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Restored Hossack House, Ottawa mayor’s house, on historic homes tour Nov. 19

A chance to tour the landmark Ottawa mansion restored after being ravaged by the Feb. 28 tornado — as well as a look inside Mayor Robert Eschbach’s home — will be two of the highlights on the the Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum’s third Historic House Walk on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The four Ottawa houses that will be on display are:

The Henry House, 603 E. Main St.

Believed to have been built circa 1885, significant features of this two-story wood frame home are front gable bays with bullseye trim, a stained glass transom, wraparound front porch with square brick piers and knee walls added around 1910. As early as 1902, Mary C. Henry was a resident at this address. She was still a resident there when she married Dr. Philip C. Clune on June 1, 1911. They continued to live in the home for many years, along with Mary’s sister, Elizabeth Henry. When Mary died in 1928, the ownership seems to have passed to Elizabeth. The current owners of the house are John and Pat Hoagland. It will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum at 1100 Canal St. also will be open to house walk participants, who will be served refreshments there.
Tickets for the event are $20 and may be purchased at the museum, Handy Foods or Herman’s Package Store. Questions may be directed to Mollie Perrot, the museum’s executive director, at 815-433-1361.

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