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Mar. 23, 2013
Questers Give Caboose Vintage Coal Stove
The Santa Fe caboose on display at the Bartlesville Depot, Bartlesville, OK, has been equipped with a vintage coal stove thanks to substantial financial donation from the Ruby Darby chapter of the Questers. Chapter members (from left) Becky Liehr, Dayna McCoy and Maureen Forsythe examine the Estate Coal Stove that is identical to the one originally installed in the 1948 caboose. The stove was obtained from a collector near Topeka, KS, by the Locomotive No. 940 volunteer team, which has been restoring the caboose. Timmons Sheet Metal fabricated and donated the custom stove pipe, and Kathi Swanson Insurance provided an authentic “conductor’s chair” to help furnish the car. Exterior restoration of the caboose is nearly complete and interior renovation is expected to be done by summer.
Stoney Creek #203 Questers of Rochester was awarded a Preservation and Restoration Grant at the Questers International Convention in Grand Rapids. To the left: Janice Caloia (left) and Joann Mulso, president of Stoney Creek #203 Questers, with Grant check
The grant, along with money raised from the Chapter, will repair a large terracotta urn in the Renaissance Majolica style located at Meadow Brook Hall. This is the fourth Quester grant Stoney Creek #203 has received to assist Meadow Brook Hall in various restoration projects. Questers International awarded 35 grants this year totaling over $109,000 for Preservation and Restoration projects at historic properties throughout the United States. Stoney Creek #203 was one of two Michigan Questers Chapters to receive a grant.
The Questers is an international nonprofit organization which encourages an appreciation for antiques and supports the preservation and restoration of historic landmarks.
Stoney Creek #203 was formed April 1965 and is the oldest of five Rochester area Quester chapters. They currently have 18 members, many of whom have been members for 20 to 25 years. For most of those 50 years, they have been sharing their love of antiques with the Rochester community by placing items from their members’ collections in a display case at the Rochester Hills Public Library each month.
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Volunteers carry a restored antique couch into the McCown-Mangum house in the West Point on the Eno park in Durham. The Orange Factory Quester Chapter was awarded a grant of $1,738 to use in their restoration work at the house. Quester members received the grant from North Carolina state president, Jan Richmond, during a fund-raiser luncheon at a members home where another $2,470 was raised. To date four valuable antiques have been restored and more work is being evaluated as part of their commitment to this Durham landmark. Questers is a not-for-profit International organization founded in 1944 to promote historical preservation and art conservation. It has hundreds of chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
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The Keokuk Union Depot Commission and Foundation are another step closer to their goal of renovating a historic Keokuk landmark, thanks to a $14,500 check from two local Questers International chapters.
On May 13, the Maw-Waiquois and Kalawequois chapters of Questers presented the depot group with a $6,000 grant, plus $8,500 raised during an art and antique auction in September 2013.
“The depot commission and foundation are overwhelmed by the generosity of both Questers groups,” said Debbie Marion, commission chair. “Their initiative in helping us save this grand old lady is just amazing to me.”
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The Kit-Han-Ne Chapter of The International Questers has generously donated $1500 toward the Butler County Historical Society’s acquisition of the Austin American Car Company’s prototype of the Austin C Cab Van. They raised these funds through their 14th Annual Antique and Craft Fair-“Antiquing along the Allegheny” in September of 2013. The Kit-An-Ne Club also was successful in applying to the Pennsylvania State Questers and the International Questers for matching funds grants, bringing the total donation to $3,000.
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