Colorado couple on hand for historic home’s dedication

Knox alumni Bill and Beth Suitts returned to Knox on October 18, 2007, for the College’s formal dedication of the Suitts Center at the Gale House, original home of Knox and Galesburg’s founder George Washington Gale.

Excerpt from the Boulder Daily Camera:

Bill and Beth Suitts, of Boulder, have made a donation to help purchase the 1840s-vintage home of George Washington Gale in Galesburg, Ill.

The Suitts were honored at the dedication of the house, now the Suitts Center at Gale House, on Oct. 18 as part of homecoming festivities at Knox College.

The house was built between 1841 and 1846. Gale died in 1861 and his wife lived there until 1870, when George Adams Tryon bought it. Members of the Tryon family had owned it since then. The newly renovated house contains some original furniture donated by Gale descendants.

The house is a Galesburg City Landmark and an “anchor structure” in the Galesburg Historic District listing in the National Register of Historic Places.