Jacob Haish is Brockhaus' second great uncle, while Fawcett's stepfather, Charles Roland, once had scavenging rights to the Haish mansion before it was eventually razed.
|The railing spindles were salvaged from the Haish mansion. Charles Roland, of DeKalb, used them to create a railing for his DeKalb home. The piece was later painted white. | Photo provided by Janet Anne Fawcett|
Fawcett still utilizes these pieces throughout her DeKalb home.
"The top and bottom of the railing were built by my stepdad and the original spindles were mounted in between," Fawcett said. "The rail was painted white but I would have left it wood. ... It is possible that this rail was from a back staircase or not one in the main entrance."
|A small table was salvaged from the Haish mansion by Charles Roland, and it was later painted white. Roland's stepdaughter plans to refinish the table. | Photo provided by Janet Anne Fawcett|
|A hope chest, made by Fawcett's stepfather, has "feet" that are repurposed wood pieces from Haish mansion railing. | Photo provided by Janet Anne Fawcett|
She was also kind enough to provide Haish mansion spindles to Brockhaus and myself, one of which is pictured below.
|A mahogany spindle from the Haish mansion. | Photo by Jessi LaRue|
"I am still sad about the mansion," she said. "I drive past there often and so wish it could have been saved."
Thanks to Janet for sharing her story, and thanks to Pam for connecting me with Janet.