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Updated: 01/02/2014 08:03:00AM

New signs point the way to Oak Ridge Cemetery

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLER

Warren and Arlene Conley stand with the sign they erected at the corner of Lee Avenue and Whidden Street.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CAROL MAHLER

Michael Conklin, Carol Mahler, and Warren Conley stand behind the sign they installed at the corner of Lee Avenue and Magnolia Street (State Road 70 East).

By CAROL MAHLER

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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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