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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Jul 25, 2013

Helen Turnipseed earned a blue ribbon at the Washington County Fair in the Open Class with her painting of the Turnipseed farmstead. Helen painted the picture from the original photograph of the farm. The picture belongs to Helen’s sister-in-law.

Jim and Mary Redlinger celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday with an open house at St. James Church Tobin Hall hosted by their children, Beth Wadella of Roseville, Ga., Jane Kelley of Chandler, Ariz., Mary Jo Robinson of Centerville, Laura Moore of Chandler, Ariz., Mark Redlinger of Washington, and Matt Redlinger of Richmond, Texas. Two children, Mike Redlinger and Lisa Murray of Houston, Texas, were unable to Mass together and later gathered at the Mark and Barb Redlinger home for a barbecue meal.

Melva Mineart’s family hosted an open house in honor of her 80th birthday on Sunday afternoon in the Main Dining Room of the United Presbyterian Home. Steve and Joyce Mineart of Oskaloosa, Gary and Janis Mineart of Burke, Va., Carrie and John Daggett of Fort Collins, Colo., Kevin and Jody Mineart of West Burlington, and Doug Mineart of Springdale, Ark., all arrived to help their mother celebrate. The family traveled to Keosauqua immediately following the birthday party for a Schnicker family reunion where they spent the weekend at the Hotel Manning and enjoyed a weekend of family activities.

The Washington High School class of 1948 held their 65th class reunion in the Main Dining Room on Saturday night. Approximately 33 classmates and spouses attended the dinner. United Presbyterian Home residents Bob Logan and Victor Thompson are graduates of this class.

Sheila Temple from Washington Public Health visited UP with Day Care on Tuesday to educate the children on the importance of dental hygiene. Sheila brought along a fake dinosaur head with teeth on which she demonstrated the proper way to brush. The children later practiced this method on the dinosaur teeth and later on their own teeth with the new toothbrushes Sheila gave each child. Sheila read them a story about teeth brushing and left the dinosaur head to play with.

Larry and Sara Bartlett graciously opened their newly renovated home at 20 Locust Lane for all UPH residents and staff to see. The home was built to look like a barn in 1973 by David Horsey for owner Pearl Cassen on the back property of 1103 E. Washington St. The unique barn-like structure has a rich history and featured a handcrafted spiral staircase to the second-floor loft and an east wall made completely of stone. David remembers that it took a semi and truck load of stone weighing 35 tons being trucked from eight miles west of Milwaukee, Wis., for the project. Jim Bennett worked with David to construct the stone wall which could only be done in 30-inch square sections at a time. David says that the home has a claim to fame. Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter visited the Cassen home in the mid 1970s while in Washington for a Democratic fundraiser. The home was acquired by the United Presbyterian Home in 1985 and was soon endowed to our beloved resident Cal Wolf and his late wife, Margaret. Cal and Margaret made a lovely home there for many years remodeling the kitchen in 1996. The home was recently given a total makeover prior to Larry and Sara moving in with a new wooden staircase that defines the living space. The Bartletts have added their uniquely beautiful decorating style to the home inside and out. Sara is the master decorator of interior space and Larry is the master gardener. They complement each other well and have a beautiful home that is very warm and inviting. Thanks to Larry and Sara for sharing.

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