Auction Saturday at historic machine shop|
|A very interesting auction is set for Saturday in Antigo at one of the community’s historic buildings.|
Gene and Judy Jacobus are clearing out their building at Sixth Avenue and Field Street, a stunning structure dating to the middle 1920s. It had been used for industrial purposes by the Wirig family, ssrved as a site to park its trucks before it was sold for use by Gene and Judy Jacobus.
Some of the heavy machining equipment was replaced and during the half century the couple always had projects going on inside.
It made thousands and thousands of pieces of decorative wrought iron planters and other household items too numerous to list.
Now, in more of a retirement mode, the couple is down-sizing hoping to clear the machinery, massive supplies of iron and perhaps even the building. It is a large structure that covers somewherein the area of 8,000 square feet, at the auction Saturday.
North Central Sales will operate two bidding rings for the event and it will take some time to clear things away.
The Jacobus’ explained that it is a beautiful building.
There are a number of separate rooms, skylights and setting of Field Street and Sixth Avenue has changed during the past decade from industrial to a park and recreation area.
“The building has a newer rubber roof,” Gene said and despite its 89 years it remains like a fort.
There is an assortment of steel and machinery to deal with it.
The North Central auction bill calls for the sale of forming tools, punch presses, vices, saws of every description, pumps, air compressors, massive chain hoists, belting and rope, assortment of tools, ladders and welders.
On the other end of the scale there are many of pieces of wrought iron products including wine racks, wood holders, magazine racks and more. There are hundreds of music boxes and the list goes on.
The sale starts at 10 a.m.
Gene Jacobus with a large punch in the shop at Sixth Avenue and Field Street Wednesday morning.