Down Memory Lane
The Singmaster family of Keota were among the most elite in farming and horse breeding. At one time, they were the world's largest importers of draft horses. They received as many as 275 in one shipment. Their horse Lagos was a world-champion stallion.
The family built five beautiful mansions. Only two are left standing. Marjie Koehler owns one of the homes, named Elmhurst. One of the homes is in the background of this photo of draft horses and their handlers.
The home is one of 11 historic sites that will hold open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, hosted by the Washington County Historical Sites Committee. To inquire about Koehler's home, please call 641-636-3001.
Other sites that will be home are Smith Creek School in Wellman, Blair House, Conger House, DAR Cabin, F Troop Museum, Red Brick Country School, Walnut School and St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Phone ahead for details on the following sites: Rubio Train Station in Rubio, Connie Hartnell, 319-456-3959; and Grace Hill Moravian Church, Fritz Engel, 319-461-3685.
For more information, call Carlton Mangold at 319-653-3646.