The main house at this property is a decade older than Coldwater's opera house and in the same architectural style then popular in France. In 1872, a judge built it for his family, after the Branch County Jail burned down while he was the county's sheriff and residing in it before he was a member of the county seat's first city council. Since then, other owners have divided the house into three one-bedroom apartments and built a two-story addition behind it to serve as a two-bedroom apartment, but recent owners have caused or pemitted the property to serve Coldwater's illegal drug traffic.
I, Billy Lee Harman, the current owner of the property, who grew up in Coldwater before fleeing that sort of thing to travel around the world, have made two of the apartments my home and offer the other two for lease at below market price, and would especially welcome anyone who has a particular motive to stop the dealing of drugs, and his or her using them. I have improved the building and installed for the convenience of all residing there coin laundry machines at prices below my cost of maintaining them, and I'm otherwise working to make the building a clean and healthy and comfortable place, for anyone's life. Please, for yourself or for anyone you know to need an affordable home, click the above links for more information about apartments available here now.
The judge and his wife were among the settlers who took from the Potawatamees the land that's now the county. He was president of what they called the Pioneer Society, and his wife was a member and had attended the county's first public school, parochially Lutheran. Coldwater's government supported the reconstruction of the opera house but let this house sink into degradation similar to the degradion into which such "pioneers" sank the natives of this continent. The judge hosted the last meeting of that Pioneer Society in this house. And the opera house stages no operas.
My first travel beyond Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana was to blow up balloons in a carnival dart game. The Branch County fairgrounds, which are on three sides of this property, are where I begged that job. Since then, I've traveled all over Earth, to learn who we are.