A silent auction will benefit the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association (NBPA).

A silent auction will benefit the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association (NBPA).

On Friday from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the former Sterling Building on the west side of the Neosho Square, the public can come in and bid on the items. Proceeds will go to the NBPA.

"There will be approximately 50 auction items and probably 30 or 40 'buy it now' items," said Don Jessen, co-organizer of the silent auction. "We have been blessed with a Doug Hall print, signed and numbered. We have a $500 tuition voucher from MSSU, Crowder College has given us $300 in a tuition voucher. Indigo Sky Casino has given us a $200 entertainment package, several of the other casinos have been very generous to us. We have local artists Tim Booyer with a metal sculpture, Steve Henton with a glass picture of the old Ritchey barn that was there (in Newtonia) during the Civil War battle, Steve Chapman has a wonderful clock with wood that came off of the (Ritchey) mansion. We have all sorts of other gift certificates, some artifacts, arrowheads, etc."

The items will have starting off bids.

Jessen gave a couple of reasons as to why the event is being held in Neosho.

"The Newtonia Fall Festival has their own silent auction items and we didn't want to take away from them, we wanted to support them," he said. "We felt like the quality of items that we are going to get and did get, we wanted to do it at the Neosho Fall Festival, when we have a larger crowd to come in and, hopefully, bid on our items."

People can come in as many times as they want during the two-day silent auction event.

"I have a goal of $2,500. We will see how close I am," he said. "A lot of the people in town know what we are trying to do at the mansion to raise money not only to fix the mansion, [but also] we have several issues at the mansion that need to be taken care of."

Another place that the money will go to help out is the old Civil War Cemetery, which was vandalized a few months ago.
"We work off of our hard donated time, but we need donated money and services too," Jessen said. "People know what we are doing is to preserve local history, very significant history with the Civil War involvement."