Davis' gift of $5,000 helps put gazebo behind Smithsburg museum

September 03, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - An ice cream social last month unofficially initiated the new gazebo at the Smithsburg Historical Society Museum.

Recently erected behind the museum property at 20 E. Water St., the gazebo was made possible by a $5,000 gift from the late Lois Lillian Kendall Davis who died July 1 at the age of 72.

"We knew the money was coming," said Mike Rohrer, president of the Smithsburg Historical Society.

After some discussion about perhaps using the money for a fountain or landscaping, the decision was made to erect the gazebo in memory of Jason and Isabelle Kendall, the late parents of the benefactor.

"That met with her approval," Rohrer said. Sadly Lillian Davis passed away before she was able to see the new addition to the museum property.


Purchased from Milmar Plastics of Leitersburg, the maintenance-free gazebo came in sections which were put together in 10 hours over two days by Rohrer, Rick Reynolds, society treasurer, and Bob Geiser and Dan Brown.

"We also saved the $65 cost of delivery by picking it up ourselves," Rohrer said.

Some time ago, Lillian Davis made it known she wanted to donate $5,000 each to the Smithsburg Library and to the museum.

Rohrer said she wanted the gift to be in honor of her parents. "I knew her parents well from our involvement in CB radios," he said.

A plaque will be erected on the gazebo to reflect that memorial for the Kendalls.

Hopes are that the gazebo will be used for entertainment activities, speakers and musical events as well as for just relaxing and enjoying the pleasant surroundings behind the museum building.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, D. Burton Davis, Lillian is survived by one daughter, Mary Baker; two sons and daughters-in-law, J. Tadd and Nyoka Davis, of Lodi, Ohio, and Kyle K. and Wendy Davis of Selinsgrove, Pa.; two grandsons; four granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

As for the ice cream social - the first event at the gazebo - Rohrer said the hopes were to have Lillian Davis there for the event.

But since that wasn't to be, he said her husband was invited to attend.

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