Created By: Myrtle Creek Historical Society
The house at 230 First Ave was constructed for Ferd Gabbert around 1880-1890 ( it has since received some alterations and attachments). The house with its distinctive gables is prominent in many old photos of town. Ferd Gabbert was born in 1862 in Oregon. His occupation is listed as ‘miller’ in the 1900 census and he operated the grist mill on Main St for many years with his son-in-law, Henry Kramer. Kramer later purchased and lived in the Gabbert house.
Ferd Gabbert also had a farm in the northeast part of town. Two annexes to the City are named after Ferd Gabbert. It’s likely that annexed land was once his farm land. Ferd Gabbert must have also been a builder and/or real estate entrepreneur. A number of documents mention homes that were built by Ferd Gabbert, such as the home of Edwin Weaver.
STYLE OF ARCHITECTURE: Victorian Gothic, Vernacular
PHOTO #1 Gabbert-Kramer house c, 2014
PHOTO #2 original Gabbert house
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historical Sites Downtown Myrtle Creek