Unclear property had been sold
Charlene Sudbrink, who became chair of the society after last month’s election of officers, said it was unclear at the 2010 meeting whether the property had in fact been sold. The rumour stated that Fred Hiscock, who had been the chair up until the March 25 meeting, had sold the property to his two sons, Robert and Wade. Fred Hiscock did not attend the March 25 meeting.
“ The citizens were concerned about the building and wondered if that was the truth, because basically it’s a community building,” said Sudbrink.
To clear up matters, the society sent a letter to Fred Hiscock on April 12 asking for bank statements, meeting minutes, and other documents relating to the Freshwater Heritage Society. The society waited 30 days and received no response. After retaining the services of a lawyer, the society received a bill of sale stating that Fred Hiscock had sold the building to his sons on March 16, 2010, for $200.
Sudbrink contends that the rest of the heritage society had nothing to do with the sale.
Sudbrink said items belonging to the society were left stored inside the building. Since its sale, Sudbrink said the historical integrity of the building has been compromised due to the installation of new windows.
The society had plans for the building, according to Sudbrink, with hopes of using it to store artifacts and records relating to genealogy.
“ We’d like to have our building, which would make things much easier for having meetings.”
Mount Pearl lawyer William Kennedy is representing the society in the case, and no renovations can be done on the Orange Lodge as the court case continues.
The society has been holding fundraisers to cover legal costs for the case.
Fred Hiscock declined a request to be interviewed.
The Freshwater Orange Lodge got its start in a different building in 1899 under Master Joseph Broderick.