Handmade doll house goes back to its original owner

Nearly 20 years and hundreds of hours of entertainment later, a girl and her doll house have come full circle. For many little girls, growing up with a doll house leaves fond memories of innocent and worry-free times. For Ashleigh (Turk) Voight, a hand-made doll house she spent hours playing with as a child, has made it back to her, the original owner, after many years of thinking it was gone forever. Nancy Lane, owner of Right Down My Alley, a quaint antique and collectibles store in Brady, came across the doll house one day while driving through a neighborhood. The house was sitting out in the yard and with miniatures as a hobby, she felt compelled to stop and inquire about the house. The house was owned by Sammy and Rosie Aguirre and despite the fact their girls did not spend much time playing with it, they wanted to keep the house. Three months later, they called Mrs. Lane and then offered to sell her the house. “I knew from looking at it that the house needed to be looked after, but they didn’t want to sell it,” said Mrs. Lane. “Once they did sell it to me, I knew exactly how I wanted to restore it and with about a week’s worth of work, it was ready to go.” With a knack for repairing and updating things, she saw the toy home as a prized possession for a small girl. When Mrs. Lane acquired the small house, with it came the owner’s story of how they came into possession of the childhood pasttime. The owners had received the house from Jack and Susan Turk and their children had used it for several years, but had since outgrown it. The house was originally built by Harold Scholl, brother-in-law to Susan. A deft carpenter, he made the house for the Turk’s daughter, Ashleigh. One day a few weeks ago, Mrs. Lane stopped by to speak with Susan to tell her about the house. According to Mrs. Turk, the house was a favorite pasttime for Ashleigh who spent hours daily playing with the toy. She even talked her parents into helping her wallpaper and paint the house. As the years went by, Ashleigh eventually outgrew the doll house and it passed on to her younger sister, Hillary, who spent much time with the house as well. With hopes of providing years of entertainment for other young girls, the Turks gave the house to Sammy and Rosie Aguirre. Sammy was Jack’s co-worker at the Ford house in Brady and the couple at the time had young girls who were enthralled with the house. The Aguirre girls continued the tradition of old fashioned entertainment and as time went by, the house eventually became a simply a showpiece. Ashleigh, now 21 with a young daughter of her own, was in Brady a couple of weeks ago and in casual conversation with her mother mentioned that she wished she had her old doll house back for her daughter to play with in the years to come. Unbeknownst to her, Mrs. Lane was in the middle of refurbishing the tiny house to make it a marketable commodity for her store. “It is funny how before we even heard about the house from Nancy, we were talking about how we wished we had that very same doll house back,” said Mrs. Turk. “It couldn’t have been more than a week or two after that Ashleigh and I had that conversation that Nancy and I got together and made the connection. “I called Ashleigh and she couldn’t believe it was the same house,” said Mrs. Turk. “She called Nancy and asked her to put it aside with a ‘sold’ sign on it, and she would come to Brady in the near future to pay for it.” After a few dollars are saved and a simple transaction occurs, the small doll house that began its journey some 15 or more years ago will once again be the object of not one, but two little girls’ affection.

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