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Somebody should do something!Posted Friday, July 17, 2009, at 5:36 PM
For the second time in little more than a year, Marshall has lost a historic building.
Thursday, July 16, it was one of the oldest homes in Marshall, located on E. Eastwood St., in what was once the most expensive neighborhood in town. In late February 2008, it was the 1850s Obannon home on U.S. Highway 65 north of the city.
In each case, word that the building was at risk did not become public until the last minute, too late to save either of them from destruction.
The public outcry following the two demolitions was considerable, and usually expressed in these terms:
"Somebody should do something!"
Yes, exactly. Somebody should do something.
At some point between the destruction of the Obannon home in February 2008 and the Eastwood property this week, there was plenty of time to do "something." Plenty of time to organize a group of interested people who could have done some research on the city's older homes and buildings. Plenty of time for the same interested people to investigate the condition of those buildings and begin to build a plan to preserve them for the future. Plenty of time to ensure that another historic building would not meet the same fate as these two homes.
Yes. There was plenty of time for somebody to do something.
Unfortunately, nobody did.
Saga unfolds of how Eastwood house met its fate:
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Kathy Fairchild received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1986 from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She is also a 2003 graduate of the paralegal program at New York University. She moved to Marshall in 2006, following a career of more than 30 years with the world's largest farm equipment manufacturer. She is an Air Force brat and grandmother of four.