Thursday, October 9, 2014

Limestone Home - 425 SW 3rd Street - Weaver Family Home in Faribault 1943- 1976

1943 view from the west on 5th Ave S.  By PH Weaver 
In 1943 my parents purchased this large limestone home at 425 SW 3rd St in Faribault, built in the 1870s' by Louis de Carufel, a miller who had moved from Quebec in the 1850's.  Other owners included the Shaft family of the Shaft-Pierce Shoe Company, the Tim Powers Family who owned the property up to 1943.

In the sun porch, added in the 1920's by the Shaft family according to my mom, stood this fountain.  My parents had this removed.

Here is how my mom describes the purchase in her memoir p47:"WE BOUGHT A HOUSE - 425 SW THIRD STREET Pete and I were aware that it was likely that we would have to move from the little stone house that we were enjoying. Our landlady's daughter, Ruth Kiekenapp, had married a Shattuck master, Ken Relyea. and they would be wanting our house since he was leaving Shattuck to join Farmer Seed and Nursery, Ruth's father's business. So we began to look for rental property. A Mrs. Jones, a real estate agent, contacted us about a big stone house that was for sale, emphasizing its formal dining room. We didn't think we were interested in buying a house and knew we weren't interested in a formal dining room. We were interested in a first floor bathroom. This house, on a very large lot, was very imposing. We doubted if we could afford it, but, being curious to see the inside, made an appointment for a tour. Pete's father was visiting us at the time and accompanied us for an inspection. ....... Pete's father's reaction to the house was enthusiastically favorable, especially when we found that the asking price was around eight thousand dollars. Visiting our banker, John Carlander, President of the State Bank of Faribault, to get a loan, he said. "Oh, that damn thing," when he learned what property we were considering.    Disgusted, we went across the street to the Security Bank where Roger Peavy offered us an FHA loan without any disparaging remarks. Following much deliberation, conferences with the banker and acceptance of our offer of seven thousand, we decided to buy the property.
After the house was vacated by the Tim Power family, in the summer of 1953 we moved to 425 SW Third Street. (See picture #5, p. 136....The first photo above is this photo) Our furniture didn't begin to fill the huge house In addition to a much desired downstairs bath, there was an immense living room, thirty some feet long, a sun room. dining room, breakfast room. two good-sized rooms behind the big kitchen and a large back hall: upstairs, four bedrooms, a bath and cedar closet; in the basement, with front and back stairways, furnace. laundry, recreation, fruit, and work rooms."
 View from east side in 1943.  Page 3 of P-P Album by Paul W Weaver

From Peg Weaver's memoir p 52   "The house, which was a hundred years old when we moved to Pelican, had been built out in the country by a Mr. Carufel, a French Canadian who had had a flour mill in or near Faribault. In the early nineteen-twenties, the house was extensively remodeled by W. S. Shaft, including the addition of the sun room and the copper roof. The front door had been made super wide so that pallbearers would have no difficulty carrying out Mr. Shaft's casket.
After Mr. Shaft's death, his daughter, Helen, lived in the house with her husband, Carl Stabbert, a Faribault dentist. Finding the property a burden to care for, they relinquished it to her brother, Stu Shaft, who, we were told, added the sun room fountain. Because a young daughter of Stu and his wife, Ruth Nutting, died while they were living in the house, they moved to a different stone house, the one    later owned by the Harry Bergs. I believe that the next occupants of "our house" were the Tim Powers from whom we purchased it."

1945 Peg, Jack, Pete with his signature pipe, and Jim in front of the house. Likely taken my Noah Elwood Weaver p 24 of P-P Album

1945 Thanksgiving in Dining Room Butler's Bill, Maxine and Bill Jr, Pete Weaver, Wanda Komachi (woman in high school who stayed with the family instead of going to Japanese internment camp) Jim Weaver   - (Note Right wall above, appears to be a portrait of Louis Carufel who built the house) - Note I just found the name of the Japanese internment Camp in Hunt Idaho, where Wanda was staying --and from a camp newsletter in the Minidoka Irrigator Sept 30 1944 from a group leaving for Minnesota "TVORBAULT(sic) FARIBAULT: Hlsa Yamada, Wanda Komachi, Chiyoko Janet Aral." Left the Park Service 208-825-4169 a voice mail to share this photo above ----who knows what connections we might make"  From the Library of Congress
 Louis S De Carufel, miller and builder of this home.   In 1880 Census his family lived on South Street in Faribault.
View of east side of house, color photo in 40's or 50's before screens were made for the porch

 Gary Heath and Jim Weaver on stone bench in east side yard. Both boys born in 1940 - Early 1940's
 Winter 1943 - 44 snow front yard at 425 SW 3rd St  P 8 P -P Album
1944  Claudia Horning, Peg Weaver and Dave Horning reheasing at the Weaver baby grand piano in the living room at 425 SW 3rd St
 From Peg Weaver, memoir Rememberings, p 51
"During the war when sugar was rationed, Claudia and Dave Horning persuaded us to use their recipe to make grape wine. Since we had small children who didn't consume their quotas, we could get an abundance of sugar. The wine turned to vinegar -- our only venture in wine-making was a fiasco. Dave Horning had come to Faribault to be the Episcopal church organist and choir director. We enjoyed Dave's and Claudia's (Dave's wife) company, chatting and fishing on Lake Mazaska. Singing duets with Claudia was wonderful. We had special feelings for what each was about to do when we sang together. I recall what enjoyment we had rendering Mendelssohn's "I Waited for The Lord" in church and "Whispering Hope" in a corny rendition for Lion's Club. After Dave was ordained into the Episcopal Ministry, they were transferred to Rapid City, South Dakota. "

p 66 "JIM, JACK AND TOM - EARLY YEARS THROUGH COLLEGE For his baptism each boy wore a pale yellow sweater and pants which I had knit. I was not a traditionalist -- no long christening gowns and baby blue outfits. The boys' Godparents were: for Jim, Peggy and Ken Agerter, Herb Morris; Jack, Bern and John Foster, By Berhow; Tom, Dave and Claudia Horning, Walt Rumpf "

Interesting that the Hornings were my God Parents, along with Dr C Walter Rumpf at the Cathedral. All I recall anyone doing for my spiritual growth, was Dr Walter sending me a $5 bill for my birthdays.  Always wonder what happened to the Hornings.  Never did hear from them in my youth.
1949 Weaver Home with Marge Silvis, Peg Weaver and Ed Silvis, listening to the tape recorder, after practicing for a recital at the Guild House and or the Parish House by the Congregational Church.  Note the big walnut book case, that my dad purchased from someone at St Lucas Deaconess Hospital that had been in the Seabury Seminary Library in Johnston Hall, is the background.  In my youth this always housed my dad's precious collection of family heirlooms and books.

Jim Jack Tom and Peg Weaver in living room ca 1960
1958 Peg Weaver, with "Indonesian Art from Esperanto Correspondent" Taken in the Weaver home by PHW

1957 Thanksgiving Dinner Faribault Home Dining Room , Harry Chappelear Glessner, Tom Weaver, Paul H Weaver , Jack Weaver, Peg Weaver (in front) and Inez Chase Glessner - PHW still life oil on left and Carufel, French Canadian Builder of the home at 425 SW 3rd St right ---

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