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Charles Fox sign ceremony

Speakers at the Charles E. Fox sign ceremony on Saturday, October 19, in Rainier Riverfront Park are shown here lifting the veil from the newly-installed sign about the city’s 1851 founder.

At left, in period dress, is Andrew Demko, social studies teacher and advisor to the Rainier Jr/Sr High School History Club, whose members also came in 1850s garb. Demko conceived the idea for the sign two years ago and worked with Friends of Fox Creek and the City of Rainier to bring it to fruition.

Other speakers at the noon event were ASB President Tiffany Fletcher, Rainier City Councilor and high school teacher David Sills, Friends of Fox Creek board member Darrel Whipple, State Rep. Brad Witt, Rainier Masonic Lodge officer Dearl Taylor, whose group provided the portrait of Charles Fox for the sign, and Larry Cole, Chairman of the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Board, which awarded a grant to Friends of Fox Creek to fund the sign project through the Oregon Cultural Trust’s sale of “culture” license plates and from tax-credit donations by individual taxpayers.

Also attending, with his family, was Scappoose resident Mike Wilson, who is a relative of Charles Fox. [Photo by Kathy Byrd]