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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke ClaytonThere was a time back when I was in my twenties and thirties that I thought I would be hanging…
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Polk County News

Cypress logs donated for cabin

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Twenty-two cypress logs from some acreage along the Trinity River bottom were recently donated to the Polk County Heritage Society in conjunction with the restoration of the Jonas Davis log cabin at Heritage Park.

David Parker, a longtime resident of Dayton, generously made the donation from his property on the edge Dayton.
“He has been tremendous. He’s just an amazing man. He does so much for Dayton for the betterment of the community. He loves log cabins,” Patrick Swilley, a member of the Polk County Heritage Society, said of Parker.

Swilley and Gary Davis, a member of the Polk County Historical Commission, made several trips to Parker’s property along the Trinity River bottom to retrieve the cypress logs and haul them to Livingston.

Tree-trimming and limb removal earlier this summer kicked off the multi-step project at Heritage Park. Located in the 500 block of West Church Street, Heritage Park is home to the W.T. Carter and Bro. Locomotive No. 5, the Jonas Davis log cabin and the Heritage House.

Resurrection fern had taken over the roof of the cabin, deteriorating it, and the heritage society had been raising funds for its replacement and repair. A recent gift of $35,000 from The Smith Family Foundation enabled the project to commence. Heritage Park is maintained by the Polk County Heritage Society.

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Repairs underway in Livingston's Heritage Park

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The much-needed repairs are finally underway at the Jonas Davis Log Cabin in Livingston’s Heritage Park. Located in the 500 block of West Church Street, Heritage Park is home to the W.T. Carter and Bro. Locomotive No. 5, the Jonas Davis Log Cabin and the Heritage House. A multi-step project is underway at the park in which the roof of the cabin—which had been taken over by resurrection fern—will be replaced and other repairs made. Heritage Park is maintained by the Polk County Heritage Society. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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Livingston Home Burglarized

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HOME BURGLARIZED - Numerous units from the Livingston Police Department responded to a home in the 1200 block of Brinwood Place that was burglarized Monday afternoon. The homeowners returned home to discover a suspect taking weapons from the residence. The suspect fled on foot and has not been apprehended. All of the weapons were recovered near the scene. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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Goodrich ISD postpones classes one week

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Goodrich ISD students will start school one week later than originally planned following action taken by the Board of Trustees during an emergency called meeting Saturday.

The decision comes after several employees have tested positive for Covid-19.

As of Monday morning, eight employees have been confirmed positive for the virus, according to school sources, with some among that number including administrators.

The 2021-22 school year is now set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 25, while an open house is scheduled for the Monday two days before.

The school district will interview four candidates for its superintendent position and could have a lone finalist named as early as Thursday at a regular board meeting. Once that person is named, state law requires a 21-day waiting period until he or she could be hired.

Goodrich ISD is strongly recommending all staff, students and parents who enter the campus to wear masks. They also encourage those who are sick to remain at home.

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Heritage Park Cabin repairs to begin soon

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RESTORING OUR HERITAGE The Jonas Davis Log Cabin in Heritage Park is the beneficiary of a $35,000 gift from The Smith Family Foundation given to the Polk County Heritage Society to repair and refurbish the roof of the cabin which has been taken over by resurrection fern. (l-r) Livingston City Manager Bill S. Wiggins; Heritage Society Member Molly Anderson; Robert Smith, representing The Smith Family Foundation; Samantha Legg, Smith’s personal assistant; Heritage Society Member Patrick Swilley; and Heritage Society Member Ruth Hollenbeck. Not pictured: Fred M. Smith, representing The Smith Family Foundation. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten RESTORING OUR HERITAGE The Jonas Davis Log Cabin in Heritage Park is the beneficiary of a $35,000 gift from The Smith Family Foundation given to the Polk County Heritage Society to repair and refurbish the roof of the cabin which has been taken over by resurrection fern. (l-r) Livingston City Manager Bill S. Wiggins; Heritage Society Member Molly Anderson; Robert Smith, representing The Smith Family Foundation; Samantha Legg, Smith’s personal assistant; Heritage Society Member Patrick Swilley; and Heritage Society Member Ruth Hollenbeck. Not pictured: Fred M. Smith, representing The Smith Family Foundation. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

 

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The Jonas Davis Cabin in Heritage Park is about to undergo a substantial facelift thanks to the generosity of The Smith Family Foundation.

“Mom and Dad put together this foundation way back in the 90s because they loved education, culture, art, churches and they wanted to make sure that the people in the community would have these things,” Robert Smith said, referring to his parents, Sidney and Edythe Ann Smith, who formed The Smith Family Foundation.

“I’ve been in construction for 35 or 40 years and I thought this would be a good project to be associated with. I saw their GoFundMe page and I knew they needed about $35,000. I called Molly (Anderson) and sat down with her and Bruce (Anderson) and Ruth (Hollenbeck) and found out what their plans were,” Smith said, adding, “I think Mom and Dad would want to fund this project.”

Robert and his brother, Fred, are co-trustees of The Smith Family Foundation.

Located in the 500 block of West Church Street, Heritage Park is home to the Jonas Davis Log Cabin, the W.T. Carter and Bro. Locomotive No. 5 and Heritage House, a restored Victorian home. The park and its attractions are owned, operated and maintained by the Polk County Heritage Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In recent years the cabin has fallen into disarray, primarily due to the deterioration of its roof which has been taken over by resurrection fern.

The Heritage Society has been attempting to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the cabin, even attempting to crowdfund through an account on GoFundMe, an online fundraising platform.

Earlier this summer, Dandy Bergman did some tree-trimming and limb removal, marking the beginning of a multi-step project at the park in which the roof of the cabin will be replaced.

Heritage Society Members Molly Anderson and Ruth Hollenbeck are overseeing the project and George Harrell and Patrick Swilley are the project managers.

This is a welcome opportunity for the Heritage Society as both the cabin and the train are popular attractions at Heritage Park to local school children, history buffs young and old and visitors passing through.

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