(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
Their prairie style home with its large overhangs and square roof was built by Roderick H. and Lillie J. Scribner in 1904. Roderick Scribner was a prominent banker and community leader. He was a founder of the Fulton Scribner Bank in 1870 that later merged with the First National Bank in 1875, and then became Central Trust and Savings Bank in 1931.
In 1931 the A.W. Jones family moved to Cherokee from Sac City and he assumed the bank president position at First National Bank. In 1936 A.W. Jones purchased the home and lived there until his death in 1956.
The Bices are only the fifth family to live in the home since it was built. It is a traditional four square design with some unique features such as a leaded oval window on the front facade. Inside the home features an open oak staircase with hand carved newel post, colonnades between the foyer and the formal living room and egg and dart moldings common in homes from the late Victorian era.
A unique feature of the couple's home is the three-story barn/carriage house which has been converted to a garage for modern day use.
Some changes made in the floor plan include removal of half of the front porch to build an additional room to the front of the home and a breakfast nook attached to the kitchen at the back of the home.
The Grand Old Homes committee is still taking entries for homes to be featured on the walking tour of old homes during the Sesquicentennial celebration this summer. Those interested in participating can contact Bonnie Varce at 225-5463 or Bonnie Lewis at 225-6447.