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January 31, 1980

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8 The Sun, Thursday, January 31, 1980 There's some romance involved in the restoration of an old house. But it's also a pains-taking effort and anyone undertaking the task must be prepared for the unexpected. Floors tacked down with horse glue were one surprise that Marilyn Troup and her son, Rick, have encountered while restoring Sheridan's MendenhalI-Seth house. It's construction is dated at 1883. The house has been through many changes since then, including serving as a "Travelers nn." The Troups purchased the house last June and that was the beginning of their romance with Sheridan history. Major improvements include dry-walling, putting on a new roof and refinishing the floors. Paint-stripping seems never-ending and the Troups live in a constant state of ongoing construction. Although the Troups have no desire to "live in a museum," they enjoy the satisfaction of seeing the house recapture its old style and original beauty. Roof style and window shapes help date the old Mendenhall house as "Queen Anne." The windows feature colored Venetian glass panes. Inside. colored braid rugs, polished wood floors, old ticking clocks and lace table cloths complete the 1880's feeling. The old pantry-style kitchen with cloth-covered walls contrasts with a modern refrigerator and stove. Rick Troup stripped the hall bannister and found oak wood beneath the paint. The large windows bring in light intensified by high ceilings. The overall feeling is one of going back in time but bringing modern conveniences along. Photos, story by Margaret Henkels / i! ~i,i i i,~iI , ,~!~!i',ili':,:~,I, i f