F. T. Rembert Home
This information was contributed by David Harrison a relative of F.T. Rembert.
It was built somewhere between November 14, 1879 and May 14, 1881. A man named Louis Meyer bought the land from Aaron Green in 1879 (Green had bought the land from J.A.W. Cheek on February 26, 1875). When Meyer sold the property to Rembert in 1881, the first listing of a structure on the
property occurs. (This is also consistent with the architectural style of the house in the photo. The shingle style did not develop until about 1878 in Massachusetts and California.) (Winnie D. Harrison (a relative of Rembert's), also always said that Rembert bought the house from someone who had just built it.)
The house that now stands
at the northeast corner of Fredonia and College is the
same house that Meyer built. After visiting the famous World Columbian
Exhibition in Chicago in 1892, Rembert
had the house remodeled to its current
appearance. This exhibit was famous for the late 19th century
enthusiasm for classical details and that "white was right". Many of the multicolored Victorian homes - such as this one and the Northcutt house
across the street - were painted white to fit the style.
F.T. Rembert left the house in his will to his wife Kate Womack Rembert. When F.T. Rembert died, Kate Rembert's nephew, John Womack Harrison,Sr,
moved with his family from Marshall to live with her. When she died on May 11, 1939, the house passed to Harrison. The house is still owned by John W. Harrison, Sr's surviving children.
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