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North Government Springs Park

The following is a list of names to whom park benches and/or park lamps were dedicated in North Government Springs Park:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Harry O. Glasser by Jane Glasser Hill and Sons
  • Truman C. Rogers by the Rogers Family
  • Empty Park Bench Pad adjacent to Pavilion #4 sponsored by Junior Welfare League of Enid Sustaining Members
  • Joe Franks by June Franks
  • Chester and Hazel Shawver by Belton and Leslie Shawver Lloyd W. McKnight by McKnight and Gassaway
  • Mrs. Nita Humphrey by Family and Friends
  • Ed and Opal Shockley by the Shockley Family
  • Carl Gungoll by Lew and Myra Ward Family
  • Performing Arts Pavilion

The following is inscribed on a granite memorial near the performing arts pavilion;

“Government Springs
A camping place on the old Chisholm Trail before and after 1865
Erected by the Enid Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution July 4 1921
‘Though the pathfinders die the paths remain open’”

The following is inscribed on a granite memorial near the Performing Arts Pavilion

“In memory of Robert Lee Owens 1953 - 1962, who was awarded the Caregie Hero Fund Commission Bronze Medal for Heroism in giving his life in Government Springs Lake to save a friend”

The following is a bronze plaque on the performing arts pavilion

“Performing Arts Pavilion 1996 Donors: City of Enid Park Fund, Sisters of Mercy (In gratitude to the sister adorers of the Blood of Christ of St. Mary’s) Enid Noon AMBUCS, Roy Tasley, Architect”

The following is inscribed on the time capsule:

“Time Capsule - In commemoration of Enid Springs Sanitarium 1917 - 1937, St Mary’s Hospital 1937 – 1995, St Mary’s Mercy Hospital October 1, 1995”

The following list of names is inscribed on 4 granite memorials mounted on the performing arts pavilion:

Burlington-Northern Foundation, Mr. Rudolph Ruzek, Jr. Welfare League, P-T Coupling, Mr. & Mrs. H.H. Champlin, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., Continental Resources, Enid A.M. AMBUCS, Mr. & Mrs. James E. Foglesong, Milton Garber, The Sisters of St, Mary’s Hospital, Mr. Monte Humphrey, Bass Construction Company, The City of Enid, Johnston Enterprises, Inc., NW District Osteopathic Assoc., Advance Food Co., St Mary’s Hospital, Mr. & Mrs. Todd Humphrey, Sharkey’s Foundation, Senator & Mrs. Ed Long, Champlin Foundation, Cherokee Strip Boosters, Professional Tre Care, Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., Larry & Dolores McClure, Mr. & Mrs. Hal Long, Security National Bank

Elsworth & Hanorah Best Memorial, Mr. & Mrs. Guy Gigoux, Carl Gungoll Memorial, Garfield County Historical Society, Chester and Hazel Shawver Memorial, KNIE, DCRS, Mrs. J.C. (Nita) Humphrey Memorial, Stanley K. & Gail A. Brownlee, Enid Publishing Co., Northrop Employees Community Aid, Cheri & David Ezzell, Mr. & Mrs. Romayne Baker, Gary & Patti Brown, The Cummins Construction Co. Inc, Lloyd W, McKnnight Memorial, Elbert M, Wheeler, Dr. & Mrs. James F. Tagge, Elain Meill Davis M.D., Ruth Hammond, Thomas N Denker Families, Addike Ward Memorial Lt. Col. Charles Rikli, Ronald Petty, Fred & Betty Elton, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pallecek, Dr. & Mrs. Dwight Olson, KGWA, KOFM, Rob & Patty Stallings, Joe Franks Memorial, William R. & Anne J. Sturdevant, Br. & Mrs. Harry O. Glasser Memorial, Pauline F. Groendyke, Mrs. Beulah E. Newell, Huston & Pearl Shores, Enid Convention and Visitors Bureau, United America Advertising, Charles and Keri Mirelez

