315 South Sergeant Avenue

I-Fame Farmhouse |  circa 1880s

Murphysburg Historic District

In 1883 Mr. Fischer was on the Joplin School Board, in 1884 was associated with the Granby Mining & Smelting Co. as a cashier and secretary, and was Joplin City Clerk in 1887-1888.

Mr. Fischer was infamously known as the man that lost the election of Jasper County Clerk to Mrs. Annie Baxter by a very wide margin in November 1890.  She was the first woman elected to office and first woman elected as a county clerk—30 years before women could even vote!  He planned to contest the election claiming she was not a citizen even though the “male citizen” requirement had been stricken a short time before.  In December 1890 he ultimately decided not to contest Mrs. Baxter because he was appointed to be the Deputy Circuit Clerk of the Joplin office.  Newspapers across the U.S. and even Canada reported that the election should not be contested based on her sex.  Various newspapers wrote: He is mean and the type of man that would not hesitate to drown a widow woman’s dog; Mr. Fischer is a galoot; He ought to go and soak his head in a beer keg!

 Originally a farmhouse, the current façade is an historic alteration, with Tudor elements applied to the original I-House Form.

This sweet house in Murphysburg house is for SALE!

If you would like a 3 BR 2.5 bath home with a basement, on a Double Lot with a 6 car garage (This is not a typo, there are SIX garages), all within walking distance of downtown Joplin restaurants, bars, coffee houses, shopping and attractions, then you should come take a look.
If you would like to reside in the heart of historic Murphysburg district, with mature trees and beautiful homes built by Joplin’s city fathers, then this is the place for you. Imagine feeling part of an historic community who takes pride in their home and neighborhood?
 Originally built in the 1870’s, this house is the oldest home in Murphysburg! In 1930 it had major renovations and additions, for which I have the detailed contract and specifications! There has been a kitchen remodel, full bath remodel and addition, all new plumbing, all new wiring, insulation, brick chimneys tuckpointed and new steel liner, 2 new heat pump units and duct-work, new attic fan, all hardwood floors refinished and the back porch was converted to a wonderful bonus room. New roofs installed on both house and garages in 2018! The house features the best of past and present, like tall ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. There is fully working steam radiant heat. (If you have not experienced this type of heat you are in for a treat!) But it also has 2 central AC systems– one on each floor, and the whole-house attic fan will bring in lots of fresh air. The main floor features a generously sized living room (15′ X 30′), with the original fireplace that has been converted to natural gas. A Gothic archway connects the wonderful formal dining room (14′ X 17′). The large windows allow for plenty of natural light. This space is perfect for gatherings of family and friends. A swinging door opens into the kitchen, which comes loaded with appliances: GE Profile electric convection range (range fan hood vents outside!), 22 cf GE refrigerator/freezer, GE microwave, GE dishwasher and garbage disposal. The white porcelain cast iron double sink is fitted with a Victorian style faucet, and surrounded by tumbled stone tile counter tops and back splash. Large and plentiful white cabinets and bookshelves have space above to display your treasures, under a beautiful white tin ceiling. Another Gothic archway connects the cozy kitchen nook – perfect for enjoying your morning coffee. The main floor also has an adorable half bath and the 22′ X 14′ bonus room with windows all around that could be used as a sun room, family room, office or hobby room. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms full of character, with curved ceilings, large windows and ample closet space: Master bedroom (12′ x 12′ )with full bath, 2 more bedrooms (12′ x 11′ and 12′ x 10′) and another full bathroom with a built in laundry hamper. Both baths feature restored cast iron footed bathtubs with overhead and handheld shower heads. There is a (660 Sq ft) unfinished basement with a laundry area, tool crib, and plenty of storage area. And speaking of storage?. This house has six garages- over 1600 square feet of garage space! The main garage (carriage house) is largest with a loft above for even more storage! The other 5 garages were originally built as horse stables, later converted into five divided 1-car garages. The garages have been used for rental storage in the past (mostly neighbors cars and motorcycles). It sure is nice to have lots of extra storage space! The house sits on a double lot lined with a white trellis fence. There is lots of yard space for your outdoor events under the shade of a huge pecan tree. And its storybook cottage exterior, with cedar shingle siding, lends well to decorating for holidays! If this sound appealing to you then contact us for a look. 918-541-4302