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(from The Calhoun Chronicle, July 17, 2003)

Even after seven years, two months and five days, work is still progressing on the “old lady of Main Street.”

Back in 2003, the comments heard were: “They will never finish that project,” “It is a waste of money,” “Volunteers can’t do anything with that old place.”

Outside repairs have changed the Stump Hotel, which was built in 1885, and donated to the Calhoun Historical Society by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Albert Stump. It has gone from an eyesore, brick columns covered with hideous green paint, a worn roof, no downspout system, an outside stairwell and weeds for a lawn, to a gracious structure that shows promise for the future.

The interior has been stripped to the bare frame and work is progressing, even though it cannot be seen from the street. First, many years of trash was removed, non-loadbearing walls were removed, and photos have been taken to document the history.

Now, it is the time to document progress.

The hotel has been without an interior stairwell for at least 50 years. The second floor could only be accessed from inside by a ladder. This delayed the renovation, but because of grants, donations, professional work and advice from Galaxy Construction, and volunteer labor, the stairwell foundation and temporary stairs are now in place.

The final work will be completed when building supplies are moved to the second floor. This job was accomplished while also working at Heritage Village and Family History Center, and preparing for autumn events of the Historical Society.

Joan Storck, a descendant of A.H. Stump, the proprietor and owner of the hotel, made this comment: “I have no doubt that the stairway will be finished. Whatever the Calhoun Historical Society plans will be done with thorough and diligent planning for the future. It may take longer to accomplish the goals, but it will be a success.”

The Historical Society welcomes guests and new members, and would love to have your interest, donations and labor. Meetings are held at the Family History Center, adjacent to Stump Hotel, on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 8., at 6 p.m.

The answer to the first question is still the same. Stump Hotel . . . Mission Impossible?  No!!!

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