The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WE*CA*TON NEWS REPORT: 26 FEB 2012:
Subject: WECATON NEWS REPORT!!!---
---This installment begins on January 30, just a few days after sending the
last one. You've all sent many wonderful responses and they're accumulating
quickly, so I don't want to get too far behind. We'll start with our
forwarders, as always, who are 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1955's C. ELAINE
DILLARD; 1956's RALPH D. WILSON; 1957's BETTY LEE CARROLL, RALPH H. WARNER,
ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, SHIRLEY ANN HILE; 1958's BILL R HOWAR D, RONALD D.
TOM" FEE, W. BAILEY HAWKINS, DONALD I. MCCOY, LORNA D. TROUTMAN; 1960's
LARRY M. PENDLEY, RICHARD S. HOLT, DELORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, WM E. "BUDDY"
STOVER, CHAS. V. CARTER, EDGA
R L. "EDDIE" KELLY, C. SUE MCCLOUD; 1961's GARY R. FRANK, SHARON K.
WENDELKEN, PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, SANDRA E. BROCK; 1962's JACKQUELYN S. HAINES;
1964's RICKEY A. BUSCH; 1969's ROBT. E. THARPE, JOHN Q. KEMP; 1970's RITA G.
JUSTICE; and 1971's. JOY I. WOLFORD.
Next, of course, comes our e-mail lost list and there are a number on there
his time, whom I shall have to delete, if I've got no updates. So pick your
collective brains and check your address lists, please. I really hate to
lose a single one of us! They include Ass't Princ. JANET W. BARKER; 1953's
ELMER D. MARRIOTT (mailbox unavailable) 1954's CAROLYN R. GILLETTE (rejected
as being an unknown user), MARIANN A L. LAKINS (invalid mailbox); 1955's
BARBARA J. THOMAS (mailbox unavailable
); 1956's ANITA R. MASON (she no longer uses PC, disregard) 1958's JUDITH M
SMITH (rejected as being an inactive account), KEITH E. ANDERSON
(undeliverable); 1961's LILY K. "KITTY" BURDE
TTE (no reason given) and 1988's e JAS. A. MCGURE, although I think I might
have his, now. I also think I've finally solved the problem with 1959's
CAROLYN EUBANK, thanks to sister-in-law, 1970's
VICKIE JO GILBERT and also 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM. So thanks, Indy and
Vickie. The others will
likely be going off the readers list, at this time, and that just kills me.
So let's try to prevent it. This is a lot of alumni to lose!
My first response to the last bulletin was forthcoming from 1971's RODNEY R.
GABBARD, who was headed for bladder cancer surgery on Jan. 29. He sent good
wishes to all and asks for our collective good thoughts and prayers. You've
got those, Rod, and I feel I can speak for us all, as I write that. Right
now, it's only Jan. 30, so I have no follow-up or feedback, just yet. But I
hope to be able to soon add a positive footnote to this paragraph. "We're
all pullin for ya', Rod. Hang in there"!
Is there anyone of the late 1950s-early 1960s, who doesn't recall the
beautiful LORNA D. TROUTMAN of the 1958 class? I know I sure did, and
immediately. Well, her classmate, BILL R. HOWARD, sent me a photo of her and
liisten up, all you gorgeous gals from 1961! Lorna can give anyone a run for
their money when it comes to keeping her good looks. She's still utterly
gorgeous, lives in Phoenix, Az., (with her hunky spouse) as do a few other
WC folks (1958's JUDITH M. SMITH, 1959's MICHAEL L. SWANK, and married
couple, 1960's LINDA J SNELL and LONNIE M. THACKER, to name just a few.)
Anyway, she and I, along with Bill now and then, have had a number of very
interesting exchanges, catching up on all things WC, one might say. It has
resulted in our now being able to add Lorna to our readers list. I'm simply
thrilled to welcome you aboard, Lorna! Lorna's hunky husband (no surprise
there) is a race car driver, as well as being a professional photographer. I
also found out her real, middle name is Doone, so does anyone except me
remember the film (based on the book of the same name, of course), "Lorna
Doone"? (No, not the cookies!) Anyway, her mother was reading that book when
she was pregnant with Lorna and she was so impressed with the heroine, she
named Lorna after her. I love that story! As I had various e-mail exchanges
with male alumni, I discovered (again, no surprise) Lorna had practically a
fan club amongst the WC guys, during her high school years. Not many
approached her, as they were intimidated by her extreme good looks, they
told me. However, they did worship her from afar!" Well, she's taken,
fellas! So sorry, and her husband looks to be a big, jealous dude, too! She
says they'll be with us in October. I can scarcely wait. She and I and Bill
have been doing lots of excited e-mailing.
