It has been a busy week, we spent last weekend and the first half of last week driving through Wisconsin for a wedding, and of course there was plenty of stopping to explore historic landmarks along the way. For the rest of the week and most of this past weekend, I was neck deep in research trying to catch up! Of course, not all research is work, (ahem, if you haven’t noticed, especially not for me..) equipped with a glass of red wine (courtesy of my wonderful husband) and a bag of dark chocolate kisses (Id.)– I found this: more
This post is a little on the personal side for what we usually talk about here, but I just had to share! My husband and I were looking into some of his family history, and there are some very interesting stories in his past (including a princess of Portugal and a daughter of someone from the Knights Templar!) my favorite stories are always the ones that are easily relatable. My husband’s paternal lineage in America is fairly recent compared to many, his family came over in the 1850s when four brother’s traveled to Iowa to build a life for themselves.… more
“Learn the sound qualities of all useful stuffs and make everything of the best you can get, whatever its Price, and then, every day, make some little piece of useful clothing, sewn with your own fingers as strongly as it can be stitched, and embroider it or otherwise beautify it moderately with fine needlework, such as a girl may be proud of having done.” — JOHN RUSKIN One of the bizarre traits that I possess as a result of my history fanaticism is a “hands-on” approach to doing a lot of things. For example, I love to make bread from… more
As promised, this is my very favorite of the old houses for sale in Minnesota. This house in Glencoe, Minnesota is a towering reminder of the towns heritage. While most of its extravagant details have been lost in recent years, the fact that it is still standing (and according to the City’s website, is the oldest home in Glencoe to remain) is an extraordinary feat.
This house was built by Joseph Jay Brechet construction began in 1895 and was finished in 1899. Brechet was born in Buffalo, New York in 1861 and when he was a young child his parents moved the family to Glencoe, Minnesota. As a teenager, Brechet worked in Glencoe at a local store, later leaving to work at stores throughout the midewest in Iowa and Wisconsin. Eventually, Brechet returned to his hometown of Glencoe, and made an offer to his old employer, he bought the store from its owner, slowly, over a period of time, by paying a portion of his wage he acquired the store. By the age of 28 he owned it.
You might recall that my husband and I are in the process of house hunting. During the past several months we’ve had the privilege of exploring much of southeastern Minnesota on our quest to find our future home. Of course, my love for history transcends my common sense much of the time as it affects our house hunt, and I find marvelous homes of all sizes and shapes, often distressed beyond our ability to repair and frequently with incredibly out-dated utilities. The most recent was equipped with “gravity heating” which, basically means that the vents do not use a fan… more