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Former Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home and contents to be auctioned in May | News

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NORTHUMBERLAND — The oldest making in Northumberland Borough and its contents will be auctioned off in May possibly.

Auctioneer Jeffrey Dunkelberger, of Paxinos, reported the contents of the previous Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Dwelling at 309 Drinking water St. will be offered for sale in an on line auction until eventually May 19, and the setting up by itself will then be auctioned off at a date to be identified. Longtime funeral director Jerre Wirt Blank died on Nov. 22 at his property at the age of 82.

“There are not a lot of homes like this that arrive up for auction,” reported Dunkelberger, with 31 years of auctioneer working experience. “There’s not a lot of chance for a assets like this and goods inside of to be offered. It does will need repairs, but for it to be largely intact, it’s a neat thing.”

Graydon Dunkelberger, auction supervisor, reported a new house owner could transform it into a mattress and breakfast or superior-conclusion apartments.

“It would be awesome to see a person restore it back again to what it was,” he mentioned.

Record of the constructing

The developing, also formerly recognized as the Elliot-Davis Household, is regarded the oldest house in the borough. The large amount was previously owned by Joseph Priestley. The home was built in three areas. The initial segment, at the rear, was produced in 1772. Additions have been made in 1811 by John Boyd, a Northumberland service provider, and in 1876 by William Elliot, a railroad contractor. It has operated as a mortuary enterprise due to the fact 1927, in accordance to documents from the Northumberland County Historic Society and The Everyday Product archives.

The four-tale building has 44 rooms, not which includes the cupola previously mentioned the fourth ground. The setting up is embellished with a tower, a slate Mansard roof, significant cornices, rounded topped windows and stylized corner quoins. The high home windows on the initially, next and 3rd flooring are common of the Mediterranean Italian villa style. The packing containers or Mansard roof is regular of the mid-19th century French Second Empire. The early two-story brick framework dealing with King Road is a four about four — four rooms on each and every of two flooring stacked on top rated of 1 one more — central hall Colonial, according to historic modern society product.

The property has experienced many proprietors, including the Elliot family members setting up in 1860 and the Davis family starting in 1927. Blank acquired the home in 1977, according to historic modern society substance.

“Someone stated the proprietor extra the cupola again in the day to make it the tallest constructing in Northumberland,” explained Jeffrey Dunkelberger.

Inside of the developing

The developing is entire of fireplaces, large arched doorways and ceilings, enormous wood doorways and ornate stairwells. The mortuary small business was found on the very first floor and the next flooring was residing quarters.

“It have to have been in the 1800s really the position,” said Jeffrey Dunkelberger. “Both sides of the setting up are like mirrors of just about every other. The moment you know in which you are at on a single facet, you can go on the other.”

The third and fourth floors want in depth repairs. There is h2o injury, cracking or collapsed plaster, cracked home windows, and uncovered primary brick wall and frame, between other harm.

The making also has at minimum four horse skulls somewhere in the floorboards. Blank gave an job interview with The Everyday Merchandise in Oct 2011 about locating two of the 4 skulls when remodeling an upstairs bathroom amongst the very first and 2nd ground in 1984.

Elliott found the skulls throughout his renovations and wrote on them saying, in outcome, that they ended up identified in the ceiling amongst the initially and 2nd flooring and have been set there “the reason we know not why.” A second information on the skulls reported the Davis family members experienced identified them there in 1926, in accordance to stories in The Each day Product.

There are more than 600 a lot of personalized residence for sale, which incorporate mortuary products, paintings, photos, publications, household furniture, pre-Civil War documents, dishes, kitchenware, trinkets, clocks, appliances, decorations, and hundreds of other products. There is even a wooden signal that utilised to cling on the setting up that reads “Elliot-Davis Household. 1772-1875. 1811.”

A daughter’s memories

Penny Hupp, Blank’s daughter, explained her moms and dads ended up divorced when her father obtained the developing. She only used time there for the duration of the summer season.

“When I was in significant school, I did have a Halloween sleepover celebration with a bunch of women,” explained Hupp. “At that time the third floor was absolutely unfinished and super creepy. The perfect location. They nevertheless carry it up when I run into them.”

Blank beloved residing in that dwelling and in Northumberland in basic, explained Hupp.

“He was Sunbury born, but viewed as Northumberland residence,” she said. “His hope was for somebody to take pleasure in, and maintain the record of the home he held so expensive.”

Hupp’s siblings David Blank and Abby Nunn claimed their fondest recollections are of once-a-year loved ones KFC Xmas get-togethers. The 6 grandsons would run about the massive place actively playing chase. David Blank would also run funerals there when he and his father ended up associates.

Auction facts

The on line auction for the contents of the developing can be identified at hibid.com (https://hibid.com/catalog/363279/blank-estate-on the internet-auction/?fbclid=IwAR38dLXs9rOm15GDDZhIhw6sfHCstv0w4uv6RwlwcQ1o9_s6ygc4fiihciI).

Bidding began on April 16 and will conclude on May possibly 19. The 1st good deal will begin to close at 5 p.m Might 19.

The auction for the developing will be held both equally on the web and in individual.