Mr & Mrs Jim Lee Anderson & Family, Dr. Bruce & Elizabeth Hinson, Ed Cholerton, Atwoods, Helen Garriott, E. R. & Lou Andrew, Edward A. & Mary Kathryn EdClerck, Kurt & Ivana Frantz, Tom & Virginia Witty, Daniel W. & Karen L. Randall, Sybil Johnston Memorial, Jane Pratt Vogt, Nellie Cowels Taft Memorial, Ed & Opal Shockley, Memorial Park Cemetery, Bradley McDonalk, Iva Marie & Waldo B. Newell Jr., M.D., Stuart & Barbara Meulpolder, Walter & Betty Scheffe, Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Honigsberg, Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Anglin, Art & Martha Traynor, Singer Steel, Jim & Susie Zaloudek, Jack D. Hogden, Donald O. & Hazel Bolenbaugh, Steve & Lish Glasser, Dr. Richard & Jodi Ford DeVaughn, Mr. & Mrs. Tribert S. Frantz, Athey Lumber, Mr. Ray Carroll, Dr. & Mrs. T. Michael Nicholas, Edith Dees Hunter, Mrs, Letha Pratt, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Horne, Ethel Asfahl, Robert I. & Dorothy B. Hislop, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Janzen, Marydel Vanderwork, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Montgomery, Mr. & Mrs. Owen Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Gary Atwood, Kelen Carlson, O. T. Autry Vo Tech, Petro Energy Exploration Inc., Tim & Susan Traynor, Charlotte Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Judnall, Lee & Ann Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. McKnight, Sharon Mayhall, Enid pathology Consultants, Inc., Dr & Mrs. Galen Havner, Donald W. & Dorothy M, Hughes, Dr. and Mrs. Tom Snyder, Enid Vietnam Veterans, George Davis, Southwest Cupid Foundations

Herbert & Catherine Shields, Dr. & Mrs. Blankenship, Al & Janet Hardin, Tracie Bennett, Mr. & Mrs. James A. Humhrey, Enid Regional Hospital, Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Hannon, Ruth M. Floore, Jordan & Randall Boehs, Wayne & Carolyn Griesel, John & Sue Taylor, Mrs. Betsy Stephenson, Brown Funeral Home, Dr. & Mrs Kirk Fry, Ruth Collier Memorial, Dr. & Mrs. Roger Rabold, Bob & Vickie Gengler, J. W. Butts, Park Supt 1937-47, Mr. & Mrs. William Shaklee, Garriott-Wade Frank Carter Memorial, Mary & Ross Rumph, Mr. & Mrs. Joe E. King, Mr. & Mrs Doud Frantz, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Chenoweth, Garfield Grill, Larry & Judith Jackson, Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Lester, Dr. & Mrs. Franklin Forney Boyd & Ruth Freeman, Dr. & Mrs. McCune, Elizabeth Regier, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Collins, Cromwell’s Inc., Bryce & Beth Kennedy, Dr. & Mrs. Terry Lewis, Louis Victor Priebe, Mr. & Mrs. Bert Mackie Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Frazier, Howard & Dorothy Cochran, E. B. Mitchell Jr., Mary McKeever, bass Memorial, Phil Edwards Family, Dick & Elaine Davis, W. W. Evans, Mrs. June Franks, Dan Mitchell Jr. Elizabeth Oven, Mr. Dick McConkay, Mary Evelyn Adams, Enid Business & Estate Council, Gaslight Theatre, Four Seasons Nursery, Owen K. Garriott, Maud Mitchell Perry, Right-Way Construction, Pay-less Garden Center

The following is engraved on the front of the memorial to Garfield County War Dead at the Northeast end of N. Gov. Springs Park:

