In the handmade tradition. One at a time. Just for you.
Liberty gets a Make-over,
September 12th through 21st, 2005
If you've never worked on a building that is 108 years old, you are in for a treat.
It takes three times as long to paint an old building as you would think. A few tubes
of caulk, forget about it, try three cases, a dozen to a box. Then there are the nails
sticking out of the wood for no reason, bunches of them, especially ten feet above
the highest point of scaffold. Wow, we've been on this job four days, and it will
likely take four more to finish.
The men on the paint job are Sonny Dickey, Jim Coster, Bob Dixon, and
Bruce Dickey. The first day saw 350 gallons of water consumed as Sonny and
Bruce pressure washed the outside of the building. Lot's and lots of dirt and
cobwebs disappeared down the wall to the ground.
Then, the second day scraping and priming began. Lead dust is a problem with
old paint layers, yikes. Sonny did a lot of scraping as I primed. Another thing
Sonny did was reinstall the windows so the pressure washing would not penetrate
the window openings. Then the second morning he dumped 300 gallons of water
on the dusty road out in front. That guy is brilliant, it really worked. Also, when
drivers saw the paint cans lining the roadway, they courteously slowed down.
On Day three Bob and Jim joined us, so things really sped up to turtle speed
from snail speed. Did I mention this job just eats the time on these old buildings? It
does. Everyone gets tired of climbing scaffolds and ladders and hauling paint,
caulk, and rollers and buckets up and down. The weather has cooperated very
nicely, Fall is in the air and even the two day delay due to rain, fell just right. No
more dusty road. Cool temps and dry weather helped put us on track for timely
The photographs tell it all. Thanks Sonny for leading the charge to restore
Liberty to it's beautiful self, once again. Thanks to Bruce, Bob and Jim too, for
hanging in there to get it done. Liberty / Mountain Grove School stands tall and
proud, a tribute to yesteryear.
The earliest information to it's existence came last year, May 2005. A Souvenir of
Mt. Grove School from 1897, later called Liberty, brought by Lila King, showed
the date of one class as 1897-1898. What a wonderful momento of most likely the
first year of the new school.
|Bruce (left) and Sonny playing hooky from their real jobs to do a
little volunteer work on Liberty School.
The building now serves for funerals and the annual potluck at
You are invited to the next potluck, third Sunday in May, gathering at
I bet if I let my sideburns grow out, you could tell we were cousins.
|Sonny finally tried painting with a roller. Jim Coster is using
the Tom Sawyer method, unconvinced of the new
technology. But as you can see, results are all that
matter. Thanks Sonny and Jim for all the hard work. It
|This is Bob Dixon. Bob has family connections to
the school and cemetery. He serves as a trustee
to the cemetery and is also a Board Member on the
Western Yell County School Board.
|Break time, Jim and Sonny resting
before heading back to the task at hand.
|Head Trustee, Sonny Dickey, pauses for a photo op during paint
restoration of the exterior of Liberty School. He actually attended school
here. His teacher was Katherine Eikleberry Rogers.
Our grandmother, Savannah Dickie, a midwife, helped deliver her. The
Eikleberry family lived in a tent on the North Rim of Huckleberry Mountain at
the time Katherine was born.
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|This pic is after day four. The top peak is done, the lower two thirds of the
front are primed and awaiting two coats of finish. The materials used are as
follows: Apex Siliconized Latex Caulk White 25 year, Kilz Premium White
Exterior Primer, Lowe's Severe Weather Semi-Gloss Exterior House Paint
|Bob Dixon catching a few moments of rest.