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  • keith2draw
    There s a definate echo in here... The Kingfisher Free Press published a special 60th anniversary issue on April 18, 1949 and had it bound in a large book
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 29 9:43 AM
      There's a definate echo in here...

      The Kingfisher Free Press published a special 60th anniversary issue on April 18, 1949
      and had it bound in a large book format. I bought a copy off of ebay last week for
      $10, and it's wonderful! 144 pages of settler stories, photos, and illustrations. Tales
      of the land runs, early schools, businesses and churches. Also first-hand memories of
      Kingfisher by hundreds of the original settlers.

      There is a long letter reproduced by Don Blanding, written from his Ogden Drive
      studio, in which he tells about his families' time in Kingfisher:

      "I haven't a very good head for figures (numerical), so I don't recall dates accurately,
      but my father, Judge Hugh Ross Blanding, and my mother came down from the north
      for the "Run." They were briefly in Guthrie, then came to Kingfisher. I never liked to
      miss any excitement, so I got myself born in Kingfisher in either '93 or '94 (and I
      haven't figured that out yet since it seems that records of those days were burned,
      lost or used to paper houses somewhere around here).

      Memories of Kingfisher for me are limited to stories I heard after I got to the
      remembering age, as we moved to Enid in either '97 or '98."

      He goes on to describe an incident which apparently made the biggest impression on
      him in the telling and retelling of family lore. His older brothers and sister, along with
      some neighborhood friends, tied his baby buggy to a couple of dogs. They did the
      same with another baby and buggy and ran the two canine-driven contraptions down
      main street in an all-out race, the dogs chasing a cat. At the bottom of a hill the
      street curved sharply to one side, and the buggies overturned, throwing the babies
      onto the grass. It is a very humorouus accounting.

      Don went on to say "Evidently that conditioned me to a life of excitement, because I've
      been pursuing it ever since, landing in odd positions and landing wrong-side up in
      most of them, somewhat scratched, battered, but pleased with the excitement."

      He mentions he is working on a book titled "Restless Treasure" to be issued in 1950
      (which of course ended up being titled A Grand Time Living.)

      Keith
    • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
      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
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 29 5:03 PM
        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???????

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        From: keith2draw <keith2draw@...>
        Sent: Jan 29, 2004 9:43 AM
        To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Kingfisher Free Press

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        <tt>
        There's a definate echo in here...<BR>
        <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>
        <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>
        <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>
        <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>
        <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>
        <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>
        <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>
        <BR>
        Keith<BR>
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