Home of the Richard White Family


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This contemporary split-level home, sitting on an acre of land, was built in 1975-76 by the present owner-occupants, Richard and Cathi White. The precut shell was erected by local contractor Dale Renken, great care being taken in placement to save the existing large trees. Rich finished the interior, including the wiring, heating, plumbing, and cabinet installation with only an occasional professional assist. Cathi stained and finished "miles" of woodwork-- never again, she says.


The large, Spanish style chandelier hanging in the foyer was purchased at a yard sale long before the house was a reality. A recent project was bricking the foyer wall. The large wall hanging was specially made by Marcia Thomson Sober, daughter of Mabel Thomson.


Upstairs, in the dining area, the large harvest table is set with Royal Doulton bone china in the "Grantham" pattern. This has been collected by Cathi's mother, Mrs. Charles Grantham. The sliding glass doors open to a redwood deck, perfect for outdoor barbecuing and eating in good weather. The living room, master bedroom, nursery and bath complete the upper level. An interesting oil painted by Cathi's paternal grandmother nearly 100 years ago hangs at the end of the hall.


A large family room and game area, laundry, utility room, two bedrooms and a bath comprise the lower level. An interesting "cubbyhole" under the stairs makes a perfect playhouse for four children. The large brass bucket (over 100 years old) by the piano belonged to Riches great grandfather, Samuel Hill McGuffin, and was used daily as a milk pail on the farm. "McGuffin" has been used twice by the Whites--once for their oldest daughter, Kelli's middle name and, most recently, for the Whites newest venture--their ice cream parlor- delicatessen-game room "emporium".


Cathi and Rich have decorated their home with many hand crafted items, including weaving, macramé, embroidery, pottery and woodcarving, adding nostalgia and charm to every room. This delightful home serves well the demanding needs of Rich and Cathi and their four growing children: Kelli McGuffin, Nichole Ware, Joshua Fisher and Sarah Grantham.


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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Jeff Dunn

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