Ina Duley Ogdon Home

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The Following Comments have been received regarding this old house.  Sources and Links are at the bottom of the page.

If this house is sold and people are restricted from visiting it or, even worse, it is destroyed, it will be a huge mistake. 100 years from now our children will berate us for our foolishness and callousness

This song has encouraged me many times when I did not like the circumstances that I was living in.

I am the author of, and can personally testify to the impact Ina Ogdon's life and writings have had on my life and countless millions. Saving Ina's home and turning it into a historical destination would not only provide a great opportunity for tourism in your city, but also show the value and respect you have for important people of history.

There is a great amount of history to preserve within this site.

This historical diamond in the rough must be saved!

This song has encouraged me many times when I did not like the circumstances that I was living in.

I moved to Bedford Township in October of 2004. One of the first things to catch my eye was this cabin. It is a treasure and needs to be saved. Previously I lived in Clinton Township in Macomb County. Several similar buildings have been preserved there and placed on the township headquarters property. I have spoken to someone in the Bedford Township offices about this property but just discovered your efforts from reading Bedford NOW. Am willing to help if I have skills you need.

This house is the CROWN JEWEL of Bedford Township, if not all of Monroe County.

This log cabin is amazing inside. It needs to fixed up and preserved. Let the history stay alive.

This will be a wonderful project for the township to undertake...looking forward to helping in any other ways possible.

i have always been intrigued by this property.

Good luck, ladies!

History should be preserved.

I have adored this historic home since my childhood!

The house should be preserved!

I would be interested in helping to restore it as I just live down the street from it and have always been fascinated and admired it as I drive by it almost daily.

I pass by this house sometimes several times a week, if not more. I've often admired the house and even considered finding out who owned it so i could possibly purchase it. This house has always fascinated me. I hope it will be preserved as with all the history.

I walked by this home, or through the woods behind it, to school fifty years ago and would occasionally meet the old woman who lived there. This home is so rare and potentially beautiful it must be saved. To fail in this would be an unconscionable act. Bedford is fast becoming overdeveloped enough as it is. Let's band together and save this home.

I was in the house many years ago. It is a treasure and should be saved.

The Bedford area deserves a museum dedicated to its rich history. This area is very significant to the settlement of this area.

It is important for our township to have a historical museum to house the valuable historical artifacts collected by Trudy Urbani. Having the home of Ina Duly Ogdon restored is a great concept. What an ideal place to preserve our history.

Harley Barnette was an awesome man. I got to know him when he took classes at the MCCC Whitman Center where I am the Director. I suggested the Bedford Now feature him in an article, which they did. Restoring this home would be a great tribute to him.

A very worth while cause. Please do all in your power to save this piece of history

Ina is history in music, religion, women's! Letting the past be forgotten deprives us from knowing the importance of people and the region

I've been intrigued by this house for some time and hope you have success in having it become a historical museum. I would love to tour it. I lived in a house on Dean Rd. built circa 1865 for several years & sold it to my son. I hope that at the very least you can get the Ogdon house designated a historic building so that it will be preserved. I've always loved the song Mrs. Ogdon wrote. Amazing that it was written here in Bedford!

I have always wondered about this home and now I know thanks to the article in Bedford Now.

I would love to see it saved and used as a historical landmark of Bedford Township.

I have often wondered about this old home. I think that it would be great to fix it up and save it.

Mrs. Ogdon is my great-grandmother

My husband (Michael) and I have lived in one of Bedford homes built in 1849 for 26 years now. We know first hand about preserving our history in Bedford township. We need to save this part of history.

I strongly support this effort. I needs to be tied into the larger world of historic preservation and get connected with the Michigan Dept. of History, Arts, and Libraries; the State Historic Preservation Office; the Michigan Historic Preservation Network; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, all of whom I have been associated with. Also, Monroe County is involved with a state Cultural Economic Development grant that is looking for historic sites in the county to highlight.

I grew up on Mason Dr. right across from the old house. I frequently went mushroom hunting and sledding on the property. I am deeply interested in seeing this saved. Any way I can help? E-mail me!

It would be a tragedy & a crime for this house not to be saved & restored. A historical museum is a fabulous idea, something the whole township could enjoy! I would be willing to help in any way possible to make this happen.

