514 W State St, Centerville, IA 52544
$29,500 Sold on August 31, 2021 for $29,500
Fixer Upper George F. Barber House in Centerville, IA Under $30K
This George F. Barber designed home was first featured in 2015 when it was listed at $50K. Photos from that listing are added near the bottom of the page. The Queen Anne design was #65 from the first edition of Barber’s plan book, “New Model Dwellings”.
A decade after marrying, this home was built for liveryman George B. Steele and his wife Harriet Geneva Dale Steele, who held the deed. Hattie, as she was known, was the daughter of James M. Dale, a very successful local farmer who owned over 1300 acres. Hattie and George married in 1885 and they raised two daughters, Jessie Opal and Charlotte Dale.
Sometime before 1910, Hattie built a large Roller Skating Rink at the edge of town which her husband ran for a while. By 1920, she and George ran an Automobile Garage. Apparently, business and marriage did not work out, because the couple were subsequently divorced. After her daughters left the nest, Hattie rented out a portion of the house to a bank cashier who paid $30 rent. The house in 1930 was valued at $8000.