By Bev Wieler - West Point News Reporter / Glass insulators were once perched on wood poles along country roads. The glass pieces were used to insulate telegram, telephone and power wires.
When they were no longer put to use, the insulators became collectors’ items.
Paul and Mary Clare Stalp had a few buckets of the used insulators on their Cuming County farm. When they moved into town this past year, a little of the country came with them.
When the insulators were no longer strong enough to hold newer power lines, they were taken down and discarded. New styles of ceramic insulators replaced them.
It wasn’t unusual, as the insulators were taken down, that people would pick them up and stash them away in barns.
The insulators, in a variety of colors and designs, were often put on display. They were also traded and sold to people who collected them.
The Stalp’s buckets of insulators stayed in the barn until they were moved to town.
Mary Clare thought they were bringing too many of their country treasures into town, but now she is enjoying the glow from one of those “too many” items – a bucket of insulators.
The Stalps needed to do some remodeling to their new home, which included adding an all-season sun room.
The sun room adjoins the dining room. Three walls of windows allow them to watch the wildlife in the area.
When planning the decor of the room, shelves were added that edge three walls. The shelves were placed closer to the ceiling.
Mary Clare was glad for the extra display area off the floor. She tries to keep the floor in the sun room open for Paul to get his exercise and to be able to roll around with his wheelchair. The room is also Mary Clare’s sewing/craft room, and she and Paul can also watch television in there and enjoy a cup of coffee.
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