Mountain statesman | Announcement of the winner of the Historical Society raffle
TAYLOR COUNTY — The Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society History Basket winner has been announced, and the company said it is grateful to everyone who attended the event.
Ann Mayle was the lucky winner of the company’s raffle, which featured items of historical significance to the region.
Among the items included in the gift basket was the famous Taylor County History, prepared by Charles Brinkman. The basket included three volumes of the historical writings of Mr. Brinkman of the county, which are featured weekly on the Mountain statesmanthe history page of.
Additionally, the basket contained historical anecdotes from early Taylor County, an illustrated book of Taylor County, Charles Brinkman’s American Wars, a print of the M&M Bank building drawn by Dr. Charles E. Bennett, and postcards. of Taylor County.
According to Olive Ricketts, a member of the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society, the basket was valued at over $ 200, but the items it contained were invaluable to history buffs in the area.
“We would like to congratulate Ann for winning the raffle and the basket filled with Taylor County’s past. It is our mission to share the county’s rich past with individuals, and this event has helped us to do so, ”she said. “The company would also like to thank everyone who participated in the raffle, who will help us with renovations and repairs to our building.”
The raffle was held in hopes of making further improvements to the company’s historic Merchants and Mechanics (M&M) bank building.
Society members have worked hard to make the necessary repairs inside the facility, and although many improvements have been made, they still have a long way to go to preserve the historic structure.
Now that a leaky roof has been repaired with the return of the building’s conical roof, or witch’s hat, which sits atop the structure’s turret, necessary repairs can take place inside the facility. . According to Ricketts, first of all, downstairs rooms will be fitted with new wiring, drywall and flooring before members make their way to the upstairs of the building.
The Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society is a community organization that strives to support historical and genealogical issues, projects, and events throughout Taylor County.
They work to preserve the past, helping to ensure a bright future. For those who wish to contribute to their mission, the Historical Society always welcomes new members, who can join in their efforts to preserve the rich history of the region.
Memberships can be purchased and the annual membership fees are as follows: Individual memberships are $ 20, $ 30 for couples residing at the same mailing address, and $ 15 for children under 18. All contributions are due on January 1 of each year.
“Contributions and donations can be mailed to the company at 107 West Main Street, Grafton, WV 26354,” Ricketts noted. “We are working hard to preserve the past and look to the future, but funding has become a major issue. We would appreciate any help we could get.