326 Grove St.

The Juedes home looking south-1940's

The Juedes home circa 1940’s

This farm includes the first framed house in Eagle. Built in 1844 by T.W. Putnam, then the Mayor of Eagle, it has been added onto and remodeled several times. The farm was purchased by Arthur and Lillian Juedes between 1938 and 1939 for 15,000 dollars. The Wingerter family were the previous owners. The 280-acre farm housed dairy cattle, produced crops to feed the animals, as well as cash crops such as corn, oats, and peas. Prior to buying the farm, Arthur Juedes had worked as a contractor. He lost almost everything during the Great Depression, and thus turned to farming for his livelihood.

The barnyard-1940's

The Juedes barnyard circa 1940’s

Arthur farmed for four years in Columbus and for two years in Menominee Falls before coming to Eagle, where he also operated a mill.

Arthur Juedes at his mill on South street

Arthur Juedes at his mill on South street

Lillian Juedes was struck by lightening while living at the farm. Apparently, she had gone to the front door during a storm and lightening struck a telephone pole close to the house. It followed the lines into the house, then into the wall phone, and finally “jumped” to Lillian’s hands.

The Juedes farm-1940's

The Juedes farm circa 1940’s

The Juedes’ sold a portion (205 acres) of the farm in 1952 for 28,000 dollars. Arthur returned to the contracting business and built homes on some of the remaining acreage. He also sold some of the land to Bielenski Builders. The mill was converted to a residence. The original farm is no longer operating and was up for sale as of 2009.

The former Juedes house in 2009

The former Juedes house-2009

The former Juedes house-2009

The former Juedes house-2009

The former Juedes mill- now a private home at 319 South St.

The former Juedes mill in 2009

**information obtained by Carolyn Rosprim from informant Bea Marguardt

2 Comments to “326 Grove St.”

  1. I currently live here and would love to get more information! Any advice on doing that is appreciated! Thank you.

  2. Jessica,

    Welcome to Eagle! We have many great things going here including our Eagle Historical Society Museum located on Main Street. We are open Wednesdays, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 AM to noon. If you’d like to know the history of Eagle, please stop in and meet our volunteers!
    Mike Rice
    EHS Board Member

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