Jason Smith weds Kris Grote

Jason Michael Smith and Kris Tina Grote were married Sept. 9. The hill top ranch home of the bride`s parents, Warren and Susan Grote, located near Mason with it`s panoramic view of five counties, provided a beautiful setting for the afternoon ceremony. Maid of honor was Kris’ cousin, Pepper Kroll, who had been married the day before. The best man was Charlie Carrithers, Camryn Carrithers was flower girl, and nephews of the bride, brothers Casey and Tyler Shutt, were bearers of the rings on deer horns. Jason and Kris will be living in Mason where Kris is employed by Cellular One, and Jason is working for Grote Roofing. On Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m., Lohn friends are hosting a shower for the couple. Selections have been made at Evridges. Everyone is invited to attend the shower at the Tabernacle. *** This Friday is homecoming at Lohn High when the Eagles tangle with the Rochelle Hornets. ‘Fifth Quarter’ after the game will be at the Tabernacle. Everyone is invited for snacks, visiting and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Eagles state championship team. The Lohn Volunteer Fire Department annual fundraising fish fry was moved back to the Tabernacle this year. The building was filled with locals and out-of-town folks who generously support the men and women who serve this and surrounding communities when the need arises. The attendance was much higher this year than last year. An added attraction to the event is seeing old friends such as Carroll and Nelda Hodges from Santa Anna, Ivey and Carolyn Cole from Leander, Houston and Billie Kennedy from Olden and David and Ouita Bratton from Rochelle who make an effort to attend each year. There are others who support this community, and we appreciate them very much. The LVFD would like to thank everyone for their support and donations. The fish dinner was very good, 305 plates were served, and the auction and bingo proceeds were also higher this year. The ever-faithful Betty Hill`s beautiful double wedding ring quilt was bought by Bob and Becky Moore for $560. This year the ‘Firemen`s Friend’Award’went to Central Texas Telephone Co- op. Ann Walker, area director accepted the award for the Co-op.’ *** Jewel Marie Thornton Latimer died Sept. 13 in Dallas. In 1934, before graduation, Jewell married a member of the `34 class, George Latimer, son of Charlie and Tishie Huffman Latimer. George and Jewell lived here for a time, their sons, George Lee and Alfred, attended school at Lohn prior to their moving away. Jewell made her home in Abilene for many years, enjoying a close friendship with her Browning cousins, Eulalia and Mary Joyce and her aunt, Verna West Webb. After having heart surgery and suffering a fall, she went to live with her daughter in DeSoto. Jewell was buried in Abilene. Survivors are sons, Alfred H. Latimer of Plano and Robert D. Latimer of Arlington; daughters, Pam Hopkins of Campobello, S.C. and Larecia Hampton of Desoto; a sister, Grace Thornton Stanick of Rockport; 13 grandchildren, 32 great- grandchildren, and three great-great- grandchildren. Her oldest son, George Lee, preceded her in death. The Thornton family were early settlers in Lohn. They were here in 1910, possibly earlier, living on the back road toward Pear Valley. Jewell`s parent`s were Levert Lafitte Thornton and Ella West, the oldest daughter of Edward and Mary Magdaline Jeter West. The six Edward West children Ella, Effie, Ola, Louis, Loyd and Verna married locally, consequently they had many relatives in McCulloch County. On the Jeter side, Maggie Lohn and Verna Vogel were related. There were eight members of the L.L. Thornton family: Marvin, Horace, Dilworth (Coot), Jewell, Milton (Buddy), Ella Mae, Grace and Ada. This family lived south of Lohn in a well populated area in the early years. The older children attended the old Cow Gap school built in 1892, along with children of the Harris, Dilliard, Shaver, Waddle, Hemphill, Huie, Damron and Newton families. Grace Stanick is the only member of the family left. She is 83 years old and lives in Rockport where she has been a real estate broker for many years. She enjoys excellent health, continues to drive and takes a vacation twice a year to the Seattle area where her daughter resides. Rama Huie has a new great niece, Elle Faith Allen, born Monday in Louisiana, to Chad and Nicole Allen. Nicole is the granddaughter of the late Buddy and Norma Hemphill Ewing. *** The Lohn PTA will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Plans for the upcoming Halloween Carnival will be discussed, as well as plans for future fundraising events. All parents and teachers are encouraged to attend. Joe and Linda Bendele are now non-residents of Lohn. She moved last Sunday and is in South Texas while Joe is in rehab in San Antonio recovering from a stroke. She called to say that he was doing well and they will be setting up housekeeping near Devine as soon as he is able to join her. She also wanted to bring us up-to-date on her bird who heretofore could only whistle the first verse of Jesus Loves Me- he now knows the chorus. The elusive Colorado rainbow trout that Larry Walker and Phillip Bloomer were angling for on their recent fishing trip failed to rise to the bait so the Texans came home empty-handed, nevertheless they had a very enjoyable time. Two other Texans, Nell Ellis and Celeta Reed were in the Rocky Mountain State recently. Celeta accompanied Nell on her yearly trip to winterize the Ellis Lake City home. Colorado holds many pleasant memories for the Reed family as Klein and Celeta and daughter visited there often camping and enjoying the scenic beauty of the state. The aspens at 13,000 feet Slumgullion Pass were in full color and near Creede the ladies were awed by one of the most beautiful rainbows they had ever seen. The appearance of the rainbow after a storm has been a comforting sight to mankind since the Lord ‘set his bow in the cloud’ as a token of His covenant. We often need a rainbow in our lives. While in Colorado, Celeta visited Kleins cousins from the Horne side of the family, Frank and Alice Horne Vogel`s daughter from San Angelo. She and her family have a summer home in the area. Celeta`s grandson, Derrick Bobo, was here last weekend from Fort Stockton where he is stationed with the U.S. Border Patrol.

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