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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 PAL football action continues at Maverick Stadium Above, the Lordsburg PAL upper division zones in on this Silver City Panther.The up- per division remains undefeated. At left, Skeater Lassiter of the Lower Division moves in for the tackle of the Silver City Saints runner.The PAL Lil Mavericks will host the Silver City teams once again this Satur- day at Maverick Stadium, with the action be- ginning at 9:00 a.m. Herald staff photos UPCOMING EVENTS Continued from Page 1 Walk of Angels T-shirts orders are now being taken for the 2 "d annual Walk of Angels. Cost is $10 without pic- ture and $15 with picture. Must be paid in full by Nov. 5, 2010. Orders will also be taken at North Park during Discover Hidalgo County. For more information call Mary a! 5.75-956-3227 or Becky at 575-590-0172. Line Dancing The Active and Alive Crooked Halos Line Dancing classes are held from 5-6 PM for intermediates and 6:15-7:30 PM for advanced at RV Traylor El- ementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more infor- mation call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Walking & Activity Club The Active and Alive Walk- ing & Activity Club meets from 12-2 PM at the Special Events Center on Mondays and Wednes- days. For more information call 575-537-0248 ext. 227. Cancer support group Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on- line support group for those deal- ing With cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the following to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group Step Aerobics The Active and Alive Step Aerobics class is held at 6 PM at Central Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information call 575-537- 0248 ext. 227. Diabetic Support Group Come join us and stay in- formed for either yourself, a loved one in your family, or a friend. For those not familiar with Our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-llam in the HMS Conference Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047. I WANT WHAT I THINK, WHAT I SAY, AND WHAT I DO TO BE IN HARMONY. I WILL GIVE YOU THE BESTI HAVE.....ANDSHOULD IT NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH, I WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST I HAVE ANYWAY. IFI DO GOOD TODAY, AND LILLY IT WILL BE I WILL DO GOOD ANYWAY. 0000,/for your support On November 2, 2010 00,,0,YCO0,0,00 Discover Hidalgo County Day honors Marshall and Winnie Kuykendall Continued from Page I Marilyn remembers being there the deer in the backseat and flew born in Scotland in 1864, later moved to Canada and then to the United States, where he became a captain in the army. Well known as a sharpshooter, he served in the Spanish American War and trav- eled to the Philippines, among other places. He retired in south- ern Arizona from the Army. His ranch was near the Huachuca Mountains, near Patagonia, where Winnie and the other nine chil- dren were raised. He is buried at Ft. Bliss, Tex. In 1928, when Marshall was mining at Patagonia, Winnie was living in a house there that her father had rented so she could go to school, because there was no school on the ranch. They met on Halloween, when Winnie was 20 years old, though she was still a senior in high school. The two sweethearts ran away to New MexicO, and got married by a justice of the peace on Feb. 14, 1929 in Lordsburg. They were alone when they walked in to the JP's office, so the JP went out on the street and said, "Hey, you, hey, you," and got people to stand up as witnesses for them. Soon after Winnie graduated from Patagonia High School, they went to Bisbee where Marshall got a job with PD. Winnie and Marshall moved around from one mining opera- tion to another, in the Sierra Ancha Mountains above Globe, Ariz., and in Gold Gulch and White Signal in N. Mex. Marshall's mother sent him and Winnie on the train to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he could attend flight school. The first time he ever flew was in a three-cylinder Kerikeen coupe. When the mines back in Arizona and New Mexico began closing, there was no money to continue to finance their venture, and no jobs to be had where they were, so they headed for home in their Chevy coupe that had no heater or glass, stopping in Denver to hock her wedding ring to buy gas. Marshall and Winnie's only child, Mari'lyn, was born in Sil- ver City, N. Mex., on Dec. 11, 1933. Marshall was off mining and didn't know about it till the next day. They spent a while in Bisbee and then moved to Lordsburg, where they lived in one of the row houses at the Old Bonney Mine, which later be- came the Banner Mine, where his father was a foreman. Winnie helped Marshall's mother run a boarding house. One night in 1936, when he got off work as the shift boss at the Bonney, he didn't wake his boss up as he