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The Rice House

615 NW. 3rd Street The Rice House Built in 1879   A man elected to the position of mayor of Abilenne for eight terms built this Queen Anne style home in 1879.  Following the rowdy days of the cattle era, … Continue reading

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The Bonebrake House

316 N. Mulberry Street The Bonebrake House Built in 1878   One of Abilene’s first telephones was installed in this home built in 1878.  J. E. Bonebrake, a prominent businessman, leased the phones from the Bell Telephone Company in April … Continue reading

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The Birchmore-Nichols House

1204 N. Buckeye Avenue The Nichols House Built in 1878   An early-day Episcopal priest, John W. Birchmore, built this Second Empire brick home with a French Mansard roof in 1878.  It later was purchased by Walter D. Nichols, a … Continue reading

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The McInerney House

619 NW. 3rd Street The McInerney House Built in 1877   This Gothic Revival style brick home is believed to have been built in 1877 by Benjamin Bussell, an Abilene merchant.  The depth of the windows and doors on the … Continue reading

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John Hoon (1869-1924), Clothier

John Hoon was born in Berlin, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1869, the fourth child of Valentine Hoon and Elizabeth Suder.  John grew up on the family farm in Brothers Valley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  The Hoon family arrived in Abilene, … Continue reading

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