Workers prepare the new steeple for the Community Church in Schroon.
On April 29, the Community Church elevated a new steeple built by local community and church members.
In late 2012 the former steeple tumbled to the ground in a blustery storm.
“The steeple came down and was in pieces,” Schroon Supervisor Michael Marnell said. “I found it down in the snow (pointing to the sidewalk on the north side of the church).”
The former steeple was set into place in 2001 with help from local community member Tom Erikson. He was in attendance as the new steeple was set onto the same pedestal that he aided in building.
“We put up the old one,” said Erikson. “The problem was the wood up there was rotted through. We didn’t have any of this stuff here (referencing the hydraulic cherry picker). We did it with scaffolding on one side of the building and a few ladders. I painted that steeple three or four times with gold paint but after a few years it was worn.”
Erikson also said the upper portions of the church, dedicated in 1845, were fabricated from wooden beams taken from a local barn.
“In 1951 the old Methodist church was taken down, the stained glass windows were used here in the back of the church,” Erikson said. “There was no heat in that church. What they used to do was take the organ from here and wheel it down main street for the summer to the Methodist church, and back down here for the winter.”
A few individuals contributed to the building and design of the new steeple. They included Dave Insull, Chuck Glinsman and Pete Johnson. It was fabricated by these men at the “wood shop” in Pete’s house.