Former Northumberland funeral home sells for $256,000 at auction | News


NORTHUMBERLAND — The proprietors of Stiely’s Rivershore Campground positioned the profitable bid for the former Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Residence on Thursday night.

Adhering to a 30-minute auction, Craig and Jamie Stiely, of Sunbury, grew to become the new entrepreneurs of the home at 309 Drinking water St., Northumberland, with a winning bid of $256,000. The constructing is considered the oldest in the borough.

“We you should not know but what we want to do with it,” said Jamie Stiely. “I adore antiques and I adore previous properties.”

The Stielys function the campground along Route 147 outside the house Sunbury. Craig Stiely also operates a towing and restoration organization.

“I am tremendous satisfied, really pleased,” stated Jamie Stiely. “I like it.”

The 4-tale setting up with 44 rooms and a fourth-story cupola is formerly identified as the Elliot-Davis Residence. Longtime funeral director and residence proprietor Jerre Wirt Blank died on Nov. 22 at the age of 82.

The whole lot was formerly owned by Joseph Priestley. The house was crafted in a few parts. The original area, at the rear, was produced in 1772. Additions have been created in 1811 by John Boyd, a Northumberland merchant, and in 1876 by William Elliot, a railroad contractor. It has operated as a mortuary business given that 1927, in accordance to information from the Northumberland County Historic Society and The Each day Merchandise archives.

The residence has experienced numerous homeowners, which includes the Elliot spouse and children setting up in 1860 and the Davis family members beginning in 1927. Blank acquired the assets in 1977, according to historic society product. 

The auction started in-individual and online at 6 p.m. with seven folks on the residence and eight on the web. Ben Apfelbaum, the lawyer of the estate, read in excess of the phrases and ailments, and specifics of the house, and then he described that the successful bidder need to set 10 percent down and should pay within just 45 times.

The residence is marketed “as is” and have to not be utilized as a funeral property, reported Apfelbaum.

Auctioneer Jeffrey Dunkelberger, of Paxinos, started with $400,000 but no 1 commenced bidding right until the building was at the least expensive marketing rate of $100,000. Dunkelberger had two temporary breaks. Immediately after the ultimate break, the Stielys and one more bidder were locked in a bidding war, using turns bidding in increments of $1,000 each starting up at $200,000.

Nicole Blank, the daughter-in-legislation of Jerre Wirt Blank, mentioned she is pleased with the property heading to a good spouse and children.

“It won’t be torn down,” she said. “It will have a different lifetime. It is really been reborn.”

The Stielys also have a connection to the relatives. Jamie Stiely gave Jerre Wirt Blank’s adult daughter Penny Hupp a pup and is her dogsitter.


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