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Homes Featured on the Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour: December 9th 1-7 pm (Part 2 of: A Leavenworth Tradition)


(Storm, the dog, in front of the Carroll Mansion Museum, 1128 Fifth Ave., Leavenworth, KS)

 The Bogner Home, 1300 2nd Ave. ,  Circa 1877

Image                 This house was built on land originally owned by Gen. John Adams Halderman, a lawyer, who came to the Kansas Territory in 1854.  He was the private secretary to the territory’s first governor, Andrew H. Reeder and later was elected as Leavenworth County’s first probate judge.  Subsequent owners of the property included a German immigrant, carpenters and builders, prior to the 50 year residence of John & Louise D. Crume.   This comfortable wood frame house features the traditional Victorian two-story front window nook and expansive porch.  The brick pedestals and columns are in keeping with neighboring homes that face an adjacent park.  The house remained vacant for 10 years while the Kaminski family completely renovated it with new woodwork complimenting old, tongue and groove ceilings, and period light fixtures throughout the house.

 Dawes-Frank Home,  420 Arch,  Circa 1910-1915

Image             This Colonial Revival home has a classic center hall design. It was built by Louis Vanderschmidt, a local merchant. The home then passed to Judge Joseph J Dawes, to whom the house is dedicated. Other previous owners include Louis Smith of Smith’s Rexall Drug Store and COL (Ret) John and Emily Sapp. Emily Sapp owned and operated the Carriage House Gift Shop in Leavenworth for many years. LTC (Ret) Robert and Robin Frank purchased the home in 1999 and have undertaken many remodeling projects over the years including the kitchen, three bathrooms, the garage, fencing, fireplaces and a custom cherry office by local craftsmen Roger White and Mike Fulmer. The Frank’s latest project has been to convert the western side porch from a screened room to a four season room off of the formal living room.

The Deane Home, 219 Pine, Circa 1914

Image               This Craftsman-style house with brick veneer on the first story and wood-shingle on the second story features a hip roof with a hipped roof ventilation dormer.  The front porch has a gabled roof and is constructed of irregular red and vitrified brown brick with square-section pillars linked by a brick railing with a concrete coping.  A bay window rises on the west with a trapezoid-plan.  The batten shutters have candle cut-outs. Between 2000-2005, a new bathroom was added to the master bedroom, complete with a claw-foot bathtub to fit with the house’s historical motif.  Additionally, carpeting was removed and the original hardwood floor was restored throughout a majority of the house.  Over the years, the house has gained an international flavor with an antique chandelier in the dining room from Prague and radiator covers made from a repurposed Japanese wood carving.

 South Broadway Guest House, 700 S. Broadway, Circa 1870

Image                   The South Broadway Guest House is a two story Victorian-era house of brick construction, graced with a wrap-around porch.   The house has enjoyed longevity of family ownership and was once the home of the B. C. Clark family, a wholesale merchant on Delaware Street.  In 1915, Hubert Tullock purchased the home for his family.  He was president of Leavenworth Savings and Trust Company. Purchasing the home in 1965, Robert and Eileen Welch lived here for more than 40 years.  In November of last year, the Derezinski’s purchased the home and began major renovations, giving the home new life.  Holiday breads will be offered for sale at this location.

  The Kem House,  504 Grand,  Circa 1892

Image                               This Victorian mansion was built for the Frederick Wulfekuhler family.  A German native immigrating to this country in 1855 at the age of 14, Wulfehuhler  entered employment with Rohfling and Company, which outfitted settlers moving west and shipped buffalo hides east.  Later the company was exclusively a wholesale grocery business.  The ten room house is of brick with double-walled construction.  Originally it was situated on two acres with an apple orchard and grape arbor. The estate was sold to the Pritchett family in 1950,  who opened the Skyview Supper Club there that same year. The Niemann’s purchased the restaurant in 1976 and built a world-wide reputation as the place to go for celebrating special occasions in Leavenworth. Three years ago, the Kems purchased this home as a single residential dwelling.  Architectural features of the house include four original tiled fireplaces,  tin ceilings in the upper and main hallways, a  handsome oak staircase, and lovely stained glass windows in the front entry.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Seventh & Miami Streets, Circa 1911

