Stump Hotel--Mission Impossible? No!
That was the title of this column on July 17, 2003.
Here are some excerpts from that issue:
“The Historical Society is a hard group to keep down! I
was concerned that after many delays, the spirit of the society would be
down, but the members are determined to push this project to a finish.”
“Proof of the determination of the Historical Society is
seen in the completion of the Stevens School Project. Shortly after the
roof was complete, high winds blew it off. Volunteers and workers from a
local oil company had the roof back on in 1999 and the building was
dedicated in 2002. The Historical Society did not give up.”
“A thought that keeps the Historical Society moving
ahead is, “Anything worth doing takes time!”
Now, almost six years later, the Stevens School has
companions. You will see the Jarvis Store, Starcher Blacksmith Shop, and
Freed Post Office. Work is progressing on the Stemple Cabin and work is
beginning on the Cain Cabin, under direction of Jim Bell and Duck
The Family History Center is close to being finished and
the Stump Hotel is ready for interior work. In the six-year period, the
outside has been restored and is ready for a spring painting.
A work day was held last Saturday. The interior of the
Family History Center was cleaned, dry wall mostly installed and plans
made for a small kitchen and workspace. The basement had rubble removed,
and usable materials properly stored. It is ready for completion of dry
wall and electrical installation. Roger Jarvis, Keith Smith, Todd
Knotts, Grant Clark and Andy Mlynek donated their skills to remove old
structures and install dry wall.
Stump Hotel also had a good cleaning on Saturday. Debris
was removed and old paneling taken out in order to prepare for
installation of an interior stairway. Workers included Terry Harris, Bob
and Karen Bonar, Roger Jarvis, and Graham and Gary Knight.
The plan for the interior was made by Erin Smith
Barnhart of the Mills Group of Morgantown. Interior work was done by
Historical Society members can donate volunteer hours in
other ways. Archival materials are being cataloged, displays organized,
and furnishings located for Stump Hotel and Stemple Cabin.
Members are always accepted and guests are welcome.
Monthly meetings are held at Family History Center on the second
Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Mar. 12.