Snow can’t stop Tour of Homes

The theme of this year’s Tour of Homes sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society, on Saturday, Dec. 3 was “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and that’s just what the planners received when it began snowing heavily just before the tour was to begin. That didn’t keep people from participating, however, or from enjoying something to eat at a reception afterwards at the Austin Whittemore House (Photo by David Lias)

Despite the slick, snowy roads Saturday afternoon and evening, the annual Clay County Historical Society Christmas Tour of Homes was a success.

"It worked out real well," said historical society president Gloria Barnes. "Even though it was snowy, it was a beautiful night."

The event began in the afternoon, with tour-goers visiting each of the four homes, followed by a reception at the Austin Whittemore House, where the historical society is housed.

Barnes' Forest Avenue home was one of those featured on the tour.

"We had a lot of people come through our house," she said. "Everybody took their shoes off when they came in, so I can't say there was any mess. Everybody thanked us for opening up our home."

The other three tour homes belonged to Linda Kogel, and Alan and Sarah Wittmuss, both of which are located on south University Road, and the Rev. Robert and Pauline Grossmann, whose home is on Madison Street.

"Everybody had a different type of home, so it was really nice to do," Barnes said.

The event is held each year to raise funds for the historical society, as well as to encourage them to visit the Austin Whittemore House.

Barnes said it provides a good opportunity "to remind people that the historical society is at the Austin Whittemore House, for people to come and visit it. We showcase that."

Historical society members Judy Sullivan, Luanne Oulette, Cleo Erickson and Ann Severson also worked on the tour and took part in the reception.

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