One of the items to be featured in the Washington Historical Society’s silent auction Thursday, Jan. 23, is an antique platform glider donated by Florentine “Dodie” Wunderlich of Washington.
The historical society will hold its annual fund-raising dinner and auction at the Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, open bar and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by a program.
The cost is $50 per person with reservations required. People may send a check to the Washington Historical Society, P. O. Box 146, Washington, MO 63090. Reservations are requested by Jan. 17.
The glider originally belonged to Edward E. Spaunhorst (1872-1959) who, along with his brother, owned and operated Spaunhorst Mercantile on the north side of Main Street, just east of the current location of Gary R. Lucy Studios.
Mr. Spaunhorst was the great-uncle of Dodie’s late husband, Walter Wunderlich.
In the early 1900s, Mr. Spaunhorst and his wife, Sophie, built the brick home which still stands on the northwest corner of Third and Market streets. When Walter and Dodie married in 1948, they moved in that house with Uncle Ed.
The Wunderlichs built their own home in 1958 and included quarters for Uncle Ed (though it turned out that he passed away before he lived with them again).
The Spaunhorsts had the glider built when they got married, which was in about 1900. It is still in excellent condition because it has always been kept under cover, originally on their screened-in back porch on East Third Street.
In 1958, it was moved to Walter and Dodie’s new home and kept on a covered back patio until last fall when Mrs. Wunderlich donated it to the historical society.
The Washington Historical Society said it’s very grateful to Mrs. Wunderlich and others for such donations. In the event that a donation could not be displayed or stored at the museum, the society would get clearance on using it to generate income for operations.
The Washington Historical Society is a nonprofit organization which exists to preserve, protect and promote Washington history and artifacts. Funds to operate the museum are derived entirely from fund-raisers, modest membership dues, cash gifts and bequests and other donations.