Historic Homes of Neillsville, Wisconsin

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27.  Captain Hommel-217 Grand Ave.  Zimmerman Article


28. Kurth, 1201 N. Grand Avenue

This home was built by James Redmond, and later purchased by Robert Kurth.  It is quite possible that Remond built the home on speculation, for he lived in the house just to the south for many years after the larger house's construction.  Robert Kurth had previously lived in and operated the large brick roadhouse east of "Fannie's Restaurant" on U. S. Highway 10.  At the turn of the century, there was a well at this home that was believed to contain "curative" water.  On Sundays, people came by carriage from miles around to obtain water from the well which they believed benefited their health. "Frosty" Kurth--well known Neillsville postmaster and son of Robert Kurth--lived in the home until the 1970s, when it was purchased by the McKevitt family.  Legend says that the land across the street from the house was a meeting place of local Native American tribes and also the last location of a Native American trading post in the Neillsville area.  The (1998) owners, Mark & Sandy Brodziski began restoring this delightful Victorian home.  The current owners are Tim & Sue Voight who also owns "Custom Heating" in Neillsville.Sketch by B. Harder.

Additional information provided by Anne (Skiff) Johnson:

David and Janet Skiff purchased the home in summer of 1975 and lived there until summer of 1986. When they bought the house there was an acre of wooded area along the north side of the drive, extending to 14th St. Shortly before they moved in 1986, the Skiff's sold the land to Alan Moore, who built 2 homes there. Their home was purchased by a single woman from MN, who lived there 1-3 years.
When purchasing the home, the Skiff's also bought the baby grand piano, that had apparently stayed with the house through previous owners, from Mona McKevitt as well as the unique dining table that could adapt from being a regular round size up to quite a length with the addition of several wide leaves.
There was a 2 story barn where the Voight's now have a beautiful 3 stall garage. The barn and the woods were full of intrigue and areas to explore, including a crawl space under the stairs that you accessed by lifting the top of the secret stair, for the Skiff's 4 children and neighbor children.
The first service of Living Hope Church, now on Hwy 10, near the fairgrounds, was held in the home's living room in Fall of 1977.  The home still holds many wonderful memories for the Skiff family!

Can  you supply a current photo of this home? 29. Currier-Schuster Home, 312 E. 4th Street

This home was built in 1880 by John Currier.  He was engaged in lumbering on the Black River at the time.  Currier was also a carpenter, and he supervised the construction of many of the finest buildings in Neillsville.  Jeff Schuster, a lawyer with the law firm of "Schuster and Campman," purchased the home around 1900.  Mr. Schuster donated 10 Acres of land for the construction of Schuster Park located on Neillsville's southeast side.  Kathy Roberts is the current owner.

Sketch by B. Harder.

30Marsh-Bennett Home, 214 Clay Street

William Marsh (brother to Lute Marsh) built this home in the late 1800s for $1800.  The home was constructed with a balloon frame--one stud runs from the basement to the attic!  Also, the beams are wood-pegged around the foundation.  Mr. Marsh was the owner of the "Marsh Store"--a quality department store--on the northwest corner of Hewett and 5th Streets for many decades.  For many years this house was home to Dr. Mark and "Flossie" Bennett.  Dr. Bennett was a well known area veterinarian.  Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of Dr. William Leason--early Neillsville dentist and civic leader.  The present owners (1998), Gill and Diane Williams have done extensive restoration work, but much more is in their plans!

Sketch by B. Harder.


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31. William B. & Jennie Tuft's Home,

Added to the Historic Home List in 2011. Click here to see article.


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Contributors:  Cecily Cook, Judy Hansen, Dolores Kenyon, Carol Mitte, Neillsville Historic Preservation Commission, Erdine Payne, Bill Roberts.



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