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Circa 1902 Cheap-ish Historic Home For Sale in Saint Joseph, MO $125K

Realtor Comments

This home offers lots of living space including a formal dining room and a formal living room with the original fireplace and built-ins. Beautiful hard wood floors, wood work and the little details like antique door knobs fill this home with so much charm. An enclosed porch overlooks the backyard and there is plenty of storage space with a large, clean basement and a detached one car garage. This is an opportunity to not only purchase a new home, but a piece of this town’s rich history.


  • 2bd
  • 2ba
  • 1,400sqft
  • Circa 1902



Family History

This home was originally built for Henry S. Smith (1863-1935) of Smith Real Estate. Harry married Gertrude Bank (1863-1934) in 1897 and the couple lived here. They never had children, but they may have been friends with the Tootle family, the second owners of the Gothic-like castle mansion across the street.

From The History of Northwest Missouri-1915, Page 685.

“Henry S. Smith was born on a farm in Washington County, Maryland, a son of Joseph M. Smith and Margaret McCleary. He was of a family of eight children. He first attended the district schools of his native town, later completing his studies at Rock Hill College, in Ellicott City, Maryland.

He taught school for two years in Maryland, and then to Nemaha County, Kansas, where he continued as a teacher until 1883. He then located to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he secured a position as clerk in a real estate and insurance office. Subsequently, in partnership with A.C. McDonald, he purchased the business of his former employee and carried it on successfully for a year as head of the firm of Smith & McDonald. W.A. Spratt was then admitted to partnership and the business was continued under the name of Smith, McDonald and Spratt until 1890. This business became more involved with dealings in real estate and loans. In 1913, Mr. Smith became sole proprietor of this business and it continued to succeed. Mr. Smith was also connected in an official capacity as secretary of the Provident building and Loan Association and secretary of the Ely Land Company.”




  • Lee Kellogg

    I saw your posting and went to see the house located at 317 S 12th. St., Saint Joseph, MO., and put an offer in for the purchase of what I assumed was a 1902 house in Museum Hill Historic District. The Dept of Historic Preservation of St. Joe, informed me that the house pre-dated 1888. Had I not seen this house on your site, I would never have known of its existance, so thank you.
    Lee Kellogg of Lincoln, NE.

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