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Eugene O'Keefe
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~ Eugene O'Keefe home, corner of Central and Blanche Streets, perhaps the most notable of the Cassill Place homes is this Queen Anne style home built by Eugene O'Keefe, who came to Carthage in the 1870's and engaged in business, eventually becoming director of the First National Bank [merged with Central National Bank, now the UMB].

Former Eugene O'Keefe House, 743 Central, c. 1893. This monumental, 2 1/2 story Queen Anne home was expertly restored in 1977-1978. Previous years of neglect had left it in a dilapidated condition. A 2 1/2 story rounded tower, decorative chimneys, fish-scale shingles, turned posts, cut work, and ornamental panels are only a few of the home's descriptive features.

House was moved from its original location in 1990's to a location south of town called Precious Moments. After the blunder of losing the Curtis Wright mansion to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the city of Carthage passed an ordinance that houses of this caliber could not be moved out of the city. Sam Butcher, owner of Precious Moments pulled a sneaky trick and got the city to annex the Precious Moments grounds into the city, that way, it was legal to move this house out there. Now it is unaccessible to everyone because much of Precious Moments has shut down.

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