The 120-year-old Oneida Stake Academy is located in Preston, Idaho. Amongst its alumni are two former presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Harold B. Lee and Ezra Taft Benson, as well as several living general authorities of the world-wide Church. Benson was also the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture following WWII.
Students walked the halls of the Oneida Stake Academy for over a century living a multitude of memories. Now there's a place to gather them.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Eccles & anonymous donor move fund-raising over half-way mark
The Oneida Stake Academy in 1917.
The board of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation was notified of $200,000 in grants just before Christmas. Half of it came from an anonymous alumni and the other half from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
“Wow, what a thrill,” said OSAF chairman, Nathan Hale. “We are very excited and very grateful for the generosity of the kind people behind these donations.”
These funds bring the total of funds raised in 2011 to $620,000. Of that amount $505,000 is in cash and $115,000 is in-kind donations.
“We are over half-way to the finish line,” said Hale. Another $2.9 million is expected to be needed to complete the academy’s restoration as a community center/ museum of local history.
Following direction from the board’s architect, Joseph Linton, and construction expert, Ed Moser, the board will meet in January to decide which phase of the academy’s restoration will be completed next.
Meanwhile, Keith Mackay of State Stone and his craftsmen continue to prepare the building to receive a new stone gable next month. This gable replaces one that fell out of the building in the 1960s. It is being built into a metal frame by Kepco, an engineering company located in Salt Lake City.
The following link takes you to an article published Dec. 30, 2011, by the Herald Journal in Logan, Utah, regarding this donation. Herald Journal