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Two special donations presented to Sulphur Springs Museum

by By Larry Burge Special to the Westside Eagle Observer | September 12, 2023 at 7:00 a.m.
Submitted photo Museum Commission chair June Murray (left) receives HO scale models of Sulphur Springs' historic Van Noy Eating and KCS Depot from Sam Sydzek and Gearld Hook during an Aug. 18 ceremony at the Sulphur Springs Community Museum.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Museum Commission chair June Murray on Friday, Aug. 18, brought back memories from the town's historical past.

Model railroader Gerald Hook traveled from Russellville, along with Sam Syzdek from Mulberry, to bestow replicas of the original 1890s notable KCS depot and Van Noy Eating House built by master model railroader Dr. Nick Muff of Sedro Wooley, Wash., for the museum's new town history display.

"Dr. Muff not only decorated the depot but also installed lighting, as seen in one of the pictures. Dr. Muff created the eating house model but, being unsure of its colors, sent it to me undecorated," Hook said. Syzdek refurbished and painted the handcrafted HO-scale reproductions.

"I reached out to the KCS modeling community and was referred to Sam Syzdek in Mulberry, who took the challenge to make necessary repairs and paint the Van Noy model. I believe you'll agree; he did a splendid job," Hook said.

After lunch at Leroy's Café on Sulphur's Hibler Avenue, Hook and Syzdek presented the two gems to museum commissioners during a simple ceremony.

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