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January 25, 2018 Pleasantview posts 60 years of growth
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For more than half a century Pleasantview Home and Kalona have grown and expanded side by side.

Pleasantview was begun by the Iowa Mennonite Benevolent Association, a group of Kalona and local residents looking for a solution for the aging population of the area. The association envisioned the home as keeping with Amish and Mennonite traditions while meeting the changing lifestyles and expectations of the modern day.

The “gross daudy haus” or “small grandfather house” is a symbol of the traditional role of the elderly in the Amish-Mennonite community. As the younger generation began to assume more responsibility for the farm, the elderly couple would build one of these adjacent or even attached to the main house. Pleasantview Home was established with this idea of keeping the elderly connected to the community in mind.

Articles of incorporation for the home were filed in February 1955, and the first residents began to move in starting in April 1958. The first resident of Pleasantview was Mrs. Arminda Brenneman, a former resident of Wellman.

“On April 14, 1958, two years and nine months after the first meeting was held and 13 and a half months after the first shovel of earth was turned, the first guest was taken into the home,” an unsigned secretary’s report from a 1959 meeting of the association said. “The pathway has not always been smooth, and mistakes have undoubtably been made. Then too, the work is not finished, nor will it be until the Lord returns for us either one by one or all at once.”

To finance the new home, the association came up with the idea to hold what is now an annual benefit sale for Pleasantview.

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