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Senior Times - September 2017
54th Annual Marshall Historic
Home Tour Explores Cronin Family
By: Bill Mabin, Marshall Historical Society
The Cronin family of merchants is gone from the Marshall scene. But visitors to the 54th annual Marshall Historic Home Tour September 9-10 will get some insights into the family and its legacy.
First, the tour features the Italianate- style home built in 1873 for Jeremiah Cronin. He started a downtown depart- ment and grocery
store in 1850 that stayed in family ownership into the 1970s. His home also was the inspiration for the 1973 novel “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” that may be made into a movie.
Second, the tour
also includes the
home of Jeremiah’s
younger brother Thomas. This house was built in 1886 in the Queen Anne style and is a short distance from Jeremiah’s house.
A third tour highlight is the J. H. Cronin store that Jeremiah built in 1869. This structure now is being con- verted into apartments
and a restaurant. Ray Lessnau, home tour co- chair, recently visited
the site and said, “The second and third floors will feature modern apartments with a nod to their historic roots. One can feel the history of the building walking through the apartments which fea- ture exposed brick walls, reclaimed woodwork and stunning views of down- town Marshall.”
Tour hours are 9am-
5pm Saturday and
10am-5pm Sunday.
The Honolulu House
Museum, 107 N.
Kalamazoo Ave., is the center of
tour activities. There is free parking downtown and at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. There are free shuttle buses that run to the 16 tour sites.
The tour sites include six private homes each representing a differ- ent architectural style. In addition to the Cronin home styles, the others are Gothic Revival, Cottage, Second Empire and Craftsman. These were built between the 1850s and early 1900s.
A second downtown tour feature
is the Great Escape Stage Co. that recently moved to a 1905 building that originally was the Knights of Pythias Hall. The new entryway and theater lobby will be open for tour visitors. The recent changes have preserved the
historic structure’s integrity including the tin ceiling.
Seven museums are part of the tour. The Honolulu House was built for a former U.S. consul to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands. The Marshall Historical Museum at the GAR Hall tells Marshall’s stories. The Capitol Hill School has a preserved old-time
school room. The Governor’s Mansion was built in 1839 with the expectation of Marshall becom- ing the new state capital.
The American Museum of Magic has the largest col- lection of magic arti- facts on public dis- play in the country. The Marshall United
States Postal Museum houses the larg- est collection of postal memorabilia outside of the Smithsonian Institution. The Walters Gasoline Museum features automobile nostalgia in the former interurban train depot.
The current Zion Lutheran Church building was constructed
in 1901 and is on tour
this year. Local Lutheran churches are presenting an Oktoberfest event there from 3-7pm Saturday. Other tour-related
events include Art at
the Museum, an arts- and-crafts show on the Honolulu House grounds; the Marshall Civil War Ball 7-10pm Saturday, and a concert by ragtime pianist Bob Milne at 8pm Saturday at the Franke Center for the Arts.
The Brooks Field Aviation Association is sponsoring its annual fly-in and drive-in event
from 8am to noon Saturday at the air- port. Activities include a free pancake breakfast, display of military vehicles and aircraft, and plane and glider riders. Pilots will be shuttled to the home tour at noon.
The Marshall Historic Home Tour had its start with a kitchen tour orga- nized by a local church women’s organization. It has grown into the Midwest’s longest running home tour. Proceeds from the home tour are used to support the Marshall Historical Society’s three museums and its efforts to preserve, protect and promote Marshall’s historic heritage.
For tickets and more tour informa- tion, go to www.marshallhometour. org or call (269) 781-8544. Tickets are good for both days.
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