Stumpff buys Legion building

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Local auctioneer looks to bring more events to Cassville

The American Legion building and 14 acres of land is now under new ownership, as local auctioneer Donnie Stumpff has purchased the property from the Legion Post.

Stumpff said he has been considering the purchase for about a year, and the goal is to bring more events to the city of Cassville.

“We want to bring back events like the Old Soldier’s Settlers’ Reunion, circus and Gospel sings,” Stumpff said. “It was a little late in the year to plan a lot for this year, but we are making progress in planning stuff for next year, and we are having a Gospel Sing on Dec. 14.”

Stumpff said the building will be named the Stumpff Family Event Center, and it will be available for rent and used for a myriad of activities.

“We are trying to bring in things for the community to do,” he said. “The post kept the park, and we have the building and the field south of it. The Post will also keep doing their tractor pull, which gives them income for their scholarships.”

Stumpff said he approached Legion members about a year ago concerning buying the property.

“I talked to some guys who belonged to the Post, and we had three or four meetings with the members and commander,” Stumpff said. “We made the offer, and hopefully, it helps them, too.

“We will work in accordance with them to see them get everything they need to get done.”

Stumpff said he plans to do a little work on the building, but not much.

“We want to try to leave the historic value as much as possible,” he said. “We will be able to rent out the building for events and things like wedding showers. There is also the cookshack on the grounds, and we plan to use that.”

Stumpff said rental rates will vary depending on length of the rental and if the renter will need to use the kitchen.

“We also want to host some swap meets, and we can rent spaces for that,” he said. “It will be a family-run event center, and my daughter-in-law Ashley Stumpff will be the event coordinator.”

The Gospel Sing on Dec. 14 is called God’s Glory, and it will feature the Ledbetter Family and Ozark Mountain Revival, among other groups. It will also be Christmas-themed.

If anyone wishes to host an event at the Center, they may reach Ashley Stumpff at 471-342-2968.

Donnie Stumpff declined to say what the selling price was for the property.

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