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William A. RYAN purchased the home for his second wife, Catherine, and their six children. He often used the home for entertaining. The posts for the fence are said to contain the likeness of U.S. Grant, leader of Union forces during the CIVIL WAR, who purchased pork from his Dubuque friend who had the nickname, "Hog" Ryan.
To separate his second family from his first, Ryan erected a wooden fence between this home and his original home on the corner of Locust and Loras. This failed to accomplish its task. He then had the three storied home containing thirty rooms moved thirteen feet south to separate his second family from the children of his first family. Evidence of this relocation can be found in the basement. The newer foundation can be seen along with stone from the original foundation attached to the home and rocks used for filling the gaps located between.
When Thompson purchased the property, he hired M. D. Flavin of the Chicago Manufacturing Company to provide marble fixtures for the home. The marble mantel was furnished for $650 while one for the library featuring an image of Thompson's daughter cost $350. The dining room mantel of dark brown mottled Vermont marble cost $100. (1)DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY and in 2009 was sold to once again become a private residence.
1. "Some Fancy Marbles," Dubuque Herald, May 28, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740528&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
2. "Ryan House Plans $130,000 Expansion," Telegraph Herald, January 9, 1980, p. 5