Image                            St. Paul Lutheran Church was chartered in March 1862.  The present church was dedicated in 1911 and is actually the third structure for the congregation at this location.  The current building was designed by local architect, W. P. Feth, and constructed by R. F. Yoakum.  It is of the Romanesque style using red vitrified brick and cut Phoenix stone.  The foundational work, as well as the finishing work, exemplifies the capable artisans present in Leavenworth.  Highlights of the church include the flooring, altar with gold leaf trim, decorative elements of oil and fresco, opalescent art glass memorial windows,  and the circular oak pews.  The large stained glass window on the north depicting the angels’ proclamation of the Savior’s birth was selected and photographed by Hallmark Cards, Inc. for use as a Christmas card in 1982.  More than a half million copies were made. During its 101 years of existence, the current church building has undergone numerous renovations and a few additions.  The congregation is pleased to have tour goers celebrate with them the 150th anniversary of their church.

 St. Paul’s School, Seventh & Osage Streets, Circa 1937

Image                             St. Paul Lutheran School was founded in 1863 by Rev. Michael Meyer (Meier). Classes were held in the sanctuary until June, 1894, when the Osage Street School was purchased from the city of Leavenworth. By 1935 the building was no longer considered safe or adequate in size.  A new, modern school and parish house was built by Julius Kaaz, Jr., a member of the congregation and dedicated April 1937.  The exterior of the new school used “modern” motifs of red brick walls and light-colored stone trim with entrances on Osage and Seventh Streets.  On the bottom floor were two social rooms, a kitchen, an auditorium, a stage and two dressing rooms. The second floor contained three standard classrooms and a combination library and meeting room.  An addition was added in 1963 providing the school with nine classrooms.  In 2000 due to increased enrollment, two modular classrooms were added.  In 2010, a capital campaign effort called ‘Making the Upgrade’ updated floors, windows, ceiling tiles and walls.

Her’s how to get your tickets!

Tour tickets are available for $12 in advance or $17 the day of the tour,  at the museum, (682-7759 , 1128 Fifth Ave.),  Ginny’s Antiques, June’s Cottage, Candle Queen, 5th Avenue Frames, Dormail, Ashers, The Pot Rack, and the Leavenworth Antique Mall.  Tickets purchases on tour day may be made at the museum or any of the homes on the tour.  Ticket price is a tax-deductible donation to the Leavenworth County Historical Society.   Local restaurants will be open on tour day for the convenience of tour goers and are noted in the tour ticket.

Don’t miss this Leavenworth tradition!!!


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Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour: A Leavenworth Tradition

History of LCHS homes tours                                                                      

   In observance of the Centennial of Kansas in June 1961, the Leavenworth County Historical Society, yet in its infancy (having been founded in the Centennial year of Leavenworth 1954) hosted an historic homes tour.  Featuring five historic homes and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, tour headquarters became the Cody Hotel.  According to the Lawrence Journal World, European and oriental antiques could  be viewed along with early American furnishings at 519 N. Broadway (then home to Mr. & Mrs. D.R. Anthony III), 221 Arch (Col. & Mrs. O.E. Schanze), 409 N. Esplanade (Mr. & Mrs. John Brock Taylor), 501 N. Esplanade (Mr. & Mrs. Ormond Leavel, Jr.), and 517 Chestnut (Miss Rose T. McKee).  Mrs. Taylor was the chairman of the tour committee and sponsor was The First National Bank.   Tour proceeds in 1961 were designated for the establishment of a museum in Leavenworth.

Today, a little more than 50 years later, these historic homes are occupied by new caregivers.  Both the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and the Cody Hotel are but a memory.  The Cathedral burned to the ground December 31 of 1961,  and the hotel was torn down and replaced with Cody Plaza Apartments.  Homes that once were on that first homes tour have been featured at one time or another in the past 20 years for what has become known as the annual Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour, held on the second Sunday each December.  A museum for Leavenworth County became a reality and has been in existence for nearly  50 years.  Tour proceeds continue to benefit the museum.

