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Historic Pierce City proposes setting marker

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

While members of Historic Pierce City (HPC) are debating on whether to dissolve the organization, the question remains on what to do with the ap-proximate $6,500 in the treasury.

Gerry Malan, chairman of HPC, proposed having a historic marker made to reflect the rich heritage of the Pierce City community.The marker, which will be placed near the caboose next to city hall, outlines when the city was founded, its early commerce, which included lime manufactur-ing, a pottery factory, a brewery, a feed and flour mill, strawberries, buggies and local agriculture.

The marker will also detail the various ethnic populations that called Pierce City home, as well as early 20th century indus-tries, businesses and prominent leaders.

The marker briefly mentions the May 4, 2003, tornado that devastated the historic downtown district and the rebuilding efforts that have served as a na-tional model to other disas-ter-stricken communities.

The historic marker will cost approximately $3,500, leaving about $3,000 in the treasury.

"We have debated whether we can get new members to take an active interest in HPC and assume board positions," said Murray Bishoff, HPC spokesman. "We have five people who are resigning their board positions and if the organization is to sur-vive, we will need to re-charter and get some active members on board."

Those resigning their board seats include Jay and Betty Bierkortte, Betty and Carroll Jarvis and Malan.

If the re-organization effort fails, Bishoff said members have debated do-nating the rest of the funds to the Pierce City Cemetery Association or another not-for-profit entity.

Those interested in reviving HPC may call Bishoff at 476-5408.

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