I would approve of a small tax to rebuild and maintain this home as a museum.

Let me know how I can help.

I would be happy to donate my time and labor to saving this piece of history.

I grew up next door to this home at 6827 Summerfield. I knew Mrs. McDonald and spent time in this cabin. I would love to see this preserved and would help if I could. This history and it needs to be saved.

I have always loved that house. I always wanted to buy it and fix it up. I am glad that someone will!

I grew up in this area and remember when this home was still lived in and kept up. It would be great to see that again.

I used to clean the house in th 1950's

I used to play there when I was a child

Ina was my great-grandmother.

Ina Duley Ogdon's home deserves to be preserved as an important historical site in the history of evangelical Christianity and Christian hymnody. Her hymn, "Brighten The Corner Where You Are," helped propel Homer Rodeheaver(Billy Sunday's song leader)to fame.

Please help preserve the architectural heritage of the area. This is living history, a cultural resource that is of benefit to the entire community.

Many people appreciate her hymns and the home as described seems to have other historical significance as well.

It would surely be a shame to let such history be demolished.

I love hearing that another bit of history is about to be saved. My father was a historian and worked to save as much information and property as possible in his small home town and county. He lived in Rockville, Missouri (Bates County). Population of 300 (on a good day). Keep up the good work!


I feel it is a shame to destroy old homes with significant historical value

Always preserve the past if we can.



A Keepsake from ?The Old House? by Ina Duley Ogdon

The Bethany Press, St. Louis, Missouri

An Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Thoroughly Unreliable Account of the Ancestors & Descendants of William Watson & Letitia Wilson Duley. By Joseph H. Gardner, April 1, 1988

Archibald, Melissa, researcher on the famous ?Old House? property

Barnette, Harley, current owner of the ?Old House? on Summerfield Road

Brighten the Corner Musical Memories of Monroe County published by the Monroe County Library System Copyright 1977 by Monroe City County Fine Arts Council

?Century ?Old House? is Home of Toledo Gospel Hymn Writer Interior is Quaint in its Charm?-Unidentified news article c1930

Gardner, Joseph H., Asst. Professor at University of Kentucky Provided articles and photographs for possible use in this essay.

Home Woods by Ina Duley Ogdon. The Bethany Press. St. Louis, MO., 1946

Hymn-?Brighten the Corner Where You are?. published 1913, words by Ina Duley Ogdon, music by Charles H. Gabriel, owned by Homer Rodeheaver.

Monroe Evening News article dated Aug 9, 1930 ?Charm of Age Retained in Writer?s Home?

Obituary of Ina Duley Ogdon from the Toledo Blade dated May 19, 1964

Studies in Popular Culture, IX (July 1986) pp11-22 ?Brightening the Domestic Corner: The Hymn Story as Cautionary Tale,? By Joseph Gardner

Toledo Blade news article dated 1972 ?Brighten The Corner? Written here.?

