Page 1 of 2By I-O Editor, Buck Traxler
On Jan. 9, 1958 a Conrad landmark, the town clock mounted on Production Credit Association building at the corner of Main St. and 4th Ave. was taken down.
The original clock was purchased for $1,800 in 1910 when the First National Bank building went up.
In 1939 the Conrad Production Credit Association (PCA) moved into the building and kept the old clock running.
Nevertheless, time and elements took their toll and a hail storm in August of 1958 damaged the clock.
Despite attempts to fix the clock, it didn’t work and no longer kept accurate time. The relic time piece was hauled down and went to the farm of Steve Preputin.
Through the effort of many dedicated folks, the original timepiece has been restored and Thursday afternoon, it was once again hung in its original place. History has come back alive!
Thursday when the first section of the clock was installed, a crowd who had gathered to watch cheered, whistled and yelled their approval.
The clock weighs in at over 500 pounds and a core of 15 volunteers spent over 1,200 hours restoring a big part of Conrad’s history. There are over 660 pieces of glass on the four sides of the clock which is some 12-feet high.
Technology can be a wonderful thing and today, the clock has been wired so that it can be programmed to change time from a keyboard at the Wiegand Auditorium/Orpheum Theatre. It can also be programmed to play seasonal music.
Following is a schedule of events for the Centennial Celebration.
On Friday, the opening ceremony takes place at the corner of 4th Ave. and Main St. with a formal dedication of the clock, from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
The Shooting Sport Club is having a pulled pork dinner with two sides and dessert at the Meadowlark School, 17 3rd SW from 5-7 p.m. The dinner is only $5 and proceeds go to the Shooting Sports Club.
Bingo will be played at the Horizon Lodge from 7-9 p.m. and at the other side of town, from 8-9 p.m. in Norley Hall, the Pondera History Association will have a special Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres and great piano music by Bernice Paisley who will be wearing an original, we are told, “flapper” dress.
From 9-midnight, there will be 100 of music and dance. It is $15 a single and $20 per couple and everyone is asked to dress up in a decade garb of their choice.
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