Plans were developed to build a clubhouse and a lot was purchased for $400.00. Mr. Otto Boech, a member, brought his 'cat' from Beaver Creek and cleared and leveled the lot for free. Mr. Larry Kauffman
donated gravel for an entry road. Plans to build were abandoned in
April 1950 when the Forest Service sent word out about an auction of
old buildings from Camp Angell ("Camp 56") in Waldport which had house
conscientious objectors during World War II. (1)
The Seal Rock Community Club members decided to bid on one of
the larger buildings up for auction.
This one had a kitchen and was larger than the barracks type. The bid was $305.00 agreed upon that evening,
but that night, the President, Ray Hall,
had a dream that someone bid the same amount and urged Mr. Jones to “get
reckless” and bid $306.00. As it turned
out, someone had bid $305.00, so Seal Rock won the building by $1.00.
Freckled Pink Rhodie by B. Goody
The Camp Angell buildings were originally constructed in 1920 making this probably the oldest standing structure in SEAL ROCK. At 50 years old, the building needed to be moved from Waldport to SEAL ROCK and the Club had no more money to spend. Their daring plan was to cut the building into three separate pieces and move it on trucks to its current location. With many willing workers and three borrowed trucks, they did just that - in one day! Two months later, the first meeting was held. Membership swelled to 121 by year's end and donations helped to furnish, renovate and bring the building to life.
A picture was donated by it’s painter, William Anderson Marshall, a retired engineer.