Zeckser, Frederick - Root Cellar
This arched cellar is built into an embankment of a hill some 60 yards to the southeast of a two story wood frame house. It would have originally stood behind (to the east) of a two story stone house that would have been torn down several decades ago. The site itself seems to have been settled by a W.F. Aderhold but it was bought by the Zeckser family around the turn of the century. Frederick Zeckser is supposed to have been a mason so it is thought he might have been responsible for some of the masonry work on the house and possibly the cellar. The cellar walks out to the west and would have walked straight into the house when it stood. The cellar is laid up with impeccably coursed and apparently dry stacked stone. It measures 20’(L)x10’(W)x 7.5’(H).
Story about Evelyn Zecksers Cold Storage (taken from interview with Evelyn):
Elmer and Evelyn Zeckser were married In the 1930’s and lived in Elmers childhood home on the south-east corner of Prairie View and Hessdale Rd. about a mile south east of Alma. Elmers family home was a large two story native stone house that Evelyn described as being of tremendous beauty and fine craftsmanship and was likely built in the 1880’s/1890’s. Unfortunately, the only remnant of this structure left to give an idea of the reported beauty is a large cold storage made with unusually ornate coarsed stone that would have at one point had a covered entrance to the back of the house. In the 1940’s the Zecksers built a lovely wood frame house to the north of the stone house that they soon moved into and continued to live in until Elmer passed away. Evelyn currently lives there today. The move was made with the idea that the stone house could be home to some of their adult children or be rented out for supplemental income. It was rented until the 1950’s when it ended up becoming vacant for an extended period. Due to cracking in the walls they inexplicably decided to demolish the structure. The saddest part according to Evelyn is that despite having lived there for decades and having raised numerous children in the home the family had no pictures that really showed the house or their family while they lived there. The family just didn’t think of taking pictures very often or ever so in the end there is almost no evidence of the once beautiful home that stood for over half a century.