Magnolia family welcomes home soldier

MAGNOLIA –– Passing down Main Street in Magnolia, it’s impossible to miss the Queen Anne Revival-style Center of the Universe House but now there’s even more to see –– a giant “Welcome home daddy” banner. Jake Ferger, owner of the home, returned from a six-month deployment to Qatar Friday and his wife and four children gave him a warm homecoming. “It’s overwhelming to be home, see them and see everything they were able to get done with the house while I was gone,” he said. The family moved into the house last December, just before Mr. Ferger’s deployment and have since finished the interior and made the house a home. The family purchased the Center of the Universe House, listed as the Lindale House on the National Register of Historic Places, in early 2015 when it went up for sale despite knowing it would be quite the fixer-upper. Before the December move-in, loads of work had to be completed including replacing all the windows, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning and fixing up the floors and ceilings. Work was on-going six days a week from the purchase date until move-in. Since Mr. Ferger’s deployment, the focus has been moved to the Lindale House’s exterior –– mainly the rebuilding of the front wrap-around porch and replacement of the mango and peach-colored siding. “It’s amazing because I know it has been really difficult with just day to day things let alone construction while I was away,” Mr. Ferger said. The house is now near completion and the family expect it to be finished within the next three to four weeks. (Submitted photos/Samantha Hemphill)

Jake Ferger returned home from a six-month deployment to Qatar Friday and was welcomed home by wife Jackie, sons Caleb and Ethan and daughters Addison and Savannah. The family moved into the Lindale House on Main Street in Magnolia in December after purchasing it in early 2015. (Submitted photos/Samantha Hemphill)

MAGNOLIA –– Passing down Main Street in Magnolia, it’s impossible to miss the Queen Anne Revival-style Center of the Universe House but now there’s even more to see –– a giant “Welcome home daddy” banner.

Jake Ferger, owner of the home, returned from a six-month deployment to Qatar Friday and his wife and four children gave him a warm homecoming.

“It’s overwhelming to be home, see them and see everything they were able to get done with the house while I was gone,” he said.

The family's Center of the Universe home has been quite the fixer-upper;

The home, built in the late 1800s or early 1900s, has been quite the fixer-upper and under construction for more than a year. It’s expected to be completed before September.

The family moved into the house last December, just before Mr. Ferger’s deployment and have since finished the interior and made the house a home.

The family purchased the Center of the Universe House, listed as the Lindale House on the National Register of

Historic Places, in early 2015 when it went up for sale despite knowing it would be quite the fixer-upper.

Before the December move-in, loads of work had to be completed including replacing all the windows, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning and fixing up the floors and ceilings.

Work was on-going six days a week from the purchase date until move-in.

Since Mr. Ferger’s deployment, the focus has been moved to the Lindale House’s exterior –– mainly the rebuilding of the front wrap-around porch and replacement of the mango and peach-colored siding.

“It’s amazing because I know it has been really difficult with just day to day things let alone construction while I was away,” Mr. Ferger said.

The house is now near completion and the family expect it to be finished within the next three to four weeks.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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