Memories for Sale: Elmhurst Auction

By Rachel Martin

August 25, 2012 Updated Aug 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It was a bidding blow-out at Elmhurst High
School Saturday, as everything inside the school was up for auction.

At Elmhurst High School everything must go! Everything from score boards to band instruments to old jerseys were up for auction.

“It's mammoth,” said Duane Rowe, who was the Athletic Director at Elmhurst during the 1980’s. “There’s a lot of merchandise.”

While auctioneers rattled off bids, buyers scalped the school for that one particular item.

Joslyn Elliott's been lucky. She's won half a dozen items—some tables and chairs for work.

“Things that we don't have to pay for the shipping on to get here,” said the associate director of children’s education at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. “[The stuff is] here and it's kind of part of Fort Wayne already, so it's nice to assimilate it into a new home.”

Elliott got a little something for herself too, two wooden rollers for $10.

“We call them the ‘wife replacement’ in our house,” Elliott laughed. “It means I don't have to hold the end of a large piece of wood while my husband does woodworking. So it's a time saver thing for me.”

Elliott and her husband have their sights on something else, a stainless steel cabinet for their remodeled kitchen. It turns out, they're not the only ones who want the item. Rowe is eyeing the same stainless steel cabinets as Elliott, but he wants them for his church. Rowe says although he came for the auction, his return to Trojan country has been nostalgic.

“It's different, it's different. I met a lot of ex teachers while I was going through,” Rowe said.

George Middleton wants his hands on another hot item, insulated plate warmers. The warmers are similar to coolers, but for hot food. He says those will come in handy for his youth center's dinner fundraiser.

“We do a fundraiser of selling dinners to support our cause,” Middleton said. “Those warmers would be an ideal way to cook the dinners, put them in and deliver them.”

But amongst all the auction action, there was a sense of melancholy as people tried to hold on to the memories, but with every beginning, there's an end.

“This is something else,” Middleton said. “A lot of people are hurting and feeling bad memory-wise of the place with all this stuff, but things have to be moved and you have to go on.”

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