Updated on Wednesday:
The Calhoun Chronicle, July 17, 2003)
Even after seven years, two months and five days,
work is still progressing on the “old lady of
Back in 2003, the comments heard were: “They will
never finish that project,” “It is a waste of money,” “Volunteers can’t
do anything with that old place.”
Outside repairs have changed the Stump Hotel, which
was built in 1885, and donated to the Calhoun Historical Society by Dr.
and Mrs. Charles Albert Stump. It has gone from an eyesore, brick
columns covered with hideous green paint, a worn roof, no downspout
system, an outside stairwell and weeds for a lawn, to a gracious
structure that shows promise for the future.
The interior has been stripped to the bare frame
and work is progressing, even though it cannot be seen from the street.
First, many years of trash was removed, non-loadbearing walls were
removed, and photos have been taken to document the history.
Now, it is the time to document progress.
The hotel has been without an interior stairwell
for at least 50 years. The second floor could only be accessed from
inside by a ladder. This delayed the renovation, but because of grants,
donations, professional work and advice from Galaxy Construction, and
volunteer labor, the stairwell foundation and temporary stairs are now
The final work will be completed when building
supplies are moved to the second floor. This job was accomplished while
also working at Heritage Village and Family History
Center, and preparing for
autumn events of the Historical Society.
Joan Storck, a descendant of A.H. Stump, the
proprietor and owner of the hotel, made this comment: “I have no doubt
that the stairway will be finished. Whatever the Calhoun Historical
Society plans will be done with thorough and diligent planning for the
future. It may take longer to accomplish the goals, but it will be a
The Historical Society welcomes guests and new
members, and would love to have your interest, donations and labor.
Meetings are held at the
Family History Center,
adjacent to Stump Hotel, on the second Thursday of each month. The next
meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 8., at
The answer to the first question is still the same.
Stump Hotel . . . Mission
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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