ, JACK L. GODBY (do ANY of us NOT love Jack!!), 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY (who has 200 cousins here in Kingsport, she writes), LINDA J. SNELL, LONNIE M. THACKER, and ROBERTA A. RICE, 1955's FREDA P. FLETCHER (still in Florida) and NORMAN E. JACKSON, 1957's DARELL L. TOBIAS, SHIRLEY ANN HILE, 1961's SALLY L. GILLETTE and 1960 spouse, CHARLES A. "BUD" LOWMAN, 1985's M. CYNTHEA POTEET, 1971's PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, 1954's WILLIAM L. MCNABB, 1960's DAVID G. OTT and 1963 spouse, SANDRA A. MINIX,1959's DIANA SUE RAY (also a Tennessee resident), 1960's DAVID A. BLAIR, and here's a good one for you you. I actually finally heard from 1958's (wait, is it 1957?) LINDA L. MCAFEE. Yep, she wrote me an e-mail about Tennessee, as her mother lives there. But I haven't heard from her since. Are you there, Linda?
In a very ironic twist, I got a long and interesting e-mail from 1971's PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, in which she gave me a long description (much-appreciated, I might add), and informed me that the place which is now my home, Kingsport, just happens to be her hometown! So come on down, Pam, and show me around!
I even got a wonderful e-mail about the state of Tennessee on November 22, from the late SANDRA L. BARSALOU, 1958, whose mother had lived here for years. Sandy died, not long afterward.
We did have some losses, as it seems we always do, with each passing year. Not only was there Sandy, but we also lost teacher DOROTHY BANKER, who was with WC for 26 years. I remember her well and I thank 1958's DAVID L. HOWARD, for letting us all know of this. Dave wrote that Mrs. Banker was 100 years old, when she died, and also that her funeral service was conducted by former student, 1956's GWINN LACEY. Mrs. Banker spent 23 of those years at my former elementary school, C. F. Holliday, and it is also the school from which my classmate, Dave Mays, retired as the principal. We also lost another teacher, ROBERT DITTMAN, whom I did not know, but I know many of you did. Thanks for this one goes
to 1960's DAVID G. OTT . From 1961's SALLY L. GILLETTE came news of the passing of 1953's PATTI PRICE. I remember her well. She died during the first week of February. Thanks, Sally.
We also lost an extremely popular WC alumnus in the person of 1958's HERBERT GATES. I was very sorry to hear of Herb's death. He was a truly nice person, kind and polite and personable. I know all of us were pleased that Herb joined us at the alumni dinner about 2003, I think it was. It was good to see him. Thanks to 1961's DONNA JEAN RICHARDS for sharing this with us.
We also lost the 1930 class valedictorian, ERMA JANE TREON, on March 1. She was in a hospice care center in Sun City, Arizona. She was 94 years and 9 months old. I want to give a few lines to the late Mrs. McClellan. Not only was she a WC valedictorian, but she bore the WC-famous Treon name. She was born on May 1, 1912, in the home of her parents at 9 East Main Street, WC. That home still stands on that spot. Mrs. McClellan attended Miami-Jacobs Junior College and also worked at Frigidaire. She was also a server and cafeteria worker at WC schools, until the 1970s, when she retired. Naturally, WC's Swart Funeral Home handled her arrangements. She will be laid to rest beside her husband of 52 years, Robert McClellan. This information came to us from 1966's JOHN E. MCCLELLAN, her son. Many thanks, John, and we all offer sincerest condolences for your loss.
Lest I should forget, by the way, I want to thank those who sent info about Sandy Barsalou, upon her death. They include 1960's RICHARD S. HOLT, JANE GEBHART (what year, Jane?), 1959's GARY E. BARNES (who is always so generous with his kind words), 1961's SHARON K. WENDELKEN, and 1960's DANNY L. WALTERS.
E-mails have been rapidly flying back and forth from cousin JUDITH L. SAMUELS. She and husband, Bill Van Cleef, remain in their Holly Hill home. I'm trying to coax them into moving up here, too, since it's so very inexpensive to live here. However, they pretty much run an Eagles Lodge in Holly Hill and are very rooted there, so I don't think I'm going to be able to uproot them, but we will be having a visit from them, some-
time in May, she tells me.
