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Renovated Utz-Jamieson Home Among Six On Waterville Tour

The Utz-Jamieson House, at 35 S. River Rd., is one of six on the Waterville Historical Society’s Saturday, June 17 home tour.

The living room of the Utz-Jamieson House overlooks the river. MIRROR PHOTOS BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

Maryann and Richard Hagy stand in the back yard of their historic Waterville home.

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — A painter, sculptor, columnist and founder of the Toledo Museum of Arts’ docent program, Kate Jamieson breathed a lot of life into Waterville during her 50 years living along the river – hosting parties both inside the tiny home and in the back yard. Maryann and Richard Hagy attended many of those parties, never imagining that they would eventually buy the home at 35 S. River Rd. But in 2004 they purchased, gutted and completely refurbished the home where Jamieson once hosted back yard soirees and indoor affairs catered by the Columbian House staff. “When she turned 80, she had a big tented party with a jazz band,” Maryann recalled. While the Hagys know of Kate’s life – including her 37-year marriage to Burton Jamieson until his death in 1978 – the house and its occupants are still something of a mystery. Built in either 1853 or 1860, the Utz-Jamieson House is a Greek Revival home that was part of Wood County when it was built, according to the Hagys’ friend, local historian Marty Wendler. Many deeds were lost in a Wood County Courthouse fire, leaving the couple without the original paperwork. The Hagys formerly lived in the 400 block of West Broadway Street in a Maumee home occupied in the 1800s by Dr. Oscar White, who came to the area to inoculate the Native Americans, Richard said. “We knew the history of the house because old books were written about him,” Richard said. “But this house is a mystery. We never thought we would be buying her house, otherwise we would have asked more questions.” While doing renovations, an elderly woman stopped by and mentioned that her grandfather had been associate pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and lived in the home. “She remembers him sitting by the wood-burning stove, reading his Bible,” Maryann said. While the Hagys know that a baker also lived there at one time, they have little information on the home’s occupants before the Jamiesons. When the Jamiesons bought the house in the 1940s, they put in a bathroom, fireplace and a sunroom. In the 1960s, a garage with a breezeway was added. The Hagys added a back room, but spend much of their time along the river. “The best part of living on the river is right here,” Maryann said, explaining that she sees eagles flying over the water. The Hagys’ home will be one of six on the Waterville Historical Society’s Historic Homes of Waterville Tour on Saturday, June 17. This is the first tour since 1989, said tour co-chair Rose Kandik. “You will get an idea of how our ancestors were living during the early days of our community,” Kandik said. “Others have been remodeled extensively, but still retain their historic feel with many original touches.” Tickets are available for $20.00 each, allowing access to six homes plus two WHS museums, the Robbins House and Sargent House, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.watervillehistory.org, click “Join and Give” and select “Historic Homes of Waterville.” Tickets purchased online will be available the day of the event at J & R Contracting in Waterville Plaza, where shuttles will transport guests to the homes. Each house will have additional tickets for sale, as well.

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