It was yet another interesting exchange with 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER, about
our great, good fortune to have grown to maturity in the 1950s, and even
better than that, to have had the privilege of living in my beloved, little
village of Miami Shores. I won't go on again about how fun it was there, as
so many of you already know, but I loved talking with Freda about this. We
also discussed the many facets of past life, which are rapidly fading from
the scene, as they fall victim to the latest technology. They include items
such as books, the postal service, newspapers (boo hoo!), wrist watches,
road maps, film cameras, and so much more. Yes, it's all going away. I have
to wonder how much longer we'll even have retail stores, what with things
like eBay and amazon.com, etc. In short, the world in which so many of us
passed through adulthood---well, it s fading quickly. I believe we call it
In other matters of pith and moment, I believe plans are moving along for
the 55th anniversary of the Class of 1958. These plans are being gently
steered along by BILL R. HOWARD, and there are offers of assistance from
DONALD I. MCCOY and K. JUNE CRUTCHFIELD. Technological assistance of alumni
treasurer, 1970's GARY E. JOHNSON, has been invaluable, as regards contact
info. I'm sure it's going to be a smashing event.
Let us get back to the topic of the Poling girls. You all may recall how
1956's REBECCA J. POLING wrote to refresh my memory of the 5 Poling girls,
right? Of course, I vividly remembered them all, and I wasn't the only one,
believe me. More reinforcement was forthcoming, as 1958's BILL R. HOWARD
wrote of the Poling girls, "Those Poling girls are burned into the
consciousness of many a WC guy, and they weren't all in Miami Shores,either!
Betsy and Becci are emblazoned on my brain. They were, indeed, prime
examples of feminine pulchritude." Well written, Bill, well written. I'm
sure that statement
is absolutely true. So no need, Becci, to let us know who the Poling girls
are. You all practically had your own fan club.
From 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM came a tidbit on our e-mail lost girl, earlier
CAROLYN E. EUBANK. I have to touch on this again, to give credit where
credit's due. It was quite helpful, too, and caused me to check and re-check
my e-mail list. As I'd expected, the error in this case was my own. Thanks
again, Indy, and thanks again to 1970's VICKIE JO GILBERT, too, who is
Carolyn's sister-in-law, married to 1963's JERRY T. "TED" EUBANK, Carolyn
s brother. Vickie kept giving me the e-mail address (correctly), but I was
failing to check each and every character. So we finally got Carolyn off the
From 1961's NANCY A. HALL came a thank-you note for her birthday card of Jan
26. It was Nancy's, "Big Seven-O," and we can't forget those, now can we?
Anyway, she and spouse, Pastor Retired Larry W. Matthews, had both been ill,
then recovered, then Larry had a relapse at last writing. So how are things,
Nancy? Is Larry well now? The Matthews are planning a western Carribean
cruise, come spring, so let's wish them both well, so they can go and enjoy
Now, here's an interesting piece of trivia. It seems Nancy's mother and the
mother of 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL were roommates way back in 1943, when the
two of them were born. This gives a whole, new meaning to the phrase, "right
out of the womb," doesn't it? That's how long they've known each
other. Nancy (Hall) and spouse Larry will be stopping in Ft. Lauderdale in
March to visit yet another classmate, CAROL A. MUMMA, her lifelong friend.
Hey, have fun, all of you!
Okay, it's now Feb. 23, and I'm closing in rapidly on my self-imposed
deadline for the bulletins. I guess I'd better get crackin'! From 1970's
RITA G. JUSTICE came a great, "deal of the century," story which parallels
well with my own. She and her daughter found John Keal tables (which sell
for well over a thousand dollars each and usually higher) for a mere $15.
Way to go, Rita! Don't you just love those kinds of bargains? Thanks, Rita
for your comments on the bulletins, too. I so appreciate it and am always so
humbled by such remarks.
Also from Rita came a request to secure a photo of WC student, THOS, EUGENE
COMBS, who died at 19, as a war hero. It was for something Veteran-oriented,
and I didn't quite know where to turn, so I forwarded all the info to my,
all-around fix-it guy," 1965's STEVEN F. SHADE, who never lets me down, no
matter how rare or ridiculous the request. Thanks, Rita, and I know you did
whatever was needed, Steve, so thanks to you, too.
