Save the depot!
Michael Hoke, member of the Friends of the Orange Depot, spoke during the Orange County Historical Society meeting Tuesday evening concerning goals to restore the station.
Hoke said an anonymous donor recently purchased and donated 2/3 of the lot next to the train station to the non-profit organization.
“We know we are going to restore it,” Hoke said. “We could not have done it without Carrie and Ron Woliver.”
Carrie Woliver, formerly of Orange, wrote a book titled The Train Stopped in Orange which features a picture of the station on the cover. A book based on the 1917 diaries of her grandparents, Will and Pearl Joiner.
The Joiners lived one block from the Southern Pacific Train Depot in 1917, which was always teeming with activity when the train stopped in Orange.
In December 2012, Woliver and her husband traveled to Orange for a book-signing event and saw the condition of the depot.
The Wolivers founded the Friends of the Orange Depot, non-profit organization, for the purpose of raising funds for restoration to the depot as well as operating costs once the work is completed.
A historical analysis is underway to determine the age and era of furniture in the building.
“There is a rumor the benches are from Anderson School,” Hoke said. “That is something we are checking.”
Hoke said his main purpose for getting involved with the organization is to stop the deterioration of the depot.
“We are going to restore it,” Hoke said as he discussed the current fundraising efforts.
Fundraising goal for the restoration and subsequent operations expenses has been set at $600,000. An account has been established at First Financial Bank in Orange for donations.
To arrange a representative of the Friends of the Orange Depot to speak at an organizational meeting send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
To become a volunteer go to http://www.friendsoftheorangedepot.org/website/volunteer.aspx
Save the depot!
- Our Community
Lutcher Theater Service Guild to host annual membership drive
As the Lutcher Theater prepares for its 2014-2015, 35th Anniversary Celebration Season, the Lutcher Theater Service Guild is seeking individuals interested in volunteering their time and talents to help promote and support the Lutcher Theater and the arts in our community.
‘Fill the Bus’ school supply drive is Saturday
“Fill the Bus” is this Saturday at Vidor WalMart. The big yellow Vidor ISD bus will be in wait beginning at 8 a.m. for you to help children obtain the needed school supplies for the coming year.
GOACC welcomes Computer Shak to membership
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, Computer Shak, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently.
Newly formed Historic Orange Preservation Empowerment to help homeowners
Historic Orange Preservation Empowerment (HOPE) has been formed to “support, facilitate, and improve the economic, cultural, aesthetic, historic, social, and environmental setting, well-being, and quality of life in Orange and Orange County, Texas.”
Kiwanis Club gets schooled on LSC-O’s EMS program
Rickey Land believes there’s no reason why every person shouldn’t know CPR.
Food for thought
Dan Maher, Executive Director of the Southeast Texas Food Bank, was the guest speaker at Monday’s Vidor Rotary Club meeting. He spoke about the food bank's many programs.
Orange Rotary Club announces scholarship winners
For years, Orange Rotary Club has supported its local youth with scholarship award opportunities for higher education.
Hester receives Award of Excellence
Texas 4-H Youth and Development 2014 Salute to Excellence Honoree is Kathy Hester of Orange County. Mrs. Hester has been a part of 4-H for over 30 years. She is the club manager for the Mighty Pirates 4-H in Vidor.
Dance conference to be held July 19
Mt. Olive Baptist Church and M.B.S. Dance Company presents the “Something To Dance About” Dance Conference.
VHS Interact Club installs new officers
The Vidor High School Interact officers for the 2014-2015 school year are, from second at left to right: President Taylor Frazier, Vice President Tiffany Charleston, Secretary Madison Marino and Treasurer Mallory Gray. They are pictured with Rotary Assistant District Governor Bobby Simon of Nederland. Interact is a Rotary affiliate.
- More Our Community Headlines
- Lutcher Theater Service Guild to host annual membership drive