These press photos of the old T.C. Van Eaton home were taken in 1971. The small article says at the time it was being considered as a family and regional museum. It also mentions the town hall was new then too.
“The Van Eatons built a “mansion,” a sturdy square structure on a knoll above town, in the late 1890s. It was pretty fancy going for those roughhewn pioneer days. Another Van Eaton son, John, is having it restored, not a monumental task considering the sturdiness of its construction. He plans to make it into a family and regional museum.
As a museum it will be a welcome adjunct to the new Town Hall, which in the manner of such facilities these days is becoming as much a community center as the site of city offices, the jail, the fire house and such.”
If you like the pictures, the original press photo are available on ebay.
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