Oh, such exciting news from my classmate, NANCY R. KANNINEN! Guess what? We
have our very first reader in Hawaii! (I think so, anyway.) Nancy and her
husband have moved there and I've got her new e-mail address, too. She loves
the bulletins, she wrote me, and loves hearing about everyone in the old WC
ranks. I'm so glad, Nancy, and I wish you well in your news dig, as I'm sure
we all do.
Hey, let's all keep 1962's REBECCA J. LEIWIG in our good thoughts and
prayers. She's just simply devastated by the loss of her sister, MARCIA S.
LEIWIG, a victim of cancer. Becky also lost both of her daughters, over the
years, as well as 5 of her 6 brothers, so she's having a tough time of it.
She and Marcia were exceptionally close, in a family of 8 and being the only
2 girls. We're all pulling for you, Becky, and so sorry you've endured such
tragedy. Why don't you get together with some of the WC girls who have
luncheons all the time, rebond with them, and spend time togethe?. I really
would help you. We are a truly wonderful bunch of people!
We also need to keep in our good thoughts and prayers, one of my classmates,
EDGAR L. "EDDIE" KELLY. Ed's been having quite a rough time of it, of late.
He lost his son back in September and told me he's just not getting through
that loss very well. But who could? He called me and said he's doing all he
can to try and cope. He also told me he'll be calling old friends and
classmates, AARON COUC
H and WM. M. ROHLER. I have to call Aaron, myself. I haven't heard from him
in a spell and he wasn't feeling well, last time I spoke with him. Has
anyone heard from him? Ed, hang in there. All your old pals wish you well,
and we offer sincerest condolences for the tragic loss of your son.
For me, it was great professional news from 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY. He has
returned to the insurance business, and I couldn't be happier. I've been
very dissatisfied with my insurance, since he sold his other agency. I told
him if he went back into business, I'd be his very first customer. So we are
working, as I type, on changing around my insurance.
Lots of folks seem to be whiling away a few winter weeks in my former home
state of Florida. I got a couple nice e-mails from 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST,
who had stopped at Dixie Crossroads, which is in Titusville, where we used
to have our WC Christmas brunch. Then there's my sister-in-law, 1956's
ANITA RAE MASON, who's visiting down there until the first of April, with my
brother-in-law, who's now her husband. Everyone's having a great time, but
as usual, it's already pretty steamy in Florida.
Along came a note from 1956's RALPH D. WILSON, in which he told me of being
in contact with his classmate, MARGIE L. HENDRICKS. It seems Margie was
pining away to have a 1956 yearbook, so Ralph asked if I might have one.
Margie was sure in luck. As it happened, I had/have more 1956's than any
other year. So I sent one to Margie, post-haste, and she's been writing me
ever since. We are currently getting acquainted, and she has so enjoyed the
book, it was a joy to be able to send it. As most of you are well aware, I
have been collecting Piratans, from every possible source, for about 10
years, now. I store them until a request surfaces. I sell them only to WC
alumni, for exactly what I paid, plus media mail shipping rates. But my
sources have really dried up in recent years, and that's especially true of
the books dating back to the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. So remember, if
any of you stumble onto any of them which are for sale, let me know, and I
ll gladly reimburse you. At this moment, I now have only 2 extra 1956
yearbooks. But thanks for the tip on that, Ralph, and we also welcome Margie
aboard to our readers list, thanks to Ralph. I also sent Margie, "the red
book," which was composed in 2006 for that class, by ANITA RAE MASON and my
late sister, JUDY ANN RISNER
. Judy gave me one and Margie wanted one so badly, I sent it to her. She was
a member of that class and I know she' ll treasure it.
As most of you are well aware, I'm very close to well-known, longtime Dayton
entertainer and nightclub owner, Betty Greenwood. We're in regular contact.
I think most of you are also well aware she lost both her children, both
sons. The younger one, Glenn, just died Nov. 23. She now has his condo on
the market for sale. It's a 2-bedroom/2-bath and looks quite attractive. The
price seems to be a steal at $43,500. So if you know anyone who's interested
or if you'd like to take a look at it, access photos at www.coldwellbanker
com/homesearch/2/547255 It sure looks like a nice one, especially for that
Continuing to spread the word and work valiantly at the 55th for his 1958
class is BILL R. HOWARD, who also strenuously objects to being labeled as
the chairperson. But as I told Bill, he's a natural leader, he has
enthusiasm for the event, he's in contact with many of his classmates, so
hey, who can do a better job? Besides, as I keep telling him, if you step up
to the plate and take the chairmanship, you can delegate all the work, and
wind up doing nothing! So get in there, all you 1958-ers, and give Bill lots
What spectacular news has come in from Martha A. Craig! As many will recall
she's the widow of my dear, old friend and classmate and Miami Shores Kid,
RONALD P. CRAIG, who died on September 18, 2000. At the end of February,
Martha is going to remarry. I'm so thrilled for her! Martha, what's his
name? What's the exact date? Where is the wedding? Questions, questions,
questions! Thanks for letting us know.
