Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 31, 1971 · Page 2
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Two*Year Job For Dorothy Arend Renovating 75 Year Old House >— * Interesting Hobby For Algonan By Dorothy Muckey The fascination and love of old houses has kept Dorothy Arend busy for the past two years. In May of 1969 she purchased the old S. E. McMahon home at the corner of Call and Colby streets, after spending six years regretting that she had not bought it when she first saw the house in 1963. Construction of this beautiful old house was started in 1896 and it was not completed until 1901. The original blue prints were found on the floor of the attic. A complete set covering the interior and exterior design, made up by Dieman and Fiske, Architects at Cedar Rapids. In perfect condition and a brilliant deep blue, Dorothy is framing these to use in decorating. The basement walls are of granite hauled by mule team from Minnesota and all of the ceilings are lathed and plastered. There are many rooms and in the laundry room is a three-sectioned marble laundry sink with a built-in scrub board area and eight faucets. Renovation of this 13 room house was quite a task, but the outside was where she started first, giving it a fresh coat of white paint. The large open porch has hard maple flooring which she refinished herself. THEN THE INTERIOR, just where does one start? Ten foot ceilings and a quantity of wood. The entire house is built of oak and she decided to remove all of the quarter round and ceiling moulding so it could be cleaned and revarnished. Much of the woodwork was also redone. One certainly never found a house of this era with painted walls, so in keeping with that idea, Dorothy set out to find the right wallpaper. A difficult job, but after six months she found what was suitable and it was ordered, only to find out a short time later that the pattern had been discontinued. Then it was another six months before she found one of the right texture and neutral tones. 60 double rolls were used to cover the expanse of wall area she had spent weeks preparing. There are two of the original ceiling fixtures on the first floor, in the sitting room is a lovely enameled glass and brass chandelier with an oak leaf decoration signifying the sturdiness of which the home was built. The other is in the foyer, also of brass, and all of the upstairs rooms still have the original. Each has been taken down, thoroughly cleaned, and re-hung. THERE ARE TWO fireplaces on the ground floor, one in the sitting room and the other in the library. The interior of the house was last redone in the 1930* s and at this time the original sitting room fireplace was replaced with one of glazed brick, but the other is the one put in when the house was built. A gray soft glazed brick with red mortar. Gold and old rose was the color scheme used in the house at that time. Floor coverings in a house of this expanse is another hurdle. The dining room, sitting room, library, front foyer and its small waiting room, the stairs and upstairs hall have been covered with antique brass colored carpet and each of the bedrooms and upstairs sitting room have their own decor. 221 square yards of carpeting and some reused, not new. The secret of the talented decorator is not to always use the new and expensive, but instead to mix in the pieces of which you are particularly fond and decorate to bring out the best in each, This is what Dorothy has done. Many things are new, as few people would have enough furnishings to fill a home of this size, but she has used many that are not. She says she haunts sales and buys after prices have been reduced. Even remnants of fabric to help give the right decorator touch here and there. COLORS USED throughout the house with the antique gold carpet and neutral walls are three shades of purple, from the deep to the lavendar, blues and a brilliant pink, she has combined three periods of furniture, the early 20th century, French .Provincial and Mediterranean. The same window treatment has also been used throughout the house, in varying colors. Austrian shirred panels with side drapes and matching pleated swag valances with long end jabots and tassel trim. They were Woman Early 20fh Century home renovated Mrs. Arend by entrance to the guest waiting room The beautifully carved oak stairs made by her daughters-in-law, Donna and Gloria, the Mrs. Robert and Daryl Arend. If we would take a tour of the house, starting with the kitchen, we would find this is the only room to be completely modernized. Turquoise and avocado is the color scheme, combined with the deep wood tones of the new cupboard area. From here one enters the old pantry room made fresh with white paint and white tiny decorator tile on the counter area. In the formal dining room is a built-in break front with leaded glass doors behind which are displayed