Story City’s Century Homes and Buildings Creamery, Tom Mason home featured
—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director
In 1913, 29 homes and buildings were built in Story City. This article features two of these buildings, the Story City Creamery and the Tom Mason Home. Over the next several weeks, the Story City Herald will feature photographs of these century homes/buildings and share the information about the homes/buildings found in the 1913 Heralds. The Historical Society has also installed an exhibit on the Century Homes at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. Included in this exhibit is a butter box from the Story City Creamery. Driving tour maps of all of the homes and buildings are available at the library or at the Carriage House Museum, 619 Grand Avenue.
Story City Creamery
The Story City Creamery was located east of the downtown area, in the alley of the 500 block of Grand Avenue. On April 10, 1913, building materials were hauled into place prior to constructing the creamery. Sampson Grotness was the contractor. The building will be made of brick and thoroughly up to date in every particular way.
The new building was completed on September 25, 1913. The old creamery building was also torn down that same week and the material was sold to various parties. The new building now provides the creamery company a fully equiped way to turn out good, wholesome butter in the most economical manner.
According to the 1931 Story City Golden Jubilee Book, the creamery was doing $150,000 worth of business a year.
Tom Mason Home
The Tom Mason residence was located at 903 Washington Street. On April 10, 1913 Mason began construction of his new home on the corner lot south of the creamery that he purchased from Ben Holm. By the end of July that year, Tom Mason was able to move into his new residence.