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Cook’s Settlement Society has annual bake sale

Libertyville, Missouri–The Cook’s Settlement Restoration Society announces completion of the roof replacement project, and the Annual Country Coffee & Bake Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church that is being restored.

This fund-raising event will provide funding for additional repairs of the building, as well as lawn maintenance and electricity. Questions regarding this event may be directed to any member of the Board of Directors.

Many individuals and organizations have made generous donations to the project. Without that generosity, the old building was surely doomed, board members say.

Special thanks are directed to the St. Francois County Historical Society, to the Libertyville 4-H Club, the Missouri 4-H foundation & the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee, and to the Blanton-Kinkead Reunion Fund.

There have been many, many others who have contributed to the effort. Board members said they are very grateful for all these efforts.

The organization held a fruit cake sale in the autumn of 2002 and will have another in October or November.

The Board also recognized the large amount of time and monies expended by Mr. L.M. (Max) Graham of the Libertyville community. Mr. Graham has diligently overseen the roof restoration and has personally restored the bell tower. His voluntary service is commendable.

The Farmington FFA Chapter, under the direction of Mr. Kenny Graham, has begun a project to build new shutters for the building, with Cook’s Settlement funding for supplies. The Cook’s Settlement organization is very appreciative of this group of hard-working youth, which base some of their recreational activities in our community. The existing shutters were made and installed by Mr. John Lewis, a former resident of our community, probably in the mid to late 1970’s.

Board members hope people will drop by the old church to see the work that has been accomplished with community support. They also invite past members of the organization, and anyone who would like to join, to attend and participate in Board meetings. These meetings are conducted on the first Monday of each month, April through December, 6:30 p.m., at the old church.

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