The Henry County Historical Society’s Old Gun Appraisal and Disposal / Donation Event, held Saturday September 10 in the meeting room at the Henry County Museum in Bishop Hill was a wonderful success, with 61 arms, totaling more than $56,000 in value presented for appraisal.
The event opened at 10:00 a.m. with a room full of eager people awaiting appraisals, and there was a steady stream of appraisal seekers all day long. The traffic did not slow down much until around 2:30 and even then, there were participants right up to the 4:30 closing time.
The volunteer appraisers, retired Maple Ridge, IL police officer Clarence “Buz” Hodges, and Retired North Riverside, IL police officer Lance Thompson, were swamped, working the entire six hours with only a couple of quick “pit stops” and a bottle or two of water.
The sole sponsor of this event, who provided the internet service that made the event possible, was MidCentury Communications of Fairview, IL.