COLUMBUS, Ind. — An estate sale of the belongings of a well-known Columbus businesswoman is providing local residents a chance to get a glimpse of, or even own, some intriguing decor that once graced her elegant Washington Street home.

Hundreds of items from the estate of the late Edna Howe, who had run Bartholomew County Beverage, will be sold at auction Saturday at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, in a sale organized by Estate and Downsizing Specialists LLC of Bloomington.

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Edna Howe

The estimated 500 lots — which include bronze sculptures of all sizes, marble pedestals, ornate carved furniture and indoor and outdoor planting containers of all shapes and sizes — will be sold in two auction rings, with 65 to 90 items being sold per hour, said Brian Sample, owner of Estate and Downsizing Specialists.

The items filled a unique four-bedroom brick estate at 2980 Washington St., which is being purchased by local entrepreneur Tom R. Wetherald, who is planning to close on the Howe

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Howe home at 2980 Washington St.

home in November.

The residence, which sits on 7 acres of wooded land, has a panoramic view extending back to the Flat Rock River. It has a private nature preserve area near the river, according to Michael J. Weisner, Howe’s son, who is working with attorneys and the estate specialists to sell the property and its contents.

Throughout this week, the home’s contents were being boxed, packed and transported to the fairgrounds, where they will be auctioned in a process that is expected to last until mid-afternoon, Sample said.

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Ornate credenzas and marble display columns are being sold as part of the estate sale of the belongings of the late Edna Howe, who lived in a large and unique home on the north side of Columbus. Photo | Julie McClure
Ornate credenzas and marble display columns are being sold as part of the estate sale of the belongings of the late Edna Howe, who lived in a large and unique home on the north side of Columbus. Photo | Julie McClure

The one-of-a-kind items, displayed indoors throughout the home, and outdoors in the home’s various garden areas surrounding the house, were collected over a lifetime from antique dealers and sales, Weisner said of the artifacts.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.