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.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Update - Weather damaged rock cut away for new gable
A close-up of the first steps to replacing the long- lost stone gable, shows where severely weather-damaged rock was cut away by craftsmen at State Stone of Salt Lake City. They will fill this space with new blocks of stone anchored to the existing building by stainless steel rods.
Over the last six months, craftsmen of State Stone have carved individual rocks for the gable by following historic photos of the academy and using a few of the original stones salvaged from the earthquake by the late Newell and Ruth Hart as guides. Kepco engineers have designed a three-paneled steel frame into which each numbered stone is being placed. This rock-filled frame will be lifted into place and a final application of historic mortar will be applied between the rock, said Mackay.