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Germania Town & Country Club items on the auction block

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(10/09/12) - After more than 150 years in business, the end is near for a once-popular Saginaw club.

If you grew up in the Saginaw-area, it's a sure bet you have some memory from the Germania Town and Country Club.

"Great meals and great times with great friends and family," said Paul Barrera, owner of Jake's Old City Grill in Old Town. He stopped by Tuesday to reminisce, and shop. "There's things that we may use in our business and it's unfortunate to take advantage of the misfortune of another business, but that's how it works."

Wednesday and Thursday everything inside this former private club will be auctioned off by Rod Butler, who demonstrated his auction skills for ABC12. "And will give me a $100 bid, $100. Give me 75, give me 75. Give me 80. 85, 85 and 90. 95 and now 100. And 105 and 15. 20 and 25, 25, 25. Sold for $120."

From dishes you may have dined on, to signs from around the course, everything must go. That includes some orange made in Michigan, 'Herman Miller' chairs. In some places, they sell for $250. "Once you set in one, you know why they're good. They're real comfortable you don't want to get out of them," Butler explained.

The private club dissolved in 2010. Another owner tried to bring it back in 2011. But earlier this year, it was bought by the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority.

"We train up to 60 people a day and our current location doesn't accommodate that parking on the west side of Saginaw," said Delores Ford-Heinrich with Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority.

Once everything is sold, parts of the building will be remodeled for use as office and training space.

Then a century and a half of club history will be preserved only through memories, and memorabilia.

"It's a shame to lose a great establishment," Barrera said. "Another one bites the dust."

The auction starts at 10 a.m. both days. Wednesday, the banquet, bar and kitchen items will be sold. Thursday the focus is on the 12 lane bowling alley.

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