- Although the following article is not genealogical in nature we
thought that it was still of interest.
New Historic Group Formed
Earlier this year, the neighborhood group known as the Worthington
Historic District Association was asked to become the lead group in
acquiring the Dayton House and restoring it to it's former grandeur.
Through the efforts of E. J. "Red" WINDSCHILL, Mr. Bruce Dayton
expressed an interest in the house. His grandfather, George Draper
Dayton, built the home and lived in it until moving to Minneapolis.
It was determined that a separate corporation should be formed to
handle the various aspects of the acquisition and restoration. While
there was no requirement that board members of the new non-profit
corporation, Historic Worthington, Inc., be W.H.D.A. members, seven
of the eight founding board members belong to that association.
Mike WOLL was elected president, Gordon MOORE III is the vice-
president, Judi HOEVET is the Secretary, and Darlene MACKLIN is the
treasurer. Jon BENSON was appointed the project supervisor. Other
board members are Pat DEMUTH, Jerry FIOLA, and E. J. WINDSCHILL.
Mr. Dayton has provided enough of a financial investment in this
project to get it off the ground, but wishes this to be a Worthington
project. Local Nobles County Genealogy Group members are encouraged
to volunteer their time and talent to Historic Worthington and the
restoration process. Historic Worthington will be in need of
donations of time from volunteers as well as financial help in the
months to come. Historic Worthington will soon be forming a task
force to deal with various aspects of the restoration. If you have
time and a talent that you would be willing to volunteer, please
contact one of the board members listed above. Two of the items that
we have already identified as needing help with are yard work in the
spring and general cleaning.
Two Exciting Donations
Martha CASHEL McCARTY, now living in New Mexico, has donated the
original house plans to the restoration project. Norma HANSON
ROBERTS, now living in Arkansas, has donated a fireplace mantle and
surround that was originally over and around the fireplace in the
dining room of the Dayton House. Do you know anyone that may have
acquired objects originally in the house; if so, please contact one
of the board members listed above.
Historic Preservation Ordnance
On another front, Historic Worthington has requested that the City of
Worthington adopt a new Historic Preservation ordinance. The idea was
discussed at a meeting of the Worthington Planning and Zoning
Committee. The Nobles County Genealogical Group would like to thank
its members and the public for their attendance and input at that
meeting. This was just the first step in a long process.
Historic Worthington Web Site