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HIGEL FROM PAGE 10 and their growing family. It was high on an Indian midden. The house still stands on Madrid Street, although it has been turned to face the road instead of the sunrise. Stone Grove was sold multiple times over the years. In 1950, it was sold to a developer who subdivided the land. George Wesley Higel, the son of George and Abbie, purchased the house and moved it to the area sometimes known as Higelville, on Laguna Drive. In 2005, the house was sold again. This time the buyer was going to tear it down to build a modern house on the lot.
When he discovered the historic significance of the building, he donated it to the city of Venice, which had it moved to its current location at 409 Granada Ave. In 2008, the Friends of the Lord-Higel House was formed to raise funds and restore the pioneer house as an example of Venice’s colorful history and heritage. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE VENICE ARCHIVES AND AREA HISTORICAL COLLECTION
Right: George Higel, son of Frank Higel, with his wife Abbie and their son Clyde Victor who would become mayor of Venice. George wrote the Nemo columns about early days in Venice. The columns have been reprinted and may be purchased from the Venice Archives.
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