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Circa 1901 Historic Home For Sale in Saint Joe, Missouri Under $55K – Great History!
September 2, 2023
OHU50K Notes $54,900
You can’t miss this charming historic home for sale with a butterscotch yellow door, located in the Historic District in St. Joseph! The inside has been freshly painted, new flooring in the kitchen. Stunning archways throughout the house, three bedrooms, two full baths, and an nonconforming bedroom off of the kitchen would be perfect for an office! You will not find this home on MLS.
The house that Magnolia built in 1901, has been home to a fascinating parade of tenants in its 120 year history. It sits nicely on its lot on Jules Street ready to see what interesting people will come through its door for the next 100 years!
1519 Jules St., Saint Joseph, Missouri $54,900
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The charming frame house at 1519 Jules was one of three (one is now sadly gone) built in a row by Magnolia Filer Carder in 1901 as income-producing properties. These are unusual because they were built by a married woman in her own name. Magnolia, born in 1867 in Newton Illinois, was married to Harry M. Carder, the manager of the much-loved Pennant Cafeteria.
The first tenant of the home was Henry J. Mueller, whose fortune was based on making good things to eat. He rose to the position of manager of the St. Joseph branch of the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), before becoming President of the Mueller Keller Candy Company. He and his family made their home here from the house’s completion until Henry’s death at the house of nephritis in 1921. Henry was born in Oldenberg, Germany in 1863. He immigrated to the United States in 1885. He lived in the home with his first wife Antoinette, who was also born in Oldenberg (though she immigrated in 1879) and their son Norman. Tragically, Norman was killed in a terrible accident at Lake Contrary in 1912 at age 19. Antoinette died at 1519 Jules of stomach cancer in 1914.
Despite the tragedy of losing his entire family, Henry loved the home enough to remain. In 1916, he surprised everyone when he married Florence Keifer, the widow of his cousin Coney Mueller, in Hanover, Kansas. Florence came from a wealthy family and she had two sons from her first marriage. This second family took up residence at 1519 Jules when they came to St. Joseph.
Following Henry Mueller’s death the house was home to a series of relatively short-term tenants until the mid-1940s. Among those were C.E. Branson, a salesman for Armour & Co., Lena C. Main and her daughter Louise, Walter C. Ross, a produce merchant, and A.N. Lynn, a police officer.
Perhaps the most notable of the occupants in the 1930s was Robert Moore, who was in the house from 1931-1932. He was a pilot based at Rosecrans Municipal Air Port. Robert came to St. Joseph from Robinson, Kansas, as a student of the St. Joseph Aero Club, receiving his commercial pilot’s rating in 1929. In 1931 he became a transport pilot. He left St. Joseph in 1932, at the age of 22, to work as a pilot for American Airlines in Kansas City. In early 1933, he left Kansas City to join the American Air Race Association. In July 1933, he was killed in a plane crash in Lebanon, Indiana.
In about 1945, the house was made into a duplex. Several employees of the packing houses lived here – the longest tenant was Thomas J. Swafford, and employee of Swift & Co., who lived at 1519 from 1946-1951. By the 1970s, it had been further divided into 3 units. It is now a single-family home once again!