News: Unity Township – Historic Mansion


Surnames: Pickett, Cooper

----Source: Clark County Stories Book

I believe there would be no housing shortage now if people lived as they did when I was a little girl.

My father, Earl N. Pickett, and my mother, Theresa, made it possible for the Picketts to boast of having four generations living under one roof at the same time.

There was ample room for all to be comfortable in the spacious, three story brick house of eleven gables, located in the Town of Unity, Clark County.

The many rooms were more spacious than the blueprints showed because the contractor, Eli Pickett (grandpa's brother) got the outside dimensions on the inside. Thus each room was much larger than planned.

Upon completion Grandma looked at her house "Of Seven Gables" and cried because it was so squatty. It wasn't beautiful as she had planned.

After some lamenting, a plan was conceived to improve the appearance. A third story was added, along with four more gables. This was finished off into a large square room with a window in each direction. It was always known as the third story.

Great grandma, Eliza, was a neat little Pennsylvania Dutch lady. She drew her hair up in a tight little pug on top of her head. She was blind when I was born so she never got around much then but I do vaguely remember her. She left the family group January 12, 1920 when I was two and a half years old.

.Little Grandpa (great grandpa), Samuel, was a white haired and white bearded, wiry little Welch man. I dearly loved him as he did me. I vividly remember sitting on his lap, sucking peppermints and listening to his great watch. My brother Rex also shared this experience but being two years younger, he doesn't remember them as clearly.

Little Grandpa passed away March 16, 1922. This was a very memorable event for me. Grieving, I should say not! My mother, dad, brother and myself lived upstairs. We shared one bedroom at the end of a long hallway and the kitchen was on the other end. That Christmas I received a beautiful tin doll buggy. The tin wheels made so much noise running back and forth from one room to the other. Grandpa was so sick the noise bothered him, so my buggy was put away. So that night of March 16th was a joyous time. I can still hear my great uncle Sam call upstairs saying, "Earl, grandpa's gone." My exclamation was, "Good, I can play with my doll buggy tomorrow."

My sister Audrey loved grandpa too. He used to hold her and she playfully pulled his beard until the tears rolled down his cheeks.

Grandpa's death ended the living of four generations under one roof.

Today my brother, Jack; his wife, Sylvia; two sons, Brian and Earl; and daughter, Michelle, live in that great historical mansion. Michelle is the youngest of the fifth generation of Picketts to live in "THE HOUSE OF ELEVEN GABLES".

lone Pickett Cooper
Route 2
Colby, Wisconsin 54421




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