History worth saving

REPUBLIC — Some good things are going on in Republic, a member of the historical society says.

Donna Hudacek, who has been a member of Scipio Republic Area Historical Society for about 15 years, said Republic has some wonderful businesses, and people want to build on that.

One effort is to revive the town hall.

“We think it’s worth (saving),” Hudacek said.

Trampas Ferguson, part of Reviving Republic, lives in Cleveland. He visits and catches up when he comes home. He said he didn’t believe the community had dissipated.

He said he thinks the community still exists and has changed, and he questioned what people can do to revive the community if it needs revived.

“There is so much history (at the town hall),” he said.

The last time work was done on the town hall was in 1976. Hudacek said a lot of the community came in, painted and cleaned.

Hudacek said officials see there could be a lot of things going on at the town hall, which used to be a real center for a lot of activities years ago, and she thinks Republic could be a place for shows.

“This was built in 1884. … Officially, this belongs to the (Scipio) Township trustees,” she said.

The building has been hosting movies, and Paul Jones, a retired teacher, has helped.

Hudacek said there used to be dances in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town hall previously was a voting location and hosted Republic High School graduation ceremonies, sporting events and a mass funeral after a Baltimore & Ohio train wreck in 1887.

It needs a purpose again, Hudacek said.

“It could be a great building,” she said.

The group is seeking to raise money and have a structural analysis completed at the end of the summer. People believe the building to be in good shape, Ferguson said.

“We need that official analysis done,” he said.

Several events are planned in the village.

A block party is being planned by Legion Riders for Aug. 3.

Registration for the poker run is 9:30-10:30 a.m., with vehicles leaving at 10:45 a.m. and returning between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Kevin Thompson, a member of Republic Village Council and Republic Legion Post 404, said a disc jockey is to play until about 8:30 p.m., and a band will start around 9 p.m.

Scipio-Republic Fire Department is to have a fish fry, and Thompson said he is looking for children’s activities.

Proceeds from the block party are to benefit Wreaths Across America and the placing of wreaths on veterans’ gravesites at Christmas.

Reviving Republic is seeking to put together a town hall selfie, with people wearing Republic T-shirts, at 6 p.m. during the block party. It also is hosting a Paint and Pour event at 2 p.m. at the town hall.

Scipio Republic Area Historical Society is having the first Town Hall Trot, a 5K run and walk to end at the town hall Aug. 17 to support the restoration.

Check-in is 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. The 5K run registration is $25, and the 1-mile walk is $20.

A T-shirt is included with each registration, or one may be purchased for $12.

Fall in Love with Republic is planned for about 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5.

The historical society is to have activities, such as making apple butter and log cabin tours at the park, and Republic Knights of Columbus is to make barbecue chicken dinners.

Reviving Republic has been working on a tour at Farewell Retreat Cemetery, and other groups and businesses in the community are invited to participate.