By Ruth Ann Replogle Lifestyles Editor



Midgley Museum is closing its doors for the winter.

"Traffic has slowed down," said volunteer coordinator Joy Robertson. "We thought winter would be a good time to shut down."

Midgley Museum will close Saturday and won't re-open again until March 1, 2006. Robertson said this is the first time the museum has been closed for such a long period of time.

But, she added, the volunteer staff needed a breather. They will continue to give group tours through special arrangement. Call Robertson at 234-1880 or one of the co-directors, Joe Mitchell at 234-0907 or Albert Ray at 237-8252.

Midgley Museum was established in 1991, under the direction of local Masonic lodges.

The rock house was the home of Dan and Libbie Midgley, whose belongings were put on display.

Throughout their lives in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the couple from Pond Creek took extravagant expeditions, collecting exotic rocks, fossils, crystal, agate, sandstone and petrified wood.

Every room is filled with antiques, including dishes from England, vintage clothing, big game trophies, a custom-made violin by a local craftsman, farm tools, appliances and horse blanket dollar bills. Treasures are buried in the nooks and crannies of the house, which was built between 1945 and 1947.



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