Martin Gruenewald was born in Darmstadt, Germany, October 12, 1839. He came to America at the age of 21 with $4 in his pocket, and went to Chilicothe, Ohio. In 1861, he moved to Connersville, Ind., where he met Wilhelmina Christiana Dick. Christiana was worn in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1840. She came to America when she was 14 to live with her sister. Martin and Christiana were married in 1866, and moved to Anderson in 1869. They had three daughters and two sons. Mr. Gruenewald had managed a brewery in Connersville and wished to open one in Anderson. When he could not obtain the proper permits, he opened a billiard parlor and sampling room. He became one of Anderson’s most successful businessmen and landowners. Christiana died of lung hemorrhage in 1889 at the age of 49. Martin continued to live in the house until his death in 1933 at the age of 94. The house passed through many hands between 1933 and the 1970s, when it was declared a historic site and restoration began. Today, the Gruenewald Historic House is a beautiful example of Victorian-American elegance.