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Page A-24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 Lm in continued from page A-I tralia, worked as a licenseglasses, personal notes and, in Ions a year to about 40, he said. Pat said she won't miss examiner for the state before one case, $2,600 in cash. "The industry is better than sweating while operating the cleaning is not a top priority." seeking a career change. The "My counter gal set it on the when I started, and to some de- back press on 90-degree days. But Russ, 72, said the cou-Denneys joined two other men counter and said, 'I don't want gree, that has to do with regula- "I like it all," Russ said. "I ple is closing their business be- in purchasing the Pantoriumanything to do with it,'" Russ tions ... the air and the ground enjoy doing what I do. I like cause they want to retire, in 1976; two years later, they said. He added, "I was thank- and what we can do," Russ said. the people. The people are "I'm tired. I'm old ... I don't bought out their partners, ful I had a very honest person." "And the equipment is better." great. That's what we'll miss." want to be here when I'm 80," In the early years, the busi- During their time in busi- Pat said she'll miss the cus- Pat has some parting words he said. ness delivered cleaned cloth- ness, the price of a gallon of tomers and their stories the of wisdom f or everyone. The Denneys own the build- ing to the doors of customers, solvent has risen from about $2 most. "One of our goals was to get ing and aren't sure what they'll Over the years, employees a gallon to $40, Russ said. But "It's like being a bar ten-(our customers) to read the do with it. have pulled forgotten objects the amount of solvent they used der," she said. "We get to know care labels on their clothes," Denney, a native of Cen- out of clothing, including eye- decreased from about 150 gal- a lot about our customers."she said. IS continued from page A-1 All of those artifacts -- some in good condition, some damaged by damp con- ditions -- have to be moved out of the building by Oct. 31. The Historical So- " ciety has found storage for some items but still needs space for much of its col- lection -- from the smallest saltshaker to the largest oat thresher. "We have asked for extended time, but we haven't gotten an answer," said society President Annette McGee. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated that the Port of Shel- ton revert the fairground property to airport use by the end of 2013. The port negotiated an extension, which allowed the Mason Area Fair and OysterFest to take place on the property in 2014. The fairgrounds is scheduled to of- ficially close Nov. 1. "Well have some discussions with the (Port) commission to decide which buildings are removed first," said Port of Shelton Executive Director John Dobson. "There are several of the build- ings that are not structurally sound." While the museum building has a fairly new roof, its structure likely has some dry rot, Dobson said. "We have tried to keep the heat on, keep it dry," he said. Power to the building was not turned on when Historical Society members visited on Oct. 9. Howard, former director of the His- torical Society, began working at the museum in 1988. "The building has always been a dis- play museum ... whereas the museum downtown has been more of a research museum," she said. The fairground building was never open full time. It was opened during events such as the Mason County Fair and OysterFest. Historical Society members said hundreds of people visited the museum during this year's fair and OysterFest. After almost 40 years of use for a few weekends a year, the museum has issues with moisture and mice. A jacket hanging in a display on logging equipment is moldy, and mouse drop- pings sit on some items. A storage container holding addi- tional artifacts has stayed watertight, McGee said, but was recently opened and could have exposed artifacts to moisture. "We've got to be careful," she said. The Historical Society needs a warm, dry location to store the arti- facts until a more permanent location can be found, McGee said. "Our plan is now to hopefully con- struct a heritage museum," McGee said. "It's important for the future gen- eration to know about the history of the area they live in." The Historical Society also has a storage container filled with historical artifacts at the fairgrounds and needs to finda new location for it. On Oct. 7, McGee asked the Ma- son County Board of Commissioners to consider allowing the society to use 10 acres of land near the Mason Coun- ty Public Works building on U.S. High- way 101 to create a public museum and park. McGee again asked the commission Tuesday for a place to store the con- tainer. "At the very least, we can find a lo- cation for the storage container," said Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys. The volunteers hope to find a loca- for a new museum that can be open at least five days a week. McGee said the group does not want to be as- sociated with an event center in the future. "We need land, and we need a build- ing to display the history 365 days a year," she said. "We have to stand alone, or we'll be right back where we are now." The group would prefer a location outside Shelton, Howard said. "The new location would allow us to branch out in the county," she'said. The fairground building does have its upsides, Howard said. The building has no windows. In contrast, the His- torical Society's downtown Shelton mu- seum has windows, and Howard said some historical artifacts on display there now have sun damage. Many of the displays at the museum have personal significance to members of the Historical Society. Ray Kimbel donated a 1928 Chrys- ler Model 62 he bought from his uncle, who owned Kimbel Motors in Shelton. "I bought this from my uncle, and I had it in my basement for about 30 years," he said. "I didn't want anyone to hotrod it." Historical Society board member Steve Bloomfield pointed out a book on the Mason County oyster industry that was written by his great-aunt. "The history of this community is here," he said. While looking for a new home for the fairground building's contents, the His- torical Society is also making improve- ments to its historic downtown build- ing, formerly Shelton's city hall and library, set to turn 100 this year. The Historical Society received a $75,000 grant from The Seattle Founda- tion early this year and in May began a project to renovate the Shelton museum. Renovations include refurbishing original wood paneling and floors, tear- ing up old carpeting, and repairing dry rot and mold. 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