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House enriched with history, like the family that lives there

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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MORRIS – Art and Dawn have called 216 W. North St. home since August 2009.

This historic home, along with three others, will be featured on the 2013 Home for the Holidays Housewalk. The Housewalk is scheduled for Nov. 30.

According to local historian Ken Sereno, in his booklet “Morris Houses – Living in the Past,” this traditional two-story home was built in 1928. I am sure if this house could talk, it would have many stories to tell.

Art grew up in Connecticut and Dawn is from Michigan. They have what they call “a combined family.” I have to add, though, that at times Art lovingly refers to his family as a “circus.” Dawn has two children, Erik and Stephanie, while Art has three children, Sarah Day, Zachary and Brianna. I met Sarah Day when I visited, as she will be the hostess coordinator for the home for the house walk.

There’s some history in the selection of her name: As a child, Art’s two favorite aunts in Connecticut were Sarah and Ada. I believe the story goes that he had difficulty saying Ada and instead called that Aunt “Day.” So she was named in honor of the favorite aunts. And to complete this family, I would be remiss if I also didn’t mention Art and Dawn’s little charmer – their dog, Maci, which is a Morkie.

Art comes from a family of fishermen, thus photos of boats are displayed in the dining room. There is a picture of a boat named Sarah and Ada – remember the two favorite aunts.

Art is a self-employed industrial cement contractor and Dawn is employed locally at Ortiz Eye Associates. An interesting story Art shared about their remodeling of the front room is that after layers of wallpaper were stripped away, a signature surfaced. All that is legible is the date and a first name – 1933 and the name Roger. Hopefully some Housewalk guest who visits or a reader will be able to supply the missing last name.

Proceeds from the Housewalk are given to Grundy Community Hospice, Morris Downtown Beautification and scholarships for Morris High School and GAVC seniors.

Home for the Holidays Housewalk guests will be pleased to know that their tickets are also entries in the grand prize drawing which features a .23 carat diamond pendant necklace (valued at $498 from Harrington’s), a $250 Grundy County Chamber gift certificate, dinner at Chapin’s, a private wine tasting for two at Montage Spirits and Gifts, a collection of gift certificates from Morris Retailers and a complimentary stay at Holiday Express in Morris.

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