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  • keith2draw
    I got home from Kingfisher last night. It was a very enjoyable trip and I had a fun four days there. I stood on the street corner that Don was born on (I
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 19, 2006
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      I got home from Kingfisher last night. It was a very enjoyable trip and I had a fun four days
      there. I stood on the street corner that Don was born on (I think) and that was very cool.
      The street was renamed Don Blanding Avenue in 1958, and runs through the entire town. I
      took a picture of Blanding and Main.

      There was a front-page story with my photo in the local newspaper a few days before my
      talk. Also, the marquee on one of the local banks was advertising the talk as well.

      My talk went for an hour, with questions afterward and some gifts were then presented. I
      then had a book signing and refreshments were served. How did I do? Hard to say. I was
      nervous at first but then relaxed a little bit. The library did not have a powerpoint remote
      clicker so I had to sit down at the table and manually turn the pages of my slideshow. I
      would have preferred to stand. I reviewed Don's life, showed artwork, pottery designs, lots
      of photos, told stories of his childhood in Oklahoma, presented a minute-long, live-action
      film clip in color of Don talking about Hawaiian customs, then ended with a 12-minute
      film I made using Don's reading of Vagabond's House accompanied by illustrations from
      all his books. The drawings in the film zoomed in or out, and faded into each other. I
      gained some confidence and learned some do's and don'ts, and I think my next talk will
      profit from what I learned.

      There was a respectible crowd of 35 folks, including two from the Great Plains Museum in
      Lawton, 100 miles away. I finally got to meet Jim Whiteley, a nice guy, but didn't have a
      chance to talk to him afterwards. They left before I could chat...probably to get back
      home.

      The mayor and his wife, the previous mayor, a judge, and lots of locals were in
      attendance. I had loads of fun and sold some books and CDs too.

      On the research front I got some microfilm time in (a few references to the family) and had
      a breakthrough for the researchers in the group:

      The Kingfisher Times, Thursday, September 10, 1896

      "Mrs. H. L. Blanding (error in the initials) and family will leave Kingfisher thursday evening
      for Minnesota where they will stay for a time, then join Mr. Blanding either in Colorado or
      wherever he decides to locate."

      So this is the mysterious period that Hugh was in Colorado. We were trying to figure this
      out a few years ago because Don said once his father lived in Cripple Creek, Colorado for a
      time and broke both legs in an accident.

      Ida and kids must have stayed the fall and winter in Minnesota with her sister Ada.

      Then I went to the county courthouse and discovered in the old record books that Hugh
      and Ida had owned at least nine parcels of land in the city of Kingfisher at various times.
      Ida was always listed first, which is unusual for the time. Included in the papers was a
      document that Ida had signed on August, 1897 in Mapleton, North Dakota, giving Hugh
      power of attorney over their land in Kingfisher. It listed Hugh as a resident of Victor, El
      Paso County, Colorado (I live in El Paso county, by the way).

      The power of attorney document was then stamped and recorded in Kingfisher three
      months later...so I'm assuming they mailed it or one of them returned to Kingfisher. Jesse
      may have stayed in Oklahoma the whole time because there is a mention of her visiting
      Kingfisher from Enid on Christmas 1897. She may have been at school, as she was old
      enough to be on her own by then, or the family may have all returned and settled in Enid
      by that point.

      I'm now excited about going back to Oklahoma for another talk...maybe Enid or Lawton
      next time.

      Keith
    • THOMAS MARKLE
      Great job Keith! There s the difference between you and I.....technology and the ability to use it. I m still in the show and tell age without powerpoint.
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 19, 2006
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        Great job Keith! There's the difference between you
        and I.....technology and the ability to use it. I'm
        still in the show and tell age without powerpoint.
        And 35 people is a good turnout. I think to stand on
        the Blanding streetcorner would be cool. I remember
        sleeping in room #5 of the Vagabond House Inn in
        Carmel and having the willy's because I knew that DB
        used that room when he was there. Simple pleasures of
        fanatics....right? I remember you saying you weren't
        a public speaker but it seems you did quite well.
        Congratulations and well done.....wish I was there to
        see it......tj

        --- keith2draw <keith2draw@...> wrote:


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        I got home from Kingfisher last night. It was a very
        enjoyable trip and I had a fun four days
        there. I stood on the street corner that Don was born
        on (I think) and that was very cool.
        The street was renamed Don Blanding Avenue in 1958,
        and runs through the entire town. I
        took a picture of Blanding and Main.

        There was a front-page story with my photo in the
        local newspaper a few days before my
        talk. Also, the marquee on one of the local banks was
        advertising the talk as well.

        My talk went for an hour, with questions afterward and
        some gifts were then presented. I
        then had a book signing and refreshments were served.
        How did I do? Hard to say. I was
        nervous at first but then relaxed a little bit. The
        library did not have a powerpoint remote
        clicker so I had to sit down at the table and manually
        turn the pages of my slideshow. I
        would have preferred to stand. I reviewed Don's life,
        showed artwork, pottery designs, lots
        of photos, told stories of his childhood in Oklahoma,
        presented a minute-long, live-action
        film clip in color of Don talking about Hawaiian
        customs, then ended with a 12-minute
        film I made using Don's reading of Vagabond's House
        accompanied by illustrations from
        all his books. The drawings in the film zoomed in or
        out, and faded into each other. I
        gained some confidence and learned some do's and
        don'ts, and I think my next talk will
        profit from what I learned.

        There was a respectible crowd of 35 folks, including
        two from the Great Plains Museum in
        Lawton, 100 miles away. I finally got to meet Jim
        Whiteley, a nice guy, but didn't have a
        chance to talk to him afterwards. They left before I
        could chat...probably to get back
        home.

