CLAYTON — In this holiday season when family is so important, we sometimes yearn for the serenity associated with less hectic times.
Taken in 1935, this nostalgic photo shows the Jacobson family, Louis, Gladys, and son Tom, enjoying some quiet time by their living room fireplace in their farm home on Sweet Potato Ridge Road. This photo is one of several donated to the historical society showing interior and exterior views of the home.
The style of the original two-story brick farmhouse suggests it was built in the 1860s or 1870s. Evert’s 1875 Atlas of Montgomery County shows David Heckman owned a house and 120 acres of farmland on the south side of Heckman Pike (now Sweet Potato Ridge Road in Clayton).
Louis and Gladys Jacobson bought the farm property in the 1930s. They added a two-car garage to the west side of the house, and Gladys set about furnishing the living quarters. Gladys was ahead of her time when it came to collecting and decorating her home with country style antiques, many of which she bought locally.
The property has changed hands several times since this photo was taken, but the current owners no doubt enjoy its coziness as did the previous owners.
RTHS is always interested in preserving local historic memorabilia and photos. If you have items of local historic interest to share, please call 832-1858.
Reach the Randolph Township Historical Society at (937) 832-1858.