606 W. Jourdan St., Newton, IL 62448, US


History of the House

The House

Picture of house circa 1950. Simple Rewards is located in a delightfully quaint two-story brick house that was originally built by Cornelius “Colonel” and Ruby Moschenross in 1939 in Newton, Illinois located in south/central Illinois. The house has its original wood floors, beautiful windows, original interior doors with 

glass doorknobs, original woodwork and a unique and very special 

shaped front door.  For a house of it's time, it has ample closets and storage space

The First Owners

Cornelius “Colonel” (back row - 3rd from left) and Ruby Moschenross (front row 2nd from left -  circa 1939

606 W Jourdan St (Route 33)

The land on which it was built was an original 40 acre parcel purchased from the United States government in 1831 by Louis W. Jourdan, for whom the street  was named. Jourdan Street is the main street through Newton, Illinois and is also Route 33.  And while the property may have changed hands many times through the years, the house itself is currently in the hands of only it’s fourth owners since it was built in 1939

Ruby Moschenross

Circa 1950

Cornelius & Clara Moschenross

After the death of Cornelius Moschenross' wife Ruby, the Colonel married Clara Sappenfield Strole on August 19, 1951

Cornelius Arthur "Colonel" Moschrenross

Cornelius Arthur "Colonel" Moschrenross 1953

Lowell Galloway & Alyne Strole Galloway

Lowell Galloway & Alyne Strole Galloway on 

their wedding day April 3, 1953

Reception was held in the Moschenross house.  Cornel was married to Alyne's mother Clara (Sappenfield) Moschenross

Lowell Galloway & Alyne Strole Galloway

 The newlyweds cutting their wedding cake in the dining room, which is now the manicure/pedicure room

Dave and Fern Newton

Dave and Fern Newton called the house home for 41 years after buying the property from Colonel Moschenross, and they raised their four children there

Dave & Fern Newton Family

Dave & Fern Newton family with 3 of their 4 children in the early 1950's

Photo courtesy of Duke Newton

House Circa 2007

Tom and Rita Gagliano, who purchased the home from Fern Newton in 2001, lived in the house for 5 years 

before putting it on the market.  

Present owners, Debra and Bruce Hill and Donna and Bob Keller, worked several months on the restoration and officially opened their new business with a grand opening that was held on 

December 1, 2007.  

Thank you to everyone who has helped our business to grow since 2007

Simple Rewards Day Spa

Co-owners Debbie & Donna look forward to continuing to serve their clients and plan to grow and evolve their business