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A piece of Morgan Co. history is restored

Antique oak desk back in place in clerk's office at new courthouse

August 17, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker stands next to an old antique desk in her office at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The desk was in her office at the old Morgan County Courthouse, but was moved out of the office before a fire destroyed the courthouse in 2006.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- An antique oak desk is back in its rightful place in the Morgan County Courthouse.

The desk is in the county clerk's office on the first floor of the new courthouse. An antique iron seal and a riveter to bind court books is displayed on the desk.

"I'm tickled to death the way it turned out," Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker said.

Kesecker said the desk was in her office in the old Morgan County Courthouse, but was moved before a fire destroyed the courthouse in 2006.

"The desk was badly water damaged, but if it had been in my old office during the fire, it would not have survived," Kesecker said.

There was not a sprinkler system in the old courthouse, so the desk was water damaged from firefighters trying to put out the fire, she said.

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Larry Wilson of Great Cacapon, W.Va., restored the roll-top desk that was in the old courthouse since 1909.

Wilson, who restores antiques, said it took him more than 50 hours to restore the desk. Except for the enclosed drawers on the righthand side, Wilson said he took just about every piece of the desk apart in order to restore it properly.

"Antiques, they drive me nuts," he said.

Wilson also restored the wood on the rosewood clock that also will be in the clerk's office.

The clock's inner workings are being repaired, Kesecker said.

Wilson said both the desk and clock were in bad shape and he almost did not take them.

"The desk and the clock were rough," Wilson said.

Wilson said the clock was made in the 1880s. He also said he saw a desk like the one he restored in a 1908 Sears and Roebuck catalog.

"I get a great deal of satisfaction" out of restoring pieces of Morgan County history, Wilson said.

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