Wilcox Case, wife of Des Moines pioneer Rollin A. Case, Jr. and herself
a pioneer of the Des Moines area, moved to Des Moines in 1918 and lived
there the rest of her life. The house depicted in this quilt square originally
belonged to her parents-in-law, Rollin Case, Sr. and Georgina Horton Logan
Case. Marion, Rollin, Jr., and their children moved into it in about 1925,
and Marion lived there for nearly 70 years.
A. Case House
" Located on
the northeast corner of 10th Ave. So. and So. 220th St., “the Case
House was built in 190 for Rollin A. Case…
“This 1,320 square foot (122.6 sq. meters) L-shaped, gable-roofed
house is in its original condition. The east-west wing is 1½ stories
high and has two 12 foot (3.7 m.) shed-roofed dormers on the north side.
The land slopes to the west, and the front porch is several feet above
ground level, approached by concrete stairs.
“The north-south wing is one story and has two enclosed porches
extending the length of the wing along the front and back. A cobblestone
chimney is on the peak of the roof at the joint of the two wings.
“Decorative wood shingles are used under the eaves and in the gable
ends. The eaves are overhanging and open with the rafter ends exposed.”
Hundred Years of the “Waterland” Community: A History of Des
After Rollin Case, Sr. died in February 1923 and his widow moved in with
her daughter Gladys and son-in-law Mark Van Gasken, the house was deeded
to Rollin Case, Jr. around 1925. His widow, Marion Wilcox Case, lived
in it until her death in November, 1993. After she died, the house was
sold and extensively remodeled.