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s ' ,,%, 74/51 Morning showers. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 50s. 70148 Showers. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. 69/48 Occasional showers pos- sible. 72/48 Sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. :: 71143 Sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s. Ihh,h,h,.ll,,Ih,lh,,,,lh,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh"h'll *****************MIXED ADC 555 9/1311999 SmallTovmPapers 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE, WA 98136-1208 VOLUME NO. 25 Wednesday entinel ribune NUMBER4 September 23, 2009 12 PAGES $1,00 Plus supplements in local edition r Heritage House Museum looking for new blood A brief history of Westbrook's Heritage House Museum--where we have been and where we are going By Joan Bakker Who but an over-the-top optimist would have begun such a project? The old depot sat up to its knees in ragged grass and weeds, was without a single windo@, was spattered with rotten eggs from the old egg plant across the tracks, held drifts of dank, rat infested grain on warped, scarred floors. It had been vital to the birth and growth of the vil- lage of Westbrook from 1900 until 1972, when it was no longer needed by the rail- road. For a few years it served as grain storage for Kopperud, Roy Peterson, Lloyd Nelsen, Alvin Kleven, James Mathiason, J. Albert Pierson, Otto Cohrs, Arvid and Earl Anderson, Jim Erickson, John Bass, Norman Larson, Bud Rachuy, and more all joined in the effort. They dug up artifacts, swarmed the roof to shingle, installed win- dows, tore up and relaid floors. Oris Scarset painted the outside. The J.C.s paint- ed the inside, the Friends in Deed Lutheran Brotherhood purchased plants and land- scaped the lot. Westbrook Civic Clubs and organiza- tions donated generously. Tom Merchant designed and Many hours of volunteer labor were given to restore the old depot and grounds. the neighboring elevator, then was pretty much for- gotten. Heavy equipment was stored along its front. Most considered the depot an eyesore. 1983. Tom Merchant, with the germ of an idea simmering in his head, gath- ered a small number of curi- ous, perhaps even doubtful, local folks to consider the creation of a local museum in that very decrepit build- ing. Over the winter enthusi- asm grew, as did the number of like-minded, until in the spring of 1984, with tools from home and a borrowed truck, a plucky band attacked the mess. Few youngsters here, those who first stretched the muscles to clear the area, board up the gaping windows, scrounge for miles around to find old depot accouterments, and roof the building included Tom, Gary Hofer, Sever Knutson, Willard Mischke, Mike Knutson, Lawrence Fogel, and Wes Bakker. Ivan Carlson, Marlin Schmidt, Harry Schneider, Truman laid a brick walk using materials from the demol- ished Citizen's Bank, then he made the big sign before the museum that announces proudly, Heritage House Museum. A formidable army of wives and lady members of the newly formed society scraped old paint, scrubbed every surface in sight, picked up broken glass, dug, lugged and strove as hard as the menfolk, and provided snacks, drinks, full meals and gallons of coffee. On their behalf a small bath- room was built. They raised funds, designed displays, hung posters, wrote articles on museum progress, col- lected items with which to fill the display areas. To them, Bonnie Knutson, June Merchant, Janet Mischke, Bonnie Fogel, Joan Bakker, Lorraine Carlson, Diana Rachuy, Avie Winter, Mae Kleven, Dorothy Kleven, ON RECORD PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGE 3 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 Heritage house Continued on Page 3 EDUCATION PAGE 8 SPORTS PAGE 9 SPORTS PAGE I 0 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 balance ofthelakedestroy. Hegseth worked on the catch pool on ing healthy aquatic vegeta- th tiou. e west slde of the road. To solve the  probln road west of the lake. A the DNR and. Ducks new 24 inch culvert was down the lake to create a winter kill of all the fish! This will allow A structure will be p] suitable for water fowl. The project was award- ed to Hegseth Construction of Windom. Work on the project started last month and has a years to complete- ly draw down the lake. The draw and will continue through next summer. The level will be kept low until good completion date of next aquatic vegetation is estab- the control spring, lished. An 18 inch tile is being . laid from the lake to the INFORMATION CIRCULATION N Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2009 Sentinel Tribune CLASSIFIEDS * ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-I 859 . T00-00--your 1.uc00 WWG [ m the Sentinel FALL /,.Tribune SPORTS [ football contest PAGE 9,10 L on page 9 Homecoming royalty back row from left: Mason Comnick, Kyle West, Spencer Knott, Garett Amundson, Patrick Schweim, and Mitchell Comnick. Front, Karlyn Kletcher, Melody Horkey, Alexis Quade, Kristie Hoffman, _and Kylie Erickson. Not pictured Lindsey Grams. The theme f0 homecoming this year is "The Olympics." The bonfire is Thursday, night Sept. 24 after the volley- ball game. Coronation is Monday night Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Parade is at 2:00 p.m. Friday Oct. 2. Game is Friday night 7 00 against JWP. Dance for grades 9-12 is after the football game on Friday night at the community center, 9:30-midnight. Homecoming kicks off this week