Recently, four Eaton High School seniors were notified by the Ohio Historical Society of their approval of giving the Gade House in downtown Eaton a historical marker.
Approved by the Ohio Historical Society, the seniors’ task as of now is to raise money to purchase the plaque to place on or near the building.
The plaque will cost the seniors roughly $3,000 with shipping included. With hand-delivered letters, the seniors were able to go to 13 local businesses asking for donations. The plaque will showcase roughly 140 characters, illustrating the historical value of the Gade House.
All donors will be mentioned within the Gade House upon completion.
“This building was originally built as a home and was a built in 1835 by Cornelius VanAusdal as a wedding present for his daughter Lucinda Donohoe. This building has a rich history and is arguably the most historic building in Eaton/Preble County. It is well documented that President William Henry Harrison made an overnight stay in the building when he campaigned for president in 1840. Other guests include a famous silent movie star actress. The home was later converted to a famous Eaton eatery; Mrs. Wagner’s Colonial Kitchen, where it earned national recognition in earning the Duncan Hines Seal of Approval. One of the owners invented the Henny Penny Chicken Fryer, which later became the Henny Penny Corporation which now manufactures the majority of chicken fryers used in most restaurants around the world today. The building was later used a Farenholtz Insurance, and lastly as Pat Taylor Photography. The property is currently owned by Richard Gade who has found dozens of historic artifacts,” according to Ryan Gade on the GoFundMe website.
Donations should be made to the website, http://www.gofundme.com/7bhruw or through any Somerville National Bank branch.