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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!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Helen!


 This is a very special occasion. 

 Helen Trostle Ettline was born 

 102 years ago today 

 on January 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 counter of the
Shady Dell snack bar preparing treats to feed the masses she
enjoyed listening to a steady stream of doo-wop era oldies
that played on the 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! 


13 comments:

  1. What an amazing legacy Helen has left. I think when all is said and done, most of us would love to be remembered and still loved the way Helen is. I think of people richer, or more famous, but they've probably not touched lives as the Ettlines did. That is truly the mark of a life well lived.

    Happy Birthday, Helen!

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    1. Thank you, dear friend Shelly, for coming by to help us observe Helen's special day. It's hard for us "kids" to believe that the ages of the Ettlines would be in the triple digits if they were still alive today. Where did the time go? Thanks again, dear friend, and have a great day!

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  2. Gosh, where has that year gone? I well rememeber your previous post in honour of Helen's birthday. I think it's wonderful how you remember her like this each year. Sbe was obviously a very special lady, who made a lasting impression on You. Take care dear friend.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Yes, the years go rolling by, and I can hardly believe it myself. Helen certainly did make a lasting impression on me and all the gang and a very favorable one. I am pleased to have the opportunity to remember her special day every year. Thank you very much for visiting and spreading good cheer, dear friend Thisisme, and enjoy the rest of your day in sunny (?) Devon!

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  3. Although it saddened me to change the Dell's kitchen after all those wonderful Dell years, it was a must. When I'd go in there, I could feel Helen (& John's) spirit, love and their smiles. Even though throughout the years the kitchen/pool room was dark and dingy there still was an inviting warmth to it. The ice cream bar was clean and in terrific shape, the menu holders still intact as were the swivel stools (I actually did take many spins around on them.) I could only picture what fun (and mischief) went on there. I was told there was a riding rink where the parking lot was. How beautiful that must have been to see horses on that hill along the country side. Happy Birthday to the mother of all Dell rats, and a very special lady!

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    1. Hi, Toni! This is a beautiful comment from you and much appreciated, dear friend. So many of us wish we could turn back the clock 50 years and experience the glory days of the Dell once again. When I close my eyes, take a deep breath and open my heart I am there. I can picture myself sitting on that bench overlooking the parking lot and watching John and Helen put their horses through their paces. Oh how I wish! Thank you very much for helping me remember our Helen on this her very special day. Take care, dear friend Toni, and I hope to see you back here soon!

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  4. Happy Birthday Helen, oh how much we miss you and oh how much this world could use you and John in it now. I look forward to the day when I can walk back into the snack bar and see you behind the counter. You were the Queen of the Dell and Mother Dell Rat to us all and we love you and will never forget you. A DEll Rat All Ways Greg

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    1. So true, Greg, and thank you for expressing it so eloquently. For those of us who were there and still care the memories are as fresh as yesterday. I can see Helen's face smiling back at me from across the counter, her eyes twinkling with amusement because, for the 100th time, I ordered one of her subs and a cherry coke and asked for change to play the pinball machine behind me. Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end. Thank you very much for coming to Helen's party, good buddy, and I hope to see you again soon.

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  5. A very happy birthday to Helen, wherever she is. I'm sure it makes her happy to think about all of the wonderful memories she helped create. I would have gotten along with her great: I love horses and used to ride quite a bit. Some of my favorite memories are of jumping my horse around a course, and finishing clean and still seated!

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    1. That's a great memory, dear karen, and thank you for sharing it. I was thrilled to receive as a gift from the Deroche family, the former owners of the Dell, the "John" and "Helen" saddle holder name plates taken from the tack room of the barn. As you recall, the barn was demolished by the new owners a short time later. I have every reason to believe that you and Helen would have gotten along famously because she was, like you, a real straight shooter. Thank you so very much for coming to see me today and for helping me observe Helen's birthday. Enjoy your evening, dear friend karen!

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  6. Happy Birthday to Helen. She was a wonderful, kind and loving woman. I wish I could have met her.

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    1. Belle - I also wish that you could have met Helen. She was a good listener and took a genuine interest in teens and their drama. Thank you very much for helping me observe this important date on the Shady Dell calendar, dear friend Belle, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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  7. Hey Shady, you do the best tributes. Helen would have been proud to stand by you as you wish her happy birthday. I can just see the smile on her face.

    Have a great weekend Shady!♫

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