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A History Inside Every Home

August 21, 2018

Every house has a story. The

home at 2025 E. Fernwood Avenue has been owned by the same family for 73 years!! Please read some of the stories the seller shared below.


Showings for this beautiful home start on Thursday, August 23. If you are interested in seeing it, please give me a call at (414) 861-0387.



2025 E Fernwood Avenue

This house was built in 1929—possibly by the next-door neighbor John Bigelow, who built a number of houses in the neighborhood, including his own.


The first occupants of the house were the Meir family. The father was a house painter and took very good care of it.


John and Barbara Pisarek bought the house in 1945. The current owner, Garry Pisarek, and his twin sister Gertrude were 14 years old. Their oldest son Arthur was in college and the other two older boys, Herb and Bud, were serving with the Army in the Pacific.

John Pisarek was also a house painter and went throughout the house, inside and out, to maintain it.


In 1945, on the west side of the house there was an eight-foot high brick wall. This is because there was a brickyard and Wood Cabinet Shop right next to 2025, where the Lutheran Church stands today. That wall is lower now, but it’s still there, using the old bricks.


The garage is original. In 1945, it had a dirt floor and John Pisarek, the two eldest brothers, and a friend concreted it as well as the backyard walk and the octagon patio. In the summers, Barbara Pisarek put an octagon-shaped screen house over the cement patio. Garry remembers that the screen house was known the "Bug House" by the family. Barbara even did her ironing there and the family enjoyed great summer picnics under the shade of the big apple trees that used to stand in the Pisarek and Bigelow yards. Barbara also had a white porcelain bird bath that she’d fill every day.


Early on, a low picket fence divided the Bigelow and Pisarek yards. Mrs. Bigelow enjoyed planting flowers and the two yards were a profusion of beautiful blossoms, enjoyed by both families.

Barbara Pisarek lived in this house until she was 85 years old. She then sold it to her son Garry. 2025 E. Fernwood Avenue has been owned by the same family for 73 years.

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