antique cut glass stemware, vases and serving dishes, as well as some hand painted china. A bay window area faces the east and along side the break front is a single window with a built-in seat. FROM THE DINING room are two double sized openings where one may enter either the sitting room or library, in the latter are two love seats facing each other from each side of the fireplace, with a pink marble- topped French Provincial coffee table between. Four large gold leafed musicians, a string trio and pianist with her Baby Grand, decorate the top of the built- in bookcase. la this room, as in many, is also a window with its seat. The sitting room is lovely with a huge semicircular bay window to the north and east. The covering on the gay flowered davenport is from where the complete color scheme originated and two brilliant blue side chairs and a marble-topped pedestal table are by the fireplace. A beautiful and comfortable room with many interesting decorator pieces, including a blue and gold Provincial secretary with its purple velvet chair. The large front foyer has a built-in bench with storage area. One first sees a large picture, six feet in length, with a Mediterranean decor frame and colors in the scene carrying out the complete scheme. TO the north is a small waiting room with a deep purple velvet love seat. The 2 - Kossuth County Advance Monday, May 31, 1971 A step in the right direction By Abigail Van 3uren l@ 1*71 by CMCIM Trikmt-N. Y. Newi Syn*., Inc.) DEAR ABBY: When a New York couple visited Houston and the wife found the restrooms were marked "Heifers" and "Steers" she asked her husband which one she was and you said, "If he didn't tell her she was a "heifer" he gave her a bum steer. Well, Abby, for your information, we Texans refer to virgin cows as "heifers," so I doubt if that man's wife would qualify as a heifer. And a steer is a neutered bull, so no self-respecting Texan would care to use facilities marked "Steer." I like the signs they use in Oregon. "Pointers" and "Setters." Ain't that a scream? SAN ANGELO CATTLEMAN DEAR MAN: Yup. Now, let's get back to "Ladies" and "Gentlemen," shall we? DEAR ABBY: A co-worker sent all of us girls who work with her an invitation to her wedding. But it was only an invitation to come to the church and watch her get married. There wasn't a clue as to where the reception was to be held! so I asked her. She told me that her parents were a little low on funds, so there would be a big wedding at the church, and a very small reception afterwards for relatives and a very few close friends. All of us girls who work with this girl got together and gave her a gift. I wonder if you think it is right to invite people to a wedding and not to any kind of a reception afterward? I think it is a lot of nerve to expect guests to be satisfied to just come to a church and watch a bride walk down an aisle, especially after- accepting a wedding gift What is your opinion? GYPPED DEAR GYPPED: It's my opinion that the only reason a gift is given is because the giver wants to give it. Since yon feel gypped, in the future don't give anything until you've collected whatever it was you expected to receive in exchange. That way you'll be sure to get your money's n^Oi CI1* DEAR ABBY: Can a person be a kleptomaniac without realizing it? At the place I recently started working a certain party mentioned that she had misplaced her favorite pen. We searched and searched and couldn't find it When I The nZ e H hat T eVe jS g ,J fOUnd a Strange P*" ta m y P ur *e. The next day I asked the person who had lost it if that was her pen and she said it was: I was terribly embarrassed I don t remember ever having seen that pen before, and' I certainly can't remember having put it in my purse. That's not all. A few days later someone else in the office misplaced a very pretty little desk calendar, and I found that to my purse, too! Abby, I don't steal. Is someone playing a Joke on me? Or can I be a kleptomaniac? BAFFLED / ""«*•--•«•• ^als compul- |unconsd '»"»y. Either you absent-mindedly put those items in your purse, or someone has planted them there. Suggestion: Put a mousetrap in don't forget it's there!] your purse [but but ' stiu ** Rhonda Sleper Engaged TITONKA - Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sleper of Titonka are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rhonda Sue, to Michael John Ostercamp, son of Mr. George Ostercamp of Wesley and Mrs. Beverly Ostercamp, Britt. A September wedding is planned. Bride Wears Her Mother's Wedding Gown marble, glass holders, faucets and drinking fountain type faucet, shows it has been used, but still is in working order. Dorothy has covered the walls with a washable white moire paper and the one window is draped with white moire taffeta. The shag carpet is a brilliant pink and the claw-footed tub fits snugly into a curved corner. DOWN THE HALL