OAK GROVE — Many have noticed the void that has been left at the corner of Briggs and Main since mid-May when one of Oak Grove’s most treasured icons came down from her perch, but that void will be gone soon as progress continues on the restoration of the West Carroll National Bank Clock that hung high on its corner perch for most of the 20th Century.
“We want to get this right,” Ken Mobley said. “This clock is a big part of the historic appearance of Oak Grove and we hope that what we are doing now will preserve it for many generations to come.”
Originally the goal was to have the clock finished and back on its perch by the July 4th Holiday, however once the project actually began, it was soon realized that the clock’s finish was done with porcelain which required much study , research and consultation with professionals around the country to insure what was being done was correct.
“This is a very important piece of our collective history,” W.C. Chamber Special Events and Preservation Coordinator Adam Holland said. “Our downtown is the heart of our city and preserving its historic character for our posterity is essential for the continued economic well-being of our community.”
Ken’s Kustoms of Oak Grove are in the final stages of restoring the physical integrity of the clock along with restoring its finish and soon it will be transported to Carter Signs in Bastrop, La. where the all of the neon and mechanical motors which keep the time will be completely replaced. Carter Signs will then bring her home and return it to its perch where she will proudly return to her roll as the official time keeper for the town of Oak Grove.
“We would like to express our most sincere appreciation to Ken Mobley and his staff for the work they have done pro-Grata as a community service.” Holland said. “What began as something we thought would be a quick and easy job has turned into a project on his part and words cannot express our appreciation to he and his staff.”
Funding for the restoration has been made possible by the Chamber’s Festival Fund.