By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

From vision to reality

After 12 years, Olhausen hands over keys to Patch-Eeten House

 

September 14, 2023

NICK PEDLEY/SENTINEL-NEWS

Pat McCarty (right) is assuming duties as caretaker and curator of the Patch-Eeten House in Hartley, which was created thanks to significant effort by Connie Olhausen (left) in 2011.

A local landmark will forever serve as a testament to one woman's vision for historical preservation in Hartley.

Connie Olhausen saw an opportunity when the late Betty Eeten's house hit the sale block in 2011. Loaded with antique furniture, original fixtures and other items of historic significance, Olhausen believed the property could serve as a museum for a community that lacked a home for its heritage.

"It was in good structural condition, and the interior was never renovated or damaged," she said. "It's an example of the historical houses that used to be. It's attractive inside and out."

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