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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church repairs underway

Restoration work has begun on St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bonne Terre and it’s in the process of receiving a facelift.

Bonne Terre Historical Society President Julie Hahn said work started on the church a week ago to clean and seal the exterior.

“They have the scaffolding up and have been working on it,” Hahn said. “It seems to be going really well and hopefully it will take care of the outside of the building. It will make it lighter and back to the original color.”

Hahn said the building, located on Main Street, had darkened over the years, so when the work is complete the stone will be restored to its original color.

Scaffolding can be seen around St. Peter’s Episcopal Church while the stone is cleaned and sealed.

Scaffolding can be seen around St. Peter’s Episcopal Church while the stone is cleaned and sealed.

Bonne Terre City Administrator Jim Eaton said things are moving along all thanks to Dwayne Franklin, who made a donation to help repair the exterior of the building and put a water reserve on it.

“It’s enough money that it is a nice contribution,” said Eaton. “There hasn’t been any maintenance in years and arrangements were made with Eddings Masonry to replace some of the blocks. They have already started working.”

Hahn added they will have a yard sale on July 6 at the church to help raise money to make the necessary repairs to the windows and things in the interior of the building. She said the building definitely needs new windows since they were damaged.

A fundraiser yard sale will be held at the church July 6 to help raise ot money to make interior repairs at the church.

A fundraiser yard sale will be held at the church July 6 to help raise ot money to make interior repairs at the church.

“This will always be an ongoing project, to continually maintain the church,” Hahn said. “Once the outside is sealed, they will put wire up around the belfry to keep the birds and other critters out of there. Then we will work on the plaster behind the altar on the interior of the building. Things are really starting to move along and I think it is all going really well.”

The church was deeded to the city after Eaton became involved in trying to track down the right people. There was a provision in the deed that if it isn’t used as an episcopal church, it goes back to Bonne Terre Farming and Cattle Company. The Bonne Terre Farming and Cattle Company no longer exists and they were able to work around that with Doe Run Company ultimately signing the deed over to the city.

Hahn said they are accepting donations for the yard sale. They aren’t taking any clothing but are happy to accept any other items.

“I can meet them at the church and will welcome the donations,” Hahn said. “We have quite of few things so far. The different ladies have been bringing things in and I think it will be a fairly large yard sale. We are doing pretty well, but can always use more items to help raise the funds needed.”

The Bonne Terre Historical Society will host the fundraiser yard sale on July 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If anyone would like to make a donation for the yard sale or have historical information for a second edition of the Bonne Terre History book, they can contact Julie Hahn at 573-631-9543.

She said they also still have the “Bonne Terre, Missouri History and Families, Sesquicentennial Edition” history book for sale at a discounted rate of $49.95 while supplies last. The first edition was sold for $65 in 2014. It took three years for them to compile the 300-plus stories featured in the book.

Hahn said they sold out of those and ordered more since they were so popular. 

“They have gone really well and sold out of the first order, so we ordered more,” Hahn said. “We have more on hand if anyone is interested. They are on sale at Bonne Terre City Hall. We are still trying to gather information for a second book to see if there is enough interest.”

For those interested in the “Bonne Terre, Missouri History and Families, Sesquicentennial Edition,” it features a historical timeline of Bonne Terre from the 1800s through today, including histories of hundreds of Bonne Terre area families.

The Bonne Terre Historical Society is still selling copies of the

The Bonne Terre Historical Society is still selling copies of the “Bonne Terre, Missouri History and Families, Sesquicentennial Edition.”

The book also features more than 500 historic, many never before published photographs of life in Bonne Terre. They include businesses, buildings and homes, churches, schools, families, organizations and more.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is receiving some long overdue work on the exterior of the historic building.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is receiving some long overdue work on the exterior of the historic building.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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