Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Eugene and Mary Funk House
Eugene and Mary
Eastlake Victorian Architectural Style, 1895
Paul Moratz, Architect; C. L. Hutchinson, Builder
The Conover Female Seminary was located here and was demolished in 1894.
It was the second largest residence in town when it was built in 1856.
Harry Brand, who grew up next door, bought the house in 1904.
He and his family owned a thriving furniture store.
Erected by Dimmitt's Grove Neighborhood Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 40° 28.672′ N, 88° 59.26′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on East Grove Street east of South McLean Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 E Grove St, Bloomington IL 61701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ruben & Laura Benjamin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel & Electa Bishop House Lucius T. and Arabella Bruner Wilcox House (about 300 feet away); John and Caroline Roush House (about 300 feet away); Ezra & Barbara Prince House (about 300 feet away); Edward & Ora Gridley House (about 400 feet away); Horace and Nora McCurdy House (about 400 feet away); Phillip & Sophia Young House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomington.
Regarding Eugene and Mary Funk House. Excerpt from East Grove Street Architectural/Historical Survey by Greg Koos (1985):
… Eugene Funk (b. 1867 - d. 1944), grandson and heir of Isaac Funk, an early settler and landowner, is best known for his contributions in the development and distribution of hybrid seed corn. Funk was important in using scientifically based research to improve the quality of yields in the corn-dominated Midwest. …
Also see . . . Seed, Soil and Science: The Story of Eugene D. Funk. Flipboard version of the 1959 book by Helen M. Cavanagh, digitized (Submitted on October 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.