Kappa tour of Homes
homes tour to feature
five private homes, old City Hall
Federal style brick home
to be part of biennial tour
(October 2010) Sarah Green never knew her
grandparents or great-grandparents, yet they are an everyday presence
in her life.
She and her husband, Gene, live on 137 acres that has been in Sarah
Greens family for more than 100 years. They recently renovated
and expanded the 1840s farmhouse on that property, and they have filled
it with antiques passed down from various members of the Mouser, Oldaker
and Schumann families. Every room of the house indeed every window,
doorway and corner holds memories of her ancestors.
Tour of Homes
Oct. 8-10 in Madison, Ind.
Homes on the tour:
Mann home, 409 W. First St.
Matt and Michelle Hicks home, 209 E. St.
The Old City Hall, Donn Campbell owner, 416
Mouser-Oldaker-Green Home, Gene & Sarah
Green owners, 81 S. 325 W. State Road 56
Nathan and Stephanie Barr home, 313 Central
Randy and Celeste Reed home, 1256 Michigan
Tour headquarters: Madison Presbyterian Church,
202 Broadway St.
Tour hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday;
noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets: $15 adults; $6 children. To purchase, visit
For more information: www.trikappatourofhomes.com
On Oct. 8-10, that beloved family home will be open to
the public as part of the biennial Tri Kappa Tour of Homes. Four other
private homes will be on the tour, as well as the old City Hall building
at 416 West St.
The Mouser-Oldaker-Green House is located at the crest of Hanover Hill.
A Federal-style brick home with big windows and spacious rooms, it has
been in Sarah Greens family since 1899, when great-grandmother
Christina Mouser purchased the house and 160 acres.
Ownership passed to Sarahs grandfather, Alonzo Mouser, in exchange
for taking care of Christina Mouser and the farm. Alonzo Mouser died
in 1939, one year before his granddaughter Sarah was born. When Alonzos
wife, Louisa Mouser, died in 1941, the farm passed to Sarahs mother,
Bernice Oldaker. As an only child, Sarah was the eventual heir of both
the farmhouse and the more modern house that her parents built nearby
Visitors to the farmhouse will see original woodwork, two fireplaces
with original tile, and original floors of poplar, ash, pine and oak,
all restored to their original glory.
They will also see the careful addition that Sarah and Gene Green completed
in 2009 after Gene retired from his career as treasurer of Rotary Lift
(in 2002) and Sarah retired from Southwestern High School (in 2005.)
As a former family and consumer sciences teacher, Sarah Green had definite
ideas about how to expand the much-loved family kitchen into the work
space of her dreams. Kitchen designer Pat Finley of Kitchen and Bath
Showcase in Louisville took those dreams and helped turn them into a
gleaming modern kitchen with warm, red-hued wood cabinetry and quartz
countertops. Sarah wanted a second sink, and she got it. She wanted
her cooking appliances grouped together, with lots of storage nearby.
She got her wish. She wanted a special cabinet designed with a pass-through
door to the dining room. Its all there.
by Laura Hodges
and Sarah Green are anxious
to show off their Federal style brick
home, which has been in Sarahs
family for more than 100 years.
The new addition gave Sarah and Gene some other features
they wanted for their home, such as a sunny office for Gene, a large
laundry-workroom for Sarah, a comfortable television-watching area near
the kitchen, a full basement with room for table tennis, and two bedrooms,
one of which is their master bedroom.
Architect Bill Lammlein of La Grange, Ky., also suggested a solution
for adding bathrooms to the second floor of the old home. He built out
over the back porch so that each upstairs bedroom has its own modern
bath. Since they are bumped out from the original building, the Greens
jokingly refer to them as the outhouses.
In the new kitchen, there is an overhead opening that reveals the original
water reservoir that first brought indoor plumbing to the home in 1905.
It is wooden and lined with lead. Although no longer used, it is quite
a conversation piece.
Floors in the addition are ambrosia maple, which Sarah said is also
called wormy maple because of its texture. Woodwork was
custom-made at a local business, Tiny Timbers, to match the original
The Greens are very pleased with the house expansion. We put a
lot of thought into the design and our architect put a lot of thought
into it, too, said Sarah Green.
Although the house has a fresh, new look, it still is home to many furnishings
that have been in Sarah Greens family for generations.
In an upstairs bedroom, visitors will see a large knockdown wardrobe
brought in 1841 by family members from Bavaria, Germany.
There is a tool box used by Sarahs Great Uncle Emil Schumann during
construction of railroads in the western states during the 1890s.
Corner cupboards in the dining room came from different sides of the
family, yet look like a matched set.
Several antique musical instruments, including two guitars, a banjo,
a piano and some violins have been passed down to Sarah and may be on
The Mouser-Oldaker-Green farm received recognition as a Hoosier Homestead
Farm in 2007. With that award, the Indiana Department of Agriculture
recognizes that it has been a working farm and owned by the same family
for 100 years or more.
An interesting feature of the property, which tour visitors wont
see, is an African-American cemetery that is the final resting place
for members of the Beatty and Harris families. They owned the property
before it was sold to Sarah Greens ancestors in 1899.
Just up the lane from the farmhouse is Clifty Driving Range and Miniature
Golf, owned and operated by the Greens.
Married for 51 years, the couple are some of the most active retirees
in town. In fact, Sarah Green is still an active member of Tri Kappa
after 42 years long past the time most members transfer their
membership to an associate chapter. She has served on the sororitys
scholarship committee, which distributes Tour of Homes proceeds to local
high school seniors. Although she protests that it is just a farmhouse,
she is pleased that her home was chosen to be part of the 2010 Tri Kappa
Tour of Homes.
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