Efforts Underway to Save Waverly Pioneer’s House

Sturdevant House Dates to 1856

Posted by CC on January 24th, 2009 11:17 am

Ira Sturdevant’s family settled on the west side of Iowa’s Red Cedar River in 1853 on 40 acres he received for his service in the War of 1812. The house they built in 1855 and 1856 has stood through numerous floods, including the Flood of 2008. Thought to be a prime candidate for a FEMA buyout program, the house has been removed from consideration because it only suffered 30% damage. Instead, a sheriff’s sale threatens the house. Ira’s great-great-great-grandson and his wife hope to preserve the house as a historic site. Rick and Kathy Sturdevant, both historians in Colorado, hope to raise awareness about the house’s history and significance. Ultimately, the house could serve as a historic site presenting the history of settlement in the area.

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