The spacious country-style home of Frank and Marilyn Maher, 108 West Oak in Pawhuska, will be featured during the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Oct. 9 home tour.
Built in 1986, this sprawling 4,200 square foot home is situated on a 14-acre lot and provides the Maher’s the better of two worlds — country living with the convenience of being close to town. A large back deck overlooks the scenic Osage. “On a clear day, we can actually see the windmills that are located 15 miles away,” she said.
“When we first toured the house, we were amazed at how the house seemed to go on and on. From the outside, it appears rather quaint. Much to my delight, we have unending storage and some rather unique architectural features.” Two floored attics could easily be converted into additional living areas to make a whopping 6,000 square feet!
Maher’s love of family, history and antiques is evident throughout the home. The focal point of the large living room is the custom-built fire place that features bricks from neighboring quarries. Her favorite is inscribed with “Don’t Spit on the Sidewalk!”
Two glass crocs hold a glimpse into Pawhuska’s unique past with matchbooks from Whitey’s Station, Monger Bros. and the Osage Nation, among others. These were collected by Maher’s grandparents during their extensive travels.
A record display features two glass-encased records by the legendary Elvis Presley and one that may be associated with Tom Culver’s cousin, Betty. Dated 1948, the record label shows Betty Nellie Culver. Other treasures include a stained-glass window and pew from Pawhuska’s First Baptist Church, a unique leather postcard collection from the early 1800s and a worn (but loved) book of poetry by Robert Burns.
Throughout the home are treasured needlework and original paintings from family members and well-known locals, Les Stark and Kenneth Spence. These include Spence’s painting of the Mayer home and several of Stark’s renditions of the old Sinclair Service Station.
“Les worked for my Dad, L.C. Moyer, when he was a young boy. Dad’s station was located where the donut show is now. Les said he knew it was getting close to quitting time when Dad had him hose down the driveway so he included himself in a painting of Dad’s station. After 35-40 years, Buddy Formby talked Dad into joining him with the DX station. It was located just east of Hometown Foods where Matthew Craun has his collision-repair business.”
Highlighting the gourmet kitchen is a hand-crafted cornice by Maher’s grandfather, W.T. Williams who started Pawhuska’s light plant. Frank’s office is his second ‘man cave’ which features his beautifully restored saddle and collection of sheriff badges. His other ‘man cave’ is a trophy room located off of the oversized paneled garage.
Toile fabric adorns the padded walls of the downstairs powder room. An outside sitting area off of the master suite provides a serene setting for early morning coffee and additional views of the scenic Osage valley.
The first upstairs bedroom features a hand-stitched family quilt that was presented to Marilyn’s parents on their 60th wedding anniversary. Each family member (including grandchildren) created a square along with favorite Bible verses. Later, Marilyn’s mother created coordinating pillows to include grandchildren.
Bedroom two has twin Jenny Lynn beds and dresser. This one-of-a-kind set was custom-made fifty years ago by White Sewing Company and purchased for Marilyn’s daughters, Kim and Lisa.
The hallway leading to the third bedroom is lined with framed newspapers reflecting historical events, such as 1918 World War I, 1945 World War II and an article announcing Floyd Monger as Pawhuska’s new Mayor. The third bedroom is complimented with an on suite. Vintage family pins (lapel and hair) adorn a small accent pillow. A unique feature in this room is a scenic 1921 corrugated cardboard painting by Eva Finch. All upstairs rooms have access to the scenic Osage valley.