OHU50K NOTES. $25,000
Wooded, country fixer upper on just over an acre. The interior photos aren’t as bad as I expected. Wouldn’t it be grand if someone could save this old house? I would love to see it with the gingerbread porch pictured in the vintage photo below. For $25K, it is worth it for the history alone!
- acre lot
- Circa 1900
10400 W 600th Rd N, Rochester, IN 46975 $25,000
This is the old Mahler homestead. Sometime in the 1920s, an old one-room schoolhouse, the Hartman School (so named because it originally sat on the Hartman Farm) was moved and affixed to the rear of the Mahler farmhouse (see above). The schoolhouse was built between 1883 and 1907, but by 1925 all the one-room schoolhouses were closed in Fulton County. Many were set on fire to force students to attend the Leiter’s Ford consolidated school. As for the Hartman School, the stove caught on fire, burned through the floor and dropped to the ground, but the Mahler family was able to save it. They had a kinship to it as most of the Mahler children, grandchildren and greats had attended the school, including Oliver, Hazel, Ruby and Milo.
The farmhouse was more than likely built before 1900. Elmer Gideon Mahler Sr., a German immigrant, owned the land as early as 1860, living at the address with his wife Martha, and children Gideon, Martin, Martha, Catherine, Matilda and Sarah. It appears the two sons and their families were farming the land by 1880, the year Elmer died. Sadly, in 1891, Martin also passed away at the young age of 47, leaving the property in the hands of his older brother Gideon who farmed it until his death in 1916.
Apparently, Gideon’s sons continued to farm the land after their father’s death as they moved the schoolhouse onto the property around 1925 to accommodate all the family members. After that, it is difficult to determine when the Mahlers moved completely from the property.