The pew Owners are the group of people who are solely responsible for the repair and upkeep in the Stark Union Church. Since the Church was built in 1853 there always seems to be work to be done to keep the building in good condition. Over the years there have been many projects to maintain and repair the Church but some of the most notable were the the repairs to the foundation and the roof rafters that was done in the early 1980s, the new roof that was done with cedar shingles in the early 2000s and the repairs to the belfry that was done in 2012. In each case the repairs kept the building on solid structure and by doing each we maintained the total integrity of the building as it had always been. The Pew Owners have been conscious of the historical value of the buildings and have always tried to repair and maintain the building while preserving the original architecture.
There have been many people and organizations that have helped us along the way with either materials, labor, money and expertise but some of the most notable were the contributions from the Stark Improvement Fund, the Tillotson Fund and John Kauffmann in more recent times. We have been blessed with a dedicated small group of local people who have worked tirelessly to keep all of our activities together and help to organize our efforts.
One example of the work that we have contracted to be done is the repair of the nine double hung windows that are in the Church. We asked Andre Garrand to look at the windows to see if he could repair them since many of the panes had leaks around them from the mullions being deteriorated with age and we contracted with him to rebuild and replace the wooden frames and glass where necessary. Andre took on the job and completed the work with the majority of the funds coming from Mr. Kauffmann and today the windows are as good as new in an original condition.
Another big job was tackled in the early 80s when Bob Kidder rebuilt the foundation of the church which had sunk in several places and by jacking up the building with forty or so jacks and digging out the granite slabs that were shifted, pouring and reinforcing new footers and then replacing the granite the foundation was renewed and will probably be there for another 130 years.
The stories are many more than the few just named of the work that has been done but suffice it to say we are proud of our old Church and are committed to her well being.