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Bernard Eveler Home. News Paper Artical - Couple moving into historic structure Old...
Couple moving into historic structure Old house, new home This stone house located at 728 W. Main St., which is 115 years old, will undergo remodeling and restoring soon before Mr. and Mrs. Ted Moore move into it. Mrs. Moore's great-grandfather great-grandfather built the house in 1860, and it has been passed down from generation to generation. (News Tribune photo) By KEN KLAMM Of the News Tribune staff Why would anyone want to move into a house that's 115 years old? "Why not?" says Mrs. Mary Moore, who plans to move with her husband Ted into an old rock house at 728 W. Main St. by this fall. "The house has been in the family since I860. There are a lot of memories tied up in that old place." The Moores are currently in the planning stage, but by the time they move in they hope to have completed several projects, including restoring and remodeling different different parts of the house, and adding a room to the back. They now live in a house on Route 4. "We're going to remove the white paint from Unoriginal Unoriginal walnut woodwork, and have the house thoroughly cleaned." Mrs. Moore explains. "We don't • know how much of the original features we will restore. We hope to have an office area for my husband, and add a bedroom at the rear of the house." The house has two large bedrooms upstairs, but the couple doesn't want to have to climb the steps, she says. Mrs. Moore, who lived in the house the first seven years of her life, says the house has a long, interesting history. The structure served as a landmark to people entering what was once the little village of Jefferson City from the west side. It was one of the first homes erected here. The house was built on the spot known as "Inlot No. 31." which was sold on Sept. 4. 1836. by Horsley Rea. .commissioner of the Missouri Seat of Permanent Gover nment. to John Chappell for Sill, according to earl\ records the family still has. "Chappell sold the lot to Bernard Eveler. my great-grandfather, on Dec. 14. 1854, for S200," Mrs. Moore says. The lot measured then as it does now. 104,4 feet on West Main Street and 198 feet on Clay Street. "My great-grandfather built the house in 1860." Mrs. Moore savs. "It contained six large rooms and a basement the full size of the house foundation. The house was constructed with famous Missouri 'cotton rock' and has outside walls 16 inches thick, and room partitions of brick nearly nine inches thick." The four rooms on the main floor each measure 14x15 feet, and have oak floors, and the windows and doors are made of walnut, she adds. "Originally the house was built to be used-as two apartments, so two families or couples could live there." Mrs. Moore notes. "My mother. Mrs. G. Gabler, lived in one side of the house with her husband after they were married in 1904. They eventually took over all the house when they had a family and needed more room." There were two front entrances and a center wall back to the stairway which served both apartments, and a bathroom served both sides. Mrs. Moore says. The stairway goes up from the rear and is made of walnut and sided up with walnut boards about two inches thick. The upstairs bedrooms measure 15x18 feel, with large closet space. In the basement are the cellar and storage rooms and the furnace nx>m. which was installed after the days of heating with wood stoves. Mrs. • Moore notes. In the rear of the house is a spacious porch, with "cotton rock" and concrete floors. Mrs. Gabler inherited the house from her father. Bernard W. Eveler. when he died in 1918. She in turn gave the house to her daughter. Mrs. Moore, in 1970. Mrs. Gabler lived in the house with her husband until about 1927, when they built a new house next door. She- then rented the old stone house. Billye Sue Hilgc-dick has rented the house for about 30 years, but plans to move soon so that renovation and remodeling work can begin. The new house built next door is now the property of John Gabler. Mrs. Moore's brother, who is renting it "Both houses bring back so many memories for us. we wouldn't think of selling them." Mrs. Moore says. "Besides-the sentimental value to us. the old place is an important historic site." she comments. "It is one of the oldest and best-preserved properties dating back to earl v statehood." v

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  1. Jefferson City Post-Tribune,
  2. 04 May 1975, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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