818 Elm Street

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818 Elm Street in Grinnell, Iowa. This was the home of Mabel Stemsrud, and it was built by her son, Bert Stemsrud in 1948. The home was ordered from a catalog. Bert drove his tractor and a hay wagon into Grinnell from his Ewart farm and unloaded the house materials from a railway car. Bert and his brothers would bring loads of cobs from corn shelling to Mabel. She used those in her kitchen Home Comfort stove for cooking. She also had a cob fired hot water heater in the basement. Mabel kept a large garden and many fruit trees.