Dr. John Ahlum Schaeffer (1886-1941) was known as a chemist, inventor, business executive, and educator. In 1911 he was appointed chief chemist of the Eagle-Picher Lead Company in Joplin. After returning to his native Pennsylvania, he became president of Franklin and Marshall College in 1935 until his unexpected death of a cerebral hemorrhage. While living in Joplin, Alice Schaeffer was the vice-president of the Travel Club which was made up of young matrons who studied cities, history, artists, authors, and literature of foreign countries.
The second floor sleeping porch and ground floor porch have been enclosed and additions added on the east side. The original stucco has been covered with vinyl siding and gingerbread ornamentation added. This jewel in Murphysburg has maintained its charming interior including a gracious fireplace and light airy rooms. A spectacular multilayered stained-glass window with painted details is showcased at the staircase landing.