Historical society burns paid-off courthouse mortgage

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Junior Kozlow, Mike McLavy, and Jim Steward do the honors of burning the paid-off mortgage near the conclusion of the party program.
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A display of items debuted at the old Omer courthouse during the mortgage burning party Aug. 18, including a dress and the pieces of a telegraph machine that once was found in the village of Arenac.
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Darell Pestrue of Marietta, Georgia signs in at the old courthouse for the party.
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Brenda Matt highlighted the people who helped get the courthouse paid off and maintained, and talked about the construction and early usage of the building.
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Jesse Young, Masonic treasurer, gave a history of the Masons, going over both the local group’s usage of the courthouse and of the club’s broader activities. Following his speech, he was available to give tours of the Masonic meeting room.
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Carol and Bob Britt discuss purchasing the courthouse from the Masons in 1997, and working on maintaining the old building and using it for a time as a meeting place for parties before selling it to the historical society.
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County Clerk Rick Rockwell spoke about the courthouse’s value for safeguarding the early history of Arenac County during the public comment portion of the program.
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Phyllis Klender cuts the cake to celebrate the historical society paying off its mortgage.

The Arenac County Historical Society held a party Aug. 18 to celebrate paying off its $85,000 mortgage on the Ye Olde Courthouse in Omer in eight years. Guest speakers talked to a packed courthouse about the early history of the building, which was constructed in the 1890s, its years as a Mason lodge to when it was purchased in the 1990s and later sold to the historical society. Afterward the mortgage was burned and cake was served to the guests.


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