Sunday December 6 we visited six locations and learned many historical footnotes. ABCM provided a bus and many took advantage of riding and not driving. This event was a fundraiser for the Old Stone House.
Harriman Nielsen committee members decorated the home for the holidays. We send a big thanks out to them! Did you know that the Danish put the tree up on Christmas, and then dance around it?
Leahy Grove made us all feel welcome. Leahy Grove was named after Admiral Leahy, who was from Hampton. Just before D-Day the government sent Admiral Leahy home to Hampton (and many others to their homes) in order to make it appear as if nothing big was going to happen.
Beeds Lake Lodge brought in the big guns and answered a lot of questions. Dave Heyden from Friends of Beeds Lake spoke, and Terry Manning from DNR talked as well. Did you kn0w the Park Ranger’s house is on the historical registry?
G.A.R. Memorial Hall was open and Greg Keller gave a presentation. During the Civil War, 169 soldiers fought from Franklin County. 48 of those died. Franklin County had the most casualties per capita in the state of Iowa.
Andrea Gibson greeted us at the apartment above Movies America. The front Southern apartment is completed and it is truly loft living. There’s exposed brick, an overhang bedroom and large sized windows to look out over 1st St. The back apartment has been started and it looks like that will be a real charmer as well. It should be done in a couple of months. On the north side there will eventually be an apartment that goes the length of the building – we can’t wait to see that!
Ray and Mary Jorgensen graciously allowed us to tour every room in their house.