Kiwanis holiday home tour well attended
By LeAnne Gompf -
Over 80 people enjoyed the Kiwanis historical home tour this past Saturday raising nearly $1000 for the club’s community projects.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteer members dedicated to changing the world one child and community at a time. Each Kiwanis club achieves what one person cannot accomplish alone.
The Mount Gilead Kiwanis support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library; Heartbeat of Morrow County; Pediatric Trauma/CHAD stickers; Flying Horse Farms and Morrow County Children’s Services.
The homes of this year’s tour included the home of Jim and Robin Brucker. The home originally built in 1906 by Dr. Nathan Tucker and maintains its original charm with oak hardwood floors, two sets of pocket doors, transoms and two double mantle fireplaces.
Ken and Sharry Cook also graciously opened their Queen Anne style home. The home was built in 1896 for Robert and Martha Bartlett. Mrs. Bartlett’s family was cabinetmakers by trade. Mr. Barlett was a Mount Gilead Graduate, served in the Union Army of Ohio and eventually returned to Mount Gilead where he practiced law. In addition, He was instrumental in the effort to bring electricity into the Mount Gilead area.
Again opening their home for the second year was Dan and Janice Fehn. The rich history of this home is what convinced the Fehns’ to purchase this home in 1999. Supernatural occurrences are part of the mystic that intrigues the current homeowners. The Fehn’s have experienced a mischief-maker they have named “George” who they believe to be a former owner of the home. – a ladder positioned on the side of the home fell for no apparent reason when remodeling work began on the home, shutters that had been leaned up against the home were knocked down and lastly, while the Fenh’s were having a conversation about their next remodeling venture a picture, a hanging in the hallway fell from the wall. The home was tastefully decorated from the period Victorian-era.
The 1920 home of David and Pam Spellman boasted 19 themed Christmas trees including an Americana, cookie cutter tree, and an angel and birdhouse tree. As you entered the home the first tree you see was hanging upside down from the ceiling.
The last home on the tour was the quaint, humble 1920 bungalow of Joy Tschudi. The kitchen featuring red geraniums and buttercup colored retro-looking appliances were the favorites of the home tour guests.
In conjunction with their home tour the Kiwanis held a community raffle. Tour coordinators would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions: 8 Sisters Bakery; Janet Baughman; Morrow Vision Center; Robin Brucker; Candlewood Lake Association LLC; Child Care Choices; Chocolates and More LLC; Cornerstone Café; Helen Farrington; First Federal Saving and Loan; First Know National Banl; Karen Galleher; Garden and Gifts; Jodi Hayes; Hoffman Office Center; Lindy Irons of A Cut Above; Keith’s Flower Shop; Diana Keplinger; Mary Lou Laskey; Mary K’s Flowers, Morrow County Hospital Gift Shop; Morrow County Sentinel, Adriennce Robinson of Notable Nails, Kim Porter; Shopper’s Compass; The Briar Patch; Tidy Tim’s Car Was; and Pam Spellman. If you would like to be considered for future home tours please contact Diana Keplinger at 419–946-1803.