Carolyn Leonard Fehring
The Class of 1960
Lincoln Community High School
You probably don't remember but I didn't say too
much when in high school but I have changed since being out in the
"corporate" word. If I remember correctly, you were quiet,
too. It's great to see how everyone has changed. In fact,
yesterday Marv and I talked more than all the years we have been with the
company. We are now employed by the American General Financial
Group out of Houston (formerly Franklin Life Insurance Company). I
started in Feb. of '61 but don't remember when Marv started. I now
have 33 years in (lost several years having 3 children). In fact, Marv
and I worked together when I went back part-time in the middle 60s and
worked in Personnel in the payroll dept. Marv was the programmer.
He didn't say too much then.
Hi, Leigh. Talked on the phone with my
sister, Judith (we all call her Jude), and she received my e-mail about the
Web Site. Hopefully, she will enjoy it as much as I do. However,
she's not hooked to her PC like the rest of us. Her husband, Larry,
relays all the messages to her. Needless to say, she's always looking
over his shoulder. I told him not to share unless she starts responding
on her own. She has always been a stay-at-home-mom so she hasn't been
exposed like the rest of us. I would like to retire but I'm having so
much fun at work learning all this new stuff. This is one time I wish I
were a lot younger as it's all so exiciting (but sometimes frustrating).
Jude and I both worked at Leonard's Cafe for two
summers while still in high school. Since we lived in the country and
didn't have our own car, we rented a room, walked to work each day (worked
mostly 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. shift). Marge and Howard Leonard were not
related to us but our familes were always friends since we went to the same
church -- the United Methodist Church across from the "old" high
I don't have any pictures of the cafe but Jude
thought that mom and dad has some pictures so we will look. Larry has a
scanner so we will be glad to share. Our mother died in 1988 and dad
just went into the Christian Retirement Center in the Special Care Unit
because he has Parkinson's. We will be going over tomorrow to celebrate
his 89th birthday. He's adjusting pretty good. His sister, LaVara
Moore, is 92 and still lives in Lincoln. She taught for many years at
Central and then at the school behind the home place at 515 N. College.
Do you know her?
By the way, Jude and I were not twins as many
people thought. Jude was sick a lot when she started school and mom and
dad decided to hold her back since she was soooooo shy. We are the same
age for four days (her birthday is July 22; mine, July 18) so we were lucky to
be together throughout our school years. When we graduated, we moved to
Springfield and attended Brown's Business College. Being farm girls, we
felt so smart in moving to the "big" city and having our own
apartment. Since we were still together, we weren't quite as homesick.
We couldn't afford a car but we walked everywhere. Mom and dad would
come down and picked us up to go back home for the weekend, or we would take
the train. I didn't drive until a year after I got married in 1964.
I don't remember when my sister started driving but I know it was quite a few
years after I started. Needless to say, we had a ball!!!!!!!
Sorry to rattle on and on but "that was the
good old days" and Jude and I both matured quite fast being on our own
and neither one of us are bashful anymore.
Any stories you want to share will be most
appreciated. If Jude and I can think of anything exciting about the
happenings at the Cafe, we will relay to you. Since we didn't work in
the evenings, we missed out on all the good times the rest of you had.
Again, Leigh, thanks for the Web Site. As I
previously said, this new technology is sooooooooooo exciting!
Leigh, hope you had a good Easter! It
was hard to think about Easter since it was dad's birthday and we kind of
dwelled on that to make his day special since he's no longer in his own home.
He is doing pretty good and now joining in the activities they have each day.
Regarding Aunt LaVara...she taught the lower
grades at Central and I believe most of the time, including the later years of
teaching, she taught 3rd grade. She was still there in '54-'56 but I'd
have to ask her when she retired. I was telling her about the Web Site
and she said your name sounded famililar but didn't think you were in her
Also, you may use whatever info I have given you
if you think anyone would be interested. You might add that I'm still
married to the same guy (we were married in July '64) and all three children
(2 boys; 1 girl) are now married...only 2 grandchildren but lots of
grand-dogs, grand-cats, grand-birds. We still live in Springfield, IL at
the same address for 34 years. Before building, we roughed it for a
couple of years by living in a mobile home, with the 3 children, at the
side of our property. My husband designed and built our ranch style home
on 1 acre of ground on the northwest side of the airport in the country, a
little over 3 miles from the city limits, which is great. He
also has a "huge" detached garage that is home to two
T-Birds and many, many, tools. I don't think he wants to sell but I
would like to sell the '62 (I think that's the year) and we also
have a '65 convertible where the top goes into the trunk. The
'62 needs to be put back together when he retired but I don't think he'll
ever get it back together. He was part owner in the family business, but
10 years ago he sold his half and is enjoying being an ironworker again
for six months out of the year. He thought he'd work on the T-Birds when
he retired but he's loves working and doesn't plan to retire until he's forced
to. So anyone that might be interested in the '62, they know where
to find me.