Schmitt Family Sod House

updated February 06, 2003

The Decatur Co. KS Historical Society forwarded the photos which were from the Leonard & Ann Schmitt family of Brandon NE. The photos were taken in the 1970s, but the sod house was originally built about 1870 by a Mr. Kerr. In 1973, when the photos were taken by Leonard & Ann Schmitt, the house was occupied by Violet Schmitt.

Photo contributor: Decatur Co. KS Historical Society

Looking east at wall section of sod construction detail of the original 1870 house. May 25, 1973 sod-0.jpg (16436 bytes)
South view of sod house showing dormer. May 25, 1973 sod-1.jpg (19496 bytes)
South-east view showing addition, on left, to original house. May 25, 1973 sod-2.jpg (16905 bytes)
South-west view showing additions, on left and right, to original house. May 25, 1973 sod-3.jpg (19087 bytes)
East view of sod house. May 25, 1973 sod-4.jpg (19942 bytes)
East view  of sod house. May 25, 1973 sod-5.jpg (18082 bytes)
North (left) view of sod house. May 25, 1973 sod-6.jpg (14272 bytes)
North (right) view of sod house. May 25, 1973 sod-7.jpg (16736 bytes)
Violet Schmitt's kitchen window sill and sod wall section used for plants and curios. May 25, 1973 sod-8.jpg (18971 bytes)
Violet Schnitt's dining room window sill and left sod wall section. May 25, 1973 sod-9.jpg (21321 bytes)
Violet Schnitt's dining room window sill and right sod wall section. May 25, 1973 sod-10.jpg (22967 bytes)
Violet Schnitt's dining room. May 25, 1973 sod-11.jpg (17692 bytes)
Doorway from porch to kitchen showing sod wall section. May 25, 1973 (over exposed) sod-12.jpg (14389 bytes)
Doorway from porch to kitchen showing sod wall section. May 25, 1973 (over exposed) sod-13.jpg (12343 bytes)

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