—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director

This week we are featuring the T.L. Olson Home, which is located on the west side of Story City at 527 Marvick Ave. The Olson home wasn’t mentioned in the 1913 Heralds until the November 27, 1913 issue: "Mrs. W.C. Krum and Mrs. W.R. Hamman of Eagle Grove came here last Friday for the purpose of inspecting T.L. Olson’s new home. Mr. Hamman expects to erect a house on the bungalow order next year and will probably make it like Olson’s, the ladies having been very much pleased with the design and finish."

Thanks to further assistance and research by Historical Society member Gary Griggs, we were able to determine that the T.L. Olson home was a mail-order home from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. It is home #168 and was called "The Matoka". This bungalow style home was offered in the Sears & Roebuck catalog from 1911-1918. To order this home, it cost between $950 to $1,920. From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles.

Driving tour maps of all of the Century Homes and Buildings are available at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Ave.

(This is the 14th in a 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.)