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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday October 30 2014 - A5 By Charles Wall OnNov.6,1789,PopePiusVI appoints John Carroll bishop of Baltimore, making him the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He oversaw the creation of leading Catholic institutions, including the nation's first Cath- olic university, Georgetown University, founded in 1789. On Nov. 7, 1885, at a remote spot called CraigeUachie in the mountains of British Colum- bia, the last spike is driven into Canada's first lranscontinental railway. Despite the logistical difficulties posed, the almost 3,000-mile-long railway was completed six years ahead of schedule. On Nov. 9, 1946, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Army Cadets play to a historic 0-0 tie at Yankee Stadium in New York. Notre Dame-Army was college football's biggest rivalry.Football tickets typically cost $1 to $5, but many fans had paid scalpers as much as $250, equal to $3200 in today's dollars. On Nov. 4, 1956, a sponta- neous national uprising that began 12 days before in Hun- gary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops. Thou- sands were killedand wounded, and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country. The Soviet action stunned many in the West, as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had pledged aretreat from the Stalin- ist repression of the past. On Nov. 3, 1964, residents of the District of Columbia cast their ballots in a presidential election for the first time. The passage of the 23rd Amend- ment in 1961 gave citizens of the nation's capital the right to vote for a president and vice president. On Nov. 8, 1974, Salt Lake City resident Carol DaRonch narrowly escapes being abducted by serial killer Ted Bundy. When Bundy was finally capturedin 1978 in Flor- ida, he confessed to the murders of 28 women,and was executed in 1989. On Nov. 5, 1994, George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he KOs unde- feated 26-year-old Michael Moorerinthe 10throundoftheir WBA fight. Foreman dedicated his upset win to "all my buddies in the nursing home?' (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. I revisited Memory Lane of Kingfisher last Friday before the high school football game. Victor and Monica were with me. Memory Lane is a mile long line of trees on both sides of Highway 33 west of Kingfisher, right next to the cemetery. It was started in 1948, by four Kingfisher garden clubs, with the desire to remember those who sacrifice for their country. Club members and other community sponsors planted and maintained a beautiful living memorial. A few years later a separate entity, Memory Lane, Inc., was formed to coordinate mainte- nance. Besides honoring our veterans, the proj- ect brings unity and a common purpose to the community. Lots of volunteer work helps keep the project going. The garden clubs and other organizations continue to donate time and labor, City and county employees and state highway personnel donate labor in addition to their regular jobs. Local and out-of-town residents have helped. Businesses like Cimarron Electric Cooperative and Kingfisher Coop Eleva- tor have helped. Financial contributions come from a variety of sources. One of the first fundraisers was a one act play, "Pig of My Dreams," presented at the high school in 1948. It raised $264 and was used for a rock retaining wall to hold the area for the roses by the ceme- tery fence and to prevent erosion. Some of the variet- ies of trees included in Memory Lane are elms, Austrian pines, Platte River cedars, and hack- berry. Paul Scarlet climbers are planted along the fence in front of the cem- etery. Shrubs include pfitzer pine, rose, and other shrubs. Memorial Day in May of each year is an import- ant day for any ceme- tery, but the location of Memory Lane makes it an even greater event at Kingfisher. Visitors drive through Memory Lane to get to the cem- etery. The gazebo in the cem- etery provides a place for representatives of Memory Lane, Inc. and of the cemetery to answer questions and receive contributions. Local residents and people who have moved away make contributions in memory of deceased family members or friends. Inside the cemetery is the impressive Veterans Memorial. It has the quo- tation, "All gave some, some gave all." There are many panels with names of servicemen and service women from Kingfisher County. Also in the cemetery is a "Memory Chimes" tower built by the Sweet Pea Garden Club. Other garden clubs of the present and past years have been Iris, Chrysanthemum, Lilac, Rose, Tulip, and Men's Garden Club. The cemetery is clean and well-kept. In fact, the city of Kingfisher is clean and attractive. Every time I visit King- fisher I am impressed by the friendliness of the people. I say this in spite of the fact Per- kins-Tryon High School lost the ball game there last Friday night. Seventy years ago I had a relative, John Bentley, who worked at a dry goods store in King- fisher. I want to thank Kim Stewart, of Memory Lane, Inc. for giving me pictures and information on this ongoing proj- ect. Also, I thank Judy Whipple of Kingfisher Chamber of Commerce who furnished photos and information. ...KEEP MOVING FORWARD! Lincoln County Commissioner - District 1 Strong Community Worker & Public Servant Don is a Family Man - He and Paula have been married 37 years. She has been a public educator for 38 years. - They have 2 grown children, both married, and 3 grandchildren A Man of Faith - Active worker in church all of his life. Serves as an Elder and church clerk at Davenport Presbyterian. Businessman - Established, owned and operated New Era community newspaper for 40 years.Appreciates the perils business owners face, - Has been cattle rancher and farmer all his life and has deep understanding of expenses and problems associated with owning & operating a business. Don and Paula :.Don is a very strong supporter of the 4.H and FFA youth programs in Lincoln County, as well as the local Community Fairs and Livestock Shows in each community and the Lincoln County Fair. He has been purchasing animals and providing Add-On Bids for exhibitors at the County Spring Stock Show for more than 35 years! Don & Cody Dean of Agra FFA at 2014 Lincoln County Stock Show t. Don earned his B.S. Degree at OU, is trained in Real Estate Sales and recognized as an expert in Land Records statewide, He spent 12 Years teaching County Officer Training Courses in more than 35 Fields of Study. Served 14 Years as County Treasurer, Don Receiving County 4.H Honor Community Leader- active worker in Chamber of Commerce, has served on the Board and as an Officer in several Local, County and State organizations. Active in the Lincoln County Cattle Producer's Association and Davenport Masonic Lodge. (Paid for by Don E. Sporleder, Box 700.. Davenport, Ok. 74026)