Courthouse tower clock restoration completed

Courthouse tower clock restoration completed

Running like . . . Clockwork

Visitors to the Oconto County Courthouse can again trust the century-old tower clock, thanks to a recently completed restoration project by LUMICHRON.

Although the Oconto County Courthouse clock still might look like an antique, with its cast-iron grid work and Roman numerals, the four-faced clock has been updated with state-of-the-art gears and digital controls to keep perfect time.

The custom made clock was initially installed on the clock tower in 1907 and refurbished in 1952 or 1953, according to Kevin Noack, head of the Oconto County Maintenance Department. In recent years, the clock failed to keep accurate time.

Tower Clock, Oconto County Courthouse Clock Restoration

Contributed Photo Jeremey Berry cleans the face of a clock at the the Oconto County Courthouse on Sept. 15. The photo was taken from inside the bell tower at the courthouse. A restoration project provided new clock hands, clock gears and a bell striker system for chiming.

The county contracted with LUMICHRON Clock Company, of Grand Rapids, Michigan to replace the tower clock movement, including the drive system, back lighting and clock hands. Lumichron owner Ian Macartney, employee Dan Mudde and hired hand Jeremey Berry completed the project in three days.

The clock was chiming again Wednesday afternoon.

“Everything is working great,” Noack said.

Photo at top: Contributed Photo Jeremey Berry cleans the face of a clock high above the ground at the the Oconto County Courthouse on Sept. 15. A restoration project provided new clock hands, clock gears and system for chiming.