2012 Leavenworth Homes Tour                                                                                                  

   Historically, the vintage homes tour brings hundreds of visitors from far and wide  to view festively decorated historic homes of Leavenworth, First City of Kansas.  The 21st  Leavenworth Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour, to occur Sunday, December 9th  from 1pm to 7pm, promises to be no exception.  The Carroll Mansion Museum, home of the historical society and  listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is the headquarters for the tour, which it co-sponsored with the Leavenworth Vintage Homes Society.  The 2012 tour is dedicated to the memory of past LCHS director/curator, Joanie Kocab.    This year, as in years past,  local vintage homes offer the opportunity for tour goers to step back in time and experience a traditional Victorian Christmas.  St. Paul Lutheran Church and School are also a part of the tour, as they commemorate 150 years in Leavenworth.  This year’s tour is headed by Trish Klima with committee members Shirley Stieger, Carolyn Akins, Bobbie Bower, Mary Stephenson and B. J. Hanson.

  The Carroll Mansion Museum, 1128 Fifth Ave.

One of the best preserved Victorian homes in the state is the Carroll Mansion , home to five families from 1857 to 1975 before it was donated by Miss Ella Carroll to the Leavenworth County Historical Society as a museum.    This year the museum is featuring four local musical groups: Recorder Consort,  Don & Mim Carlson, and the Heritage Singers, from noon to 6pm on tour day.  Special tour exhibits throughout the museum will feature treasures representing local historical residents, such as an antique collection of men’s shaving mugs,  vintage photos, quilts,  DR Anthony, local newspaper magnate, family heirlooms,  and a representation of vintage clothing.  The Victorian Shoppe at the museum will offer an assortment of unique gifts and Christmas items during the tour hours.  Also available in the Victorian kitchen are homemade holiday breads for purchase.

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Anthony Family of Leavenworth Exhibit

Anthony Family of Leavenworth ExhibitImage

The Anthony Family Exhibit and Susan B. Anthony presentation at the museum was one of the highlights of 2012!    A few copies of an eight page booklet, available in the gift shop, gives a summary of the Anthony family of Leavenworth as well as a description of the family ephemera that was on exhibit for the event.  Of special note are two portraits, on loan from Dale Brendel of The Leavenworth Times and photos from the private Anthony Collection of Bonnie Campbell, local resident.

There were other Anthonys in Leavenworth!                                                                                         

Another Anthony who resided for a time in Leavenworth, was somewhat overshadowed by his older brother, the infamous Colonel DR Anthony.  Jacob Merritt Anthony (1834-1900), younger brother to Daniel Read Anthony and his sister, Susan B. Anthony, arrived in Kansas in April, 1856, having followed John Brown, the militant abolitionist, who had frequently visited Rochester, New York.   “Merritt settled near Osawatomie where he helped defend settlers to maintain Kansas’s status as a free territory against marauding proslavery Missouri “border ruffians.” Forsaking his Quaker faith and heritage, he served as a captain in the Seventh Kansas cavalry during the Civil War. (from 1861 to its close in 1865) He was a member of Wm. H. Lytle Post, G.A.R.” Known as Merritt to his family, he married a cousin,  Mary Almina Luther (1839-1915), daughter of Sylvester and Margaret Luther. During the Civil War, Merritt served as a captain in the Union army and once the war was over, joined his family in Leavenworth, living near his brother Daniel Read.  In 1869 the family settled permanently in Fort Scott, in the southeastern part of the state.  Mary & Merritt had six children.  Merritt died suddenly in 1900 in Fort Scott of a heart ailment, at the age of 66.  The funeral sermon by Rev. C.W. Porter, Fort Scott, eloquently described Merritt’s  love of liberty and devotion to country saying: For 25 years I have known him as the friend of reform, the faithful law-abiding citizen, ready to labor and to give of his means for any cause that promised help to his fellow man.                    

