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Historic St. Helens family hosts sale of personal effects

PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY GERMER AND ASSOCIATES - Items available in the estate sale include furniture, glass dishes, clothing and historical documents. A myriad of items from the historic McCormick family of St. Helens will be available to the public for purchase during a family estate sale being held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, June 3-5, at 365 S. 2nd St., St. Helens.

Personal effects of the McCormicks, a family credited as one of St. Helens' founding families, will go on sale starting Thursday during an estate sale hosted by Gary Gemer and Associates. Items for sale include historic dresses, suits, shoes, vintage kitchenware, artwork, antique furniture, clocks, Oriental rugs, pottery, china sets and more.

The McCormick family home on 2nd Street has been in the family for more than 100 years. Bernadine Perkins, an in-law of the McCormicks, is the current owner of the home. Her late husband's aunt, Nellie McCormick, owned the home with Hamlin McCormick in the 1910s when the McCormick brothers began establishing business industries in downtown St. Helens.

In the early 1900s, Hamlin and Charles McCormick moved to St. Helens and purchased the site of the city's former Muckle Mill and established a shipbuilding company and two sawmills, which employed hundred of workers. When business began to thrive, the McCormicks were also credited with building 25 affordable family homes along south 4th Street and Park Way to alleviate a shortage of housing. Those homes still stand today.

Bernadine Perkins lived in the McCormick family home for six years in the 1950s and said portions of the home are designed after ship models that workers built in the early days of the shipyard, including the kitchen and heating pipes.

With the help of her daughters, Bernadine Perkins, who now lives in Madras, is selling personal belongings of the family with the goal of eventually putting the family home on the market.

The estate sale will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in purchasing items must attend the first day of the sale at 9 a.m. to receive a numbered ticket to enter the home during the sale. More information can be found at http://www.garygermer.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/garygermer.

[Editor's note: A version of this story first appeared on www.spotlightnews.net on Wednesday, June 1. Information about the estate sale was not distributed to the Spotlight until Tuesday, May 31.]