Marbold Moments Interesting historical facts about Marbold Farmstead
Marbold Moment 03/16/2019 Sprucing up the Home After the marriage of H.H. Marbold to Margaret Hackman in 1860, they lived on the
farmstead with his father John, who had been widowed before he came to the U.S.
in 1847. They made improvements to the home as styles changed and their prosperity
afforded it. In 1868, they purchased from Charles Tobey Co. on State St. in Chicago
literally an entire house full of new furniture including: a simulated rosewood parlor
set with horse hair cloth, a damask lounge, a chestnut chamber set, a smoking chair,
oak dining chairs, children's rockers, corner whatnots, a mahogany center table and,
washstands, combination mattresses and bedsteads, large oval extension table, and
numerous other items. Some of this furniture is still within households in the
Greenview area, either those of descendants of the Marbold family or those to whom
they owed money after the failure of their bank during the depression. HMFA has
been told by some people that they will return original pieces to the house when interior
renovation allows for it. This will add greatly to the interpretive value of the home!
Marbold Moment 03/09/2019 One of several outbuildings on the Marbold farmstead is the ice house, built in 1902. It's constructed of brick, with slate shingles and a heavy wooden door. The original building still stands, with a cornerstone engraved with the date; it has new shingles and a repaired cupola. The ice was cut with special saws at a pond across the road during the coldest days of the winter, then hauled over to the ice house by a horse-drawn wagon. Each block would be 15-18 inches square. The building had a 15-foot drop and the blocks of ice would be lowered using a block and tackle, then packed in sawdust and straw. The ice would last throughout the year and then be replaced again the next winter. Starting in the early 1900's, families used ice in wooden iceboxes in the kitchen to keep food cold. During the warm months, they'd use it to make ice cream and lemonade. What we have at our fingertips today involved quite a process years ago!