Posted by: marthabernie | November 18, 2014

SHANK HOME – Phillipsburg, Missouri

Shank home Phillipsburg Mo, Missouri, Laclede CountyThis photo was taken in 1965 and it shows my mother, Anna Shank Marlin, standing on the front porch of the house where she grew up near Phillipsburg, MO.  The house was built just after 1900 and I don’t think it was plastered until many years later.  I don’t have a photo of the house that is early; in fact, this is the only photo of the house that I’ve ever seen other than group photos which were taken against one (wooden) side of the house.

There was a sitting or front room in front on one side, and the parents’ bedroom on the other side.   My mother’s parents were Eli and Inez (McMenus) Shank. Upstairs were two bedrooms, one for the boys and one for the girls, where they always slept at least three, and sometime four, to a bed.  There was a family dining room and kitchen (one story) at the back of the house.

In 1965 when my father took this photo, the house was still being lived in.  It stood empty for many years subsequently, and in the late 80’s or early 90’s some kids set fire to it and it burned to the ground.  By the time I visited this spot in 1997, it was nothing but field.  No signs of fire.


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