• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Staples House

A cream colored two story house with a broad enclosed porch and yellow trim.

Dr. John and Eliza Staples were neighbors of the Hoovers.

Linda Staats

The main wing of this white, two-story wood frame structure was completed in 1872, two years before Herbert Hoover was born. Did you know that the yellow-trimmed door on the left was the original entry to the home? Another owner added the enclosed five-windowed porch in the early 1900's. After Wetherell's death in 1876, his widow, Mary sold the three lots, along with the home, to Dr. John Staples and his wife Eliza for $1,500.00.

The couple, originally from Vermont, had decided to retire in West Branch. When the 76-year old doctor passed away in 1891, he left the home to his four grandchildren. The Staples house has since become a part of the historic village landscape from Herbert Hoover's youth.



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A game of Hooverball on the White House lawn.

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