World War I

Rex D. Bassett, Kirkie M. Beard, Otto P. Benecke, Lloyd J. Bivin, W.P. Black, Oscar Bouatt, E. H. Bradt, Frank S. Burns, Emmell C. Buzzard, Frank Charles Cerney, Tewton Collier, James Curtis, Robert Price Eaton, Clifford D. Elam, Garrett Engler, Bertrid D. Gorden, Clyde Gosney, Albert J. Holb, Albert J. Holtz, Alvin P. King, Auust Kinkelin, A. W. Koechel, George Landon, Samuel D. Larkey, William H. Lovelady, Leslie G. Manke, Bliss Markland, Elmer S. McDonald, Robert D. McElrath, Fred L. McKinney, Julius Meier, Ray S. Mendenhall, Hames A. Mills, William A. Perian, Glen Earl Pierce, Charles Johl Popisil, William J. Prophet, E. I. Roark, James Roebuck, August W. Roever, Joseph E. Shoda, F. S. Shouse, Albert E. Smith, G. W. Southers, dan L. Steg, Fred Steehman, Gerhard A. Wehrmann, Everette E. Wells, Ray C. West, G. W. Wolvine, Osa. O. Woy, H. J. Zuerlin

World War II

Avery Waymon Abram, Bill Abrego, Joaquin Arambula, John Manuel Arambula, James P. Atterbury, Everett E. Baker, Hubert P. Baker, William P, Barril Jr, Robert D. Bass, Harry D. Beavers, William Roy Bell, George Bertwell, Ernest L. Blockcolski, Edward, Bondy, Louis Orville Books, Dwight K. Booth, Harold B. Bowers, Clarence Brauser Jr, Shirley N. Breckenridge, Ernest Lee Brickman, Floyd Bridges, Robert Neil Brittan, LeRoy Brobst, John Warren Brown, Sherman L. Brown, Gorrest Gale Burk, Arthur E. Caldwell, Emmett “Mutt” Callahan, Elden Campbell, Ivan F. Campbell, Ivan H. Campbell, Kenneth A. Campbell, Marcus V. Campbell, Thomas F. Campbell Jr, Elmo C. Cantellay, Albert B. Carley, Charles W. Carrington, Orval O. Cather, Clark W. Chestnut, Robert L. Chordrick, J, Richard Collins, LeRoy Collins, Raymond W. Conaway, Merll Clarence Connor, Dorsey Creason, Laverne E. Crosson, Mark Curtis, Derald Dean Cutter, Eugene P. Dale, James e. Dale, Billy T. Davenport, Joe C. Day, Lloyd L. Dayton, Myron Denny, Lewis Dittner, James Van Dolton, Frank Drake, Archie Dustin, Marshall E. Dyche, Boyd G. Edwards, Estell E. Edwards. Evan M. Evans Charles I. Fairchild, Eliza Fairchild, Bennie Faubion, Thornton B. Fillebrown, Alvah Lee Fisher Jr, Frank D. Foltz, Gail E. Fortney, Eugene Ray Foster, Odie B. Fox Jr, Chelsea Furrow, Alvin D. Futhey, Ernest G. Fuxa, Robert N. Gage, Harold A. Gasser, Lewis O. Gatton Jr, Leonard R. Gever, Myron E. Goff, Ralph P. Graves, Arthur L. Green, Roy Loyd Gritz, Joseph V. Hager Jr, James Hale, Paul E. Hamble, Harold J. Hamblin, Hohn W. Harlan, Ronald L. Harmon, N. Earl Harris Jr, Raymond L. Hart, Franklin A. Hastings, Cecil G. Helton, Tom Hickerson, Ralph Hill, Thomas H. Hocker, Marlin S. Hoge Jr, Robert L. Hoisington, Hack R. Holland, William C. Hoover, Rush R. Howard, Daren Hurst, George Nicholas W, Joy Jack, Lauren Lee Jett, Lawrence N. Johndrow, Jack W. Johnson, Ward S. Johnson, Wendell C. Johnson, Willis H. Johnson, Abraham R. Johnston, Sam Kendrick, John D. Kennedy, Joseph M. Kennedy, Sherman E. Kerr, Harold G. Kiner, Charles Vernon, Kline, Raymond P. Knollenberg, Harold G, Knott, Harley J. Kuehl, Leslie G. Lainson, James Lankaster, Robert E. Lee, Ralph E. Lehr, Charlie E. Lemmon, Roy Lee Lewellen, Harold Lewis, Gilbert H. Lichten, Boyd W. Logan, Don R. Lovell, Harvey