The house was also the first one in town with electricity. The large rock in the garden is where the generator was located, and it served the church down the road as well, which Mr. Eichler operated. Cigar salesmen and general merchandise men normally stayed in the hotel, and at the time, the entire house had one large, tin bathtub and an outhouse. For social occasions, house dances were held with an accordion player or local bands. At Christmas time, a large cedar tree was decorated with oranges, apples, peppermint sticks and sugar cookies.
The Jasters also had a cafe where the matriarch of the family, Ida, sold her canned goods made from fresh fruits and vegetables. She sometimes made as much as 900 quarts of her special canned goods for the cafe and the home. Ida also baked bread, tended her large garden, and helped the family raise cattle, turkeys, geese, chickens, pigeons, rabbits, and more. The family even made their own wine in wooden barrels. All of the cooking and heating was done with wood until butane (now propane) came along. Candles and oil lamps were used until electric lights came into existence.