A Panoramic Peek: The Oak Knoll Mansion

Those of you who subscribe to the Quad-City Times may have seen the recent articles by Alma Gaul concerning the historical Oak Knoll mansion and its designer Jens Jensen.

The articles (here and here, if you missed them), include several photos of the house. One of them is ours, from our historical photograph collections.

But we have more images of this historic property in our collections—in fact, we have two panoramics, one of the house and grounds:

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And one taken from the balcony of the house:

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Panoramics are several feet long, so some of the details aren’t obvious in the adjusted images above as in these cropped sections:

Reimer 031      Reimer 032

We also have several of the J.J. Reimer family, the first owners of Oak Knoll, as taken by the Hostetler Studios around  1913.   These images may have been taken inside the house, as they do not match the usual settings used by the studio in other photographs.

Regardless, several of the Reimers images do show the kind of interior décor Oak Knoll might have had and give a lovely portrait of the first family who called it home:

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J.J. Reimers, his wife Mary, and two generations of their descendants.


J. J. Reimers and his wife Mary, with their son Charles and daughter-in-law Ray.

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Frederick, Fay, Warren and little Marietta Reimers.


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