Eugene Stark Hall

Eugene Stark Hall

During the Jan. 22, 2019, Logan County Fiscal Court meeting, the late Eugene Stark Hall was honored with a proclamation read by Judge-Executive Logan Chick for his many services of preserving and restoring pieces of one of the oldest historic buildings in our community.

Eugene passed away Aug. 9, 2018, but a part of him will forever be etched into the Logan County Archives building, located on Fourth Street in Russellville where he preserved the windows in the structure as well as donating a beautiful wooden door in memory of his sister, Charlotte Ann Hall who died of cancer. The new-old door, made from aged wood out of South Carolina, was cut from a 16x16 inch beam that supports a beautiful wood grain. It was made by a professional out of Nashville, Tenn.

The Logan County Archives building once housed the county's jail in 1874. The building itself was erected in 1869 and is listed on the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. The Logan County Genealogical Society occupies and operates the Archives and acts as the keeper of our community's historical records.

The Archives is the home of some of the county's oldest documents; from genealogical material and marriage and death records, to land acquisitions and places where people are buried around the county. Many services are provided by the archives and genealogical society for the citizens of Logan, as well as visiting inquirers.

"Eugene was a true craftsman and was a Godsend to us," said Judy Lyne, member of the Logan County Genealogical Society.

The door and windows add to the many projects accomplished to restore the building. Replacing the windows began in 2012. Donations and fundraisers were held to replace the over 100-year-old windows made of Southern Red Pine. The windows have been worn down by age and weather. Most, however, still have the original glass within them.

Eugene was dedicated to his passion and career for over 30 years as a historic preservationist carpenter which is evident all over middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky. When asked to help restore the windows at the Logan County Archives, Eugene jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, Eugene passed away from a heart attack soon after finishing the 10th window.

A plaque was given in Hall's memory by the Genealogical Society which states:

"Very few have the heart & vision to recapture the glory of the past and bring it to life with new meaning and dignity. Eugene was one of those individuals. We at the Archives will always remember his devotion in restoring our windows with meticulous detail and feel a deep gratitude & appreciation for his commitment to excellence."