LOHN NEWS

So many people have called regarding the schedule for Homecoming 2000, that I am going to refresh your memory just in case you missed the article that appeared in last week’s paper. Registration, officially, begins at 2 p.m. (Saturday, May 27) You, of course, may come earlier if you wish and many people will do so. From 2 p.m. on visiting will be in order. Everyone will have a lot of catching up to do as we only meet every five years. So if you miss this one there will be a long time in between homecomings. At 4 p.m. there will be a short program on the tennis courts at which time we will recognize our former teachers, and pin a ribbon on those who taught prior to 1950. There will be recognition of the oldest and youngest persons, the family with the most members present and the one traveling the greatest distance. Tommy Smith will act as master of ceremonies, a job he does very well. He will also auction off the beautiful quilt. At 5 p.m. a catered catfish supper will served, all you can eat for $7.50 per person. There will be someone handing out plates as the caterer charges by the number of plates used. Larry Walker will be in charge of seeing that things run smoothly and everyone has plenty to eat. The caterer will be set up on the east side of the tabernacle and tables decorated with flowers and old Lohn High school trophies will be available inside the cool air-conditioned tabernacle for your dining pleasure. During the afternoon a bus will ferry people to the restored Rudolph home, now owned by Brad and Shirley Fullagar Ellis. The sophomore class, Bobby Mendez, Brandon Pearce, Chris Huth, Stephanie Fischer, Joe Constancia and Gaston McCoury have been working on this project. The bus is air-conditioned and seats 72 people. Dickye Moore will be driving the bus. The sophomores have also put together some videos of old pictures and interesting memorabilia and will be showing these in the tabernacle during the afternoon. After supper from 5 until 7 there will be live music in the park with Country From the Heart band. Several classes have planned reunions. The 1946 class will meet at 1 p.m. in the library, the 1943 class will meet at 11 a.m. in the cafeteria. The 1947 class will meet at the home and Bill and Betty Tedder. The 1953-1954 classes are meeting for lunch at the Rudolph house. We are all looking forward to a great day. This past Saturday was clean up day at the park and tabernacle and the usual faithful people were there to sweep, mop, dust, polish, trim trees and anything else that needed to be done in preparation for our visitors. Every community should be so fortunate as we are in having people who are always willing and even eager to get things done. The park and tabernacle have never looked better. There is something new at the tabernacle. The Lohn High School graduating classes from the past 80 years and a roster of teachers from 1912 have been matted in school colors, framed with non-glare glass and will occupy a permanent place on the north and east walls. This project has been a priority for some of us and we have finally completed it in time for Homecoming. Someone will need to be responsible for the addition of future classes and teachers as the years go by. Ten years ago, the late Rosalie Lohn Behrens, who had a real interest in the history of Lohn, did a temporary list on poster board for the 1990 homecoming, but we needed a more permanent and better protected display of our former students and teachers. Thanks to two people we now have accomplished our goal. Information and mats were provided by me and the two people who did the work were Larry Lohn and Diane Reed. Diane Reid did a tremendous job of designing the pages with a beautiful flying eagle, maroon lettering, bringing it all together on her computer preparing them for framing. You who do not live in the community may not know Diane as she has only lived here since 1996. If the Reed name rings a bell, it should. Her family goes back quite a ways. If you are fairly young you know her parents, Klein and Celeta Caylor Reed. If you’re a bit older, you may remember her grandparents, George and Laura Horne Reed, and if you go way back you will remember her great grandparents, W.J. and Martha L. Reed who owned and operated the general store on the north end of Lohn. Diane was born in Arlington, graduated from Lamar High School and attended the University of Texas in that city. She worked for the Department of Defense in Dallas before moving to her parents stock farm near Waldrip. Diane is a whiz with the computer. She has been so helpful and we appreciate all the work she did. Her dad keeps her busy, nursing orphan lambs and baby calves. She is just a general factotum at the Reed ranch. She and I became friends sharing our mutual love for books and reading. We are very fortunate to have a young lady like Diane as part of our community. We ended up with 20 frames to hang which Larry Lohn made and donated to the Lohn community. He did a beautiful job and we certainly want to show our appreciation to him and Carol. They are also double matting and shrink wrapping a photo of the Lohn school 8×10 which will be on sale at a small price at Homecoming. The photo was taken by Dickye Moore. After expenses the money derived from the sale of the souvenir photo will be donated to the Lohn Valley Improvement Association. I really don’t have to tell you much about Larry. He is a native-born son here. He graduated from Lohn in 1962 and has always been a big booster of the Lohn community. Larry and Carol have bought more cookbooks than anyone’giving them for presents. Ann Walker and Shirley Ellis were the ladies who hung the pictures and they did a great job. These two ladies do a lot for the community. They keep the flower container at the north end of the park in an ever changing array of beautiful arrangements. As a lasting memorial to their late mother, Ruby Fullagar Ross. Each time you drive by and see new flowers, Ann and Shirley have put them there. What a lovely way for us to remember Ruby and enjoy the flowers. Regarding the recent story on the 1923 graduation program Professor Allison who spoke at commencement’ I did not know this, but Elizabeth Utsey Land called to tell me that Professor E.L. Allison was her grandfather, Mrs. Oliver Utsey’s father. Professor Allison taught school for 50 years, and was one of the first teachers to receive teachers retirement pay. Fifty years must be some kind of record. We have been given two wonderful photos, one of the Lohn student body circa 1902 and one of the Pear Valley students from 1933. These are framed and will be hung in the tabernacle. The 1902 picture is from Evelyn Bissett Miller in memory of her mother, Emma Tetens Bissett. The 1933 Pear Valley school is in memory of Frank and Eunice Thacker Tetens and was given by Garland Ray, Howard and Bill Tetens. Mr. Jack Kirby of Cleburne, Texas has sent some wonderful material, letters and pictures concerning his father, Mr. C.E. Kirby who taught here in 1924-1925-1926. Everyone will enjoy these treasures from the past. Congratulations to Leslie Short and Kevin Pearce on being valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2000, and to Jana Solsbery and Samantha Johnstone who earned those titles as they leave junior high.

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