Let me back up to the month of December for a bit. I didn't get much Christmas spirit, obviously, as I was up to my ears in packing for my move. But I got a few wondrous and welcome messages from SO very many of you, and I want to thank you for each and every single one of them. One of those people was teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN.
Of course, his December 29 birthday served as our WC-most-significant-event of December. That same birthday is shared by 1960's BOYD H. JENKINS. You are in good company, Boyd, and where are you? Mr. H. turned 88 and makes no secret of his age. Neither would I, if I were like he is, at 88! Actually, I don't, anyway. It's a wasted effort, amongst those with whom we attended school, right? We all know each others' secrets. Ha! Many of you sent requests about Mr. H.'s birthday. They include 1955's DONNA G. TUDOR, 1956's SUSAN M. MASON, 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY, 1963's SHIRLEY RANKIN, and many others.
It was also in December that 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRET would make her final visit to Florida, while I was a resident there. She was accompanied by her spouse, Frank Hawvermale (my not-so-secret crush, as you all know.) I had hoped to get in a visit with Lynn, but it just didn't come together that time. She was caring for her ill mother and I was moving my life to another state. But we did get to chat few times. Lynn, I'm going to resume our calls, as soon as I can get a breath. I'm slowly getting current. Please be patient. By the way, Lynn did report that she had seen 1959's DAVID PIERCE in November and that he looks great. Well, don't we ALL? There was some- thing in the water in WC, during those days.
We also experienced a bit of old-fashioned WC nostalgia, during the holiday season. For instance, I got an e-mail from 1971's PAMELA K. SHIPLEY, in which she asked if we'd ever had school colors of red and cream, rather than our red and black. So I set about doing all the research I could, but wasn't able to uncover any colors but red and black. We've got some true WC history experts among our readers, so I know one of them will know for sure. How about it, gang? Does anyone know for sure?
Also during this period, I received a wonderful e-mail from 1967's MARY J. CONDON. I may have already let you all know that she made my entire year, by sending me a couple of very old WeCaTons (original), and she even has others which she is sending me, when she gets around to it. What a thrill! Many thanks, Mary Jo!
From 1961's LARRY D. GILBERT came a great story of our, "good, ol' days," in Miami Shores. I just love hearing all of those and thanks for a great one, Larry. I have such good memories of all those times. I think you sort of, "had to be there," as so many of us were.
You will all remember that I asked you if you have an e-mail address for 1957's THERESA M. MOSES and THOMAS D. ELLIOTT, right? Well, I got an e-mail from them on November 22. It reflects the exact same e-mail address I have. Yet things are returned. So if someone knows it, please send me confirmation. We had a couple of e-mail changes, too, during this long period of my absence from the bulletins. Included in that group is 1965's ROBERT E. HALLER and his 1967 spouse, MARY J. CONDON. There is also 1960's MONTY ESTEP and 1963 spouse BEVERLY J. WALKER. So if any of you are not up to date on these alumni, please let me know. By the way, Mary and her husband have experienced some severe losses over the past year, with illnesses and family members, so let me say, Mary, we all wish a better year for you in 2007, okay?
At the beginning of the year, I got numerous, warm greetings, regarding my final time in Florida. One of them came from 1959's JAMES L. LINDSEY. Also, during the holiday season, I got a wonderful card from class president LONNIE M. THACKER and spouse LINDA J. SNELL. In that card was a simply fabulous photo of the two of them. Believe me when I tell you that both of them are keeping up the grand tradition of good-looking WC alumni. Lonnie and Linda, you both look simply wonderful. Please do come back to Ohio in October, so that we can all see you!
My 1960 classmate, JUDITH ANN SLIFE, awaits the birth of her next grandchild, sometime toward the end of this month (March). Judy is a resident of the Dayton suburb of Englewood, where my sister lives. We've yet to pry you out of the house for a WC function, Judy, but I keep hoping, and I'm SURE going to keep trying. After all, you can't avoid us forEVER, can you?
