The turnout was not big but enthusiastic bidders at the SOOBS auction have paid for new roofs for two community museums.
The “Save Our Old Buildings” auction on April 21 targeted a specific goal for the Dublin Historical Society – to fund what remained after insurance proceeds of the cost of new roofs at the Historical Museum and the Ben Hogan Museum. The almost $7,500 which was generated did that, with a little extra, as well.
Both of the museums had sustained damage from late winter rains leaking through the old flat roofs which had been patched too many times to count.
Auctioneer Mike Turley and his assistant Joe Horn kept it lively and fun and bidders were clearly enjoying the “friendly” competition. Official “auction helper” Rhonda Williams did an amazing job of staying current with the business end of the event so that tickets were ready by the final drop of the gavel.
Auction items ranged from tickets in the Dr Pepper suite at a Texas Rangers-Angels game to collector items from Dublin Dr Pepper including a 6.5 oz. bottle which was filled on the final day of production at the Dublin plant.
A golf ball signed by the late golfer Payne Stewart fetched a healthy bid, as did the commemorative items which were donated to the auction by the Ben Hogan Foundation.
Also featured were a wide variety of antiques and handcrafted items and many original paintings. Some of the Hogan items were purchased and then donated back to the museum.
More than 100 items were included in the auction.
Historical Society officials were pleased with the outcome of the event, and relieved to know they could enjoy future spring rains without the need to cover displays or mop wet floors.