Large bell stolen from Historical Society



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WAKEFIELD BROOKFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY Vice President Gerry Hastings stands next to the frame of the missing 200-pound bell that someone recently stole from the front of the Little Red Schoolhouse. Larissa Mulkern. (click for larger version)
March 04, 2009
WAKEFIELD — What's this world coming to?

Some ding dong stole the bell from the front lawn of the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Located on Wakefield Road at the edge of the town's Historic District, the schoolhouse has been the headquarters of the Wakefield-Brookfield Historical Society for years.

Two weeks ago, board members including Vice President Gerry Hastings noticed the bell missing – not just missing, but sawed clean from its wooden frame in front of the building.

"Why would anyone want to steal a bell?"

Hastings asked himself the same thing. And the answers may include stealing it to sell it for scrap metal, unload to an antique shop, or just to have sitting around the house. Stranger things have happened.

"Society directors are very upset about the missing bell and can't believe something like this has taken place in this quaint area," said Hastings.

He said the bell weighed about 200 pounds, was cast from bronze, and was about two feet in diameter at its widest end. The bell was originally used in the Wakefield Congregational Church at Wakefield Corner for more than 25 years. In 1985, the Bozuwa's donated a new bell to the church in memory of their daughter, and the old bell was relocated to the front of the school house, where it has sat ever since. Hastings said the thief or thieves cut the bell from the frame with some type of saw about two weeks ago – and the bell hasn't been seen since.

The bronze bell was made in Vermont in the 1940s.

The society has reported the theft to the Wakefield Police Department. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the bell or who took it should call the department at 522-3232.

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