Ruth Farthing Krill and Susie Farthing Bear’s grandparents, Lewis and Mary Amis Luster, were the second owners of the home and purchased it in 1933. Dr. Gene and Nancy (Luster) Farthing eventually purchased the house from Nancy’s mom in 1953, and it’s where the sisters grew up. Charity invited the sisters over for brunch, and they spent hours reminiscing.
Bear says their parents met on the front porch. Her parents, and years later her aunt and uncle, were married in front of the fireplace that remains in the home. “We all toured through every single room, nook and cranny, as well as the bomb shelter and garage,” Susie Bear says. “My sister and I shared stories of the past, and Jeff and Charity shared their thoughts and plans for the future.” Those plans include a renovation that will try to preserve as much as possible. The Reebs are turning the back carriage house into an Airbnb. It features an original Harry Cooper ladder heater from the early 1900s.
This renovation has been an amazing experience. “Getting to know the Farthing sisters has been one of the best parts of renovating,” Charity says. “Instead of just buying the home, gutting it and remodeling, we have taken the time to understand the legacy and the history we purchased. Realty doesn’t have to be a cutthroat game. Part of the magic of this story is getting to know the history and legacy of where you are living.”