The Stambaugh House

304 N. Vine Street

The Stambaugh House

Built in 1885


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Winfield Scott Stambaugh

Hidden in the closet of an upstairs bedroom of this home were the architect’s blueprints from a 1919 remodeling project.  The drawings revealed that this house, built by Winfield Scott Stambaugh in 1885, originally consisted of a living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor and two bedrooms upstairs.  The Italianate style home was constructed of red brick that probably was manufactured in Abilene.

The front porch once had six white wooden pillars carved at the top.  The porch roof was flat and supported a waist-high railing matching the pillars below.  Cornice boards ran along the top of the house.

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Originally of the Italianate style, the home was remodeled in the Prairie style.

Stambaugh came to Abilene in 1870 with the Buckeye Colony and taught school.  He then read law with J. H. Mahan, who later became his law partner.  By 1886, Stambaugh was called the city’s “leading attorney” and was a member of the firm, Stambaugh, Hurd and Dewey, Attorneys at Law.  Prior to leaving Abilene in 1898, Stambaugh was active in the Republican party and often was called upon to speak at county political rallies.

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The sun room serves as a bedroom.

He married Lina Upshaw in 1885 and their home became a center of social doings.  Lina, known as Linne, was referred to in her obituary as “a figure in the glamorous days of the city’s social heyday – back in the 80’s and early 90’s.”  It was a time of cotillions at the Union Pacific dining room with orchestras from Topeka and Kansas City, of costly dance favors and of home talent shows featuring the social elite.  Linne’s gifted singing voice was in demand on every possible occasion.

In 1919, Ames P. Rogers was looking for a home for the bride he would wed the next year.  Following graduation from the University of Kansas, Rogers worked at the National City Bank of New York City and then returned to join his father, George A. Rogers, at the Abilene National Bank.  He later succeeded his father as bank president.

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French doors connect the dining room to the kitchen.

Ames purchased this house and hired the Kansas City firm to build an addition and remodel the existing structure.  The entire exterior was changed to stucco and the porch became more dominant with huge columns.  These alteration characterize the Prairie style.

A portion of the wraparound porch was replaced by a sun room entered through French doors added to either side of the fireplace in the living room.  A bench seat was built along one side of the sun room.

A large kitchen, mud room and back porch were constructed at the rear of the home.  A French door connected the original dining room, which at one time was lined with bookshelves, to the new pantry and kitchen.  Plumbing and electricity were installed in the home, and plans included space for an ice refrigerator and cooking stove.

Upstairs, a sleeping porch with several windows and a bathroom with a seven-foot tub were added to the home.  Also, walk-in closets were built in the original master bedroom.

It also appears that at this time the stairway, which originally was open on the second level, was altered, allowing for the installation of a large linen closet.

Prior to 1958, the Rogers’ family built a second addition, constructing a family room and another upstairs bedroom.

Dee and Debra James purchased the home and refinished the upstairs flows – one is oak and two are pine.  They also discovered that the floors on the main level and possibly the stairs are of red oak.  The couple installed similar ceiling moldings and polished brass window pulls that had been removed by previous owners.


Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.

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The Parent House

412 NW. 5th Spruce Street

The Parent House

Built in 1884


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Ephram Fuller Parent

In the mid to late 1800’s cowboys drove thousands of Texas cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene to be shipped east to market.  Although the boom ended by 1872, cattle continued to be grazed in the Abilene vicinity.  In 1896, roaming longhorn streers marred the north side of this classic Queen Anne home.

The house was built in 1884 by Ephram Fuller Parent.  He arrived in Abilene in 1870 and built a small cottage on the property before sending for his family.  Upon her arrival, Mrs. Parent was one of the few civilized women in town, and she wrote in her diary that she dared not go out after dark for fear of the roughneck cowboys.

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A complex roof form is typical of the Queen Anne style.

Parent had opened Parent’s General Store, a grocery and dry goods business, in 1877 and operated it for many years.  According to Heroes By the Dozen, written by Abilene newspaper editor Henry Jameson, Parent had one of the first telephones in the city.  A wire connected his store on Cedar Street to his home.  Jameson also wrote that Parent’s daughters had the first wooden wheel tricycle in town.

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A stained glass window adds color to the dining room.

After the completion of their new home, it became the site of many social gatherings.  On one occasion, the family had to take down two beds in order to accommodate the large number of guests expected to attend.

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An antique casting enhances the living room.

In the Queen Anne tradition, the house features a variety of window treatments, a complex roof form, decorative porches and numerous bay windows.

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The brass light fixture in the stair hall is an original.

This home’s double doors lead to the entry where a stained glass window sheds light on the natural wood staircase anchored by a massive newel post.  The brass light fixture in the hall is among several of the original fixtures.

