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History is brought alive in Ennis

Ever since I started working at the paper, I have seen a whole new side of Ennis.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to an Ennis Heritage Society meeting. For those of you that were in the dark like I was, the Ennis Heritage Society is an organization that, according to the mission statement on their website, is “dedicated to preserving the past for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.”

Despite having lived here for about 13 years, I didn’t know much about Ennis’ history and what I did know was learned straight out of a textbook. That’s the beauty of the Ennis Heritage Society; it brings history alive in a way that no book can.

The meeting the group invited me to attend was “Ennis Roadshow” where all group members were encouraged to bring a couple of antiques to have apprised by Larry and Marsha Schaefer. Larry and Marsha share a love for antiques and have both attended an appraisal school.

Over the course of the evening, I learned about everything from how appraisals work to the backgrounds of residents of historical Ennis to the individual histories of each item brought in for appraisal.

The items brought in for appraisal ranged from the normal antiques, such as dishes and vases, to the unusual such as an old fire hose to things I had never even seen before like a hundred year old sheep sheerer or sandwich server.

And for those of you who were wondering a hundred year old sheep sheerer looks like a hair brush with four inch nails coming out of it. Each item had its own unique story and provided a little insight in to how life was a hundred years ago.

My favorite item that night was a watercolor painting titled “Jack’s House”. The painting showed a little cottage located in Ennis in the early 1900s. The painting showed just how much Ennis had changed in the last hundred years.

The event was hosted in one of Ennis’ historical homes. The house had been purchased for $5000 in the early 1900s. The different guests took turns telling stories about the previous owners of the house.

Overall the evening brought the history of Ennis alive in a fun way. The Ennis Heritage Society invites anyone who is interested in the history of Ennis to join.

Emily is an intern for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at emily@ennisdailynews.com.

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