The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 22, 2013

Mystic bank windows to be restored


Kauzlarich explained that the windows were removed from a bank in Mystic, although he wasn’t sure which one it would be. Mystic had two banks during its boom years, Bradley Bank of Mystic and the Mystic Industrial Savings Bank, when coal mining was growing the town by leaps and bounds. Mystic was almost as large as Corydon at one time.

While researching the history of the banks, Eddy used the book “History of Mystic” that was compiled in 1987 by the Mystic Centennial Committee. There are photographs of each of the banks, the outside of the Bradley Bank and the interior of the Industrial Savings Bank. Sadly, the photocopy quality of the pictures makes it difficult to determine which bank would have boasted these lovely windows. If the original photos could be scanned, the answer might be revealed. The society is currently looking for any information about who may have the original photos.

Regardless of which bank owned the windows, they represent a time in Mystic that was busy and prosperous, when Mystic had doctors, dentists, pharmacies, clothing stores, cafes, hardware, lumber yards, grocery stores, a theater, a jewelry store, hotels, a skating rink, a newspaper and the Dreamland Ballroom, where Lawrence Welk once played. The museum is anxious to tell Mystic’s story, beyond the coal mines, and these windows will help illustrate it.

Historical Society Board member Debbie Robinson is leading the effort to restore the windows. After the renovations of 2012, spending by the Historical Society has slowed down and the board agreed to restore the windows, but it must be done by fund raising and grants to cover the restoration costs. Just the cost of restoring the glass will be $3,400, and that doesn’t include framing and installation of the windows in an exhibit.

There are several ideas to raise funds for the project. The first was a raffle of an art piece that Robinson and fellow board member, Dana Moritz, created which raised more than $200. A rummage sale is planned for Saturday, May 4, at the museum. The parking lot will be saved for parking, but the tables will wrap around the building on the south, east and north sides. No artifacts from the museum will be in the sale. Only items donated to the society will be sold.

If anyone has items they would like to donate to the rummage sale, bring them by the museum from now until May 3, when there will be storage room for the items.



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