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Schelben/Nick Home

Originally built in 1930 by Fred and Ida “Struck” Schelben. Fred started the Greenville Boiler Works at 502 North Broadway, which was later moved to the east end of Valliant Street between the Y&MVRR and the Southern. It became the Greenville Boiler and Machine Works. The home still has the original boiler system that heats the home.

Emil Nick Sr. became office manager and bookkeeper in 1919. It then moved to a larger location at 507-511 South Theobald that was owned by the Y&MVRR.

Mr. Schelben bought the building and it became the Greenville Mfg. & Machine Works. In 1944 they built the first steel-hulled tow boat followed by the Toddy McCool, then six sounding boats for the Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg.

The exterior stone is from Stone Mountain GA, and the freight cost more than the stone. The exterior walls are 18” thick and the foundation is constructed from Vick’s Salve and Milk of Magnesia bottles, discarded floor tiles and everyday glassware.

Each room has its own foundation with Steel I-beam’s and turnbuckles to tie it together. Fred Schelben was mayor of Greenville from Jan. 1, 1928 to Jan. 1 1932. The home remains in the Nick family. This Tudor Revival was built by Harry McKee. Roof tiles are from Ludovici Tile Company in Lexington, OH.

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