Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Wellsville Eagles Help Save Memorial Pottery Kiln
The Wellsville Eagles Aerie 772 have long been known for their community involvement willing to help where they can. Back in the days of the Great Depression they sponsored free medical clinics for families that couldn't afford to pay for doctor visits. Over the years that neighbor helping neighbor spirit hasn't diminished.
The bottle kiln located at 3rd & Lisbon Streets has been exposed to all kinds of weather conditions since the late 1960s when the State tore down the building it was in as part of the relocation and widening of Route 7. It was originally inside the old Acme Craft Pottery that was at that location. If it wasn't for some preservationist going to bat with State officials to save that kiln as a memorial to the area's pottery industry, it too would have been demolished. Today it is one of only three of its kind remaining in the area. The other two are located in East Liverpool – one along 2nd Street and one inside Hall China.
The kiln in Wellsville is maintained by our Historical Society. Over 40 years of being exposed to all kinds of extreme weather is beginning to take its toll. The cost of the needed repairs and work to prevent further damage is going to be a goodly amount. It is a bit more than what the Historical Society can afford. With that in mind Historical Society President Robert “Brassy” Beresford initiated a campaign to raise funds to help defray the costs of repairs. Letters explaining the situation were sent to all Wellsville clubs asking if they could possibly assist financially.
In the last month the Wellsville Eagles stepped up to the plate one more time with a very generous donation of $2,000 in response to that letter. Eagles President Ron White told us they like to help the village where they can. Pictured above at a check presentation last week are, from the left, Historical Society VP Bonny Beresford, Brassy, Historical Society Treasurer Pat Lawrence, Eagles President Ron White and Eagles Trustee Robert Marcin. To date Eagles Aerie 772 are the only ones to respond. Picture of the kiln courtesy of J. Haugh.
Brassy and other members of the Historical Society are continuing their efforts to raise funds and find help to do the needed work. Donations can be sent to the Wellsville Historical Society, P.O. Box 13, Wellsville, OH 43968. For more information contact Brassy at 330-532-1018 or 330-532-3941. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to the Eagles for their civic minded assistance. You're part of what makes Wellsville special.
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