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Friday, June 14, 2013 7:59 PM

Home moved for Herald’s 1963 construction still stands on city’s north side

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer

A home at 720 N. Cherry St., Ottawa, originally sat in the 100 block of South Cedar St., Ottawa — the current location of The Herald, but was moved to Cherry Street in June 1963 so The Herald building could be built. The house was moved by Lindell Chism and Jim Poe, according to a photograph from The Herald archives. Mike West, the current owner of the house, said the home belonged to his grandfather Chism. “[I’ve lived here] for about 20 years,” West said. “Everything’s about the same. The rooms have probably been painted a few times, but everything’s pretty much the same.” Though house moving is not as common these days, Franklin County Historical Society Director Deb Barker said, it’s not impossible. The Santa Fe Railroad caboose recently moved to the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., used the same process as the home relocations, she said. (Photo by Abby Eckel/The Ottawa Herald)

A house is moved across the Marais des Cygnes River in a photo published in the June 7, 1963, Herald. The structure was moved from the 100 block of South Cedar Street, Ottawa, the current location of The Ottawa Herald, to 720 N. Cherry St., Ottawa. (Archive photo/The Ottawa Herald)

A house on wheels moves down Ottawa’s Main Street and across the river to North Cherry Street.

It’s not something most people see every day: a house being pulled from its foundation to be loaded onto the back of a truck and transported to its new location. But 50 years ago — June 7, 1963 — Lindell Chism and Jim Poe moved a house from the 100 block of South Cedar Street, Ottawa, where The Herald building now sits, to 720 N. Cherry St., Ottawa. The Herald’s offices were built in 1963 when longtime newspaper publisher Robert “Bob” Wellington decided to relocate from its historic Main Street building.

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