STUMP HOTEL--MISSION IMPOSSIBLE?
The Stump Hotel group is hard to keep down! I was
concerned that after many delays, the spirit at the last meeting would
be down, but the members are determined to push this project through to
Because of the present appearance of the Stump
Hotel, we understand that there have been phone calls to the town office
and speculations on the street about the progress. The public needs to
know some of the facts that have hindered progress and also facts that
will keep the Calhoun Historical Society optimistic.
Proof of the determination of the Historical
Society is seen in the completion of the first project, the relocation
of the Stevens School. Shortly after the roof was complete, high winds
blew it off. Volunteers had the roof back on in 1999 and the building
was dedicated in 2002. The Historical Society did not give up.
Irene Gunn, the Freed family and Dottie and Lou
Slider donated the Jarvis Store, Freed Post Office and Starcher
Blacksmith shop. None of these structures were moved for several years
after the gifts were received.
The above paragraphs came from the Publisher’s Desk
of July 17, 2003. The Historical Society did not give up, even earlier
this year, when a grant was denied. Members kept on applying, kept on
looking to the future. This time, they stepped out in faith and the Ahab
Stemple cabin and the Cain cabin were acquired, moved and in the process
of being restored in less than a year.
The Historical Society is made up of volunteers,
some are retired, but the majority hold other jobs. This is true all
over the county . . . whenever there is a need, the volunteers show up.
All of our festivals and fund raising events for community needs or
emergencies for human needs will eventually be worked out by our people.
Some funding may come from government sources, but it does not happen
without caring consistent people to oversee the planning.
Don’t give up on your dreams. The 2003 Publisher’s
Desk also ended with a quote: “Anything worth doing takes time.”