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Historic Register aq lds Victorian house By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com A 125-year-old pink Victorian homestead- style structure, the only remaining house on Sec- ond Street in downtown Shelton, on Monday was added to the Shelton Historic Register by the Shelton City Commis- sion. The 1 -story house at 218 S. Second St:was once home to Edith Dra- ham -- daughter of tim- ber baron and Shelton mayor W.H. Kneeland -- and her husband, George Draham, who took over many of his father-in-law's business ventures. The Kneeland-Dra- ham house has been vacant for many years, and has fallen into disrepair due to little maintenance and up- keep by the previous owner, according to the Shelton Historic Pres- ervation Board historic designation report. Last March, the house was purchased by Tiffany Schwander, a descen- dant of the Kneeland family. At the Shelton City Commission's meeting Monday, Schwander told the commissioners she plans to decorate the house in the style of 1900 and then offer it for rent. "My intention is proba- Welcome Dr. Michael Henry Mason General Hospital is pleased to welcome Michael Henry, M.D., to their staff of physicians and surgeons. He joins the team of specialists at MGH Shelton Orthopedics, where excellent care is close to home. Dr. Henry obtained his medical degree from the University of British Columbia School of Medicine, Vancouver, B.C., where he also did his post-graduate training in Orthopedics. He has a Fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is board-eligible in orthopedic surgery. He complements the expert team at MGH Shelton Orthopedics with a specialty in trauma and fracture care. To make an appointment with Dr. Henry, call MGH Shelton Orthopedics at (360) 427-0663. W Mason GeneralHospital Shelton Orthopedics (360) 427-0663 939 Mtn. View Dr., Ste. 130, Shelton, WA 98584 www.MasonGeneral.com Page A-2 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 Beaverton, Ore., resident Tiffany Schwander, a descendant of Shelton's storied Kneeland family, last March purchased the 124-year-old Kneeland-Draham house at 218 S. Second St. in downtown Shelton. The Shelton City Commission on Monday voted. unanimously to add the house to the Shelton Historic Register. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks bly to have it as a commer- cial property," she said. One challenge is that all the wiring will have to be external, Schwander said. She said she'll work with city officials to make sure the structure meets building codes. Another challenge is the damage by tran- sients who have entered the house, Schwander said. Schwander said she hopes the house one day will be accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. The Kneeland-Dra- ham house is one of the oldest houses in Shel- ton, and one of the few whose significant fea- tures have not been al- tered, said Erik Birk, I Now serving Baked Oysters & Steamed Clams from 11:00 to 3:00 Come up for LUNCH! I H 1A3EtAeHNAM  of Hoodsport an associate planner for the city. The land was sold for the house by Da- vid Shelton, the town's namesake, he said. As for its inclusion on the historic register, "this house is more than eligible," Birk said. According to the Shelton Historic Preser- vation Board report, the house was built in 1889 by George Freeburger for his wife. In 1899, by George Draham bought the house. The report notes that the street contained two other houses in 1889. "But the city's com- mercial development quickly took over the area between First and Fourth streets and from West Franklin to Grove streets, consuming these homes and replac- ing them with commer- cial wood structures and later by brick and mor- tar buildings after the 1914 fire," the report states. "This home now sits by itself, a snapshot of the past. The house is now sandwiched between the Saint's Pantry Food Bank and the parking lot for the Shelton Shop & Hop. "It's been a great ad- venture, learning about the family and seeing the house," Schwander said. We open at 6:30 AM so you can stop in on your way to work. We close at 6:00 PM so you can stop in on your way home. I .=. " City Briefs Final hearing slated for Shelton Hills EIS The Shelton City Commission will have a public heang on its final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the 604-acre Shelton Hills development at 6 p.m. Monday at the Shelten Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St. The 352-page final EIS, released Jan. 30, can be viewed at the Shelton branch of the Timberland Library, the city's community and economic develop- ment office upstairs at the Civic Center, and on the city's website at www.ci.shelton.wa.us. Hall Equities, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., bought the property in 2006. The company's Shelton Hills concept includes a 50-acre business park, 68 acres of commercial property, as many as 1,600 primarily single- family residences, a new school and 10 parks. The highest density plan for Shelton Hills would add about 4,877 residents and 3,546 employees to the site. The full buildout is expected to take 20 years. Most of the public comments on the proposed de- velopment have focused on the development's prox- imity to polluted Goose Lake to the north, its close- ness to the former city landfill south of C street, and the proposed location of an elementary school near the former dump site. The final EIS offers possible mitigation for those concerns. City " commission ponders memorial policy The Shelton City Commission on Monday consid- ered a proposal to regulate temporary and long-term memorials to honor deceased loved ones in the city. The proposed regulations are designed to the "grieving process" of relatives who have lost a loved one, according to the drai document written by Greg Clark, the city's public works director. Residents could contact the city about placing a temporary memorial of 30 days on city property or within a city right of way. The type of memorial, the location and the dura- tion would be agreed up by the city and the family. The commission will address the proposed memo- rial policy at a second reading at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St. Clark stressed that the proposed regulations can be changed. "This is the first draft and it's open to modifica- tions," he said. Clark said the proposed policies were spurred by a temporary memorial that was placed at the corner of First Street and Railroad Avenue in September, and remained until Jan. 10. I_cal business owners were concerned about how long the memorial of flowers, balloons and other items would remain, he said. Under the proposed policies, temporary memori- als could be displayed for up to 30 days. The memori- als could include photos, candles, small writings or signs, plants, flowers, wreaths, ribbons, stuffed- mals, balloons, crosses and religious items, and other objects that can easily be removed. . Long-term memorials such as park bencheswith plaques would follow the guidelines in the city's Met- ropolitan Park District Park and Recreation Depart- ment gi and donation program. Commissioner Mike Olsen said he is concerned about two proposed measures in the policy. One requires that requests from friends for any memo- rial must secure and provide written approval of the family of the deceased. The other requires people to obtain a right-of-way permit from the city for the temporary memorial location. "rm concerned about taking the human touch out of things... I don't want to overreact with bureau- cracy," Olsen said. Clark said the proposed policy is aimed at being sensitive to families who perhaps don't want a me- morial erected for their loved one. Also, the commis- sion can change the proposed policy and waive the right-of-way fee, he said. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks A Family Farm Tradition Greenhouse. Nursery Produce. Seafood. Bark . Soils. Plants . Olympic Mountain Ice Cream 1921 E. Hwy 106, Union WA 98592 (360) 898-2222 (360) 426-2222 www.hunter-farms.com