Members and friends of the DeSoto County Historical Society recently erected three directional signs for Oak Ridge Cemetery on Lee Avenue at the intersections of Magnolia (aka State Road 70 East), Oak, and Whidden streets.
Tom Gaskins made the signs. Although he has lived most of his life in Glades County, he was born — and has deep roots — in DeSoto County. His great-grandfather, Tom Gaskins I, invented the automatic railroad car coupler, opened a store in Arcadia in the 1880s and helped to build the first St. Edmund the Martyr Episcopal Church.
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