        The mayor and his wife, the previous mayor, a judge,
        and lots of locals were in
        attendance. I had loads of fun and sold some books and
        CDs too.

        On the research front I got some microfilm time in (a
        few references to the family) and had
        a breakthrough for the researchers in the group:

        The Kingfisher Times, Thursday, September 10, 1896

        "Mrs. H. L. Blanding (error in the initials) and
        family will leave Kingfisher thursday evening
        for Minnesota where they will stay for a time, then
        join Mr. Blanding either in Colorado or
        wherever he decides to locate."

        So this is the mysterious period that Hugh was in
        Colorado. We were trying to figure this
        out a few years ago because Don said once his father
        lived in Cripple Creek, Colorado for a
        time and broke both legs in an accident.

        Ida and kids must have stayed the fall and winter in
        Minnesota with her sister Ada.

        Then I went to the county courthouse and discovered in
        the old record books that Hugh
        and Ida had owned at least nine parcels of land in the
        city of Kingfisher at various times.
        Ida was always listed first, which is unusual for the
        time. Included in the papers was a
        document that Ida had signed on August, 1897 in
        Mapleton, North Dakota, giving Hugh
        power of attorney over their land in Kingfisher. It
        listed Hugh as a resident of Victor, El
        Paso County, Colorado (I live in El Paso county, by
        the way).

        The power of attorney document was then stamped and
        recorded in Kingfisher three
        months later...so I'm assuming they mailed it or one
        of them returned to Kingfisher. Jesse
        may have stayed in Oklahoma the whole time because
        there is a mention of her visiting
        Kingfisher from Enid on Christmas 1897. She may have
        been at school, as she was old
        enough to be on her own by then, or the family may
        have all returned and settled in Enid
        by that point.

        I'm now excited about going back to Oklahoma for
        another talk...maybe Enid or Lawton
        next time.

        Keith






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      • Bev Leinbach
        Aloha Keith, I am so glad you got to do this and did such a great job. Hope this opens up more such opportunities. Bev. ... From:
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 20, 2006
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          Aloha Keith,

          I am so glad you got to do this and did such a great job. Hope this opens
          up more such opportunities.

          Bev.
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          I got home from Kingfisher last night. It was a very enjoyable trip and I
          had a fun four days
          there. I stood on the street corner that Don was born on (I think) and
          that was very cool.
          The street was renamed Don Blanding Avenue in 1958, and runs through the
          entire town. I
          took a picture of Blanding and Main.

          There was a front-page story with my photo in the local newspaper a few
          days before my
          talk. Also, the marquee on one of the local banks was advertising the talk
          as well.

          My talk went for an hour, with questions afterward and some gifts were
          then presented. I
          then had a book signing and refreshments were served. How did I do? Hard
          to say. I was
          nervous at first but then relaxed a little bit. The library did not have a
          powerpoint remote
          clicker so I had to sit down at the table and manually turn the pages of
          my slideshow. I
          would have preferred to stand. I reviewed Don's life, showed artwork,
          pottery designs, lots
          of photos, told stories of his childhood in Oklahoma, presented a
          minute-long, live-action
          film clip in color of Don talking about Hawaiian customs, then ended with
          a 12-minute
          film I made using Don's reading of Vagabond's House accompanied by
          illustrations from
          all his books. The drawings in the film zoomed in or out, and faded into
          each other. I
          gained some confidence and learned some do's and don'ts, and I think my
          next talk will
          profit from what I learned.

          There was a respectible crowd of 35 folks, including two from the Great
          Plains Museum in
          Lawton, 100 miles away. I finally got to meet Jim Whiteley, a nice guy,
          but didn't have a
          chance to talk to him afterwards. They left before I could chat...probably
          to get back
          home.

          The mayor and his wife, the previous mayor, a judge, and lots of locals
          were in
          attendance. I had loads of fun and sold some books and CDs too.

          On the research front I got some microfilm time in (a few references to
          the family) and had
          a breakthrough for the researchers in the group:

          The Kingfisher Times, Thursday, September 10, 1896

          "Mrs. H. L. Blanding (error in the initials) and family will leave
          Kingfisher thursday evening
          for Minnesota where they will stay for a time, then join Mr. Blanding
          either in Colorado or
          wherever he decides to locate."

          So this is the mysterious period that Hugh was in Colorado. We were trying
          to figure this
          out a few years ago because Don said once his father lived in Cripple
          Creek, Colorado for a
          time and broke both legs in an accident.

          Ida and kids must have stayed the fall and winter in Minnesota with her
          sister Ada.

          Then I went to the county courthouse and discovered in the old record
          books that Hugh
          and Ida had owned at least nine parcels of land in the city of Kingfisher
          at various times.
          Ida was always listed first, which is unusual for the time. Included in
          the papers was a
          document that Ida had signed on August, 1897 in Mapleton, North Dakota,
          giving Hugh
          power of attorney over their land in Kingfisher. It listed Hugh as a
          resident of Victor, El
          Paso County, Colorado (I live in El Paso county, by the way).

          The power of attorney document was then stamped and recorded in Kingfisher
          three
          months later...so I'm assuming they mailed it or one of them returned to
          Kingfisher. Jesse
          may have stayed in Oklahoma the whole time because there is a mention of
          her visiting
          Kingfisher from Enid on Christmas 1897. She may have been at school, as
          she was old
          enough to be on her own by then, or the family may have all returned and
          settled in Enid
          by that point.

          I'm now excited about going back to Oklahoma for another talk...maybe Enid
          or Lawton
          next time.

          Keith






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          Keith, Sounds like you had a great trip and successful presentation. Keep on Blanding Dean [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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            Keith,
            Sounds like you had a great trip and successful presentation.
            Keep on Blanding
            Dean


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