Now, thats great reading Keith...that puts some life into DB. Thanks for sharing. Also, I've received no words from Cal-State Hayward and I'm leaving tomorrow for 6-7 weeks. I'll resume the search when I return in late March.
Funny little story here; My Blanding exploits in Carmel have made me a few friends there....so, this year I will be involved in security at Pebble Beach, which is a plum job of all of them....so, I thank DB for the help. As it turned out, one of the 37 year veterans of Pebble Beach volunteers was a big DB fan and attended my show in 2000. So, she told me last year that she would find me a position appropriate for a Don Blanding nut! So, now I get to walk the course and look important.....so, look for the little grey bearded guy on TV....smile......See you all in late March......tj DB GOLFS???????
From: keith2draw <keith2draw@...
Sent: Jan 29, 2004 9:43 AM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Kingfisher Free Press
There's a definate echo in here...<BR>
The Kingfisher Free Press published a special 60th anniversary issue on April 18, 1949 <BR>
and had it bound in a large book format. I bought a copy off of ebay last week for <BR>
$10, and it's wonderful! 144 pages of settler stories, photos, and illustrations. Tales <BR>
of the land runs, early schools, businesses and churches. Also first-hand memories of <BR>
Kingfisher by hundreds of the original settlers.<BR>
There is a long letter reproduced by Don Blanding, written from his Ogden Drive <BR>
studio, in which he tells about his families' time in Kingfisher:<BR>
"I haven't a very good head for figures (numerical), so I don't recall dates accurately, <BR>
but my father, Judge Hugh Ross Blanding, and my mother came down from the north <BR>
for the "Run." They were briefly in Guthrie, then came to Kingfisher. I never liked to <BR>
miss any excitement, so I got myself born in Kingfisher in either '93 or '94 (and I <BR>
haven't figured that out yet since it seems that records of those days were burned, <BR>
lost or used to paper houses somewhere around here).<BR>
Memories of Kingfisher for me are limited to stories I heard after I got to the <BR>
remembering age, as we moved to Enid in either '97 or '98."<BR>
He goes on to describe an incident which apparently made the biggest impression on <BR>
him in the telling and retelling of family lore. His older brothers and sister, along with <BR>
some neighborhood friends, tied his baby buggy to a couple of dogs. They did the <BR>
same with another baby and buggy and ran the two canine-driven contraptions down <BR>
main street in an all-out race, the dogs chasing a cat. At the bottom of a hill the <BR>
street curved sharply to one side, and the buggies overturned, throwing the babies <BR>
onto the grass. It is a very humorouus accounting.<BR>
Don went on to say "Evidently that conditioned me to a life of excitement, because I've <BR>
been pursuing it ever since, landing in odd positions and landing wrong-side up in <BR>
most of them, somewhat scratched, battered, but pleased with the excitement."<BR>
He mentions he is working on a book titled "Restless Treasure" to be issued in 1950 <BR>
(which of course ended up being titled A Grand Time Living.)<BR>
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