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Homes, sweet homes

Holiday Tour of Homes showcases some of Marshall’s finest

December 3, 2012
By Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Hundreds of visitors turned out for the 2012 Lyon County Historical Society Holiday Home Tour Sunday afternoon in Marshall.

For more than 20 years, area residents have volunteered to open up their homes for the tour, which ends up being a good fundraiser, Lyon County Historical Society member Kathy Lozinski said. This year, four homes were on the holiday tour.

"We had a steady crowd all day at all of the houses," Lozinski said. "And the weather was fantastic."

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Anne LaPorte looks over a craft-like table, made from the top of a railroad cart, while visiting the home of Jennifer and Jason Clarin, one of the four homes on display for the 2012 Lyon County Historical Society Holiday Home Tour Sunday afternoon in Marshall. See more photos at cu.marshall

According to a number of tour participants, each of the four homes, which included those owned by Jennifer and Jason Clarin, Paula Schneekloth and Dan Giles, Jenna and Paul Puetz and Terry and Bill Stacken, had unique histories and characteristic.

"This year, they've got quite a spread of homes, with newer, old and updated," Marshall resident C. Paul Martin said. "This one (the Clarin home) is more unique. Some of the other ones are more modern."

Martin, a longtime area doctor and current Lyon County Historical Society member, was especially appreciative of the medical history of the Clarin home, which was built by a Dr. Yaeger in 1927.

"This house was owned by Yaeger, so it has a little medical history," Martin said. "Yaeger was also the owner of Mark Goodenow's house when it was a hospital, called the Anna Maria Memorial Hospital until 1950."

Last year, Goodenow's home, which was purchased by Dr. Yaeger in 1938 and turned into a hospital and later, a boarding house, was on the 2011 holiday tour.

After living on Park Avenue for approximately 20 years, Yaeger sold the home. In addition to three other known owners, Jennifer Clarin's parents, Gary and Marj Becker, owned the home for 34 years. The Clarins purchased the home in 2007 and quickly made it a family home, using a combination of modern style, antiques and new furnishings, for their four children.

"It's a lovely home," Marshall resident Anne Laporte said. "It's very spacious and has nice woodwork."

Like a number of knowledgeable volunteers, Jason Becker was on hand to point out unique aspects of the home during the tour.

"My dad (Gary Becker) made the shelving in the living room, the island in the kitchen and a number of other items in the house," he said. "He loves woodworking."

Marshall residents Georgia Brewers and Marion McLaughlin said they enjoyed looking at all the details and learning about the history as they walked through the Clarin home.

"We're having a wonderful time," Brewers said.

A beautiful, handcrafted grandfather clock, which was actually made by Willard Thomssen, the grandfather of Jennifer Clarin and Jason Becker, also stood proudly in the home.

"He made one for all of the grandkids," Becker said. "I think he made about 250 clocks for people."

Along with the other three homes on the 2012 tour, visitors also had the opportunity to stop in and check out the Lyon County Museum in its new location. More than 100 people stopped in during the afternoon, organizers said.



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