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Milton Christmas walk includes romantic story

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Stacy Vogel
December 2, 2009
— An 80-year-old house will add a touch of romance to Sunday’s Milton Christmas Walk.

The annual event, organized by the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, will feature the Shadel house as one of six homes on the tour.


Stuart and Ethlyn Shadel had the house at 19 E. Madison Ave. built out of local fieldstone in 1930, according to the Historic Milton Tour Guide. The architect designed the home based on inspiration from a magazine.


The Shadels were married in the home and lived the rest of their lives there. Stuart died in 1995, and Ethlyn died in 2008 at age 100.


The house is for sale, but two local businesswomen—Terry Williamson of Goodrich Hall Antiques and Tami Dosch of The Red Rooster—decorated it for the Christmas walk. They used decorations from their stores and ones they found in the house, Williamson said.


The Christmas walk is one of several holiday events happening this week in Milton. Families are invited to eat “Hot Dogs With Santa” Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Milton House Museum, 18 S. Janesville St., and 4 to 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place senior center, 715 Campus St.


A “Holiday Shop Hop” is happening this week through Sunday around town. Pick up a card and have it stamped by five participating local businesses to win a gift basket valued at $200.


Here are descriptions of the other homes on the walk:


-- Kolinski house, 304 S. Janesville St.


The house, owned by Greg and Shelly Kolinski and Chase Huebner, dates back to the mid-19th century, when John Alexander built it next to his dry-goods store and granary. It will be decorated with several trees and Christmas collections.


-- Watson house, 313 E. High St.


Phil and Lois Watson have decorated their home with items from the past and model railroads. The house is a century old and includes a claw-foot bathtub, dry sink with hand pump and an early central vacuum system.


-- Whitney house, 8928 N. Serns Road


Old World Christmas and the Southwest are themes for Harold and Becky Whitney’s decorations. Nativity scenes, sparkling lights, Santa collections and a special grandchildren’s tree make the home ready for the holidays.


-- Frazier house, 423 Rogers St.


Jody and Brett Frazier still are researching the 80-year-old house they bought in 2008. They’re looking for photos and stories about their house from long-time residents. They will decorate their home with simple decorations from local businesses and family, including many homemade ornaments.


-- Jones house, 332 W. Madison Ave.


The entire family helped put up beautiful holiday decorations in the house owned by Violet Jones. The Italianate house was built in 1860.



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