Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 28, 2013

Sept. 28, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘Support fills our hearts!’

Sherry Schulte of Kokomo sends this Cheer on behalf of the Schulte and Dwyer families:

“The Schulte and Dwyer families would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the people who took part in the “Schulte Tonic Ball” fundraiser for the Dan Schulte family in Seattle, Wash.

“A warm thank-you to the organizers: Matt and Kate Mays, Matt and Becky Salsbery, Mandy Wright-Jarrett, Jennifer Edwards, Missy Hawkins Smith, Andy Alger and Adam Carter.

“Thank you to Pastor Steve Cole for the invocation and his continued support.

“We appreciate WWKI for providing promotional airtime, and DJ Allan James for his time hosting the evening’s events.

“The following musicians gave of their time and talents and a big smile goes to: The Haters, Brian Deer Band, Gary Rhum & Eric Hyman of the Teacup Orchestra, Rodney Collins and Second Hand Smoke, John Mast, Mitchell White, Shawn Shell, and Nick & Sammy.

“Thank you to the vendors for their time and support: Sunspot, Little Caesar’s, DJ’s Kettle Corn, artist Trish Little, Jewelry by Joanie, The Hummingbird Case, Terri Pearce, Ken of Kokomo Kona Ice, Maureen Maynard of Baja Salsa, Copper Creek Farms/Delectables, Pam Bailey of Baileys Concessions, Planet Mind, and Bliss Studio.

“The following donors to the silent auction were greatly appreciated: Orange Leaf, Half Moon Restaurant, Coffee Junkiez, Pizza Hut, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Jamie’s Soda Fountain, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub, John Meyer/Adrianne Sutton, Posh Salon, Lauren and Larry Mueller, Salsbery Garden Center, Laura’s Clothing, Anytime Fitness, Kara McKibben, Tonia Hawkins, Solidarity Federal Credit Union, Kokomo Cycling and Fitness, Melissa and Ryan Duncan, 20/20 Vision, Strands Salon, Buckner Distributing, IU Sports Properties, Palmer’s Jewelry, Hall, Render, Killian, Keith & Lyman, Chippendale Golf Course, Terri Pearce, Michelle Milburn, Indiana State Fair, Indiana Grand Casino, Adam Carter, Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Cone Palace.

“A warm thank-you to the anonymous donors and anyone we may have missed who donated at the last hour.

“Please honor Dennis and Judy Schulte’s memory by not drinking and driving.

“Thanks again, Kokomo – your continued support fills our hearts!”

‘They know how to treat people’

Mary Ellen Brookshire of Kokomo sends this Cheer for Red Lobster:

“A few weeks ago, myself and three other ladies were planning lunch at the Red Lobster. I picked up one of the ladies and was told by her helper, at this time, she was wheelchair-bound.

“Her chair was put in my trunk, she was settled in and we were on our way.

“Upon arriving at the door of the Red Lobster, I knew none of our ladies were able to handle the chair and get the person inside the restaurant. I went inside and asked the hostess if there were any men available who could assist me.

“Immediately, two gentlemen arrived. They were successful in getting my friend settled inside. When we were ready to leave, they were there and got us on the road again.

“If you feel that Kokomo has a lot of eating places with no assitance for handicapped people, remember the Red Lobster. I am proud to say they know how to treat people, and their food is outstanding. Kokomo is lucky to have them.”

‘There’s something missing’

Dave Gibson, a songwriter who worked at the old Kingston plant for 23 years, sends these lyrics to a new song he dedicates to all his former co-workers:

“There’s something missing

“On the north side of town

“‘Cause just the other day

“They took the old Kingston tower down

“For so long it was a landmark

“It stood stall just like a shrine

“But like so many other things

“It fell victim to the times

“For nigh on 90 years it stood there

“It was a shame it had to come down

“And nothing will ever look the same

“On Kokomo’s north side of town

“The old building was an eyesore

“But the tower they could have saved

“If he saw what they done to his factory

“George Kingston would turn over in his grave


“Yes, there’s something missing

“And nothing will ever take its place

“The building’s gone, the tower too

“It was leveled down without a trace

“There’s so many who had worked there

“Kingston employees were a close-knit family

“They can take away the tower and the building

“But they can’t take away all the memories”

“I was so proud to have worked there

“I made so many real good friends

“And the people that I worked with

“We’ll be friends to the very end

“I for one will never forget

“All the good times that we had

“And now when you drive down old Webster

“It all looks so very, very sad

“They say they’re gonna build apartments

“Where the old plant once stood

“And I guess it will serve a good purpose

“And turn the land into something good

“They say they’re building all the apartments

“And they’ll be going up pretty fast

“But some night a tenant might be awakened

“By the sound of a ghost from Kingston past”