For whom the bell doesn’t toll
SILT – The Congregational Church of the Valley only had one bell of its Silt Heyday ball Saturday.The other 400-pound bell has gone missing.”We were going to put them both on our Silt Heyday float,” the Rev. James Warn said. “The whole idea was these bells would ring again.”One of the 100-year-old bells was stolen from private property in Silt after the church closed two of its prior houses of worship to open one new location in Silt. One of the bells once rang at a Congregational Church of the Valley location in New Castle; the other in Silt.
Warn was hoping both bells would be displayed at the new church at First and Home streets in Silt.”Both bells hung in towers, but we sold the buildings and took the bells and stored them in a friend’s yard,” Warn said. “That was the original idea, to hang them in a tower, but in today’s world those are expensive to construct. We were thinking of building a platform on the property where the bells could ring, but I don’t know now.”Warn said the bells were moved from the churches to the private property with a crane. He suspects a front-end loader was used to steal one of the bells – and he hopes it wasn’t stolen to melt down for the brass.”We’re thinking that’s how it went,” he said.
The antique bell has been missing since January. Saturday’s Silt Heyday parade was a chance to give a little public attention to the case.”We’re just asking people to be observant,” Warn said.For information regarding the whereabouts of the missing church bell, call the Silt Police Department at 876-2735.
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