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‘History Tales’ to feature history of Clallam’s courthouse clock

Paul Middents, who has studied time and timekeepers for more than four decades, will share his knowledge of the Clallam County Courthouse clock at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales lecture series at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles.

Parking and entry to the church’s social hall are on Laurel Street.

Middents spent 30 years in the nuclear submarine force. Several years ago he headed a group of fellow clock enthusiasts in the restoration of two vintage street clocks in Bremerton, Washington. The clocks were made by Joseph Mayer, Seattle manufacturing jeweler and street clock maker. As a result of these projects, Middents became fascinated by Joseph Mayer and is now working on a book about his life and work.

Mayer capitalized on the burst of county courthouse construction in western Washington in the decade before World War I, installing tower clocks in Tacoma, Everett and Montesano. Mayer installed the most interesting Howard tower clock in the Clallam County Courthouse in 1915.

Middents will give an illustrated talk about the courthouse clock and Mayer.

History Tales is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 452-2662 or e-mail artifact@olypen.com.

 

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