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PC Council receives HPC donation

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Members of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen received a donation from representatives from Historic Pierce City during the September meeting.

Gerald Malan and Betty Bierkortte, of Historic Pierce City, presented a check to aldermen in the amount of $1,000 to be used for maintenance and enhancement of the Frisco caboose and historic marker sign, donated earlier in the year by the organization.

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 manufacturing, a pottery factory, a brewery, a feed and flour mill, strawberries, buggies and local agriculture.

The historic marker will also detail the various ethnic populations that called Pierce City home, as well as early 20th century industries, 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 national model to other disaster-stricken communities.

Malan said a majority of the funds in the treasury had come from sales of a book compiled by members of HPC, which outlined the recovery efforts of the city following the May 4, 2003 tornado. The book, "One Year," was compiled by members of HPC, with contributions from the community.

"I would just like to say, Richard Reed did a lot to get the book done," Malan said, "and no one was more faithful than [the late] Mary Ann Garrison."

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