Occupied by a single family for nearly 100 years, the house contains many of its original furnishings and is arranged to reflect the lifestyle of a successful, late 19th-century middle-class family.
Behind the home is an 1879 brick carriage house, the only one of its kind in the Midwest, which contains a variety of artifacts revealing the owner’s involvement with Morgan horses, dairying, and farming.
The story of the Granger Family is told with the diaries, artifacts, furnishings, and photographs that are found at the house to this day. From Earl's carefully kept diaries to 12-year-old Louise's diary entry of "cold today, snowed last night," the house embodies what life was like back then.
Earl and Dora Granger moved into the house in 1873, and they or their children lived here until 1969. They were not famous nor wealthy; they were a fairly average middle-class family, the sort with which many Americans today would probably identify.
Earl Granger was, in the language of the 19th century, a self-made man who operated a slaughterhouse and was a partner in a meat market. His wife, Dora, was a German immigrant whose primary responsibility was to raise morally upright children while making her husband look good by creating a beautiful, well-appointed home.
They patterned their lives along the social expectations created by other members of the middle-class, and tried to instill these same ideals in their children.
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