Manley, Clovis Ray Marlow, Jack McKelv Marth, Leon Martin, Loyd L. Mauldin, Leland D. Mayfield, Julius M. McCoy, Douglas H. McDaniel, Lester N. McDowell, C. S. McFarland, Ernest Oliver McGehee, George D. McKain, Glenn W. McNair, Oscar D. McNeele, Robert V. Mendenhall, Olin P. Merritt, Adolph Milacek, Pert C. Miller, Charles T. Moore, Robert Dean Moore, Cody McCoy Morris, Dalton H, Morrison, Leo Allen Neal, William Nicar, John W. Nivison, George F. Noble, Richard Guy Oldham, Ullman Osborn, Paul G. Owen, William Sherman Palmer, Alvin N. Parker, Leo e. Parr Jr., Charles Wesley Peery, George O. Perkins, Hugh E. Piper, Delbert D. Pitts, Marshall T. Poplin, John F. Pospichal, William L. Probst, David Trip Proffitt, Oscar W. Prudot Jr, Boyce L. Pruitt, Clyde Allyn Pulse, Julius C. Rader, William D. Rankin, George Rarey, Glenn E. Ray, George W. Reddick, William G. S. Reinhart, Merle L. Richardson, William S. Richardson, Lewis E. Richey, Ernest Raymond Richter, Harold E. Richner, Curtis Rieley, Grady L. Robbins, Leslie B. Roberts, Billie E. Robinson, William R. Robinson, Phillip F. Sawyer, Winfield Wayne Scott, Leonard Seller, Alvin Shores, Henry Calvin Shores, Ralph Leonard Siegle, Forrest E. Skaggs, Arthur R. Smith, James Smith, Neil B. Snyder, Verle R. Staker, Fred Vernon Stalder Jr, William A. Stearns, Harold I. Stebbins, Estele A. Stewart, Robert L. Strickler, Matthew J. Stull, Dwight Earl Swander, Joe Sweeney, John Tennison, Dewitt S. Terry Jr, Arthur L. Thom, Harold C. Thomas, Pete Thomas, Robert W. Thomas, Herman A. Tinder, J. P. Toler, Robert C. Tudor, E. Wayne Turk, Leon Robert Vance Jr, Harold R. Van Hauen, Tharon E. Virden, E. D. Walborn, William H. Walker, Russel W. Waller, Adolph F. Warner, Owen Kirby Warden, Howard Nelson Wayman, George S. Weaber, Ivan J. Weaper, Ralph A. Weaver, Robert N. Wells, Walter R. Westphal, Herbert “Hub” White, Joseph Andrew White, Ivan V. Wilson, E. B. Wolfe, Richard H. Woolwine, Harlan Houston Wyman, Malcom M. Yewell, Farrel E. Yocum

Korea

Robert Carpenter, Bob Koehn, Donald Mattingly, William Pelton, Glenn Rogers, Lloyd Stone, Jonnie Zimmerman, James Buxton, Eugene Lawson, Bruce Scott

Vietnam

Gerald Burns, Tommy Haley, Robert Porter, Harvey Rembert, Donald Shields, Ray Davis, Robert Hudson, Robert Kummell, Steven Peck, Rodney Rieger, Jerry Taber, John Truesdell, Donald Krumeri, Billy Keily, Harkin Treen, Daniel Poynor, John Adams, Lesse Murphey, Carl Reid, Ronald Layton, Donald Mikulecky

Iraqi Freedom

Clint Storey, Christopher Hake

The following is engraved on a granite memorial behind the war memorial;

“TOUCH THE STONE YOU TOUCH ME FOR YOU SEE, I’M STILL HERE 
A ‘NAM BROTHER”

The following memorials are located in Dillingham Garden indicating either dedication or sponsorship

Dillingham Memorial Garden
The garden was originally planted and designed in the 1920’s and fondly referred to as the government Springs Park Sunken Garden the garden was destroyed by a devastating flood in 1973 and restored to its original beauty in 1991 through the generous contributions of the civic community and the city of Enid. It is maintained today by the Dillingham Foundation in memory of Tom G. and Elizabeth Dillingham.