?The Most Unforgettable Character I?ve Met,? by Kathryn Schuler

Trudy Wieske Urbani, Bedford Town Historian


Research on Newspaper Articles by Melissa Archibald 

Newspaper Clippings Part Two and Three

Syracuse Herald NY March 21 1944

Albuquerque Tribune New Mexico 2 5 1975

Daily Independent Monessen PA 4 13 1960

Davenport Democrat 6 24 1926

Davenport Democrat 8 23 1925

The Davenport Democrat leader Iowa 5 5 1925

Mansfield News OH 6 30 1922

Hayward Review CA 8 29 1944

Decatur Herald Ill 2 2 1930

Kingston Daily Freeman NY 5 3 1946

Zanesville Signal Ohio 3 23 1947

Logansport Pharos Reporter IN 7 19 1918

Independent Press Telegram Long Beach CA 4 25 1971

Kingston Daily Freeman NY 6 17 1928

Edwardsville Intelligencer ILL 8 8 1919

Lincoln Daily Star Nebraska 6 7 1916

Bill Lumber Jack Southern Illinoisan Ill 2 6 1970

Brunswick Records Daily Nothwestern Wisconsin 3 25 1921

Pottstown Mercury PA 10 30 1953

Ada Weekly News Oklahmoa 3 19 1959

Lethbridge Herald Alberta Canada 5 25 1951

The Capital MD 10 28 1969

Suburbanite Economist Ill 7 12 1918

Evening Mirror PA 4 30 1912

Washington Post WA DC 1 15 1918

The Capital MD 9 8 1970

Corpus Christi Times TX 6 29 1939

Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 6 6 1924

Southern Illinoisan Illinois 5 72 1964

Barnard Bulletin NY NY 10 22 1920

Warren Evening Mirror PA 5 31 1917

Indianapolis Star Indiana 2 4 1923

The Coe College Cosmos Iowa 9 13 1928

Times Record Troy New York 3 27 1943

Portsmouth Herald New Hampshire 4 19 1920

Evening State Jornal Lincoln Daily News Nebraska 3 29 1918

Washington Post Washington DC 1 19 1915

Evening State Journal Lincoln Daily news Nebraska 1 25 1918

Atlanta Constitution 6 1 1921

Urban Hymnody

A Chinese Web Site about Ina Duley Ogdon

Who Supports us

Jeffrey Guyton; Jason &Melissa Archibald and Jordon, Chris McCready, Aldo & Trudy Urbani, Karen Urbani & Sara Lichtarge; Martie  & Molly Walker; and  Carol Trabbic;  Sue Greeley; Herb Stokes and Jo;  Bob & Pat Sterns, Chris Zak; Bruce Lyle; Stanley & Donna and  Denny DeVerna; Les Beland and Bess Hudson; Penny and Polly Straub Thompson; Norman Hinshaw; Charles Johnson; Tom Lamour; Julie Keeler

Dona Folk; Deb Brescoll; Brad Powers & Dana  and the DeMolay men (Chris, Matt, Aaron, Joel), Connie & Dick  Vellequette ; Sandi Rabie; Ann Myers; Valerie Brunt; Robin & Meredith Woody, Jan & Dale Sass; Judith Hamburg; Sandy Kosmyna; Dee Frechette; Barb Eckhart; Richard Fisher; Tony Tucker;Nicole Nowakowski;

Margaret Gillespie Kohler; Joanne Guyton-Simmons; Garnet Francis; Pat LaBeau; Beth Szych; Sharon McCready, Chris McCready; Madonna Kirsch; Beth Block; Sheri Donbrosky; Bonnee Bert; Sue Grodi, Linda Flick; Eileen Angel; Eleanor Billau, Pauline Tolly, Dave & Carole Reinhardt, Craig & Sandy Wittenberg; Charles Johnson; Linda Kudelka; Lee Stevenson; Jim Dornberg;  Judy Poronczuk; Tracy Shasteen-Clark, Dayna Clark; Julie Martell-Schufeldt; Gene & Ellen Hubbard;

John Duley; Sabrina Barnette Williams; Barb & Bill Alexander; Dan & Matt Weiderhold;  David & Margaret Klump.

 We have had so many volunteers throughout the years and we thank all of them. If we have missed your name I do apologize. 

Groups and Businesses who contributed:  

Dawn Seigneur and the River Raisin Chorus of Sweet Adelines International ; The Toledo Repertoire Dickens Singers;  RSVP of Monroe County; Joe Garverick & Friends; Rustic Rose Antiques; Lucarelli ?s Passing Time Antiques; Sauer Furniture & Antiques; MBT;  Bedford Senior Citizens; Medicine Shoppe; Crary Drug; Blaze Banquet Hall, Douglas Road Elementary; Dave Elzinga, Erie Orchard; Worley?s  Outpost; Habitat for Humanity;  Lambertville Hardware;  Anthony Brescol, Attorney at Law;  Dave Housel?s Nursery & Landscaping;  Lion?s Den;  This last has grown by leaps and bounds and it has become difficult to maintain the list.      

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Whitman Center

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Blaze Banquet Hall

Erie Apple Orchard

Crary Drug Store

RSVP of Bedford

Medicine Shop

 River Raisin Chorus

Toledo Blade

Bedford Now

Monroe Evening News

Monroe County History and Links

 Channel 13 News

Rebecca Regnier


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