Mike and Anita would often come to Galena to celebrate their wedding anniversary and fell in love with the history and charm of the area. They left the beautiful country side of Northeast Knox County, where they raised their three children, and settled into the even more beautiful Galena area.
Anita has enjoyed a career in nursing. She was active in Galesburg’s Prairie Players Community Theatre where she performed in numerous stage roles. She was also Drama Coordinator for her local church for many years. Prior to moving to Galena, Mike spent 20 years in the refrigeration industry in a variety of technical and managerial positions. Leaving the corporate world, he started his own business selling fishing tackle. During this time period, Mike was also a featured writer for Adventure Sports Outdoors Magazine.
Today, Anita and Mike enjoy a love affair not only with each other but also a steamy love affair of cooking! They open the doors of their Victorian home to guests from as local as Galena Illinois to as far away as South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe. They are still waiting for that first guest from Antarctica! Come join us and make the Queen Anne Guest House your “home away from home”!
History of the Queen Anne Guest House
As owners and innkeepers of the Queen Anne Guest House, we are very proud of our beautiful home and love to talk about the home and the history of it. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. For now, a brief history of the home and original owners...
Construction of the home began in 1891 and was completed in 1892 with Mr. W. A. Telford as architect and builder. The home boasted of modern advancements for the time such as indoor bathroom facilities with modern plumbing, steam heat as the only method of heating and a full basement. A newspaper article states, “Good material is being used in the building and it will be one of the best built houses in the city”. The home is certainly a testament to this as it retains the original woodwork, wood flooring, working pocket doors and original leaded and stained glass with a pair of etched glass doors. We would be most happy to share the entire article with you during your stay.
The original owner of the home was Mr. William Ridd, a leading business man in the city of Galena. William Ridd was born on September 26, 1849 in Devon, England and immigrated with his father, Frederick Thomas Ridd, to America in 1865. In 1872 William married Louisa Susan Fritz of Galena. William owned “the largest and most substantial factory ever erected in Galena”. The factory manufactured window sashes and other interior woodwork. Still standing today the factory is located on the corner of Hill and Commerce streets and one will still notice the firm’s name of J. Fritz & Co. on the exterior windows.
William and Louisa had two children, Edith Regula and William Frederick. Both children were talented musicians especially Edith who was a “pianist and harpist of note”. William was a “sickly” child and died in early adulthood. Edith married Rupert Smith on June 3, 1902. The marriage took place in the home and a beautiful write up of the wedding is framed for your viewing in the dining room.
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