810 12TH ST

 Print Listing Historical Name - Hickman House
Style - Foursquare
Built Year - 1910
State ID - 5WL3120

Description - This Foursquare type house is a rectangular, two-story, wood frame structure with an asphalt shingle, hipped roof. Roof features include a hipped dormer on the north side with brackets under the eaves, wide overhanging eaves with decorative brackets. It has a stone foundation and vinyl siding and cornerboards. The main facade contains an off-centered entrance. The wood glazed door has two vertical sidelights. The one-story, full-width porch has a balustrade rail, square columns, hipped roof with decorative brackets under the eaves and vinyl facing under the porch. Windows are one-over-one double hung with metal frame storm windows, a three sided bay window on the east elevation, one bay window on the west elevation with decorative supporting brackets under the window, picture window with stained glass transom. Dentil moulding lentils top windows on the east and west elevations. The painted brick chimney is located on the east wall. Obvious alterations include the vinyl siding, metal storm windows, asphalt shingle roof, and the windows on the second story of the front elevation, and the windows in the dormer do not appear to be original.

Historical Background - This house was built in 1909-1910 for Luther S. and Alma Hickman. Hickman came to Greeley in January of 1907, when he organized the Hickman-Lunbeck Wholesale Grocery Company. He stayed in that business until it was sold to Morey Mercantile Co. in March 1931. He represented Kansas City Life Insurance Company in Greeley until his death in March 1932. His son, Luther L. Hickman worked with the Morey Mercantile Company in the Sterling office at the time of his death in 1932. Luther S. Hickman was prominent in politics in Colorado, serving on the executive committees of Colorado and Weld democratic organizations. He also was a former Rotarian and a member of the Greeley Elks Club. The Hickmans lived in the house from about 1910 until 1913, and 1915 until John Comer moved in. John Comer also lived in the house during 1917. He was the superintendent of beet seed growing at the Great Western Sugar Company. He started work for the Great Western Sugar Company in Windsor in 1904, and moved to Greeley in 1916, a year after he became the superintendent of the beet seed department. By 1918, Comer was the head of all Great Western Sugar Company beet seed growing. Seed was grown in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. He married Mary Lee in Utah in 1894 and later had a total of five children. The family were members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and Mr. Comer was also a member of the Greeley Club and affiliated with the republican political party.