His­toric House be­comes home to Mar­shall en­gine

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SHEL­TERED: The early 1900s Mar­shall steam en­gine had reached its final home at His­toric House. In those days the so­ci­ety could af­ford only the most ba­sic shel­ter, as the photo shows. About 1986 a mem­ber of the Bi­cen­ten­nial Com­mit­tee was in town work­ing with the Mur­weh Shire on projects for the forth­com­ing 1988 cel­e­bra­tions. The late Doug Weare was pres­i­dent and Ge­orge Balsillie was VP when the rep ap­proached the so­ci­ety about a spe­cial project of its own. He sug­gested that hous­ing the Mar­shall and a 1925 Den­nis Fire En­gine, which had also been do­nated to the mu­seum, would pro­tect these two im­por­tant pieces of ma­chin­ery. Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion, restora­tion got un­der­way.

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