Many stories surround the house that sits atop a hill halfway between Sioux Rapids and Spencer, Iowa. The stories about Jesse Ditton and his square two story house are urban legends. For years, the "Goat Hill" house has been recognizable, not only for tourists on their way from Omaha to the Iowa Great Lakes for summer fun, but also for locals traveling to and from their daily jobs.
The story says that Jesse Ditton owned the 40 acres that this house stands upon and he had never married. He tried to entice a potential mate to his home, advertising for housekeepers and ordering "mail order brides", but as soon as the ladies would get off the bus, they'd take one look at where they'd be living and immediately go to the neighbor's home to find out how to get back on the bus and leave. Jesse remained a bachelor his entire life, raising his goats on the hillside during the summer and in the winter, he would care for them inside the house, the goats on the lower floor while he lived on the second story. No pictures were ever taken of Jesse, but he was said to be a big man, bald and always wore a straw hat. Jesse is buried in the Liberty Cemetary near Greenville and made his own gravesite. His grave is marked with his name and years on the earth 1872-1957, and is covered with a domed cement top, is easy to spot and is one-of-a-kind. You may want to check it out. Another cache, GC6JRFN, is located here as well.
Goat Hill will alway remain a familiar place with legends of Jesse Ditton and his goats.