Clarence Ormond Landrum was a carpenter in Garden Grove most all of his life. He lived very modestly, making sure his two handicapped children, Bonnie and Don, were provided for after his passing. They have both passed and he left a trust to be used for handicap purposes. Jerry Arnold of Garden Grove was named trustee of his estate. Arnold and his wife, Linda, made the decision to generously donate $50,000 to purchase two handicapped accessible docks at the Humeston Lake Park.
Jerry said, “It was local and that was what we wanted to do. Keep it local.”
The docks may be used by everyone, not just the handicapped. Wayne County Conservation Director, Bonnie Friend, was contacted and got the ball rolling, putting out bids for building the dock. EZ Dock through Dietz Construction was awarded the bid.
Linda stated, “We were flabbergasted when the contractor said he could have it done by the fourth of July. We thought if it was done this year we would be doing great.”
“They went at it like killing snakes,” said Linda. “It was amazing how quickly it came together.”
Jerry commented, “He did more than he was required to. It was over and above.”
Once it was done less than an hour later Peggy Gwinn of Humeston had the privilege to be the first on the dock. The next morning people had their lawn chairs set up, tackle box next to them and using the rod holders. It has highs and lows The lows are used for wheelchairs, along with the rod holders, to help them.
They are all made out of plastic, which is great, won’t scratch peoples boats and they are replaceable if something happens to them. It is also made so they may be added on to on any side, making them larger in many ways in the future. There is one dock is at the shelter and the other one at the boat ramp, both have sidewalks, provided by the conservation. The one at the boat ramp also has two handicapped parking spaces. Wayne County Conservation paid for the concrete.
Linda said, “I don’t think he ever fished, he just worked and took care of his children. He was all about family.”
A plaque will be placed at a later date recognizing the Landrum Trust.