Civil War veteran Andrew Kline's former home at 2916 Sandusky County Road 174 in Rice Township has already been partially dismantled. The center portion of the home was built with timbers in the 1800s and additions on either side were added later. / Mark Tower/News-Messenger
RICE TOWNSHIP, OHIO -- North of Fremont, in an area of sprawling farmland and sparse residential development, it's easy to imagine life as one of Fremont's earliest pioneers.
One historic log home at 2916 Sandusky County Road 174, purchased by Civil War veteran Andrew Kline in 1852 and owned by the Kline family for half a century, stands as a testament to the determination of the region's early settlers -- though it may not for long.
The house, no longer owned by the family, likely will be torn down after local firefighters use the home for a training session Saturday.
As Don and Paula Stansberry sit in their Sandusky Township home, poring over 150-year-old photographs and newspaper clippings, their commitment to preserving their collective family history is obvious.
"I want to know my family history," Don Stansberry said. "That's all I want to do, is know."