Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bethany House

In 1945, five families had an idea that would allow them to give money to missionaries. They decided to sell their individual homes and all move into one large house where the husbands would continue to work at their jobs and the wives would do the various tasks needed to keep a household running. Any extra money would go to missionaries. They bought a big house in south Minneapolis, not far from the American Swedish Institute. After a few years, they learned of a small farm for sale in Bloomington, a newer suburb south of Minneapolis. So they sold this house and made the move.

My friend Sharon's family was one of the five. After touring the Swedish Institute today, we drove past the house and I suggested we get out to take a few pictures. I have heard this story many times, but never knew where this original house was.

Sharon, on the front steps

This driveway leads to the garage in the back, which is now an apartment. 

The backyard is this tiny spot. Sharon said when they lived here she recalls only a few of the kids were allowed to go outside at one time due to the noise they made. I'm really glad we got to do this!

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