After a thief stole a Winsted Roller Mills “1876” antique ornament from Bernie Stifter Libor’s garage during Memorial Day weekend, Libor felt a need to put a lock on the door. The antique had been kept there for 45 years.
The heavy, black iron ornament was approximately two to two-and-a-half feet wide, 15 to 20 inches high and about a quarter of an inch thick. Libor is asking for everyone’s help in finding the antique. She is hoping that if someone has seen the antique they will call the Winsted police.
The 1876 antique had been given to Bernie and her husband, Lawrence, by Rufo Vollmer, their next door neighbor, when he moved to the nursing home.
Vollmer was one of Felton Vollmer’s three sons. Felton had owned the Winsted Roller Mills from 1871 to 1916. In addition, Felton had been the bank president and town mayor for 20 years.