2011-04-28 / Local & State

Local Lifters Remove 1800s Safe From Bank

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The heavy lifting for the removal of the safe was done by Buck’s Body Shop weightlifting team. Pictured from left to right: Barry Shafer, Byron Rouzer, Jeff Gibson Sr., Buck Carmack, Brian Rouzer, and Jeff Gibson Jr. The heavy lifting for the removal of the safe was done by Buck’s Body Shop weightlifting team. Pictured from left to right: Barry Shafer, Byron Rouzer, Jeff Gibson Sr., Buck Carmack, Brian Rouzer, and Jeff Gibson Jr. A group of local weightlifters who call themselves “Buck’s Body Shop” provided the manpower to move a 19th-century common bank safe out of F&M Trust’s bank vault in Mc- Connellsburg last week.

Members of Buck’s Body Shop lift and compete in weightlifting competitions throughout the state and regionally. The bank wanted the old safe, which has not been used for nearly 20 years, removed.

The task took more than two hours and included levering the safe out of the vault and raising it above the vault door ledge. Estimated at between 1,200 and 2,000 pounds, the weight bent the axle of a 2.5 ton floor jack. The safe is the heaviest object the group has ever moved, according to Buck Carmack of Buck’s Body Shop.

The safe was manufactured by Stiffel & Freeman of Philadelphia, Pa. Safes made by Stiffel & Freeman were mainly sold on the northeast coast of the U.S. and various styles of the safe could be commonly found in banks as well as stores during this time period. This style safe contains a smaller safe within the safe. It is in good condition, with both lock combinations still functioning. >It is believed to be the original safe acquired prior to the opening of The Fulton County National Bank in 1887, making it the first bank safe in Fulton County. The safe was in continuous use for more than 100 years.

The bank is accepting sealed bids to purchase the safe, with the winning bid amount to be donated to the Fulton County Camp Cadet Association, which provides weeklong activities for approximately three dozen students from the county’s three school districts at Camp Sinoquipe near Fort Littleton in June. The camp is sponsored jointly by the Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg station and by the county’s social services agencies and schools.

Sealed bids received by the bank will be opened at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011. Interested bidders can send their name, address and phone number along with their bid amount in a sealed envelope to the McConnellsburg office or mail to F&M Trust, c/o Marketing Department, PO Box 6010, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Removal, delivery and transportation of the safe are the responsibility of the winning bidder. Additionally, the bank is not responsible for any sealed bid that is received after the

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