“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Dunsire House

East Side Historic District

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Dunsire House Marker
Inscription.  Leaded glass transoms, Tuscan columns, a bay window, and spacious porch spanning the front recall nineteenth- century requirements for a comfortable, homey dwelling. Isabelle and David Sturtevant first owned this early residence, built between 1891 and 1894, as rental property. In 1900, Andrew Dunsire bought the house. Dunsire was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, and came to the Flathead Valley in 1888 where he worked as a ship’s purser on Flathead Lake and Kootenai River steamers. His sailing days were over in 1892 when Isabella Ritchie arrived from Elgin, Scotland. Andrew met her train at Missoula and the couple immediately went to the Episcopal Church where they were married. They traveled by train, coach, and boat to Kalispell where they made their home. Andrew served as county assessor from 1897 to 1904 and eventually went into the dry goods business. The couple had no children, but took in Isabella’s sister, Andrew’s nephew, and boarders. After Andrew’s death in 1947, Isabella remained in the family home until her death in 1952 at 93.
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Dunsire House and Marker
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marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
Location. 48° 11.615′ N, 114° 18.514′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue East and 6th Street East, on the right when traveling south on 2nd Avenue East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 545 2nd Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McGovern/Karcher House (a few steps from this marker); Iseminger/Graham House (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston/Parker House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Madison S. Love Residence (about 400 feet away); Laux House (about 500 feet away); Kalispell Mercantile Rental Property (about 500 feet away); Baldwin House (about 500 feet away); Simpson House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
Also see . . .  Dunsire House -- Flathead Beacon. People who live in small homes tend to
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have big hearts. That helps explain why there’s a lot more to a “landmark” home than just grandeur or décor. Taking a look at the Dunsire House at 545 Second Ave. E. in Kalispell can provide a little perspective on this theory.
(Submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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