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Continued: Marshall, Mich., is devoted to keeping history alive

  • Article by: PAM BECKER , Chicago Tribune
  • Last update: December 6, 2013 - 1:40 PM

The only original piece of furniture in the house is a parlor sofa, but many period items have been donated since the historical society bought the home in the early 1960s and made a museum of it.

The home’s lower level, devoted in part to the kitchen, the family dining room and servants quarters, contains some delicate china that seems to bring the home’s long story full circle. The home’s last private owners were members of the Bullard family, starting around 1901.

After Annette Bullard was widowed, she took in a young black orphan she knew, Jesse Graham, in hopes of training her to become a ladies’ maid. Instead, Graham became like a daughter to Bullard and lived with her until Bullard’s death nearly 40 years later.

Bullard left her wedding china to Graham, and Graham donated the china back to the house when she heard it was becoming a museum. She is buried next to Bullard.

 

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