NSDAR recognizes Kirk
For the Gazette
PLOVER – The Nay-osh-ing Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Plover recently presented Michael Kirk, Waupaca, with a Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his efforts in restoring the Waupaca Train Depot.
Kirk is a lifelong resident of Waupaca. Trains first came through Waupaca in 1871. It was also part of a trolley line which ran between the historic Wisconsin Veterans Home and the Grand View Hotel on the Waupaca Chain. The last passenger train came to Waupaca in 1965 and the depot was converted into a freight office.
Over the years, the abandoned building was covered in graffiti, roof tiles were broken, windows smashed, and a hole was even burned in the floor.
“Kirk considered the amount of work and funds needed. He and members of the Historical Society of Waupaca decided to do something about it. This work has spanned 20 years and is ongoing,” a NSDAR release stated.
“The work started with navigating zoning and finance. This process alone took about four years and included Mr. Kirk putting up $10,000 of his own money to initiate the process. He then completed the paperwork to make the depot eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Repairs have been made to the tile roof, wooden floor and windows. The basement was dug out by hand and now has a display of model trains. Artifacts from the train era appear in all of the rooms.”
Information about Nay-osh-ing Chapter, Plover, is available by contacting Regent Shannon Moore at 715-498-0912 or email@example.com or Registrar Fran Neilitz at 715-942-236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.