Fire destroys Marshall Co. home

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

LEBANON, OK -- Fire destroyed a Marshall County business that was also one family's home. Family members say Eugene and Nita Arterberry ran what many called "The Auction House,” a place where the couple held auctions to raise money for children in need.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Nita left to pick up Eugene from work. When they returned, they found the auction house and their home completely engulfed in fire.

"For somebody that's done so much for the community, to lose so much in one night is really hard, especially when you don't have anything to help gain anything back. Everything they owned was in there," niece Gina Arterberry said.

The fire is under investigation. No official cause has been released.

If you'd like to help this family, an account has been set up at Landmark Bank in Madill under Anita Arterberry, but you can make a deposit at any Landmark Bank.

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  • by Tracy Location: Kingston on Nov 9, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    As Conner McDougall's Aunt I can personally tell you that auctions were held on more than one occasion to directly benefit my nephew. The family of Conner McDougall appreciates everything that the Arterberry's have done to help with Conner's needs and would hope that the community would come together to assist their family in its time of need.
  • by Madill Location: Madill on Nov 8, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    The auction house has been shut down for months.It was not just for benefits. They have done benefits over the last 6 years. If it is in question that they have helped anyone if you know the Mcdougal family or the people Mr Arterberry works for just call and ask them. They will tell you.The Arterberry family has lost everything but the closes on there backs. They are not asking anyone for help. His friends are. Why not ask people in your community if they know about the benefits. It was in the paper check the back issues. The last benefit was at the rodeo barn back in the spring. Just because you have not heard about does not mean it did not happen. Don't assume it is wrong until you check out some sources first. Enought bad has happen without people questioning his character.
  • by anonymous Location: Madill on Nov 8, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    It is sad to loose your home along with your business. If this auction house did benefits for children why didn't they advertise for the benefit. I know if you let the community know who the benefit is for, more people would turn out. I am a supporter of helping children especially Conner McDougall but never heard of a benefit from this location. I seen they had garage sales on the weekend listed in the paper but it did not state who it was benefiting for.
  • by Marshall county Location: madill on Nov 8, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    Conner McDougal (2), Shylee Kenedy, Trenton Smith, & Levi Posey are the ones i know of that they have helped.
  • by anonymous on Nov 8, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    These people held numerous benefit get togethers for Conner McDougall. They had pie auctions and yard sales to benefit that family.
  • by Marshall Countian Location: Madill on Nov 8, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    Its awful to loose your home and business, our heart goes out to this family but what child organization benefitted from this business? I wasnt aware that this business existed.
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