OHIO MILITARY INSTITUTE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATES
Jay L. Gatchett, Vice Chairman No. 1, 2011
Historical Marker Site:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR The plants and everything are surviving the winter
with very little damage.
If you look at the Memorial Site pictures you will
October 7, 8 & 9, 2011 see the site is decorated for the Holiday Season.
The College Hill Garden Club went well beyond
O.M.I.’s Twelfth Annual Reunion their expectations. The Board voted to keep the
routine maintenance, of the site, with the College
Hill Garden Club.
Tom and Jay made an inspection of the Historical
Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Site with Marty Clark (the person in charge of our
1717 Airport Exchange Blvd. pavers). We looked over all of the engraved
Erlanger, KY 41018 pavers and Marty is replacing the poorly engraved
Phone: (859) 371-2233 pavers.
We also visited the Aiken Aerie to look at our
pavers there. After looking at Aiken Aerie pavers
we decided to keep the pavers already installed at
our Memorial Site. The different color engraved
pavers really stand out.
The OMIHA BOARD had meetings:
Monday, October 25, 2010.
Monday, December 13, 2010.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011.
Board Members: Tom Schurter, Jay Gatchett,
Gerald Cooley and Bill McMillen.
We went over our 2010 reunion and decided to
have our Saturday night’s dinners at the hotel.
That way alumnus can share their O.M.I.’s
experiences after dinner. We could not do that on
the River Boat.
We also are going to expand our web site with
passed reunion pictures and more pictures out of
We are in the process planning this year’s twelfth
reunion. If you have any ideas what you would
like to do please let us know by phone or e-mail.
Christmas Holidays 2010
This is an experience I (Jay Gatchett) had; my
junior year 1954, when myself and another cadet The woman shouting curses at the policemen was
were taking benches to the football field. We finally taken into custody with the assistance of
played Country Day that day. My Dad and his her son, Russell Thomason, 38, who arrived home
General Manager, of his dealership, were there to from work shortly after the shooting started at 3
see the game. p.m. Policemen were forced to strap her to a
Following is the article that was in the Cincinnati stretcher. She was removed to General Hospital
Enquirer the day after the shooting. for mental observation.
Complained Of Noise
Mrs. Thomason had been complaining for several
Woman Barricades Self days about the noise caused by the students going
Shoots At Police to and from the football field, her son told police.
Patrolmen Robert Lipka and Louis Smith, first
policemen on the scene, gave this account of the
____________ They stopped their cruiser at the foot of the lane
leading to Mrs. Thomason’s home. Together they
Called to O.M.I. walked to the dwelling, which is a remodeled tool
____________ shack, but were stopped by a voice which ordered,
After Elderly Resident “Stop; get off my property. You get off my
property or I’ll shoot you.”
Shoots At Cadets Mrs. Thomason was speaking from an open
____________ window. As she spoke she swung an old single-
shot .22 caliber rifle into view.
Surrender Finally Arranged
By Son. She Is Removed To Fired At Officers
Patrolman Smith answered, “We’re
General Hospital. Cincinnati police and we want to talk to you.” She
repeated, “If you don’t get off I’ll shoot you.”
A Screaming, elderly woman answered with rifle The two patrolmen walked back to their cruiser to
fire late yesterday when police called upon her to radio to Lt. Walker Kulhman of Fifth District
surrender after she barricaded herself in her home police for additional help.
on the premises of the Ohio Military Institute, As they stood there with their backs turned to the
College Hill. shack, Mrs. Thomason fired a wild shot at them.
Police were summoned after the woman, Gertrude The patrolmen took cover.
Thomason, 62, fired at a station wagon driven by It was about that time that Mrs. Thomason’s son
Cadet Jay Gatchett, 16, a student at O.M.I. wandered onto the scene and asked the policemen,
Gatchett and another cadet, Steve Smerekovsky, “What’s going on down there?” When the
Cleveland, Ohio had delivered some benches to policemen explained, Mr. Thomason, who does
the playing field. The bullet entered through the odd jobs in the neighborhood, told the patrolmen
right rear door window behind front door post and that the gun wielder was his mother.
embedded itself in the left rear door behind the Mr. Thomason led six policemen to the house.
driver. The bullet narrowly missed hitting the two When Mr. Thomason opened the door, the
youths. Gatchett is the son of Karl W. Gatchett, policemen rushed in. A violet struggle between
president of the Gatchett Motor Co., 3417 Reading Mrs. Thomason and the policemen ensued, but she
Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. was finally subdued. Her arsenal consisted of two
The game between O.M.I. and Country Day .22 caliber rifles.
School was played yesterday afternoon as The Thomason home is on a lane which runs from
scheduled. Spectators going to the game were Belmont Avenue to the O.M.I. football field.
rerouted around the scene of the shooting.
To All O.M.I. Alumni Cadets:
Subject: 2011 Membership Dues.
Due by: September 30, 2011
Members in attendance, at the 2010 O.M.I.H.A. annual reunion board meeting, voted that
2011 membership dues be collected for the organization of O.M.I.H.A. We need a minimum
of 60 members paying $25.00 each to support the budget presented and approved at the
meeting, October 9, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, Erlanger, KY.
Membership dues check make payable to:
Mail check to:
Jay L. Gatchett ~ OMI 1955
1786 Clough Pike
Batavia, OH 45103-2620
$_______________2011 Membership Dues ($25.00) Please Submit A.S.A.P.
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