Local man honors former hotel, owner

By on April 27, 2016
Doug Keith

Doug Keith

A local man has found a unique way to remember a historical hotel and honor the man who owned it.

Doug Keith of Ephrata has been making turkey calls for more than 20 years, according to his wife, Carol, and has, for the past several years, donated one to the Blue Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for its annual auction.

This year, the call has special meaning for him because of the wood’s historical meaning and value. It also honors Curtis Hollinger, a former Ephrata High School graduate.

“I took beams from the historic Kleinfeltersville Tavern, which was built in 1857,” Doug said. “The hotel burnt down in April 2015. I milled the log into a turkey call and used Purple Heart wood inlays on the lid.

The following inscription is included with the turkey call, “This red oak long box with white oak lid inlaid with purple heart was made by Doug Keith. The wood was donated by Hollinger, the owner of the Kleinfeltersville Hotel. The hotel was built in 1957 and was destroyed by fire April 1, 2015. The call is made from the hand hewn beams from the hotel. The call is inlaid with purple heart to symbolize the destruction of the hotel and Curtis’ service as a former Marine. Doug donated the call to Blue Mountain Chapter of the NWTF for the Heritage Banquet, January 30, 2016.”

The call brought $650 at the auction, which will benefit conservation, Carol said.

The wood that was used to make the turkey call.

The wood that was used to make the turkey call.

Shown is the inscription that was included with the turkey call that  was auctioned at the Blue Mountain Chapter of the National Wild  Turkey Federation for the Heritage Banque

Shown is the inscription that was included with the turkey call that was auctioned at the Blue Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for the Heritage Banque

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