“Dedicated to Virgil C. wells for devoted service by Enid Rotary Club founded 1917”

"Sponsored by Garfield County Historical Society Founded Feb 1978”

“Sponsored by Garden Study Club Founded April 1940”

“Sponsored by A.M. AMBUCS founded Sept. 1975”

“Brick border donated by Joanna Champlin 2000 Cherokee Strip Water Garden Society 2001 Downtown Enid AMBUCS 2000 Garfield Elementary School 6th Grade Class 1999 – 2000 Roxanne Pollard 2000 Plants donated by: Cherokee Strip Water Garden Society 2002 Kenny Anita and Casey Cribley”

“Sponsored by Junior Welfare League Honorary Members Founded 1930”

The following bronze memorial is near a large tree in the Northeast corner of the park:

“THE FREEDOM OAK Planted in the spring of 1952 From the people of France to the people of Enid in appreciation of provisions on ‘The Freedom Train’ coast-to-coast relief effort for war ravaged Europe following World War Two”

“Sponsored by Enid A.M. AMBUCS and EHS class of 1941”

The following is inscribed on a bronze memorial on the Cherokee Strip Centennial Time Capsule:

“Cherokee Strip Centennial Time Capsule Located four feet below this plaque buried September 16, 1993 to be opened September 16, 2093 Leadership Greater Enid II”

“This monument was constructed July 10, 2002 top of the time capsule, which was placed here on Sept 16, 1993 is four feet below this plaque. Robert (Bob) Klemme”

“Time Capsule Monument A time capsule was buried here September 16,1993 and is to be opened September 16, 2093 this monument was erected in July, 2002 and contains an additional four capsules. A special thank you to the following who helped with its construction.

Athey Lumber Company Mike Killm, Mgr., Don Waldrum, Glen Payne, Billy Payne, Larry Payne, Mark A. Marsh, David W. Loomis, Johnathan S. James, Clifford Morton, Kyle Whitehead, Dolese Company Keith Soper Mgr., Troy Bliss, Khamsay Silhart, Gilly Stanley, William E. graves, Curtis L. Wehling, Alston Kenner III, Alonzo Albright, Paige Klemme, Steve Friesen Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers Robery L. (Bob) Klemme Chairman”

The following are sponsorship and memorials contained within Dillingham Gardens

“In loving memory of Dr. & Mrs. R.G. Jacobs”

“Dedicated to Geo. M. & Cleo E. Sturdevant by James P. Strudevant Family William R. Sturdevant Family”

“Dedicated to A.B. & Ruth Everitt L.G. & Gaye Everitt by Robert S. Everitt Family”

The following Harold T. Holden Sculpture is in Dillingham Gardens - “Holding the Claim.” The inscription for this sculpture reads:

“Holding the Claim by Harold T. Holden The Cherokee Strip Centennial Sculpture 1893-1993 ‘D

‘Let ‘er rip for the Strip’ was the cry in 1893 as the race began with a shot from a cavalry officer’s gun. There were no cheering crowds for the winning settlers in history’s largest most spectacular competitive event. They drove their stakes to win their price and then surveyed the Promised Land. Holding the claim was their next concern as they waited until morning for families to arrive. There were no celebrations in camp that first night…they were alone to savor the victory. A contented sleep would finally come with vivid dreams of life and new homes on the prairie. This centennial monument is dedicated to the Cherokee Strip pioneers and all caretakers of this great land past, present and future. The vision, perseverance and creation of this monument was made possible by Dr. John Charles Ogle, Elizabeth Ogle and Harold T. and Edna Mae Holden and all of those dedicated and generous citizens who shared the Centennial dream. Cherokee Strip Booster Club, Inc. – Major Donor”

