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May 26, 1938

Example Casts Public Opinion, City Body Told
Example, like the press, molds public opinion, Rev. Dan FLETCHER, pastor of Christ the King Church at Tulsa, told graduating students and patrons of St. Mary's Academy here Tuesday night. "In spite of our material greatness, we find that throughout the world there is a spirit of atheism. Atheism is rampant. Atheists teach there is no God," the guest speaker warned. Rev. FLETCHER charged that this did not apply to European countries alone, but also to the United States to a certain extent. He urged the graduates to become good citizens - "upright and honorable citizens to the government under which we live." The commencement speaker chose for his theme, "Good Example". While congratulating the classes for having reached the goal of their youthful ambitions, he stressed the need of good example at all times.
The program closed the school here. The sanctuary was adorned with large baskets of larkspur and golden tulle. Lighted tapers and tall golden vases of blue larkspur, the class flower, ornamented the altars. As the organ pealed forth the processional played by a violin ensemble and accompanied by the organ, Don MURPHY and Jimmie RALPHE, dressed as pages in blue and white costumes and carrying a basket of certificates, entered the church followed by the eighth grade graduates who took their places in the front of the Communion rail. Following these, Albert JORDAN, Jr. and Norman MILLER, dressed as pages in blue and gold and carring a basket of High School diplomas, led the senior graduates who in cap and gown entered singly and walked to their respective places.
Mrs. C. BENKE, Emma PICEK, and Charles PICEK sang very touchingly the Ave Maria by Owens. Rev. Ben HULSHOF, Lawton, assisted by the acolytes and the small pages, awarded the certificates, conferred the diplomas, and closed this part of the ceremony with a prayer of thanksgiving.
The sextet, including Mrs. C. BENKE, Emma PICEK, Charles Millard BERTRAM, Jack DOUGLASS and Henry George PICEK, sang "The Benedictus" taken from Gounod's Mass. This was followed by the giving of solemn benediction with the most blessed sacrament, while the choir sang, "O Salutaris" and "Tantum Ergo".
High School seniors who received diplomas were Jack GLENNAN, Elva PITTMAN, John MARKOSKY, Sue RAMOS, John Allan WILLIS.
Certificates of promotion to the High School were awarded to the following pupils: Anita BERRY, Lynette BOGGS, Cecilia CALAWAY, Lawanda DAVID, Robert FIETZ, Herrell GLENNAN, Georgia GREEN, Dorothy HOLLERBAN, Donna Jean JOHNSON, Theresa LANDOLL, Rose Ann LANDOLL, Anna Lee MORRIS, Margaret NEBELING, Bennie PARKER, Elinor POKORNY, Betty Lou SHAW, Jimmy SHAW, Raymond STANTON and Jimmie THOMAS. A large crowd gathered at Blessed Sacrament church Sunday morning to hear Rev. HULSHOF address the graduates at baccalaureate.
The choir rendered appropriate hymns during the Mass while Jack DOUGLASS sang "At Communion". In addressing the graduates, Rev. HULSHOF said that he was not saying farewell for he expected them to remain in touch with their alma mater. He reminded them that they were leaving St. Mary's with a greater knowledge than that of the ancient philosophers and even of many of the renowned philosophers of today.
All the Catholic graduates received Holy Communion in a body. After Mass the pastor and the graduates were honored by a breakfast in the sister's home. The class colors and class flower were carried out in the table appointments. Present at the breakfast were Father Ben, Jack GLENNAN, Elva PITTMAN, Sue RAMOS, John MARKOSKY, and John Allan WILLIS.
Submitted by Anna Marie (Glennan) Wilson

January 30, 1940


Jeff STAMPER Rites Conducted
The Rev. Herbert B. COCKERILL, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiated at funeral services Sunday afternoon for Jeff STAMPER, 50 year old Lawton stockman and farmer. Services were in the BECKER Memorial Chapel and committal rites in Highland Cemetery were conducted by Legionnaires from the Lowery post and a Fort Sill firing squad. Legionnaires attended the rites in a body.
Mr. STAMPER, who had resided for several years about 10 miles north of Lawton, died of a heart attack Thursday night.
Pallbearers were Gervis OSWALT, Leo NICHOLSON, C.B. THETFORD, H.C.BAKER, Jess MCDONALD and Bill MCDONALD. Vocal numbers were furnished by Miss Joy SMITH and Miss Jacqueline SMITH with Mrs. P.A. BECKER, chapel organist, as the accompanist.
Submitted by Anna Marie (Glennan) Wilson

September 18, 1950

Dodson's Fiddle Stilled By Death
James Fred DODSON, 65, widely known pioneer resident of 705 Park, died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital following two weeks illness with a heart ailment. Widely known as an "oldtime fiddler" Mr. DODSON and his hillbilly band had taken active part in Lawton's annual pioneer celebration for many years.
Born March 24, 1885, in McLean County, Illinois, he came to Lawton from Illinois for the opening in 1901. He married Miss Katherine GLENNON in Chickasha November 7, 1914. A carpenter by trade, he was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church.
Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Stanley ROSE, Yokohama, Japan, and three sons, Fred, Jr., Little Rock, Ark., Joe, with the army in Munich, Germany and Chris, serving with the army in Korea; seven grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Services are pending the arrival of Fred DODSON, JR. from Little Rock, Ark. Lawton Funeral Home is in charge.
Submitted by Anna Marie (Glennan) Wilson

Jan 19, 1965

Catherine B. DODSON
Services for Mrs. Catherine B. Dodson, 76, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. She died Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas, after a short illness. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church, Rev. T. W. DARNALL, pastor, will officiate at both services. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, under the direction of the Lawton Funeral Home.
Mrs. DODSON was born July 19, 1888 in Emerald, Anderson County, Kansas. She married Fred DODSON in Chickasha, Nov. 7, 1914. They made their home in Lawton all their married life. Mr. DODSON died in 1950. Last year, Mrs. DODSON moved from Lawton to Emporia, Kansas, to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. Stanley ROSE.
She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. ROSE; two sons, Joe of Martinez, GA, and Sgt 1C Chris, stationed with the Army in
Munich, Germany; one sister, Mrs. Helen ZIMMERMAN, Monteca, CA; one brother, Joe GLENNON, Coalgate, and 14 grandchildren.
Submitted by Anna Marie (Glennan) Wilson

August 2, 1990

Beryle E. Metcalf
Funeral for Beryle E. METCALF, 78, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Paradise Valley Baptist Church, north of Lawton, with the Rev. Stephen PONDER, pastor, officiating. Mr. METCALF died Thursday at his home after a sudden illness. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker Funeral Home.
He was born April 7, 1912, near Medicine Park. He was a lifelong resident of this area. A retired auto mechanic, he worked for 20 years as shop foreman of the Lawton Bus Company, then later worked for Jake Witzel Ford (later Howard Smith Ford), where he was an auto mechanic for several years. He was a member of Paradise Valley Baptist Church. He married Juanita Bozarth July 9, 1965, in Lawton. She died July 2, 1989.
Survivors include two daughters; Linda BAILEY and Patsy PHELPS, both of OK; four sons; retired Sgt. Maj. Owen METCALF, Germany; Jerry and Elwyn, both of OK; and Wayne, Moore; two stepdaughters; Cherri HAUGHT, OK, and Sandra LAVARRO, LA.; two stepsons; Charles KERCE, Jr., Texas, and Wesley HOLLEY III, OK; a sister, Shirley HENNESSEE, OK; 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Anna Marie (Glennan) Wilson

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