Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Old Farmhouse

I must first thank all of you who have sent such lovely emails checking up on me. I had no idea when Heather first talked me into blogging what a nice group of women are out there. It is such a supportive community and a great way to make friends with similar interests.

Next I would like to thank The Kitten's Mother for the blogging award. It was a great surprise and did, in fact, raise my spirits as was intended. She has a lovely blog, is from England and so creative. Best of all she is a cat lover and fosters kittens! Please check out her blog, I know you will enjoy it. It is listed on the right so click away!

Since I haven't been doing much but sofa warming, I haven't much to talk about. Since it is the 125th year this house has been sitting here, I thought I'd tell a bit about the people who first built the house.

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According to the mill stone by the back of the house, it was built in 1883 by William H. Glenn. The History of Washtenaw County describes the family as follows: .... William H. was born on the old homestead, and received his education largely at home. Sept. 30,1850, he was joined in marriage to Mathilda J. Watts, of Lyndon tp., and immediately settled on a portion of the family farm lying south of his brother's, where he still resides. In addition to farming he has lately engaged in the Fire and Life Insurance business, which has proven very remunerative to him. He inherits characteristic energy and enterprise of his father, along with the noble and refined traits of his mother, which have aided him considerably in his way through life. He is connected with the Grange interest, and with his wife, is a member of the North Lake Church. Six children, 5 daughters and 1 son have been sent to bless this alliance.....

The picture of the house above was taken in the 20's. The property changed hands in 1918 and consisted of approximately 40 acres. In 1943 it passed to the children of this owner and was broken up and sold off in various amounts at various times. In 1946 the house changed hands and was sold to Cyrillus Nagle.

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When the Nagle's purchased the house it had no electricity or plumbing! They pretty much made the improvements that were in the house at the time we purchased it.

The Glenn family is buried in the North Lake Cemetery as are several of their children.
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Having an old house is like having a dog. It requires a lot of attention but gives you an instant connection with other people who like them. You always have something to complain about!

11 comments:

Sherry said...

How beautiful! And how lucky you are to be living with the lovely part of history!

Susie Q said...

You truly are a part of history and I am always thrilled when an old house is well tended to. Your home is a treasure. So beautiful.

Hugs,
Sue

kathyann said...

Hi Stephanie,so glad you are feeling better! I have to say,what a beautiful house you live in,it is just gorgeous,Iloved reading of its history!In any big old house it is an ongoing thing to keep it looking so good,but oh so worth it!
Take care,love from Kathyann and the girls

Mary said...

Hi Stephanie,
So glad to hear that you're feeling a little better. I just loved seeing the old pictures, and reading about your house's history. It's a beautiful house, and how lucky you are tobe sharing it's history.
xoxo,
Mary

Ruth Welter said...

Stephanie, what a fascinating story to hear your houses' history. It is great that you know so much of its past as well. Any ghosts in your house?? That would be fun if there were, only nice ghosts though, of course. : ) Seriously, your house is beautiful. I hope you are feeling better.

Dolly said...

Glad you are feeling better Steph!

I love the old pictures of your home!

I have a surprise for you on my blog!

Hugz, Dolly

NAME: CIELO said...

Hi, just found your lovely blog! what a beautiful house-just a treasure!

happy day to you

cielo

Kathy said...

What a wonderful history of your home.

I love seeing the old pictures!

kris said...

How very cool to know the history of your home and to have the old photos - priceless! We have an old home too - and I hear you on the constant upkeep - but there is so much charm and warmth - it is worth it! We knew the woman who owned our house - we were friends for about 5 years and met her family and heard many of the stories about the house. When she decided to sell, she offered us first chance. She loved the idea of having someone in the house that she knew and loved and who would love the house like she had. To pat myself on the back, I have to say she made an excellent choice. :)
Your home is so wonderful - I just love that porch. And it's obvious how much care you put into it.

Nice to see you feeling better. Isn't the Artisan Bread wonderful? It's going right to my hips, but it tastes soooo good!!! I'll work it off in the gardens this spring. :)

the kittens' mother said...

Aaw, thank you for mentioning me on your post and I'm glad the award made you happy.

Wow! I have commented before about how beautiful your house is, but seeing the history of it is amazing! I wish all homes came with photos of the house with previous owners:) You are obviously looking after it well, it is looking better than ever:)

All the best, from Meg and cats xxx

Toni said...

Steph,

Gald you are feeling better...Great to hear about your old house...

Hope all is well down south...Toni