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Old House Pictures

I had the chance several months ago to meet up with the second owner's children. Their parents purchased the home in 1928, and lived in it until the late 60's. They were great and were able to find several pictures of the house when they lived in it. These pictures are my motivation to bring this house back to what it used to be.

This is a picture of the parlor. It is to the right immediately when you walk in the front door.

This picture is in the dining room during Thanksgiving. You can see a lot of the woodwork that we have spent hours stripping paint from. The windows behind the man at the end of the table have not been stripped yet.

This is a photo of the backyard during winter. The fence that is in this picture was (mostly) still standing when we purchased the house. We put up a new fence this winter for more privacy and security.

This is a picture of the owner's daughter reading on the screened in front porch. They used to sleep out there in the summer. The porch is no longer screened in.

This is another picture of the family and their neighbors together during Thanksgiving. This one shows a lot of the amazing woodwork. The wainscoting unfortunately is no longer there.

Here is a picture in the eat in kitchen. This is the mother and her son and daughter. Notice the out there tobacco leaf wallpaper.

This is a picture of the two daughters (the older one I met).

This picture is of the living room during Christmas time. I cannot wait to make the beams shine like that again.

Here is another picture in the kitchen. This picture shows the original cabinets and that we still have. I love the kitchen.

This picture shows the living room again.

From the words of Hill (the owner's oldest son): "This is the way the parking strip used to be, with locust trees and a little grass. That's our 1941 Chevy and our dog, Cappy."

"From left Mary, Jane, Dad, Mom, Me. This family shot (someone would set the self-timer and scurry into the picture) looks to the north from the living room, back to where our piano was. It shows one of the colonnades that set of the piano room from the living room."

"This is in the living room looking toward the dining room showing one of the other pair of colonnades. The encyclopedia set is in a freestanding bookcase. As I remember, there were book-filled shelves on the other (dining room) side of the colonnades. My mother's mother wore Dad's hat for luck playing bridge. The others are our Aunt Bert and Dad. Behind Aunt Bert is our radio with a record player on top."

"Our parents in a relaxed mood in the yard with Cappy, probably in the mid 1940's."

These last two pictures are of the house in the 1960's.

It is great to be able to see the house so many years ago. I hope to be able to bring it back to it's former glory.


  1. You are real lucky to have these photos! We know the family who owned our home for most of its life, but they only gave us one B&W exterior shot. I'm hoping they'll share some later after we get to know them better. =)

  2. I know, I feel very lucky to have met them and have these pictures. I am even friends with them on Facebook, so they get to see the updates we do on the house. I'm sure if you get to know them and express interest, they will definitely want to share with you.

  3. Those pictures are wonderful, and it sounds like the children enjoyed sharing memories of their family and former home. How did you get in touch with them? I recently learned the names of the two first owners of our 1928 bungalow. I'd love to be able to ask children or grandchildren for some photographs.

  4. I think they definitely enjoyed coming visiting the house. They came back a couple months ago with the third sister and she got to see everything. She had even more memories of the house so it was great to have her over.

    When we took posession of the house, the previous owner told us the last name of the family that owned the house from the late 20's to the 60's and told me that one of the sister was a nun. I used my internet skills and was able to find her and I contacted her and left a voicemail. She called me back and now I am friends on Facebook with her and her brother. It is great to hear their feedback on the projects that we do :) It really makes me feel like we are doing this for a reason.

  5. That's so neat. I'll have to go back to and figure out of any of the first two owners' children are still living, then see if I could track them down.

  6. How cool you have pictures of your home from yesteryear. I would love to get a hold of some pics of mine. That may be a longshot for me.


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