Home of Mr. & Mrs. Harold Lyerla


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42 Smoke Tree Road

Hillsboro, Illinois


For years, the Lyerla’s have loved “this neck of the woods”. When they lived in a house at Highland & Freeland Avenues, the old Seymour farm was not yet sub-divided, and this was a favorite place for Sunday walks. After the Lyerla children came along, this was their playground. They climbed up and down the cliffs, as these hills were called by the neighborhood children. They learned to ice skate on these ponds. Just as their father did when he was a boy living on Major Hill. The pond in the back yard of the house was known as the South Pond. So, when “Butch” Seltzer offered lots for sale on the Seymour property, the Lyerla’s had no difficulty picking out the one they wanted. The house was built in 1967. The architect was Charles W. King of St. Louis and landscaping was by Robert E. Goetz, also of St. Louis.


Kate Lyerla has always liked old things. When she was nine years old, she saw the walnut table (in the east window of the living room) on a junk heap, waiting to be hauled away as garbage. She asked if she might have it for her playhouse. Part of the top was missing, but that’s no problem when you have a handy big brother. After she had outgrown playhouses, the table held her parents' first At-water Kent radio. When she married, it was part of her dowry. Just in the past few years. “Whistle” surprised her for Christmas with the marble top, which he found at an antique shop.


Kate has also collected dishes, furniture, memorabilia, and anything else that appealed to her. The dishes include Austrian, German, Nippon, Italian, Limoges, Bavarian, and R. S. Prussia.


The love seat in the living room is English, acquired in Seattle, Washington. The coffee table is hand carved; the figures are Triton and the Nereid.


The table in the entrance hall was used by the ladies to check their skirts.


The hooked wall covering in the downstairs hall reproduces the Christmas cover of the Borrego Sun, a monthly newspaper, featuring Kate’s brother, John.


The game table in the family room has served several purposes in its lifetime. It was a dining table when Kate bought it from a neighbor, was promptly cut down to a coffee table, then, a few years ago, put back together again to game table height. Here again, a handy big brother. The shade over the table is Tiffany. The clock on the wall has recently been repaired and refinished by L. A. Dykema.


The beds in the downstairs bedroom came from Kate’s mother.


The African violets were a hobby of Kate’s mother and father and a lot of them are from the original plants.


The painting on the fireplace was a gift from Dorothy Bass of Hillsboro.


In the 1970's the Historical Society had home tour each year. This article is from a hand out visitors received when they toured this home.

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