On Hatteberg’s People, last week was a long week for me, that is why this next little story was like a respite in a storm. Linda and Leslie Allison of Florence live in a relaxing out-of-the-way historic house that has been a home to Leslie’s family since 1873.
“We like sitting out here on the porch and watching the birds and listening to the water, visiting with friends. It’s a great place.”
The place is one of history. The old stone part of this home built in 1873 by Les Allison’s great grandfather. You see it on the left. The log-cabin portion built years later in the 1970’s by Les.
“We’re kind of surrounded by a crown of ancestors who we respect and honor.”
Few families can say they are living in the same house, on the same land from the 1870’s.
“We look back and know some of the stories that they had to say and we look back and say yeah, that’s what real people are about.”
Les and his wife Linda decided to move into the old stone part of the house in the 1970’s when they had three small children…now those children are grown with their on families. But back then the old stone house was falling apart.
“The house had now windows and no doors. We were fighting the rats to see who was going to live in it. I swore I wouldn’t move in, until there was water and electricity, but I did. (Laugh) I don’t know why but I did.”
It was built by A. N. Allison, each stone hand carved.
“It makes history come so alive.”
The house sits next to Doyle Creek. A picturesque place where the dog loves to play retriever….and he never tires.
“Our water supply for the house is in that spring and it goes under the creek and we have a line buried in the stone house.”
It is a peaceful place. Idyllic in many ways. A tremendous amount of work brought them to this point in their lives…now, both retired, they relax near the acorn trees with natures symphony of color and life -- like a Norman Rockwell painting.
“Whenever you honor you parent’s part of that is understanding who they were and feeling that closeness of relationship.”
There is history here…and because Les’s family seldom through anything away they are blessed with letters from the Great Grandfather and other relatives who lived through drought and depressions on the same land. That land grant deed signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.
“Well, it has certainly been fun. It’s been an experience.”