Josiah Dutton Home, 7009 60th Avenue North, Crystal, Minnesota

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Josiah Dutton Home

1947
Address: 7009 60th Avenue N
Year built: 1853
Primary Style: A-Frame
Secondary Style: American Four-Square
Additions: One and a half Story structure
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Builder: Josiah Dutton
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles
First Owner: Josiah Dutton
Notes: Previous address: 5924 West Broadway

Crystal


Josiah Dutton Home, 7009 60th Avenue North, Crystal, Minnesota
(45.061408° N, 93.369584° WLatitude: 45°3′41.069″N
Longitude: 93°22′10.502″W
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Built in 1853 by Josiah Dutton who pre-empted 126 acres of land. He married Dolly C. Clark of Vermont on March 12,1843 and they were shown to have 4 children in the 1881 History of Hennepin Co. by Edward D. Neil. This old home was purchased by Helen & Wayne C. Blesi in 1951 and was in need of repairs. There was a 100 year old asparagus patch on the front part of the property which was designated as commercial land. Because of an old torrents title the driveway was lost & a new address had to be added on 60th Avenue North for egress to the property. In 1965 while using a disc in the field, a cannon ball was found. The early pioneer family used this home as a house of refuge for the neighbors when the Indian Tribes passed through. The cannon ball has been given to the Rockford Library Museum to be seen by the public.

The house was built on a stone walled basement and was later raised up to sit on 4 layers of cement blocks for ventilation. It was a story and a half building with well built timbers and 12 inch boards and square nails comparable to the era of which it was built. There was maple wood flooring in the living room. There was an old Free German Press Newspaper under it which was found when the forced air system was installed in 1953. New front & back doors were installed and the old lath & plaster walls removed and insulated and new drywalls added. After the home was sold in 1979 the dormers were put on the south slope of the roof and stucco removed. New narrow gaged siding was added which looked more like the original siding. Gas, water & sewer service was added and the basement refinished which made the home unsuitable to be listed in the National Register.

The original address was 5924 West Broadway of Crystal, Minnesota. When the frontage lot of commercial land was sold and the driveway lost because of an old torrents title, another parcel had to be added to join the house lot which was changed to 7009 60th Avenue N., and is the address now for the remodeled home, the one with the new siding.

When Helen & Wayne C. Blesi bought this old home in 1951 with a growing family it was a great experience to raise 6 children that were born during Our ownership except for the last 2 children who were born but raised in a newer home in New hope after 1967. The old home was used for rental purposes until 1969 when it was sold for development. The asparagus patch was cultivated for many years until it was sold to the Tom Thumb Grocers chain Stores for the development of the commercial property. It was then requested by the City of Crystal that a new frontage had to be added on 60th Avenue North for driveway egress. The home is still being lived in as a residential home.[1]

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When Helen & Wayne C. Blesi bought this old home in 1951 with a growing family it was a great experience to raise 6 children that were born during Our ownership except for the last 2 children who were born but raised in a newer home in New hope after 1967.The old home was used for rental purposes until 1969 when it was sold for development.The asparagus patch was cultivated for many years until it was sold to the Tom Thumb Grocers chain Stores for the development of the commercial property.It was then requested by the City of Crystal that a new frontage had to be added on 60th Ave. No. for driveway egress. The home is still being lived in as a residential home.

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