should have. His boss laid him off for ten days, during which time Marshall de- veloped the Silver Dollar Mine, that he had located two years ear- lier, 12 miles west of Tyrone, N. Mex. He would dig down in the hole' and fill a bucket with ore, and Winnie would pull the bucket up. Marshall made more money selling the ore to Ira Wright in Silver City, than he did at the Bonney, so he left the Bonney. The Kuykendalls lived in Lordsburg from the time Marilyn was in the fourth grade. "We lived at the other airport on the south- east side of Lordsburg [west of the present-day airport], but you can't tell anything was ever there," Marilyn said. "It had a big metal hangar and two houses." when World War II was over and hearing all the sirens and whi;gtles go off in town. Marshall went to the Nogales International Airport to take flight training, and the Kuykendalls opened a flying ser- vice at their airport in the mid- forties. They got a contract from the government to teach veterans to fly, under the G. I. Bill, and Winnie took care of all the office work. In the late forties, they moved their operations to the north side of town where Marshall bought land from Walter Van Meter that extended from where the Border Patrol is now at 441 Duncan Highway nearly to Mt. View Road. On Marshall's quarter sec- tion of land, he built the Kuykendall Airport, the first apartment they would rent, and their home. He hauled sand and built cement block, and he even sold block. He built their home out of the block, doing all the work hlmself. For five years after World War II, with help from flight in- structors as needed, the Kuykendall Flying Service gave flying lessons. Students in- cluded Fred Ewing, Sid Wright, Odell Still, Leo Cohen, Ether Richins, Ivan Kennett, Jack Ewing, Arthur Altuna, Lyle Poe, Doug Strain, Lloyd Jackson, Alfred Altuna, Bob Williams, Howard Phillips, Arturo Guzman, Dr. Karl Fite [FIFE], Hubert Wellman, Jay Large, O. J. Richins, and Albert Butler. At one time, Gail Sasseen was a flight instruc- tor. Though Gilbert Buvens was not a veteran, he was the first of Marshall's gtudents to solo. Fred Ewing of Lordsburg said that Marshall's superior teaching kept his students safe. They never had a serious mishap, but that didn't keep Marshall from using his flying expertise in some rather unusual situations. The Ewings had a goat ranch where the eagles kept snatching the baby goats. Marshall took Fred's brother, Jack, out on fly- ing patrol to try to keep the goats safe. Marilyn remembers those days. "My father used to strap home." Sometimes when Marshall was out flying, he would run out of gas and be forced to land on a highway that had little traffic. "I got quite a crowd when I taxied up to the gas station to get gas," Marshall laughed. Marshall remembered pilots whose takeoffs and landings weren't exactly perfect. "I've had students come in with landing gear swinging loose or with barbed wire wrapped around the propeller," he said. One man took off, caught the tail wheel on a phone wire and flew off with it. "I think it was O. J. Richins who was trying to take off from his farm when he got the nose stuck in a packrat's nest in the brush. He .got the bulldozer and pushed the plane out, but when he took off, he went through a barbed wire fence." Marshall himself had two or three forced landings but wasn't hurt and never damaged a plane. Marshall had other interests besides flying. According to Marilyn, her father was the first person in New Mexico to build a popping plant for perlite, a vol: canic rock that, when heated, ex- pands like popcorn. "It makes an excellent insulation material," Marilyn said. "He put it in his cement blocks, and he bagged it and sold it everywhere, even shipped it to Texas. One of the schools in Lordsburg was insu- lated with it." Marshall owned a few mines around the area and never lost interest in mining. Winnie stayed busy with nearly every club in town. She was president of the Women's Club, was the Pythian Sisters Supreme Representative, and was the worthy matron in the Order of the Eastern Star in Lordsburg. She was in the Sage and Sand Club and the Exten- sion Club, entered quilts and canned goods in the fair, and worked in the cafeteria for the Lordsburg Schools for 20 years, making the best hot rolls and apple crisp known to man--or child. The adventurous spirits of the Kuykendalls no doubt has had a healthy effect on the lon- gevity of their lives and their marriage and we thank them for Arthur Lee [Art] Myers and m e al!9w!ng us to honor, them at into the back of an interstate Ca-. "Di.scover Hidalgo County det and he'd do acrobats - spins, Day". The honor presentation stalls, hoops, lazy eights," she will be at 1:45 on October 16 at said. "One time he went hunting North Park and all are invited in the plane. He shot a deer, put to come. 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