Descendants honored for footing bill for water lines at museum
A family of descendants helped unclog a stopped-up project by donating water lines for the new Germantown Colony Museum building.
A reception honoring Larry and Bruce Hock, of Petro-Chem Operation Co., was held Thursday evening at the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mary Durusau, Director of Museums for the Secretary of State's office, was at the meeting to present certificates of appreciation to the Hock brothers.
"Germantown Colony Museum has been underway for quite sometime," Durusau said. "We are working feverishly to get the building built. We are days away from going out to bid.
"But that would not be possible if it were not for the generosity of local folks," she continued. "Claiborne Electricity stepped up and donated electrical work for us on the site. Now, the Hock brothers of Petro-Chem have stepped in to help with placing water utilities to the site."
Durusau said the museum project had been stalled due to limited funds.
"Until now, we have not been able to bid the project because the amount of funds to include the utility work was not available," she said. "So even though electric and water lines don't sound glamorous, if you don't have them you are not going to have a building. Donations like these are more important than words can say."
Larry Hock said their donation to the museum was an effort to preserve history, not only for the community but also for themselves.
"Our mother, Elsie Krouse, who has passed, was a Krouse, a direct descendant of Germantown colonists," Hock said. "There was no water down at the site for the museum, and that seemed to be a hold up for getting anything done.
"It was looking like that was one of the stumbling blocks in the way for getting the state to build the museum," he continued. "It wasn't that much money – it was just a matter of getting it done. They were hung up on the project, not knowing how much it would cost. So we decided to jump in and short cut that and get the project going."
The Hock brothers are looking forward to preserving Germantown Colony's history.
"Getting the museum built has been a long time coming," Larry said. "The state has artifacts they are preserving for us until we get a safe and secure place for them to be exhibited up here. The artifacts need to be up here where people can see them and we are looking forward to that."
Larry said he and his brother both like the "simple and clean line" design of the museum and believe it will be a "good thing" for the Minden community.