108 W Church St, Marshalltown, IA, 50158 $64,900
What an amazing deal – a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home for sale, plus a former auto repair shop, plus what’s left in the house for under $65,000! The natural woodwork in this home is a show stopper. Staircase, built-ins, pocket doors, molding…oh, my goodness! Then there are the fabulous windows, tower and three porches. It is located just outside the boundaries of the Marshalltown Downtown Historic District. A buyer will have to appreciate downtown living, but I might be able to get used to that for this one.
I am not 100% sure on this, but it appears the original owner of this Queen Anne may have been Charles Bendlage, owner of Bendlage Hardware Store at 35 W. Main St. Bendlage was a widower at 45 years of age and lived here with his children, Edward, Theo, Marie and George, and a servant.
The house must have passed through several owners before being purchased in 1987 by the Bloomquist family. WE can be thankful that none of these families painted over the gorgeous woodwork or made many unfortunate “improvements” over all those years. Richard Bloomquist (1930-2017) was born and raised in Marshalltown. According to Tributearchive.com:
He went to Drake University and played football. Dick was proud to serve his county in the United States Army and served two terms non-consecutively for a total of two years. Dick was united in marriage to Patricia Annette Wilson on September 27, 1952, at the Church of the Open Bible in Marshalltown, Iowa. They were lifetime residents of Marshalltown where Dick worked for Helfers Garage as a Mechanic and then opened Bloomquist Auto Repair and retired in 1993 (the auto repair shop in the rear). He was a member of Academy of Model Aeronautics and was a recipient of many awards and championships and loved to travel to their meets with his family. He was an avid football fan.
Richard Bloomquist died in this home in 2017.