What’s behind the green door?
To the editor:
After reading the article in the Independent about the house demolished on the corner of College Drive and North Hill Street, I feel it is important to the family to include the history of the home:
The house was not always vacant. It was one of the early homes in Marshal
l, occupied by Abner and Lena Kiel. It was always neatly kept, and the scene of many happy family gatherings. After the Kiels separated, Lena was left to raise seven children as a single mother and, I might add, during the depression.
As World War II approached, the sons left to serve our country and the girls married and some left Marshall. Lena and one of her bachelor sons occupied the home until she passed.
Adjacent to the home was a large garage and a larger vegetable garden, along with apple and plum trees.
The house itself was elegantly appointed, with colorful stained glass windows in the living room and a complementary stained glass front entry door.
The door was heavy oak and spoon carved. The rooms were small and the furnishings were of the era — mostly oak. A large round oak table took center stage in the dining room, along with a matching buffet and other furnishings, which included a pedal sewing machine.
The kitchen was small and cozy, with a little hand pump on the sink counter to supply water for cooking and cleaning.
The house sat at the edge of a small lake, where I am told duck hunting took place at certain times of the year.
Large trees surrounded the property and were home to a murder of crows. (The crows by the way, have moved to the nature area near the college campus.)
The property was sold at auction following the passing of Lena and her son.
The lake is long gone and the property filled in and converted into a large residential addition to the city.
Soon the remaining huge trees will be removed to make room for street expansion and the little house on the corner of College Drive and North Hill will only remain in our memory.