Holiday home tour highlights pride of Osage City

120214-GINGERBREAD-HOUSE-01Osage City Pride has announced the homes chosen for the annual Holiday Pride Home Tour, a fundraiser for the organization, to be held 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Tickets for the home tour can be purchased at Ramblin’ Rose, 629 Market St., in advance and starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the tour that day for $5. All proceeds go to projects that are supported by Pride, such the upkeep of Santa Fe Park and flower beds in the park, along with donations made to ECAT and the Osage City Warmth Fund, adoption of Christmas families, and youth projects. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to Osage City and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful homes and Christmas spirit.

The home of Gladys and Boyd Woodyard at 709 S. Fifth St. is the first of four homes on the 2014 Holiday PRIDE Home Tour. Boyd is retired after 40 years of military service and Gladys has always been a homemaker, caregiver and seamstress. The Woodyards purchased the home in 1979 from Cyril and Anna Ford. In looking into the history of the home, the Woodyards discovered that the home was built by H. A. Howard, the owner of Howard Mercantile, and hat maker. The Howards were the parents of Virginia Howard, who owned Howard’s Fabric Shop for many years. Dr. Sexton also lived in the home for a short time.

A large tree in the family room is home to many Hallmark ornaments that delight their four grown daughters and six grandchildren. In the windows of the living room hangs Gladys’ collection of Irish Blessing porcelain ornaments. A nine-foot Christmas tree holds a collection of Precious Moments ornaments and angels. On the staircase is their collection of ceramic Snow Village buildings. The ceilings of the living and family rooms are covered with wallpaper that has the look of tin ceiling tiles. The kitchen holds a collection of cookie jars and teapots that Gladys has collected over the years.

Boyd and Gladys have a pet red healer, Wrangler, and what Boyd refers to as the “Nine Ladies”, their hens that occupy the backyard.

Cindy and Gary Moulin reside at 4986 W. Hwy K31, about one block east of the Osage City Airport. Gary is employed by Kansas Department of Transportation, in Topeka, and Cindy is a sixth-grade teacher in the Santa Fe Trail school district. The Moulins have four grown children, Jake, Annie, Stevie, and Sam, and five grandchildren.

The Moulins moved into their two-story farm house after remodeling in the fall of 1989. Gary’s great grandfather, Lewis Moulin, purchased the farm over 100 years ago and it has been passed down from father to son, with Gary and Cindy being the fourth generation to live there with their family pet, Wilson, an English mastiff.

Their home is furnished with family antiques and furniture made by Gary and son Sam. Both Cindy’s and Gary’s dads were involved with the home’s remodeling. Cindy has a collection of clay pots made by their children when they were in school art classes. The Moulins’ family traditions include putting up the Christmas tree and decorations after Thanksgiving dinner with the help of their children and grandchildren. Thanksgiving weekend also includes cookie making and reading Christmas stories.

The next stop on the tour will take you to Ethel Allen’s home at 403 Market St. Ethel recently moved into the home that formerly housed the Journal-Free Press newspaper that was owned and operated by Ethel and her husband Jerry. The brick home was built about 140 years ago by Ernie Johnson’s grandparents, who owned and operated a livery stable across the street. For many years the home was a rental before it was converted into the newspaper office. The home began a new life when it was remodeled into a home once again by Jerry Huffman. It has also housed a bed and breakfast and a hair salon.

When visiting Ethel’s home you will notice a Victorian front parlor with an ornate plaster ceiling medallion around the light fixture. You will also enjoy her many antique dishes and furniture pieces that have been in her family for years. Ethel is retired, but enjoys playing the piano and is currently the organist for the Osage City First Presbyterian Church.

A few years ago, Linda Merz’s and Don Kurtz’s home at 254 Market St. was previously on the PRIDE home tour and they have agreed to show their home again. The home was formerly the residence of the parents of Dwight Thompson, former Osage City mayor.

Linda moved into the home in 2004. She is retired from the Uniform Support Service, which supplied military uniforms that were shipped all over. Don is retired from the U.S. Navy, and now repairs appliances. Linda has three grown children and Don has 10. Linda loves to decorate both inside and outside her home. She collects angels and lighthouses. As you drive down Market Street you can spot her yard decorations not only for Christmas, but also Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and Halloween.

For more information, contact Nancy Washburn at Ramblin’ Rose at 785-528-3337.

Information thanks to Nancy Washburn.

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