Dowse Sod House Timeline

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1900- Dowse Sod House was built.

1915- The ceiling for original rooms was replaced.

1917- William Dowse added wooden floors as a surprise for his wife.

1924- The west sod wall was removed and a frame room added.

1935- William stuccoed the exterior with concrete.

1941- A tornado passed through the farmstead, the soddy was the only building left standing.

April 2, 1951- William Dowse died.

1959- William R. Dowse, Jr. and family moved out of the soddy.

1980- Philip and Curt Dowse went to work to restore the Sod House where they grew up.

December 1986- The Dowse Sod House was included on the National Register of Historic Places.