Well, for some of us, it has been a very interesting time lately. Marlands' Grand Home was closed to the public at the end of the day, 2013, to have the floors sanded and refinished. We removed all the furniture, drapes, paintings and such to keep them from being covered with the dust from the sanding machines. The chandeliers were cleaned, one crystal at a time & then covered with a bag to keep them clean. All of the rugs were taken up and sent out for a good cleaning. Then the dust flew! We had a professional group come in and sand all of the first floor which caused a cloud of dust to drift everywhere and cling to the ceilings, walls and anything else that wasn't covered or removed. We had all the large pieces of furniture put in the sun room with the doors closed but the dust still made it in and it all had to be cleaned before putting it back.
The floors were then stained and a sealer applied and then we had to stay off of them until the sealer dried.
While this work was going on we attacked the museum in the basement. Starting in the 101 Ranch Collectors room, every display was gone through. Each item was cleaned, photographed, tagged and entered in the computer. Then the display cabinet was cleaned and the items were put back and rearranged.
After this room was finished we went to the next room which houses items belonging to the city and the 101 Ranch Old Timers. Again everything was cleaned, tagged, photographed and entered in the computer.
The last room to get this same treatment was the 101 Ranch Old Timers room. It took us about a week to get all the rooms processed but it sure looks nice now and everything is cleaned and inventoried.
After all the work in the museum was done it was time to start on the first floor as the floors were ready for us to get back on them. The ceilings, walls and anything too big to remove were all covered with a thick film of dust. We commenced to start with the ceilings and moving on down to the baseboards.
The furniture was all cleaned and put back but the rugs had to wait a week before being placed where they were. The rugs came back from the cleaners and put down on Thursday, January 17, 2014 and after a lot of final preparations Marlands' Grand Home, and our museum, was open to the public again on January 21, 2014.
While all this work was going on we had a contractor come in and inspect the roof. Repairs were made and a number of tiles were replaced.
This project took some time and a lot of work but was well worth it. If you are in the area please take the time to come by and view all the improvements that we have made. I'm sure you will be impressed.
And now I have left the hard part for last, and that is to try to give credit to all those involved with this endeavor.
First of all a hugh amount of credit goes to Barbara Vail, Operations Manager of the Grand Home. She saw to it that everything went as planned. Barbara will be leaving us in a few weeks and I want to thank her for all she has done for the 101 Ranch Old Timers and the 101 Ranch Collectors in caring for and improving our exhibits and for all she has done to improve the Grand Home. Thanks so much Barb.
Then there was Al Stehno, Preside of the 101 Ranch Collectors Assoc. and Charlie Tingley, Vice President of the Collectors. Thanks guys.
And from the Friends of Marlands' Grand Home, a group of guys and gals who donate their time to help keep the Grand Home in good shape, we had Jackie Hunsucker, Rhonda Viveros, Mike Meeks and Tom Myatt.
From the Marland Mansion we had Alice Holmes, Rachel McClelland and Joel Eide.
And from Marlands' Grand Home we had Teddy Rahlf.
Oh, and your editor Joe, was there too and I took a lot of the dirt home with me, just check the ring in my wife's washing machine.
Thank you all for all you did during this dirty process of making Marlands' Grand Home shine. All your help is greatly appreciated.
Well I've bent your ears long enough but wanted to let you know all that has been going on and to give credit where credit was due.
A Visit to Pond Creek
By Joe Glaser
Sometime late last March while working in my shop I received a phone call from Judy Rutt who lives in Nash, Oklahoma. During a rather interesting conversation with Judy she asked if I would give a talk about the 101 Ranch at the Pond Creek library on April 18, 2013. After such an interesting visit on the phone I couldn't refuse. Being as busy as I am and also being absent minded as older folks get April 17 arrived and Judy called and reminded me or our agreement.
Well I gathered what I needed that evening and was ready to head to Pond Creek the next morning. About twenty five people showed up at the library and when everyone was ready I proceeded with my oration of the 101 Ranch. I did not realize the time had went by so quickly but indeed almost three hours had passed by. The audience was very interested in the history of the 101 Ranch and many questions were asked during the talk. Everyone seemed to have a good time with a number of attendees staying over to continue the conversation about the 101 Ranch.