Say goodbye to a well-known landmark that has been in Christopher Creek for almost 60 years. Tuesday at 10 a.m. the crews began the demolition of the Landmark. There was a lot of reminiscing by onlookers as we waited for the first blow. Owner Gary Weirlinger got to climb in the Bobcat and take down the first part of the building.
As we all stood around and watched, Jim and Pat Oliver were talking about the place back in the 1960s. As we watched the Bobcat enter the building our first response was there have been a lot of animals in that building but never a bobcat.
Jim remembered the time a wing-tailed cat got in the storage room and no one wanted to get it out. He said he wasn't going to because if it sounded like that, what in the world was it going to look like. He could not remember who finally got it out.
I remember when Heber White owned the Landmark there was once a goat inside the bar, although I am not sure where it came from. Looking back, I think maybe Al Dale or John Rockwell better known as "Woodcutter John," had a goat that walked around with a bell attached to its neck.
Rick Schantz said he can remember Lejay Milan trying to ride his horse Buck in the bar some years past. Buck would not go, but C.M. Scott got his horse to go inside.
All in all there were a lot of live animals that entered that establishment over the years, but this is the first time a Bobcat was inside the building demolishing it.
We all watched as the front facade came down and the demolition crew began clean up.
Rick Schantz said the first time his daughter Bobby Joe saw the front she said it reminded her of Toon Town. The owners at that time were not happy with their business being called Toon Town.
Residents are waiting patiently for the revival of the bar. The bar still remains and hopefully will re-open soon. Then residents can kick up their heels and have a good time as they did in year's past and make new memories.
Give blood. Be a hero and donate a pint from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 24 at the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department. There will also be free blood pressure checking for those who need it.
Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department is now accepting applications for volunteers. Training is every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and every third Saturday at 9 a.m. at station 51. Come out and be a part of this dedicated fire department.
The fire danger is extreme, so be careful when outside.
Thanks to Chuck and Karen Schmidt who donated a new flag to the fire department.
Marlys Szczepanski will be celebrating her birthday on May 4. Pat Guevara will be adding another candle to her birthday cake on May 5. Pat McCollum will be celebrating on May 8 and Nancy Ashby will add another candle on May 10. Wishing all of you a happy birthday.