Historic Castalia chair making a comeback at festival

Tom Jackson
Jul 7, 2014

 

The old chair you see in this photograph may not be very impressive, since in point of fact, it's just a worn old chair.

But it's also a historic chair in Castalia. It's the chair that was used by the former fire chief for the Margaretta Township Fire Department, the late William "Bill" Felske. Felske, who died in 2006, was also the former Castalia postmaster.

Dean Smith, auctioneer with Baker Bonnigson in Clyde, explains that the old chair was placed in an auction on consignment in 2006, after Felske died. 

Convinced that the chair wouldn't bring much money, Smith approached the family and suggested a charity auction instead.

In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the chair was auctioned off at the Cold Creek Festival to benefit local charities and nonprofits. Each time, the winner bidder would give the chair back, but would be honored by a plaque at the post office. 

The chair then went into retirement. But it's making a comeback with this year's Cold Creek Festival, July 18, 19 and 20.

This time, the chair's auction will be to benefit the Castalia Area Historical Society's museum, and a plaque honoring the winning bidder will be displayed at the museum, said Paul Schoenegge, a retired teacher who is director of the museum.