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More 'Homes with History' memories

July 25, 2012 - Karin Elton
Phyllis Moberg called me this afternoon to say she had read the story I wrote which appeared in the Tuesday paper about the house on West Redwood that had been a single family dwelling but was made into apartments.

I had quoted Rose Lanoue, who lived in an apartment in the 1950s at 305 W. Redwood with her husband, Earl. She remembered Jerry and Phyllis Moberg living in apartments on the second floor and Marvin and Mavis Schwan were on the third floor in the early years of their marriage.

Phyllis said she remembered playing piano and Mavis Schwan would tap dance. She said when her husband, Jerry, was called into the service she had to join him in Ozark, Ala. She liked her job at Stone’s and was reluctant to quit, but the owner said she could come back anytime. “It all worked out so well. I sublet the apartment to two schoolteachers,” she said.

Phyllis remembered all the beautiful wood the house on West Redwood had and that it was a fun place to live.

I got an e-mail from Ellayne Conyers saying she was sorry she was out of town and missed my call regarding the West Redwood house. Someone said she had lived there as well so I had wanted to get her comments for the story. She wrote "We first lived on the 3rd floor of the middle house - then moved down to west side of 2nd floor and finally across the hall to the east side. It is such a shame that they have been torn down!" The Conyers moved to Marshall in the late summer of 1957. "Just after Marshall had experienced a very devastating flood," she said. "Our friends in the cities where we lived prior to moving, commented that it was a good idea that we had rented a third floor apartment considering the flooding of the city."

Got another phone call this morning from a former resident of 305 W. Redwood — Pat (Schwartz) Myers from Frankenmuth, Mich. Her parents were mentioned by Rose Lanoue in the original story — Helen and Louis Schwartz. Myers said her son was surfing the web for family history and came upon the "Home with History" story on our website. Myers said her family lived in the house from 1944 to 1957. They lived on the second floor "first on one side close to the school — from 1944 to '53 — and then on the other side across the side in the apartment that had the Murphy bed." SMSU art prof Jim Swartz had lived in that apartment too (in 1978) in the early years of his marriage. Myers said her bedroom was a closed-in porch will windows on all three sides. "It was attached to the kitchen,' she said. There was a back stairway. She thinks the stairway might have been added to the house to bring the apartments up to code. She also remembered there were balconies on every level and there were French doors with beveled glass. She and her then boyfriend, now husband, used to sit on the front porch when they were first dating. "When I visited Marshall in '08 for a class reunion we took a picture of us on that front porch," she said. Myers saw then that the house had "already started to deteriorate." Myers had fond memories of living at 305 W. Marshall. "It was a cool place," she said. "Beautiful."


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