History Mystery for March 7-8

Last week’s History Mystery, above, was taken by Father Brngeest and shows St. Peter’s Catholic Church under construction in “1898-99,” according to information typed onto the photograph. The building was saved from demolition in the 1970s and renamed Old St. Peter’s Landmark.

Terray Harmon, a local painter, said it was amazing the heights at which the crews worked. An inner ladder in the steeple leads to a hatch near the top, to access the peak, he said. Funds for restoration were raised through the sales of a $1 dollar postcard “brick” with words by Goethe saying: “Whatever you can do – or dream you can – begin it, boldness has power, magic and genius in it!” and the sale of a Rooster book written especially for the Landmark, and donations, from 10 cents to $6,000, enough money was raised.

The Rooster is a reference to the weather vane  atop the steeple. The Landmark is open to visitors in season, and hosts events and concerts.

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