to the south one enters the maid's quarters, small but bright and comfortable and accessible by a back stairway from the kitchen. A closet in the hall off the maid's bedroom has a permanent large chest of drawers and the same is found in the walk-in closet off the master bedroom. The easy gliding drawers are a woman's dream. Back where we started from on our tour of this grand old fashionable home of the early 20th Century, I wondered about the family for whom it was built. S. E. McMahon was an attorney with the organization of Sullivan and McMahon. (Mr. Sullivan was the father of the late Wade Sullivan) S. E. McMahon and his wife, Nan, had four children: Marion, Mrs. Richard Schmitz of Storm Lake; Ruth, wife of Dr, Ralph Carpenter, Marshalltown; and a third daughter, Helen, Mrs. Joe Harig, is deceased. Their only son, Maurice "Bud" McMahon lives in Minneapolis. And Dorothy Arend, the renovator of this fine home, what about her? She and her husband, Ed, have lived for 31 years on a farm southeast of Algona, and still maintain their home there. She has always lived in a small house and secretly has wanted a large one, thus partially prompting the purchase. Their family is the two boys, their wives and three grandchildren. Daryl's children are Sally, seven year old who helped her grandmother do some papering and Christopher 9. Three year old Elizabeth is Bob's daughter who loves to dance through the spacious rooms of her grandparent's house. Decorating and remodeling are only parttime jobs of Dorothy, she also works full time as Coordinator for the Office of Economic Opportunity, was a 4-H leader for 14 years and has also been employed at Read's Furniture. She also plans an Open House for the public to enjoy a personal tour of the home on June 6. MA >**'«< : &m^ opening has a colonnade on either and mirror, also surrounded'by" side with lamps in replica of the early Roman and Grecian pillars. A small Provincial Powder Room has also been built off the foyer. Up the massive stairs one climbs to the second floor where a wide hallway is flanked by two guest rooms, a large master bedroom with adjoining bath and a charming sitting room of soft relaxing blues. Each bedroom is individually decorated with carpet to match. The only full bath in the entire house is off the master bedroom and still has most of its original fixtures. The fascinating and lovely, but old, marble top French vanity with the original lavatory COMING Wed., June 2 - 9 to DICK JURGENS 1 Convention City for organizations, schools, clubs, banquets, meetings Call 515-357-2419 ro make arrangements. Suzanne Redfleld, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Redfield of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Algona, and Burt Davis, son of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis, also of Kansas City, were united in marriage on Saturday evening, May 29, in Longview United Methodist Church. The bride, attired in the ivory satin gown worn by her mother 29 years ago, was escortedtothe altar by her father. Maid of honor for the bride was Miss Connie Hufford and Miss Andrea Hart was bridesmaid. Both are from Des Moines. Fred Davis, Independence, Mo., served his brother as best man and Larry Ward, Kansas City, was groomsman. A reception was held in the church parlor. After a short honeymoon the couple will be at home in Kansas City where both are employed by the Bendix Corporation. GOP Women Plan Breakfast At Smith Lake A "Breakfast at the Lake" will be an unusual feature of the next meeting of >he Kossuth Republican Women's Club, which will be held at Smith Lake, on Saturday, the 5th of June ait 9:00 a.m. The program will focus upon PILLOW CLEANING: Wednesday, June 2 v Old feather beds made into new pillows. Feathers will be cleaned, sterilized and NEW FEATHER-PROOF TICKING. All for ... $2.35. Elk Cleaners IT'S SUPER SAVINGS MONTH ON LAWN MOWERS I I Two Models In Stock Now Feature i Pull & Go Starting « No Engine Adjustments Reg. $107.95 $77.88 S& $67.88 /VU)NI(,()/VU KY AIGONA, IOWA 295.3536 Announcing PLACE Iowa's recreation areas and will be presented by Mrs. Don Nettleton, Algona; Mrs. Charles Nygaard, Wesley, and Mrs. Joe Skow, Wesley. There will be plenty of home made rolls ant? coffee for refreshments. Smith Lake is located about 4 miles north of Algona on Hyw. 169. TUESDAY, JUNE 1 6:00 p.m. - O.E.S.potlucksupper at the Masonic Temple. 12 noon - SOROPTMIST CLUB meets at the Home Federal Community room for their business meeting. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 6:30 p.m. - T.O.P.S. meet at St. Ann. 6:30 p.m. - ROYAL NEIGHBOR Lodge will meet with Bertha Spear for a pot luck supper. Bring a covered dish and table service. This will be for the January to July birthdays of lodge members. THURSDAY, JUNE 3 W.S.C.S. of the United Methodist Church at Wesley meets. 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