Surrounding this sculpture are several bronze relief sculptures with inscriptions as follow:

“Plainsman by Harold T. Holden Era of The Plains Indians For centuries, the middle of the United States was home to many Indian Tribes. Oklahoma, located in the center of the Great Southwest Plains, eventually became one of the last refuges of the Red Man. This artistic representation is a tribute to all of Oklahoma’s Native Americans as well as those original ‘Guardians of the Plains’ D. C. Vass & Sons Construction Company – Major Donor”

“Chisholm by Harold T. Holden era of the Cattle Trails By the close of the Civil War in 1869, the cattle herds and cowboys form Texas began forging trails through Oklahoma and the Cherokee Strip to the rail heads in Kansas. The most famous route of all came through Enid and was called the Chisholm Trail. Many drovers spent the night just south of this monument and used the cool springs to quench their thirst and wash off the trail dust. P-T Coupling Co. Inc. – Major Donor”

“Wrangler by Harold T. Holden Era of Great Ranches It became obvious to the cattlemen that raising stock on the lush grass of the outlet was more sensible than driving herds from Texas. The Cherokee Strip Livestock Association was formed and the land was leased from the Cherokees. Numerous large ranches, including the famous 101 Ranch soon covered the strip. Advance Food Company – Major Donor”

“Boomer by Harold T. Holden the Great Land Rush On September 16, 1893 the Cherokee Strip was changed forever by the ‘Largest most spectacular competitive event in history’. The sculpture called ‘Boomer’ captures the excitement of that day better than any piece of art ever created. By executive and legislative proclamations of both Kansas and Oklahoma boomer was dedicated as the official symbol of the 1993 Cherokee Strip Centennial. Northwest Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation – Major Donor”

“Pioneer by Harold T. Holden Era of Agriculture the era of the pioneer farmer was ushered in dramatically by the land rush. Overnight, the land was populated with settlers struggling to ‘prove up’ their claims. In the first few years farming the land was incredibly hard and some families packed up and moved on. However, success was the reward for those who persevered. Families today continue to exemplify the traditional pioneer values that we all respect and cherish. Johnston Enterprises – Major Donor”

“Dressing the Bit by Harold T. Holden Era of Oil Exploration Like the land rush, the discovery of oil prompted dramatic and significant changes in all of Oklahoma. Such terms as ‘Boom Towns, Gushers, Wildcatters and Roughnecks’ became the vernacular of the times. The exploration and production of oil and gas provided the Cherokee Strip with yet another colorful historical era. Even before statehood, Oklahoma became synonymous with cowboys, Indians and black gold. H. H. Champlin Foundation – Major Donor”

There is a bronze marker dedicating the “Government Springs Park Centennial Waterfall Project”

The Following bronze marker denotes the location of Quapaw Spring and Minnequah Spring in North Government Springs Park near the waterfall

Quapaw Spring - Sodium Chlor. 181; Carb of Lime, 120; Silica, 45; Sulphurous Ac., 80; Calcium Sulph., 88; Magn. Sulph., 28; Carb. Magn., 25; Ferric Oxide, 20; Parts in 1.000,000”

Minnequah Spring - Carb. Of Lime, 195; Sodium Chlor., 187; Carb Dioxide; 117, Carb. Magn., 60; Sulphurous AC., 58; Silica, 50; Calcium Sulph., 41; Ferric Oxide, 10’ Parts in 1,000,000”

South Meadowlake Park

Hours are posted at entrance of South Meadowlake same as North Meadowlake Park.

Park Picnic Pavilions 2 and 3 bear the following inscriptions:

Donated by ENID JAYCEES

Bert Mackie, President; Cheryl Wichert, Vice President; Joe Mena, Vice President; Jerry Fritzler, Treasurer; Bob Newman, Secretary September 5, 1972”