Dr. Gordon House
5725 Broadway Street
—Written by Gail Drabant
This is a classic late-Victorian Queen Anne home built at the turn-of-the-century at 5725 Broadway. Dr. Gordon was a veterinarian who died early in life at the age of 26, in 1919, due to a bite from a rabid animal. His wife, Wendell a Gordon, returned with her infant child, John, to live with her parents, the T. C. Schroeders. However, she retained ownership of the house and rented it to the Peterson family and then to the Charles Mecklinburg family.
Finally in 1951, she sold it to Joseph and Amalia Miller. They rented the house to their daughter and son-in-law, Frank and Bertha Bergsma. The Bergsma family resided there for 14 years while raising their family of six children. After that it was sold to Ken Spooner, a teacher, and subsequently to the Johnson family. Dean and Judy Challed, the current owners, have now owned this house for nearly 20 years.