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Home sweet home

New owner surprised by home’s family history

By: Adriana Mingo

Posted: 02/11/2017 12:00 PM

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Gina Reimer holds a photo of her home when it was originally built. The photo is dated 1943 to 1945.


Gina Reimer holds a photo of her home when it was originally built. The photo is dated 1943 to 1945.


Steinbach resident Gina Reimer purchased her first house last year. Unbeknownst to her, the quaint, white house on Third Street had already been in the family. In fact, it was built by her grandfather.

Reimer purchased her house and took possession of it on Oct. 24. At the time, she wasn’t necessarily looking to purchase a new home, but she saw an advertisement on Facebook that a house on at 276 Third Street was for sale.

"I came to look at the house and when my parents got back from holidays, I showed my dad the house," she said.

Reimer said her dad knew right away it was her grandparents’ house, but she didn’t find out about the history of the house until two weeks after she bought it.

"My dad wanted to make sure. He wanted to talk to his brother to make sure it was accurate before they told me," she said.

Two weeks after she moved in, Reimer visited her parents. At the visit, Reimer’s dad told her mom to go get the picture. Reimer said she didn’t know what picture they were referring.

Her mom came back with a tiny, old, black and white picture featuring Reimer’s house. "‘43 to ‘45 first house" was written on the back.

"I looked at it and was like, ‘holy cow. That’s my house!’ said Reimer.

Her parents then told her not only was it her grandparents’ first house, it was also built by her grandfather.

"I felt comfortable the first moment I walked into this house. I felt cozy and at home. Little did I realize the history behind that that I’d find out later," said Reimer.

Reimer said her dad almost gave away the house’s history when the realtor showed them the house. He was in the kitchen and said it had been added onto. The realtor questioned how he knew that, later telling his daughter the truth.

"It makes a really cool house that much more special," said Reimer. "My first house was my grandma and grandpa Reimer’s first house."

Reimer’s grandfather built all the houses that he and her grandmother lived in, she said. Her mom told her in all the houses he built, he left his mark.

"Somewhere in this house, probably in the basement on somewhere on the concrete walls, there’ll be his initials—S.F.R. for Simon F. Reimer," said Reimer. "Someday I’ll find it."

Reimer’s grandparents have both since passed away, but she said she knows they’re smiling from heaven.

"I knew this was the house God had for me, but little did I know," said Reimer.

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