Friday 13th was a GOOD day for the Ranger Historical Preservation Society. Phone rang at 9:19 AM and the voice on the other end said – “is this the historical society?” Of course the answer was yes – then “do you own those two buildings on Austin Street…what do you plan to do with them…?”
Needless to say I was shocked when the caller asked what we would take for them. I explained that sometime ago the Society voted that if we could find someone who would save them and keep the historical value, we would deed them over. He asked when we could get together and I said our meeting is Monday night. The caller, Chad Cunningham, said “I’ll be there”.
On Monday evening Chad and his parents, Ranger’s retired dentist Dr. Larry Cunningham and wife Glinda, were there. Although his parents are not part of the project, they are interested in Ranger and just came to observe our meeting. The two buildings were on the Agenda. We explained that they were actually donated to the Society several years ago, the Theater building by the family of Electra Pierson, the Cleaners building by Charles Arnett. Cost to restore was much more than funding available for the project. So the condition has just gotten worse. After much discussion and questions from everyone, the Society voted unanimously to deed the two buildings to Chad with only one stipulation – that he will make sure the fronts keep the original architecture therefore keeping the historical value.
Progress Update: As can be seen by the photos taken Monday November 30th, both buildings have been cleaned out and inside work can now begin. Thanks to everyone working for this FORWARD venture in Ranger!
Submitted by Jeane Pruett,
Ranger Historical Preservation President