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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Helen!

xxx
 This is a very special day. 


 Helen Trostle Ettline was born 

 101 years ago on Jan. 9th, 1911. 


 Things to know and remember about Helen: 

 * Helen loved horses and was a skilled rider. 

 * Helen married John in Texas prior to his 
 joining the U.S. Army and serving in WWII. 

 * Helen was patient and tolerant. 

 * Helen was a great listener. 

 * Helen was a warm, gracious hostess. 

 * Helen always had a twinkle in her eye 
 and a winning smile. 

Every evening while Helen worked behind the Dell's lunch counter preparing treats to feed the masses she enjoyed listening to a steady stream of doo-wop era oldies that played on the restaurant jukebox.


Let's celebrate Helen's birthday by listening to one of her favorite songs, "Two People in the World" by the Imperials,
a Dell classic that I affectionately nicknamed "Helen's Song."




 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELEN! 


 We love you and miss you! 
xxx

18 comments:

  1. Aww, got a little choked up reading this, friend. I think all of us, after we're gone, want to be remembered in some way, and if one measure of a life well lived is how people remember you, the Helen was supremely successful. The song was most fitting.

    I've enjoyed getting to know her through your sweet words about her. Happy birthday, Helen!

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  2. Happy Birthday Helen from Odie. I wish I could have known her personally. Thanks for sharing your memories of that great lady.

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  3. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die". ~Thomas Campbell

    Helen must have lived for her kids at the Dell. Would that we all could depart this life and be remembered in such a sweet and loving way 101 years after our birth!

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  4. What a beautiful person to celebrate today. The world is a better place because she was here. Happy Birthday to Helen and let her memory live on!

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  5. It's so nice that you're taking the time to remember this clearly wonderful lady. I'm sure Helen would be honoured to be making an appearance in her very own post on your blog! She is in good company as not only was it my sister's birthday yesterday and my grandfather's the day before, but yesterday is also Elvis, Johnny Cash and David Bowie's birthday!

    Happy Birthday Helen, I only hope I am remembered half as fondly as she is!

    Emma x

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  6. I'm thinking after listening to the song, Helen may have been a match maker along with a Shady Dell Den Mother! It takes a very special person to be able to see past the bravado so many teens use as armor and into their tender hearts. I'm so happy you had Helen in your life and we have you in ours!
    Happy Birthday indeed dear Helen!

    Loves~

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  7. Beautiful post, Shady. It makes me think of the verse about a good woman, "Her children rise up and call her blessed. The young people of the Shady Dell remember her kindness and love - how wonderful.

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  8. Lovely tribute to Helen on what would have been her birthday. You have talked about her many times, and I know what an impression both Helen and her husband John made on you, by creating that wonderful place known as The Shady Dell. Happy birthday Helen. How wonderful that she is still remembered by you my dear friend Tom, after all these years.

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  9. What a lovely song and a lovely tribute to her. Happy Birthday Helen, by the sounds of it a wonderful and well loved lady.
    I'm sure she would be so happy to know that you are keeping her memory alive Tom, you are a very kind and thoughtful person.
    Hope you have a great week. x

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  10. This is a beautiful tribute, and a beautiful song to accompany it! Helen sounds like she had a heart of gold!

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  11. Thank you, dear friends, for your thoughtful comments as you helped me pay tribute to the mother of all Dell rats, Helen Ettline. Surely both Helen and John were able to look past the rough exteriors and see the good in young people, just as Sush reasoned. It is also true that Helen seemed to relish the role of matchmaker. I remember her being especially happy for me when I met a new girl on the Dell dance floor in 1968 and began dating her. That girl eventually became the first Mrs. Shady. Thank you all once again for joining me in remembering our dear Helen on her birthday.

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  12. "Happy birthday, Helen. I miss you. Thank you for everything." Very fitting tribute, Tom.

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  13. A quick note, Tom. Just had to tell you how interesting it was to read that in 1968 you met a young lady on the Dell dance floor who became your future wife. Thanks for sharing this special story with us all, it instills in us again your passion for The Shady Dell. ☺

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  14. Cindy - You continue to distinguish yourself as a champion blogger and an exceptional friend. Thank you for remaining so actively involved in SDM&M. My story is true. One day at the Dell in June of 1968 I looked across the floor and spotted a newcomer dancing with one of her girlfriends. When a slow song came on the jukebox I summoned the courage to walk over and ask her to dance. She agreed and from that day on we were inseparable. Helen beamed with joy and her eyes twinkled whenever she saw me with my new girlfriend. Three years later we were married. Our story is not unique. A surprising number met their future husbands or wives at the Shady Dell. Several couples held their wedding receptions there. Thank you again, Cindy, for revealing the depth of your interest in my life and my blog. Have a splendid day, my dear friend!

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  15. she certainly sounds like a great woman. Happy Birthday Helen. The world would be a better place it it had more Helens in it.

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  16. ...and more Ambers, dear friend! Thank you very much for helping me salute the First Lady of the Shady. Have a wonderful evening up your way, dear Amber!

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  17. What a touching tribute. You have precious memories, as mushy as that may sound. I believe it to be great to remember the best times of our young lives, even tho we're expected to put the past behind us. Sometimes the past is what keeps us going in the present.

    I don't remember that song...but little Anthony was great. They really were tight in their harmonies.

    Happy Birthday to Helen...she knows you're keeping it alive!

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  18. That's very sweet, Susan! Thank you! I like how you expressed yourself here. I agree that in some respects the past is what keeps us going in the present. "Two People in the World" was the popular but uncharted B side of "Tears on My Pillow," the Imperials' top 5 hit in the fall of 1958. Helen seemed to have "Two People in the World" playing more often than the A side on her jukebox in the snack bar. For that reason, I nicknamed it "Helen's Song." Thank you very much, dear Susan, for helping me to remember Helen on her special day

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