Earlier in the month, I spoke with my dear friend, and another 1958-er,
BRUCE E. CHENOWETH. We got current on life, and I did the same thing last
month with lifelong friend, SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, 1960. I also kept my contact
schedule with EULA FAYE BAILEY and with CHAS. V. CARTER and CHAS. A. HIGH,
JR. Everybody's doing pretty well, but for Charlie (High). I continue to
have concerns for him, as regards his stamina, as I feel he's trying to do
too much. He recently had another heart procedure (his 21st, as I understand
it), and he came through it again. He continues to care for his ailing wife,
totally on his own, even though his own health is probably as poor, and
possibly worse, than hers. So I keep him in my good thoughts and prayers, at
Well, readers, all the ladies at the senior citizen highrise on Kettering's
Wilmington Pike are in deep mourning, I'm sure. You see, their most famous
and accommodating resident, the unforgettable WALLACE W. ROBBINS, has now
moved away from there. Yes, folks, "Elvis has left the building."
He wrote to give me the full update, saying he moved to Waynesville, just
about 3 minutes from one of his daughters. He said he's now in a
wheelchair/scooter, so I guess he had no choice but to move. If he'd stayed
at the highrise, he'd have gotten hallway speeding tickets in that thing.
Anyway, his new address is 200 Adamsmoor Drive, Apt. 109, Waynesville, Ohio
45068. His home phone number is 513 855-4026. He wants to hear from any and
all WC people, especially the females. Ha!
Cousin JUDITH L. SAMUELS and I continue our daily banter. You'd think we'd
exhaust every topic, but we don't. It's everything from the specials at the
grocery store to car repairs to dog training to garage sales and the
greatest specials at the discount stores. So I guess we'll never run out of
topics and material, will we?
Also finally sending me a juicy snippet was my classmate, THOS. L. WOLFE, JR
I really liked this one. Remember when I told you alumni treasurer GARY E.
JOHNSON, was trying to reach 1948's
ALMA JACQUELINE "JACKIE" CRITZER, a past alumni officer? Jackie had quite a
treasure trove of WC memorabilia, it seems. Her married name was Wilson, of
course, and she'd been married to the brother of the aforementioned RALPH D.
WILSON, 1956. When Gary had requested my info on her, I had to tell him I
had none, so I referred him to Ralph. Jackie's daughter, Annie, contacted
Gary. He and Tom went together and succeeded in retrieving about 6-7 boxes
of those historic, WC treasures, and Tom wrote he had the time of his life,
spending an afternoon going through them. I can just imagine, Tom! I'd
have felt the same way.
Tom also wrote we have a need to, "fill in the blanks," with several
Piratans. Among the missing years are 1936, 1941, 1963, and 1979. Does
anyone have those or extras of them, which they wouldn't be opposed to
donating to the cause? Tom, I've got a full printout of 1941 and it has a
very authentic look to it. It came from the WCHS library and I'm going to
send it you. I don't know if it will meet your needs or not, but you can be
the judge of that. I'm furiously clinging to the original one, gifted to me
some years back, by my classmate, DENNIS A. ROSE. But I'm going to send
this other one to you. I do not have 1963 (been trying to get one for years)
nor any extra 1936, and do not have 1979 at all (another one I want), but
will be sending the 1941. I hope that will help a bit. That's one of the
toughest to get.
Tom informs me he hopes to coordinate efforts among personnel in the school
district, the alumni association, and the Historical Society, to make these
irreplaceable photos, records, and books as available as possible for
viewing by alumni and visitors. This is quite an admirable undertaking, Tom
and I wish you all the success, as I know we all do. I'll get this in the
mail to you, during the coming week. The date, as I type, is Feb. 24. Let
s give a Tom a hand with this, if we can, readers.
Hey, guess what? We're down to the wire again. I've written every single
e-mail I've received and I'm ahead of my schedule! I'm thrilled. This one
is so long, I'd better not hold it. Be sure to send all your news. I'm
merely, "the typist handmaiden," of all of you. Without you, there's no
bulletin. It's now time to proofread (ugh!), edit (ugh!), and hit that send
button. So I leave you all with my usual wish for glowing health, personal
safety, great happiness, peaceful serenity, spiritual harmony, and boundless