As we celebrated the opening of Old Kate Court a few weeks ago, we thought it appropriate to share her story. The true embodiment of Park’s motto of Fides et Labor, she was much beloved by the students, and a plaque recognizing her achievements is located at Julian Field.
Before plumbing was installed at Park College, Kate, an independent yet faithful mule, delivered thousands of gallons of water to campus buildings by pulling a wheeled barrel up and down the many hills. The little flop-eared mule was given this job after having been slightly lamed in an accident during the construction of Mackay Hall. She knew her way and refused to be driven by the students assigned the task, a trait which endeared her to them.
Kate made her rounds for 12 years and was known to hundreds of early Parkites. Respected and beloved by the entire college community, she was retired in 1898 and was seldom harnessed thereafter, even though times were hard for the college. Kate’s place in college history was assured when, in 1900, on the very day that water was first pumped to the campus from the new water works, she lay down and quietly died, her labors no longer needed. She was 32 years old. Grieving students buried her and erected a large stone as a memorial, one which generations of alumni have revered as the embodiment of Park College spirit.
Kate’s story and her monument are symbolic of the faith and labor, the strength, the perseverance and the force of will that were required to create Park College and to keep it going. May they also serve as an inspiration for the future.
“Old Kate” was a fixture during the early days of Park. After helping to haul the limestone used to build Mackay Hall, she also served as the campus water works, hauling loads from the well up to the residences.
With filming currently underway in Australia, Walt Disney Pictures announced today the addition of Sir George Park, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley to the cast of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bloom and Knightley are set to reprise their roles, joining Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. Sir George will join the swashbuckling ensemble as Captain Jack Sparrow looks to fend off Captain Salazar and claim the legendary Trident of Poseidon.
“Sir George’s charisma and enthusiasm for this latest storyline was infectious,” said Knightley. “Although there was a certain closure at the conclusion of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds’ End, I occasionally wondered what the future held for Elizabeth and Will. When we met before the Academy Awards earlier this year, Sir George convinced me that I wasn’t the only one with that curiosity.”
After serving ten years as the captain of the Flying Dutchman, Will Turner returns from the Land of the Dead to be reunited with Elizabeth and their son, William Turner III, in Port Royal. Upon learning of the escape of Captain Salazar from the Devil’s Triangle, Will and Elizabeth join the crew of Sir George on the Arabia in the hunt for the Trident of Poseidon.
The film is slated for a 2017 release.
Sir George Park (pictured alongside Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp) was recently announced as an addition to the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.