—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director
This article features the last two of the six homes that were built in the Sanitarium Addition in 1913, the Chris Dale Home and the L.L. Dale Home. These two homes were built for two brothers, and the homes are very similar in design. Sampson Grotness was the contractor on both homes, as well as a third home in this addition. The Sanitarium Addition is the 300 block of Lafayette Avenue.
The Historical Society has installed an exhibit on the Century Homes at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. In December, the exhibit at the library will rotate and feature the Sanitarium Addition Homes. Driving tour maps of all of the homes and buildings are available at the library or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Ave.
Chris Dale Home (316 Lafayette Ave) and L.L. Dale Home (310 Lafayette Ave)
By the middle of July 1913 both of the basements were dug for the two Dale homes. Chris Dale was living in Gilbert and L.L. Dale was living in Ihlen, MN, both were building these new homes in order to move back to their hometown. In early September, both homes were well under way. Mr. & Mrs. L.L. Dale moved to Story City by the end of September and they were staying with Mrs. H.L. Dale while the new house was being completed. In the end of November, the Chris Dale family moved into their new home. The L.L. Dale family took possession of their new home in the middle of December. Both Dale families were "old time Story Citians" and were welcomed back to Story City.
(This is the fifth in a continuing series of articles featuring the various century homes and buildings of Story City, as compiled and researched by Story City Historical Society Director Kate Feil.)