324 Apple Lane, Richfield, Minnesota

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2001
Address: 324 Apple Lane
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Richfield, Minnesota
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Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1854
Primary Style: Federalwarning.png"Federal" is not in the list of possible values (A-Frame, American Four-Square, Art Deco/Art Moderne, Arts and Crafts/Craftsman, Beaux Arts, Bungalow/Bungaloid, Cape Cod, Carpenter Gothic, Chateauesque, Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, Commercial, Dome, Dutch Colonial, Eastlake/Stick Style, Federalist, Folk, French Renaissance, Georgian, Gothic, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, International, Italian Renaissance, Italianate, Mission, Modern, Neoclassical, Neoeclectic, Post Modern, Prairie School, Queen Anne, Ranch, Renaissance Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, Rustic, Second Empire, Shingle, Southwest, Spanish Revival, Tudor Revival, Vernacular, Victorian, Victorian Gothic, Other) for this property.
Secondary Style: Greek Revival
Historic Function: Single Dwellingwarning.png"Single Dwelling" is not in the list of possible values (House/single dwelling or duplex, Airport terminal, Apartments/condominiums, Auditorium/music facility, Bank/financial institution, Barn/agricultural building, Business, Capitol , City hall/town hall/, Civic, Clinic/medical office, Clubhouse, College/university, Correctional facility, Courthouse, Dancehall/reception area, Department store, Drive-in restaurant or business, Energy facility, Fire/police station, Fortification, Gas/filling station, Government office, Grain elevator, Hospital, Hotel/motel, Institutional housing, Library, Manufacturing facility, Meeting hall, Military facility, Mortuary/funeral home, Multiple dwelling, Museum, Office, Organizational, Park building, Post office, Public works, Rail-related, including depots, Ranger station, Religious/Place of worship, Religious facility, other, Resort/spa, Restaurant, Sanitarium, School, Shopping center/mall/strip mall, Secondary building/sheds, privies, Sports facility/stadium, Theater/concert hall, Warehouse/storage, Other) for this property.
Current Function: Single Dwellingwarning.png"Single Dwelling" is not in the list of possible values (House/single dwelling or duplex, Airport terminal, Apartments/condominiums, Auditorium/music facility, Bank/financial institution, Barn/agricultural building, Business, Capitol , City hall/town hall/, Civic, Clinic/medical office, Clubhouse, College/university, Correctional facility, Courthouse, Dancehall/reception area, Department store, Drive-in restaurant or business, Energy facility, Fire/police station, Fortification, Gas/filling station, Government office, Grain elevator, Hospital, Hotel/motel, Institutional housing, Library, Manufacturing facility, Meeting hall, Military facility, Mortuary/funeral home, Multiple dwelling, Museum, Office, Organizational, Park building, Post office, Public works, Rail-related, including depots, Ranger station, Religious/Place of worship, Religious facility, other, Resort/spa, Restaurant, Sanitarium, School, Shopping center/mall/strip mall, Secondary building/sheds, privies, Sports facility/stadium, Theater/concert hall, Warehouse/storage, Other) for this property.
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Stucco
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
First Owner: Asa Keith

Richfield Hennepin

324 Apple Lane, Richfield, Minnesota
(44.884107° N, 93.27198° WLatitude: 44°53′2.785″N
Longitude: 93°16′19.128″W
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History

Asa Keith was an early Richfield settler. He was a member of the Lower House in the last Territorial Legislature in the winter of 1856-57. At the first Richfield Town Meeting on May 11, 1858, he was town moderator. He also became the first overseer of roads for Richfield and helped set up road districts. In 1876, he sold his land in Section 27 to H. K. Wilcox, and moved to Wisconsin and finally to Clinton, Iowa.

Hiram Kendrick Wilcox was born in New York on December 14, 1828. He was brought up on a farm and as a young man engaged in farm work during the summer and taught school in the winter. In 1850, he married Sarah Vandenburgh of New York. He served with the Seventh Regiment of New York State Volunteers in the Civil War. Soon after the battle of Antietam in 1862, however, he was forced to return home because of his wounds. Although his doctors gave up all hope of his recovery, a change of surroundings and diet, together with home care, restored him to health. He went into partnership and built one of the largest buildings in the village of Grenwich, New York. He remained there until April 1875, when he moved with his family to Minnesota.

Mr. Wilcox bought the 120-acre farm of Asa Keith. He was a staunch Republican and was Justice of the Peace and Town Clerk of Richfield. He was also an honored member and deacon of the Baptist Church, and for nearly 15 years was a member of the church choir. Mr. Wilcox lived in this house until the time of his death in 1891. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The Wilcox children remained in Richfield. The oldest son married Anne Pease of Minneapolis. He lived on the homestead and carried on a butter dairy, and had three daughters. The younger son, Herbert M., married Jeanie McIntyre of Chicago. They had four sons and one daughter, for sixteen years Herbert Wilcox taught in the schools of Hennepin County, and in 1892 he became Assistant County Superintendent of Schools. The daughter of Hiram Wilcox was also a teacher, and resided with her mother on the homestead for many years.

Ralph Millner later purchased this land and attempted to plant potatoes and farm. This endeavor was not successful, however, he had the land plotted and sold it for lots and moved east. In the 1940s this area was known as Millner's Addition.

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