Before I forget, I'm going to do an advance apology to those who are not taking e-mails (out of town or what- ever the reason), when I send this. You see, I've now got over 400 alumni on my list. It's an impossibility, as you can well imagine, for me to weed through a list of that length, and weed out just two or three names, so they don't receive the bulletin. So please forgive me, if you are inconvenienced by the receipt of a bulletin at a time when you didn't want it to arrive.
SHIRLEY ANN HILE (1957) and I have been sending messages back and forth about the joys of living in the beautiful state of Tennessee. I told her I finally did get my first electric bill, which was $31.77 (yes, it's $31.77, no mistake). Of that bill, $20 was the sign-up charge for a new subscriber. So all I can say is, "God bless Theodore Roosevelt and the TVA." The period covered by the actual charge of $11.77ranged from January 9 through February 8. In this day and age, it is nearly impossible to believe that, isn't it?
From 1961's SHARON K. WENDELKEN came a report on her classmate, NORBERT I. "BUDDY" BUNN. She wrote that Buddy is a minister in a church in Illinois. She and Buddy were an item when they were juniors. She also recalled that he served as the toastmaster for the junior-senior prom one year. His wife is also a minister.
Our continuing RV travelers are doing well. They are 1960's GERALD A. FULLER and WILLIAM O. WALKER, who both criss-cross the U.S. in their big RVs. By the way, they share the same birthday of Setpember 22, 1942. They are accompanied, of course, by the their respective, WC-honorary spouses who love that lifestyle, Becky and Karen. They are both safe and well and that's the most important. I keep hoping to see one or both of them come into my driveway, which is about 120' long, so I can host both RVs at once, if need be. Hey, I'm in the county and on unrestricted ground, so you can stay as long as you want, no hassles! Bill and Karen are renovating a house right now. It's inTexas. They lived there for years and their son is still there.
We had notes from a few people who were trying to contact other WC alumni. That's always good to hear. For instance, 1960's DANNY L. WALTERS asked me how to reach classmate, EUGENE GRAY. I didn't know, but I did put him in touch with Gene's cousin, 1961's EDNA L. GRAY. I haven't yet heard a follow- up on that, Dan. How did it go? Did you find Gene? Edna, WHERE have you been?
Also trying to locate her 1962 classmate, was SUE L. SPEELMAN. She wanted to contact MARTHA J. CARTER, younger sister of 1960's CHARLES V. CARTER. I was heartbroken to have to tell her that Martha died very tragically, many years ago. So we weren't able to get a happy ending on that one. Sue had lived directly across the street from Martha and Charles on South Moraine Blvd, right behind the old Indian River Fruit Market. Other attempts at contact included 1958's RICHARD L. JOHNSON, who asked for an e-mail on 1957's BETTY J. HAMILTON. Hey, that's what we do best---put people together. I was only too happy to oblige!
Not long after the alumni dinner, I got a long call from 1957's MICHAEL D. SMITH and we chatted for quite a spell. He went on at length about how great Jackie Mason looked. I think I mentioned that, earlier. Then, he had 1955's NORMAN E. JACKSON send me his name and phone number. I think we'll be seeing Mike again, at future functions.
Okay, now pay attention, especially you folks in the 1961 class. It seems that CAROL A. MUMMA took a lot of photos at your 45th class reunion. I've been asked by NANCY J. ERTEL to include the website in this bulletin, so that you can all see them. Lord knows I hope I get this right. I'm not always so very good at this sort of thing. But here goes:
( http://freepages.school-alumni.rootsweb.com/~vlwest/ ) Wow, that's a long one, isn't it? Have at it!
We heard from 1961's RICHARD E. KNEER, via his wife, Becky, who wrote that she doesn't think Dick would ever be able to stand cold weather anymore. I had spoken to Dick, at the holiday brunch. He did say he hates the cold now.
DARELL L. TOBIAS reported that he's spent time with his son in Tampa, over the Thanksgiving holiday. He returned soon after to his Franklin, NC. home. He isn't very far from where I now live. I'll have to get down there for a visit.
