A few weeks ago, the Logan County Fiscal Court was informed the clock on top of the historic courthouse was winding down, and that indeed time could stop any moment for one of the community’s most nostalgic pastimes. The clock’s “ding,” which used to occur on the hour, has already stopped, bringing even more silence to a building that lost most of its inhabitants when the new Justice Center was built.
Ed Coffman, who turned 91 in January, remembers climbing up into the cupola on top of the courthouse and etching his name on all four faces of the clock as a prank when he was 14 years old. That means the clock, maybe not this specific one, has been a part of Logan County’s heritage in the courthouse for at least 77 years, most likely longer.
Magistrates were given estimates a few weeks ago from the company who maintains the clock, and they were none to eager to fix it anytime soon. The highest came in at $18,000. Magistrate Thomas Bouldin said he thought the county needed to let the clock run until it ran no more. The new Justice Center has a clock on its cupola that cost approximately $30,000.
The county just recently completed a renovation of the historic courthouse, which ended up costing much more than they had anticipated. Close to one million dollars was spent on updating bathrooms, the elevator and the heating and cooling system. The clock seems to have fallen victim to a project coming too soon after the another.
The clock has had it’s problems in the past, according to old articles published in the News-Democrat, but was always fixed. Once in the 90s, the cupola itself was taken off the courthouse and sent in to have the clock repaired, then placed back. This was a costly endeavor to save the clock.
The newspaper has received calls from community members promising to donate funds to save the clock. One was from an out-of-county resident that remembered the old clock, and felt it needed to be saved for future generations. She too agreed to donate funds to save it.
Jane Harper, an Oakville resident, called into WRUS and suggested someone organize a community fundraising to draw in money to repair the clock.
“Why don’t we contact some of the local business and industries to help fix the clock?” said Harper, who says she can remember that clock from years ago, and feels it is an important part of Logan County. “Maybe the county can put some money into the project as well, and between everyone, it can be saved.”
If you are interested in the county repairing the clock, you are urged to contact your magistrate or Judge Executive Logan Chick. If you are interested in donating money to help save the clock, call 726-8394 and ask for Chris Cooper.