MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
55-year history ends with demolition
Change is inevitable, and when Brig. Gen. James A. Kessler, commanding general, Marine Corps Logistics Command, took the controls of an Earth excavator and knocked down his old home May 17, he not only changed the way the base looks he also changed base history in the process.
It only took a few minutes to knock out a huge hole where he used to park in his double car garage, and with the help of a few Marines and civilian-Marines here, the whole house was nearly demolished within minutes.
The old home that Kessler helped knock down has a long history that mirrors the history of the base and the Marine Corps.
Twenty five general grade officers and their families have called 10500 East Matthews Boulevard home prior to Kessler and his family moving into the house. The house has seen as many changes as the base itself.
Built in 1955, and moved into by Brig. Gen. Ion M. Bethel and his family on Dec. 5 of the same year, the house was originally a three bedroom, two bath, cement block structure with a two-car carport.
It was considered worthy of a general and his family in its time with 1,909 square feet of living space.
This was when Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany was called Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. The base has since changed its name three times, and the house has also gone through as many changes.
Over the years the house has gone through at least eight major renovations from its original construction. From the addition of new bedrooms to full scale kitchen remodeling, the house grew and changed with each new family.
In 1969, technology and southwest Georgia heat finally paved the way for central air conditioning to be fitted into the home.
The summer of 1986 saw the largest changes made to the exterior and interior of the house.
A new kitchen was installed with new cabinets along with new sinks and a garbage disposal. Additionally, the carport became a garage and the first automatic garage doors were installed.
The last major changes to the house were made in 1988 when renovations were made to a number of rooms in the house for insulation cosmetic reasons.
By the time the Kessler's moved out earlier this year, the house had grown by nearly 1,000 gross square feet over its 55-year history.
Much like the mission of the base and the Marine Corps has over the years.
The Kessler family moved into their new home adjacent to the old house March 11, and history will reveal itself over the next 55 years.