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Historic places and people in the land of milk and honey: Wisconsin's treasure: a tribute to our past, a celebration of the present and our commitment to continue the good life
(1998)

[The Gallup house],   p. 30 PDF (352.3 KB)


Page 30


Benjamin Ela Gallup was an early lawyer
and real estate dealer in Chicago after
1853. After his death in 1896, his widow,
Delia Hulburd Gallup, returned to spend
summers in Rochester, her childhood
home, and built a country home where her
children and grandchildren could visit.
The barn is understood to have been built
first, with a semi-finished upstairs where
workmen lived while they built the house. It
included stalls and stanchions for a few
horses and cows. The present apple
salesroom served as a garage which
housed    Mrs.   Gallup's   rubber-tired
Studebaker surrey and a Rausch and Lang
electric car.
A water tank on the windmill supplied
water pressure and a thirty volt electrical
system with batteries and a gasoline
engine provided power before it was local-
ly available.
When she died in 1921, the estate was sold
to her husband's cousin, George Ela. His
family expanded the original orchard with
newer apple varieties, Today, some thirty
varieties of apples and five varieties of
pears are sold commercially during the
autumn and winter season,
                              Edwin Ela
BANK


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