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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 Stevens.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Peter Cobbett.

 

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.

 

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