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    • #10625

      Murry asks:

      I am restoring the bell once located on Porcher’s Bluff in Mt. Pleasant. It is cast iron with: “Ross Meenhan Foundry, Chattanooga, Tenn 1921 ” I can find no info on the type of bell or the foundry or the type of mount or casement that would have been used. Can you direct me ? Thank you in advance.


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    • #13187

      Tom sent this in case any of our readers are interested (photos of bell are at the bottom of the page):

      Hello I do not belong to your org but I was posting some bells to the Bells Category on http://www.waymarking.com and saw your forum post.

      I discovered this bell in front of an old church in Marietta GA. The bell is in bad shape but shows part of the name of the foundry. I assume that it is Ross-Meehan Foundry.
      The location is:
      Cole Street Missionary Baptist Church
      (770) 428-5146
      159 Cole St Ne
      Marietta, GA 30060

      Also from this page I found the foundry was renovated as part of the stadium process. 2/3 of the way down the page highlighted in yellow.
      Finley Stadium Davenport Field

      Home of Mocs Football and the NCAA I-AA Football Championship

      1206 Carter Street
      Chattanooga, TN 37402

      In 1997, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football program said goodbye to historic Chamberlain Field and ushered in a new era for both the University and the city. On Oct. 18, 1997, the Mocs opened up their new home, Finley Stadium Davenport Field, as an overflow crowd of 22,646 watched UTC defeat Tennessee State 28-7.

      The 20,668-seat state-of-the-art facility is the best of its kind among Division I-AA stadiums and is the crown jewel for the city’s Southside revitalization project.

      A stadium project for UTC and Chattanooga had been talked about by city leaders for quite some time before the dream came to fruition. Chamberlain Field on the UTC campus, which opened in 1908, had the distinction of being the second-oldest on-campus stadium in the nation. Officials agreed that something needed to be done. A facility was needed to take the UTC football program to a higher level and to elevate the city’s status to a full-service, mid-sized city.

      The $28.5 million project needed supporters to become a reality and got plenty of them. Donations from the private sector ranged anywhere from a 10 dollar bill to $1 million. In fact, nearly 40 percent, or $10.2 million of the project, came from private donations. The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County contributed $13 million, the State of Tennessee gave $3.5 million and the University donated $2.9 million.

      Ground breaking on the site that was once the Rock Tenn plant was held March 7, 1996. Seven months later, the Stadium Corporation named the facility Finley Stadium Davenport Field.

      The late W. Max Finley, former Chairman of the Rock Tenn Corporation, dedicated his life to public service and was an active supporter of the University of Tennessee system. He received both the University of Chattanooga Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Service Award of the UTC Alumni Council and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame.

      The playing field is named in honor of the late Gordon Lee Davenport. The President and CEO of the Krystal Company from 1975-85 served as Chairman of the Stadium Corporation and Campaign and worked endlessly and tirelessly in the planning and actual development of the facility. Davenport, a longtime friend of UTC athletics and particularly Mocs football, received the UTC Alumni Council Outstanding Service Award and is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame.

      Davenport attended the stadium’s grand opening, participated in the opening ceremonies and was presented a game ball from UTC head coach Buddy Green following the Mocs’ victory over Tennessee State.

      Bronze busts of both Finley and Davenport adorn the main entryway to the stadium.

      The Stadium Corporation left nothing out of its masterpiece. The facility, designed by Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson and built by C&I Specialty, both of Chattanooga, contains 32 luxury sky boxes and 3,465 preferred seats with chairbacks. The $350,000 scoreboard includes a giant matrix screen, and the Stadium Club can hold 250 for pregame or postgame functions. The press box can hold 60 media representatives, has three radio booths and a television broadcast booth. Identical home and visitors locker rooms contain a separate training area and coaches locker room, as well as an extensive player locker area.

      Installation for the new artificial turf surface at Finley Stadium took place in May 2005.

      The state-of-the-art surface was installed by TC Thiolon USA and Precision Sports Fields Inc.

      Adjacent to the stadium is the First Tennessee Pavilion. The old Ross-Meehan Foundry has been renovated into an open-air pavilion which has become a favorite for tailgaters, complete with food and beverage concessions and a children’s area. The pavilion offers tailgaters a perfect atmosphere around the stadium while providing protection from the weather without being indoors.

      Besides serving as the home of Mocs Football, Finley Stadium Davenport Field has served as the host of the NCAA Division I Football Championship since 1997. It is also host to UTC, international and high school soccer, high school football, national lacrosse tournaments, concerts and other community festivals.


    • #13188
      Neil Goeppinger

      All I can tell you is that I saw a bell by this firm in Prescott, Iowa in 1985, and that author Lois Springer (Collectors Book of Bells, and That Vanishing Sound) had reserach on the firm in her papers, including a letter from the Chattanooga Public Library dated 1974 which stated the firm was still in existence. — Neil

    • #13189
      Tom Reeves

      Our church has a Ross Meehan 26″ steel bell. We do not know when it was purchased. Our church dates back to 1895 and there was a bell tower in the original building but we cannot tell when this specific bell was purchased.
      The bell had been painted more than once. I “Restored” it by using a 3M abrasive wheel in a drill motor to remove the rust and paint from the bell itself. This worked nicely without eroding the surface. Pecan shell abrasive in a blaster was used for the nooks and crannies of the other parts.
      I treated the surface of all parts with metal with gun metal “Blue”. I would have preferred to use the “Plum Brown” but it’s hard to find. After blueing I put three light coats of boiled linseed oil on it. I have used this treatment before on steel and it works pretty good. I think it looks better than paint.
      One arm of the yoke (the arm with the rope pulley) has been broken and welded. The broken pulley-side yoke arm may be a design weakness since the one in the picture appears to have been broken and repaired with bolted-on splints. Ours has been welded and holes bored for the splints but it doesn’t have the “Splints” in place like the one in the picture.
      We would like to know when it was purchased and wonder if anyone knows if Ross Meehan’s records exist? It is probably a stretch to believe that they do.
      Tom Reeves

    • #13190

      I have a steel ross meehan fdry bell no 22. it weighs prob 200lbs it has i spiral wheel i think that was added later fancy shaped uprights. it has a pretty shrill loud sound when rung. we ring it and a cs no 4 along with others on new years. i also have a jl haven 15 incher steel combination steel alloy bell mounted way up in the attic with rope running down thru the kitchen ceiling that i call the cats in with. it works well for they all come a running for their meals every day.

    • #13191

      We have a Ross-Meeman Foundry Chattanooga Tn. bell with the number 21 on it ,would like to know how old it is and it’s value.Will check back here for any info .Thanks Vance

    • #13192

      My church is in posession of a (STEEL BELL) UNDAMAGE in any way, cased at the foundry owned by Ross Meenhan, of Chattanooga, Tenn.
      We would like to know the value of it and who should we contact. It`s marked a 30 inch. It has been stored since we moved to this location in the year of 1929.

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