There are a few alumni among us, upon who we can always depend, to keep us up to date on the newest buzz and happenings in WC. Among those are 1960 s THOMAS L. WOLF, JR., and 1959's GARY E. BARNES. They did not disappoint. Tom wrote me on November 18, to report the sale of the Woody's Market building. A place called Taste of Elegance will be there. I understand it's quite an upscale bakery and that some of the people involved were once the bakers in Woody's Bakery. How fitting! Thanks for that, Tom. Now, listen! I'm still expecting GARY E. BARNES, WILLIAM R. HOWARD, and anyone who can, to "get me a piece of Woody's," when it's razed. You, RICHARD G. DENNY, remain on standby, to get them out of jail and represent them, pro bono. Okay, is everyone sitting on ready? Oh, and BRUCE E. CHENOWETH is standing at the ready to supervise the operation.
Gary's news was that the Lions Club has sold the old Girl Scout House, which broke my heart. They surely aren't really going to tear it down!?!? I'm appalled by that. That building has great WC history. Tom Wolf, you must stop this insanity! In the interim, though, Gary and wife Pat were going to Florida. While there, they were going to be visiting 1958's JAMES E. KECKLER and wife Janet. Did you have a safe trip and how did it go?
After moving to Tennessee, I received a wordy and wonderful e-mail from CURTIS A. KEMP. I hope to see him in my driveway soon, for a visit in his RV. Do come on up here, Curt. You'll love it, too! A call came in from 1957's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS. It's the 50th for his class and he needs Piratans. I was able to help him with a 1954 and a 1956. But those1957s are so scarce and I sold the last one, a couple of years ago to WILLIAM R. HOWARD, so I told Ercell to call you, Bill, thinking you might lend it to him. Good luck with that, Ercell. I sent out your 1954 and 1956 in the Monday mail, via media mail rate.
When I was returning from Tennessee in December, after buying my house, I stopped at the mountainside chalet of MICHAEL S. WEST and wife Sally. We had a fabulous visit and Sally prepared a great meal. It was SO fun! What a view they have!
Okay now, believe it or not, this covers all the e-mails and messages I have received. This means I'm back up to date and back on board with the regular reports. I have to tell you all, though, that I'm disappointed at what appears to be the demise of WC Florida Spring Fest. I still hope that someone will grab the ball on the event and keep it going. It's always been such fun.
But to my amazement, when I made the tongue-in-cheek remark about beginning a "Tennessee Tour," I received a rousing response. MURL E. HUFFMAN, who wrote that he'd love a trip to the Great Smokies in the Springtime. Apparently, the Elliotts said they would love to come here, too. So did the Phillips and even a few others. My place is 2.78 acres, has a drive which will accommodate 30-odd cars and lots of wide-open space. So guess what? I'm perfectly willing to do this event. Shall I wait until next April or should I do it this year? Let me know. I want to hear from a lot more of you than I did, when I asked about Spring Fest.
Before I sign off on this ridiculously-lengthy report, which has taken me 3 weeks to do, I offer an apology to all of you, for jumping around like I did. After 6 1/2 years of doing these reports, you'd think I'd finally get it right, wouldn't you? But there was no "flow" to this report. I just had SO much to do, I didn't get to use as many organizational skills. But we're back up to snuff and all is well. Please be sure to send me your news---births, parties, trips, all family news, new cars,any and all windfalls, Lotto winners, fabulous vacations, everything! Without all of you, there is NO WeCaTon News Report. So help me, please.
In closing, I leave you with my usual wish for glowing health, great happiness, peaceful serenity, spiritual harmony, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
(Whoops! Here's a P.S.)
Does anyone out there know if Stephanie Donisi was related to the late SANDRA L. BARSALOU, whose married name was Donisi? M. CYNTHEA POTEET wants to know. This inquiry led to a long exchange on the topic of the Vic Cassano/Mom Donisi pizza place of our old 1950s days. Anyway, if you know, please let me know.
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