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July 20, 2017 Historical Society saving Lone Tree’s history
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Lone Tree

Local history may seem simple enough but it’s actually a lot harder than it looks. Record keeping can be haphazard, things get lost, people forget. Adding to the confusion is the fact that even though Lone Tree’s streets were named and the lots numbered, street addresses were seldom used. Houses were referred to by the names of the people who lived in them and businesses by the people who ran them. In 1893, a fire downtown wiped out seven businesses, but where, exactly, the fire occurred is anybody’s guess. The record of the fire survives in a faded unsigned letter to the City Council demanding that the City have a fire department.

That is why, two decades ago, a group of friends got together to set up the Lone Tree Historical Society. The Society was initially organized and registered as a non-profit in December of 1996. The original group was comprised of Mary Lou Rife, Grynneth Parizek, Ron Kruegar, Dale Johnson, and Mary Stonebarger. According to Ron Rife, there were perhaps twenty people involved in collecting and donating artifacts, photos, newspaper clippings, and historical documents to be put on display.

In 2000, the group purchased a 19th century home located at 203 S Devoe near the school. The house had been built in 1884 and was home to Dr D.F. Mossman, a veterinarian who set up his practice in the house in 1946. That’s why the home has two front doors. One led into a comfortable 19th century home and the other into his office. Mossman shared his practice with Dr. R.D. Elliott whose restored 70 year old Buick sits in the garage along with a collection of antique tools.

Each room in the house is filled with antiques and memorabilia. There’s a country kitchen in the basement with an old Hoosier cupboard, a wood burning cook stove, and a table with an oilcloth table cloth of the type commonly used in kitchens up into the 1950s. There’s also a barber’s chair and a cabinet of the type that was used in barber shops a hundred years ago, and a teller’s window salvaged from a local bank.

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