Historical Society Raffle winner announced

TAYLOR COUNTY—The winner of the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society’s history basket has been announced, and the society said they are thankful for all who took part in the event.

Ann Mayle was the lucky winner of the society’s fundraising raffle, which featured items of historical significance from the area.

Among the items included in the gift basket were the famed History of Taylor County, prepared by Charles Brinkman. The basket included three volumes of Mr. Brinkman’s historical writings of the county, that are presented weekly on the Mountain Statesman’s history page.

In addition, the basket featured Historical Anecdotes of Early Taylor County, a Taylor County Pictorial Book, American Wars by Charles Brinkman, a print of M&M Bank Building drawn by Dr. Charles E. Bennett and Taylor County postcards. 

According to Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society member Olive Ricketts, the basket was valued at over $200, but the items contained within it were priceless in the eyes of history buffs from the area.

“We want to congratulate Ann on winning the raffle and basket filled with Taylor County’s past. It is our mission to share the county’s rich past with individuals, and this event helped us do just that,” she voiced. “The society would also like to thank everyone who took part in the raffle, that will help us to make renovation and repairs to our building.”

The raffle was held with hopes of carrying out additional improvements to the society’s historical Merchants and Mechanics (M&M) Bank Building. 

Society members have been hard at work making needed repairs inside the facility, and while many upgrades have been made, they still have quite a way to go to preserve the historic structure.

Now that a leaking roof has been fixed with the return of the building’s conical roof, or witch’s hat, that sits atop the structure’s turret, needed repairs can occur inside the facility. According to Ricketts, first, the downstairs rooms will be outfitted 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 who 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 interested in helping with their mission, the Historical Society is always welcoming new members, who can join in their efforts of preserving the area’s rich history.

Memberships can be purchased, and 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 years old. All membership fees are due January 1 of each year.

“Membership dues and donations can be mailed to the society 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 all the help we could get.”


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