John Ruckauf and his wife, Kathy Wahlgren Ruckauf, pose on the stairs of their 1892 home. They recently held a 125th birthday party for the house, inviting friends to dress in costume. Note the massive newel post. As Ruckauf said, "It does make a statement. As soon as you walk in, it pops." The top of the post is carved in a sunflower design, a motif that is repeated throughout the house.