Home of Mr. & Mrs. William Jenkins

423 West Wood Street Hillsboro Illinois
423 West Wood Street Hillsboro Illinois

423 West Wood Street

Hillsboro, Illinois

In June 1887, a Hillsboro newspaper announced, ''Fred Noterman’s new $6,000 .00 house is finished.'' Mr. Noterman, a native of Germany and a jeweler by trade, had come to Hillsboro in 1857. A prominent business man for 62 years, he also served as alderman and mayor of Hillsboro.

The house remained in the Noterman family until 1931, when it was purchased by the late Mr. and Mrs. McLin Brown. The property was acquired by the Jenkinses in 1968.

To reproduce this house today would cost many times the original sum.

It is built on a grand scale with large rooms, 11' ceilings, and 6' x 8' windows.

The hallway is dominated by the carved staircase of solid cherry. The large rug is an American Oriental and the runner is a Pakistan Bukara. The rug in the living room measures 26' x 12 ', an indication of the size of the room.

Across the hall in the ''family room’’, the arched bookcases were installed by Mr. Brown. Just outside the doorway to the '' family room'' are two interesting pieces of furniture: a Victorian costumer and a table with an unusual feature--the top swivels on the base to make a card table. The Walnut love seat in the hall belonged to Mr. Jenkins' grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Grimes of Nokomis.

The dining room furniture was purchased for the house by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. The table is set with china and silver belonging to Mrs. Jenkins and her mother, the late Mrs. Walter McLean.

The cherry wood rolling pin in the kitchen was made by Mr. Jenkins' great grandfather, David Cavinder, when he and his wife started housekeeping in 1872.

The marble-top table in the upstairs hall belonged to Mrs. Jenkins' grand-mother, Anna E. Gordon. The ornately carved bedroom furniture in the north-east bedroom came from the Lane house, now demolished, but long a landmark to Hillsboro residents. The perfume bottles in the southeast bedroom were collected by the Jenkins daughters, Lucy and Julie.

The needlepoint pictures and cushions throughout the house are evidence of Mrs. Jenkins' hobby.

The handsome tree in the front yard is one of the few copper beeches in 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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