Years ago, several members of the Hurley family lived on Broadway Boulevard, so when Dan and Jennifer Hurley bought their home at 1520 W. Broadway Blvd. two years ago, it was almost like they had come back home.
The brick-and-stone home built in 1924 by Dr. Frank Morley is one of the many grand, historical homes that line Broadway Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in Sedalia. Some have been well kept, others have not. The Hurleys hope others will see the need to preserve these homes that are part of Sedalia’s history.
Jennifer said the second owner of their 3,400 square-foot home was a Dr. Geiger who purchased the house from Morley.
“Most people around here know it as the Geiger House,” she said.
The house was eventually bought from Geiger by the Eisenmenger family. Most recently the Hurleys bought the home from Sedalia architect Robert Rollings and his wife Beverly.
She added that they had been really lucky because all of the previous owners had taken care of the home and had added their own personal slant or touch to the house.
“We didn’t have to do any central air or anything,” she said.
The kitchen cabinets were updated by a previous owner and the Hurleys added a new kitchen floor and counter tops and they updated the interior paint.
“I think Bev and Rob added the shade garden,” she noted.
“We’ve done a lot of work in the yard,” Dan added.
Jennifer had admired the home for years.
“We tried to buy it almost 20 years ago,” she said.
“Susan Eisenmenger (Sanders) had it for sale in the mid ’90s,” Dan said.
Buying the home at that time didn’t work out and the couple ended up moving into a house west of town. After their children graduated, they revisited the thought of buying the brick-and-stone home.
“I’m not from here, but I’ve always loved older homes,” Jennifer said.
Dan, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Monsees Realty in Sedalia, said he came over to list the house for the Rollings. At the same time the Hurley’s home had a contract on it. Due to a course of events, they were able to buy the Broadway home.
“So Jenny came over and looked at it, and we decided that we still like it,” he added. “It just kind of worked out. I’ve always liked it, and here we are. It’s by far my favorite house that we’ve lived in.”
The Hurley family has a long history of living on West Broadway Boulevard.
“Dan’s family, he’s a Sedalia boy, and his great-grandfather built a home on West Broadway,” Jennifer said.
“My great-grandfather built a home at 1313 W. Broadway where Marsha and Dave Turner live now,” he said.
His great-grandfather Edward Hurley built the home for his son Tom and his wife Irene as a wedding gift.
“My dad and his parents and brother and sister lived in it, until the Depression,” Dan added. “Then they had to decide whether they wanted to keep their house or their business.”
The Hurley family owned a well-known downtown business, Queen City Electric, from 1913 to 2013.
“They obviously kept their business and sold the house,” he added. “That was in early (19)29 or 30.”
Dan’s aunt and uncle also lived only a couple of blocks from their present home.
“A lot of this we didn’t know,” Jennifer added.
“From what (Jennifer) has heard, my grandparents Tom and Irene were married in a house just down the street, east of here, a couple blocks,” Dan said.
“His dad recently passed away, and when we got his things we saw a picture, and it said where they were married,” she added. “It was right down the street.”
While Dan’s father Tom Hurley II lived in the 14oo block of West Broadway Boulevard as a child, his mother Marcella, lived at a house near the present day Golden Corral restaurant in the 2000 block of West Broadway.
“It was the main drag at that time,” he added. “There’s still a lot of nice homes.”
When the Hurleys travel, they enjoy looking at the older homes in the area. They also hope Sedalia’s old, grand homes can be saved.
“Every time we go someplace we always try to go to the historical home district, it’s so cool,” Jennifer said. “Other cities have kept their homes up. There are some towns that even require the main streets to keep their houses up; it would be nice if we had some way to help people.”
“Broadway is such an advertisement for this town,” Dan explained. “People go through here all the time to the Lake and to everywhere, you know.”
He added that he was hoping the Clean Up Sedalia project would have helped with the older homes along Broadway.
“When we’ve gone through these other small towns …” Jennifer said.
“… It looks like they have made a concentrated effort to keep these homes nice,” Dan added. “I know if they are vacant and no one owns them, who’s going to pay for it? I understand all of that.”
“There are a couple houses, right now, that were grand, old homes, but you can’t even see them because they haven’t trimmed out the trees … they are just falling apart,” Jennifer noted. “It does cost money to maintain a home. We were very fortunate to get a house that the previous owners took care of.”
She expressed that it would be beneficial if owners of historical and older Sedalia homes could find support for restoration.
“Our economy has been down for the last couple years, and it would be nice if home owners had assistance in some way,” she added.
“State assistance or grants or anything like that,” Dan added. “…. If it falls down it’s gone forever. The main thing with Broadway, we’d love to see it revived a little bit.”
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