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Kubli House

April 16, 2019

The dwelling at 145 W. Pine Street is probably the oldest structure in Jacksonville known to have been built and used as a shed. It was most likely constructed around 1875 after the Kaspar Kubli family purchased the property and the adjacent “Kubli House” in 1872. Photographs of Jacksonville do not include this portion of town until the early 1880s. The building clearly appears on an 1883 map of the town, and in the 1890s the original small rectangular structure is positively identified on Jacksonville maps as a “shed.” Sometime between 1898 and 1907 the “shed” was converted to a dwelling with a small rear addition and porch. The Kublis undoubtedly used it as a rental.

Swiss immigrant Kaspar Kubli had arrived in Jacksonville in 1853. He initially shared mining and pack train ventures with fellow immigrant Peter Britt before finding success in ranching, business, and politics. He acquired extensive land holdings, erected the 2-story brick Kubli building on California Street for his hardware business, and was twice elected Jackson County Treasurer. The adjacent house at 305 S. Oregon Street was home to Kubli, his wife Jane, and their 5 surviving children for 25 years.

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