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    • #12001
      BrightRed
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      I received an old bell not so long ago. It turns out to be an old Davis Rankin bell made in the 1850″s or 60″s, from Fredericktown, Ohio. I posted the story about a neighbor and friend who was a victIm of a violent crime in Haiti, was flown to Miami and later died. He and his wife were in the process of building an orphanage. He was living in Haiti for months at a time while she was busy here in the states running a non profit named EYES WIDE OPEN INTERNATIONAL, to fund the work they were doing. His name was David Bompart and his wife Nicole. After finding out David had passed, I was determined to get my bell restored and present it to Nicole in David”s memory. I thought she might want to send it to Haiti as a memorial symbol in David”s honor. I received alot of good advice from you guys in the bell world. I took the bell to the Ohio Historical Society, they referred me to a couple of guys in Oberlin, Ohio Tom Podner and Robert Lodge. Today I drove 120 miles to meet these gentlemen, and they greeted me with open arms. They told me that there was really nothing wrong with the bell. other than changing out a bolt and a cotter pin. The only piece of the puzzle that I was missing was the clapper. If they were to restore it to museum quality it would be rather expensive. So we shook hands and I headed back to Columbus. As I was heading home I passed the Fredericktown exit and decided to turn around and head back about 15 miles out of my way.As I was driving down (I think it was 95) I asked a stranger if he new anybody in town who could help me out regarding my bell. Well he referred me to one guy, who referred me to anther guy, and I ended up at the Foote Foundry. James Benton Foote bought the Rankin foundry and the name was changed to the JB Foote foundry in the 1880″s. It now owned by Thomas Updike. They will be getting back with me in regards to the part I need. I drove back to Columbus, dropped the bell at a local sandblaster. They are going to use Black synthetic sand so not to damage the metal. When that is complete I”m going to have it clear-coated, buy and paint a post to mount the bell, and then present the bell to Nicole. When I set my mind to get something done, I go for it. It was fulfilling, and I feel a peace. BrightRed

    • #16864
      Neil Goeppinger
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      There is a man in Ohio who makes and sells clappers, so if you haven’t found one, let me know and I’ll get you in contact with him. I’ve used his clappers successfully. — Neil Goeppinger

    • #16863
      BrightRed
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      Thank you Neil for your consideration regarding the clapper. I was talking about the bell at work, and a guy in the machine shop caught wind. He made me a clapper(looks the size of a trailer hitch ball). Man! does it ring loud! I am really proud of this bell I am going to present to my friend. This whole process really helped me deal with a bad situation and helped me heal from the loss of a good friend. I am planning a date to present the bell to her. I think she will treasure this old bell not because of who gave it to her, but because of what the bell stands for. This old bell stood the test of time. It was weathered, now re-born like my friend David who is gone from this earth, but who”s memory will live on. I”m having a little plaque made for the bell post which will read “David”s spirit will ring in our hearts forever” Very fitting wouldn”t you say? BrightRed

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