The woodwork on the first floor is burled walnut woodgraining, an art popular in the 1880’s.  The parlor features a natural wood mantel above a tile fireplace.  Pocket doors separate the three main rooms on this level.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the home, Steve and Cindy Wedel constructed a gazebo on the side yard in 1984.


Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.

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The Jacobs House

600 N. Spruce Street

The Jacobs House

Built in 1884


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Rolandus B. Jacobs

A contractor and builder, Rolandus B. Jacobs, constructed this home in 1884 using mail order plans.  Jacobs and his business partner, A H. Paul, purchased this property on Spruce Street and then divided it into lots.  Paul used a similar mail order plan to build his home next door.

Paul and Jacobs built several structures in Abilene, including the Dickinson County Courthouse that was razed in the 1950’s.  Jacobs went on to serve as Dickinson County Clerk, a position later held by his son, Herbert, who also resided in this house.

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Walk-in windows once led to the side porch of this Italianate house.

The Italianate style house consists of a foyer, front and back parlors, a dining room and a kitchen on the first floor, and three bedrooms upstairs.  The parlor and dining room feature three, eight-and-a-half-foot walk-in windows which once led to a side porch.  This side porch, a sleeping located above the entry and the back porch all were removed.  Jerry and Joan Orr reconstructed the back porch to look like the original during renovation in the 1980’s.

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An arched opening enhances the bay window in the dining room.

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An original doorknob shows elaborate detail.











The foyer contains a stained glass window; the back stairway is lit by a leaded glass window.  A wooden archway enhances the large bay window in the dining room.

The home originally contained no fireplace as it was warmed by the latest invention, a gravity heat system.  There is evidence, however, that a wood burning stove was located in the kitchen.

All of the original doorknobs, window sashes and other hardware still function.  Two original light fixtures, a clay-foot bathtub and a set of pocket doors were moved to new locations in the home by the Orrs.

The Old Glory Guest House is a Bed and Breakfast Establishment and the home of Major Sam and Linda Hawes.


Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.

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The Hawk House

504 NW. 3rd Street

The Hawk House

Built in 1884


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C. G. Hawk

One of the most prominent men in Abilene at the turn of the century, C. G. Hawk (Calvin Gregg Hawk) built this home that became the center of many social activities and was featured in A Gem, The City of the Plains, Abilene, a promotional booklet for the city.

Hawk moved to Abilene in the early 1870’s and successfully operated a drug store.  He also served as Dickinson County treasurer for several years.

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The Italianate style house once served as a doctor’s office

The Italianate style house, built in 1884, originally was entered through double front doors.  French doors with brass trim are located throughout the house and the second level is reached via a walnut staircase.  Before the turn of the century, the home was sold to Dr. Edward E. Hazlett, a prominent physician.  Hazlett continued to use this house for his medical practice even after he moved to a new home, located at 820 Northwest Third.  By 1912, however, Hazlett returned to this home to live, while his son, Everett, resided in the newer house.  Hazlett died in 1916.

504 NW 3rd #2Two years later, Alice Hazlett added the portico that is loosely based on Neo-classical models.  She also transformed the house into four apartments.  The Terrace, as it is known, is being restored into a bed and breakfast by Stephen “Doc” and Alicia Holaday.


Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.

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The Rice House

615 NW. 3rd Street

The Rice House

Built in 1879


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Alfred William Rice

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, it was the leadership of A. W. Rice that resulted in the elevation of the moral tone of the community.  Rice was politically active during his lifetime, constantly seeking ways to improve the life of Abilene residents.  During his reign as mayor, dusty streets in the business section of the city were paved and a sewer system was completed.

Rice was active in several business ventures as well.  He was one of the organizers of the Citizens Bank and served as its vice president.  He also was president of Rice-Johntz-Nicolay Lumber Company , vice president of Abilene Manufacturing Company, president of Abilene Wholesale Grocery and had interests in grain and livestock businesses.

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The asymetrical style of the house creates a whimsical appearance

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Ornamental trim enhances the entry

The Queen Anne style of the house is delightfully asymmetrical and makes an unusually picturesque composition.  Handcarved oak double doors welcome guests standing on the wraparound porch that was added in 1926.  Original features include a parquet floor in the living room, embossed leather inlays along the staircase and intricately carved woodwork throughout the home.  Light shines through three stained glass windows.  An unusual detail is the warming oven that is part of the steam register in the dining room.

A black iron fence wrapping around the front yard was installed in 1978.

David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower stayed at the home when David was conducting research for a book about his grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  At that time the home was owned by Don Wilson, who later became the Archivist of the United States.  It now is the residence of Mel and Toastie Racy.

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Handcarved doors, woodwork and staircase enhance the living room

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Elaborate window and door casings throughout the main floor emphasize the Queen Anne character

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Originally published in Historic Homes of Abilene, The Heritage Homes Association, written by Cecilia Harris, photos by Bob Paull, 1994.

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