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                                                                                                Ken Lindsay, CAI, BAS
                                                                                                (248) 473-1547 24 hrs.
May 5, 2008




WALTZ, MICHIGAN –The estate of well known community residents and preservationists, Frank and his late wife and respected politician, Nora Adkins will be sold at public auction this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 28480 Mineral Springs in New Boston, Michigan.   

For nearly four decades, the Adkins created one of the most popular and cherished gathering places in Huron Township that was fondly branded as the Rustic Village.    The 4,400- square-foot dance hall which is located behind the Adkins’ primary residence was a place where hundreds of community members learned to Line and Square dance.   In 1983, they purchased the former circa 1880’s Waltz School which is located two parcels down from the Rustic Village at 28600 Mineral Springs Road to preserve a cherished piece of Waltz history which was also used for community events.

Nora Adkins unexpectedly passed away at the tender age of 65 last September after a brief illness.   Mrs. Adkins was employed with the Huron School District for nearly a quarter of a century and served 12 years on Huron Township’s Board of Trustees.  She had a very profound passion for the historical preservation of the community which is highlighted with her membership and involvement with the Huron Historical Commission.   Shortly before her passing, Mrs. Adkins along with two colleagues were honored at the White House in Washington, D.C. to accept the Preserve America award on behalf of Huron Township from First Lady, Laura Bush.

The auction will provide the opportunity for the general public to preserve their own piece of history as a multitude of antiques, collectibles, classic cars, general household goods along with the 1880’s Waltz Schoolhouse and the entire Rustic Village including two 1800’s log cabins will be sold to the highest bidder.

“There is a lot of history on these grounds” Frank Adkins said.  “You know, back in the 19th century and beyond, folks came from miles around to tap into the hand dug well that provided their drinking water.   Hence the name ‘Mineral Springs’.    Mr. Adkins added; “I’d like to see the tradition continue and the opportunity is there for the buyer to make this a great investment by renting out the hall for special events.”

“Together Mr. and Mrs. Adkins worked hard to preserve history in their community so it’s only fitting that Mr. Adkins chose an auction to sell their home and treasures.” Said professional auctioneer, Ken Lindsay, CAI.   Lindsay adds;  “The auction method is about as historical and effective as it gets.  Auctions are traced back from ancient Greek records as far back as 500 B.C. American auctions date back to the Pilgrims' arrival on America's Eastern Shores in the 1600s and continued in popularity during colonization with the sale of crops, imports, clapboard, livestock, tools, tobacco, slaves and even entire farms.”

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