818 Elm Street

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.
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