   George Tobey Anthony (1824-1896), seventh Governor of Kansas, was a second cousin to D.R. Anthony and his sister, Susan B. Anthony.  Born on a farm in New York, his Quaker father died when he was five, consequently, at an early age, he had to work to support himself and his mother and siblings.  He eventually ran a hardware store and served as a county loan commissioner before serving in the Civil War as a captain of the 17th New York Independent Battery.   Following the war, he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he became the editor of several newspapers, before being elected governor of Kansas in 1876.  Governor Anthony was known for his extraordinary public speaking and debating skills. “Not long after the patent on the telephone was issued to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, the first telephones were installed in Kansas. The newly elected governor began using it for expedient communications across the State. “George Anthony’s administration wasn’t without its thorns. The great ‘Grasshopper panic’ of 1873 still plagued the economy. Anthony therefore prioritized the administration’s budget to effect programs that required little or no State funding, established a State reformatory for younger criminals and a state commissioner of fisheries, and advocated a stronger temperance movement in government. The greatest crisis for Anthony was the railroad strike of 1877.”  Anthony suffered from diabetes and died from pneumonia in 1896. He became one of four governors buried in Topeka Cemetery, and is interred not far from his predecessor Thomas A. Osborn, also of Leavenworth.  As a resident here, Anthony  built the gable-front Italianate  home at 912 South Esplanade, later owned by cattle baron, and wealthy businessman, Michael Ryan.

Two additional cousins also resided in Leavenworth in the early days: Major Scott J. and his younger brother, Webster D. Anthony.  Both were born in Cayuga County, New York, in the 1830s and emigrated to Kansas in 1856.  Scott engaged in the mercantile business at Leavenworth as Bailey, Anthony & Co.  Webster was employed in the office of the Register of Deeds here, but in 1860, the brothers departed for Colorado during the gold rush, along with numerous other pioneer Leavenworthians, and remained in the Denver area.

What happened on 5 November 1912?              

In the Kansas State election of 1912 the equal suffrage amendment to the State Constitution  was approved!  So, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Kansas.  To commemorate this historic event, the Kansas State Legislature  passed a resolution, at the urging of Tom Mach, of Lawrence and author of “Angels at Sunset” (a story portraying  the abuses women endured to secure their rights) honoring the centennial of the passage of Kansas suffrage.  The resolution reads, in part: “A RESOLUTION commemorating the Kansas Angels at Sunset Centennial.

WHEREAS, In 1912, the great state of Kansas distinguished itself by becoming the eighth state in the nation to permanently enact women’s suffrage.  When election day came on November 5, 1912, hundreds of women worked at the polls all day, and sat up far into the night for the returns.  They felt their efforts were sufficiently rewarded when the final count showed 175,246 votes for the amendment and 159,197 against.”


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Here Come the Holidays!

Is that Christmas music I hear? Sleigh bells, perhaps? Yes, it is now time to start gearing up for the holiday season!

With the Susan B. Anthony event behind us, it is now time to focus on the holidays! Big thanks must go to Jeanne Gehret for her wonderful presentation as well as to the hard-working volunteers at the museum for their impressive Anthony family display. Clothes, pictures, blankets and more were on display, having belonged to the Anthony family. All of this hard work paid off because it raised almost $1,000 for the museum! Wow!

Now with Thanksgiving on the way, we are now getting ready for our annual Christmas Decorating Day in order to have the Carroll Mansion all gussied up for the Leavenworth Candelight Vintage Homes Tour! On November 17, many people will be here at the mansion to hang garlands, put up the Christmas tree, and get ready for the season! We are always welcoming those who are willing to help so please do so if you can!

The Candlelight Vintage Homes Tour will now take place for the 21st time since it began. For the tour this year, there will be five vintage homes, the Carroll Mansion, a historic church as well as a historic school. Tickets can be purchased at several places throughout Leavenworth as well as by email, mail or phone call to the museum. Don’t miss out! Advanced tickets are only $12 for this full day tour! On the day of the tour tickets are $17.

There will again be the Bread Sale held at the museum. All profits benefit the museum! Be sure to get some of the bread on the day of the tour. Also, if you would like to donate some bread for the sale we would greatly appreciate it! Please contact us at the musem if you would be available to bake bread for the sale.

As always, we look forward to seeing visitors every day, not only at events! Come visit us to tour our beautiful home, shop in the Victorian Shoppe and experience the grandeur of Victorian America. See you soon!

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