Shelby Iron Works

Shelby, Alabama




October 2013 Newsletter

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Posted: 09/27/2013  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

ALL VOLUNTEER WORK CREW - for the past two and a half years our all volunteer crew has been working two days a week making improvements at the Iron Park. They deserve our thanks and recognition for their dedication to what they have accomplished. I, at first, thought some needed to be mentioned for special kudos - and possibly they do - but then how is that done without slighting some other. So many of our members have contributed their time and skills; some on a regular schedule and others as their circumstance allow. So, how would one select those to be mentioned when they all deserve, each in their own way, those eclats - THANKS. However, that crew that has faithfully worked twice a week to do what they have done, they are the MVPs of this newsletter.

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August 2013 Newsletter

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Posted: 08/18/2013  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

ENGINE SHOW Date changed to Sept 7th.  The traditional date for the Engine Show has been the last Saturday in August, however, this year that date is part of the Labor Day weekend. To avoid that conflict the date was changed for this year only. So - please remark your calendars. The Engine Show is one of three major fund raisers for the Iron Park. It help us do what we do to preserve the history of what once happened here and in the community that grew around it.

Typically this show features antique operating engines such as small steam driven units - one such was out of a Stanley Steamer Automobile owned by Burton Marsh of North Alabama and operated with the assistance of Iron Works member Walter Clement. Another engine often seen is the so called “hit and miss” - so called...
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June 2013 Newsletter

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Posted: 07/02/2013  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

BOB MYRICK Sadly we announce the passing of Iron Works Board Member and volunteer Bob Myrick on June 15th. Bob had become such a good friend and hard working member of our organization. A little over two years ago - while we were building the Company Hall at the Iron Works - Bob walked up and asked if we needed any help wiring the new building. He explained that he was a retired electrician and still held his licenses. His offer was eagerly accepted and Bob took over that aspect of construction. Virtually singlehandedly he wired that building and donated some of the materials. Bob was more than an electrician - he was an electrician extraordinaire. He didn’t just do a wiring job - he did a first class wiring job. Bob joined our membership and became involved in all phases of Shelby Iron Works. He...
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Confederate Monument Dedication

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Posted: 06/29/2013  By: Daniel Valles

There was a great crowd in attendance for the dedication of the Confederate Monument, sponsored by: Shelby Iron Works Chapter #2653, United Daughters of the Confederacy; Capt. William Houston Shelby Camp #1537, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Tommy Trimble, on behalf of the Historic Shelby Association, accepted the presentation of the monument by Mrs. Betty Zeitz on behalf of the UDC and the SCV.

Dan Valles, Museum Curator for the Historic Shelby Association, presented the following historical notes about the Iron Company’s role during the War Between the States:

The Shelby Iron Company, started by Horace Ware in the mid-1840s, would unwittingly end up playing a vital role for the Confederacy, and its community, during the War of Northern Aggression.

What started out as a very small ironworks operation serving only the local counties, eventually became the largest charcoal fired...
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April 2013 Newsletter

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Posted: 04/14/2013  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

PRESERVATION & RECLAMATION The work crew has been occupied in clearing brush and dead trees from the site of the old furnaces - land that was recently donated to the Association by Bucky Henson. Utilizing archeological documents, old Sanborn maps and relying on local lore, the crew is working carefully so as not to destroy what we are trying to preserve.

Regarding this undertaking, Hylott Armstrong is quoted as follows: “I will take this opportunity to remind you of the profound historic significance of this property as being the actual site of the iron producing facilities of Shelby Iron Company, as well as the Shelby Chemical Company and the various ancillary structures and facilities.”

“This is an exciting time for all concerned, which excitement is rooted in the unknown of just what remnants of these important historic facilities and perhaps other artifacts will be found!...
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Redesigned Website Launched!

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Posted: 03/06/2013  By: Daniel Valles

Our new website has been launched! This has long been overdue, but we finally got around to it, with the volunteer help of one of our members. This new website allows us to showcase a greater depth of our association, history, and community events! Tell your friends!

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February 2013 Newsletter

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Posted: 02/01/2013  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

FLAGPOLE and SIGN LIGHTS - Recently the all volunteer work crew installed a spot light to illuminate the American Flag at night and floodlights shining on the Shelby Iron Works sign - all are controlled by photoelectric sensor. American Flag Etiquette, generally referred to as The Flag Code, stipulates the flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source. We have done that! The lighting for the Iron Works sign should draw attention of passersby to the park and serve as a historical reminder of what once happened here.

RAILROAD SCALES - The pit which once held the scales where rail cars loaded with Shelby Iron were weighed has stood the test of time since the turn of the century. It is now surrounded by a picket fence bearing a sign describing it’s former purpose....
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December 2012 Newsletter

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Posted: 12/01/2012  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

POT LUCK SUPPER - We are having a pot luck supper on the 15th of December for Shelby Iron Works members and their guests - please bring a covered dish. We will gather in the Company Hall at 6PM and eat in the heated dining room.

The Iron Works will provide coffee, tea, sodas, paper plates, plastic forks and cups. One of our members has offered to bring a ham and another is bringing a cold cut and cheese plate, If you will bring your favorite dish or dessert _______

We don’t usually hold a December membership meeting - instead - we are having another pot luck supper. Please remember - YOU ARE INVITED - and bring a guest (husband or wife or friend or children).

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR - 15 December at 6PM - at Shelby Iron Works....
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October 2012 Newsletter

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Posted: 10/01/2012  By:

CORRECTION   CORRECTION  The last newsletter incorrectly dated the November election as Nov. 26. The correct date for the General Election is November 6, 2012. As previously stated the Shelby Iron Works Company Hall is the new Precinct 40 polling place. The staff at Shelby Iron Works is keenly aware of the election on that date and have reserved the Company Hall for that use.

As always, error, omissions and mistakes are mine alone.  I let my fingers do the walking and they———well they hit the wrong key.  Mea Culpa.

FALL FESTIVAL - The second weekend of October - (13th &14th) is again the date of our annual fall festival. I recently was shown pictures of an early syrup making at a mostly unimproved Shelby Iron Park. The cooking took place in the area of our present museum.  Howard...
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August 2012 Newsletter

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Posted: 08/01/2012  By: Harry O. Burks Jr.

ENGINE SHOW - The third annual engine show is set for the last Saturday in August (Aug 25). Last year’s show included a number of unique exhibits including a live steam engine displayed by Mr. Burton Marsh of North Alabama and Mr. Walter Clement of Belvidere, Tennessee. They spent the day operating the machine. My understanding is this engine originally powered an automobile, colloquially called a Stanley Steamer, produced by The Stanley Motor Carriage Company in the early 1900s. The boiler is wood fired and operates at low pressure - generally about 10 to 15 PSI.

BRICKS - As mentioned in the last newsletter, the all volunteer crew has been gathering olde bricks similar in composition to those originally used on the old chimney. Once again, Bucky Henson of Buchanan Forest Management has generously offered to help. Their property adjacent to ours has a stash...
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