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Dacy Christmas ornament now on sale

Monday, November 26, 2012

This year's Christmas ornament, offered by the Dacy Foundation, features the Lawrence County Bank. The acrylic ornament sells for $6 and is available at First State Bank and City Hall in Pierce City. This is the 10th ornament in a series highlighting the historic landmarks of Pierce City. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
The Dacy Foundation now has its 2012 Christmas ornament, the 10th in a series, featuring the Lawrence County Bank, on sale at First State Bank and City Hall in Pierce City. Cost of the ornament is $6.

The Lawrence County Bank was built in 1892 Jerome B. Legg, a St. Louis architect. Legg designed the building in late Victorian Romanesque style. The use of rusticated limestone blocks and round arched windows are typical of the late 19th century architectural style.

When the bank closed in 1924, the first floor lobby was used for other commercial purposes.

The fundraiser, a long-term project highlighting historic landmarks of Pierce City, was started following the 2003 tornado that devastated much of the downtown area. Project originators, Melonie and the late Chuck Roberts, designed the first two ornaments in the series, which featured the historic bandstand and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Subsequent ornaments have been designed by local graphic designer Richard Reed, of Pierce City. They have included the historic National Guard Armory, the train depot, Harold Bell Wright Museum, the 1922 Pierce City High School, the historic Baptist Church on Elm Street, the Frisco caboose and the Windsor Hotel.

Funds from ornament sales have benefitted a number of Dacy Foundation charities, including the organization's annual Christmas project, food drives and the Dacy Scholarship Fund at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Board members are also hoping to establish a scholarship for graduating seniors at Pierce City High School.

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