A Rare Wardway Kit Home in Chelsea, Oklahoma!

It is well known that Chelsea, Oklahoma is home to a Sears Saratoga. It appears in every Route 66 suggested stop you can find!  But, what people don’t know about in Chelsea is this beautiful bungalow from Montgomery Ward. (click on images to enlarge)

A rare Wardway #166/Suburban in  Chelsea Oklahoma

A rare Wardway #166/Suburban in Chelsea Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Ward was a mail order catalog company like Sears Roebuck. They both sold everything you could ever need and in 1909 Montgomery Ward began selling homes.

I don’t know of any other Wardway #166 aka Suburban anywhere. This is the Wardway Homes catalog image from 1916. In 1917 Wardway Homes replaced the numbers with names and the 166 became the Suburban.

Wardway Homes 1916  #166

Wardway Homes 1916 #166

 

 

 

 

Is this a Wardway 166 in Chelsea, Okla?  It sure appears so!

Is this a Wardway 166 in Chelsea, Okla? It sure appears so!

 

 

 

 

The last time I was in Chelsea this house was being cleaned up and getting a make-over and it was hidden behind trees and brush so I didn’t get photos. On my visit last month I was able to see the house on the inside as well. What a treasure! The wood work is all original and not painted. It is just beautiful! The floor plan hasn’t been altered and is an exact match to the catalog scan. A bathroom was added in the closet off of the sewing room on the second floor. Understandably ;) And, many years ago the back porch was enclosed and added on to and extended to the second floor so there is a nice screened room off the rear of the house.

A back view of the Wardway #166 in Chelsea, Oklahoma

A back view of the Wardway #166 in Chelsea, Oklahoma

 

 

 

 

 The 1916 Wardway #166

The 1916 Wardway #166

 

 

 

 

What a beautiful bungalow in Chelsea Oklahoma!

What a beautiful bungalow in Chelsea Oklahoma!

 

 

 

 

If you pass through Chelsea on Route 66 and stop to see the Sears house stop and see this rare house too.
Do you have a kit home to report or need help identifying one? You may email me at searshomes@yahoo.com or contact me on facebook here.

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A Sears Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma

While google driving around Perry Oklahoma a few years ago I happened upon a Sears Avalon.   And what a sweet Avalon it is! Thanks to one of my college classmates who was kind enough to take photos for me since he lives in that area.

What a beautiful Sears Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma

What a beautiful Sears Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma

 

 

The Sears offered the Avalon from 1920-1926. If you check out Rosemary Thornton’s website you can see several examples of this popular bungalow across the country.

The Avalon from Sears Modern Homes 1926   PERFECT!!!

The Avalon from Sears Modern Homes 1926
PERFECT!!!

 

 

The Avalon in Perry was the home of Anton Louis Dolezal and his wife Sadie and their five children. The best I can tell, using real estate records and the Sanborn Maps, this Avalon was likely built in 1926. Anton passed away in 1929 and his wife Sadie passed away in 1962. I wonder if there are any descendants in or around Perry now?

What a beauty and a PERFECT match!

 

What a beauty and a PERFECT match!

 

 

Here is the Avalon from the Sears Modern Homes 1926 catalog complete with price and specifications.

Sears Avalon 1926

Sears Avalon 1926

 

 

Here is the floor plan enlarged. It doesn’t show the second floor attic space but when finished in there are likely two more bedrooms.

Sears Avalon Floor Plan

Sears Avalon Floor Plan

 

 

In this last photo you can see the right side and a little of the second floor dormer hidden behind the trees. I imagine that second floor came in handy with a family of five children!

 What a beautiful home! I wonder if the owners know it is a Sears kit home?

 

What a beautiful home! I wonder if the owners know it is a Sears kit home?

 

 

Do you know of a Sears Avalon? Do you know of a Sears kit home or any other kit home?   I wonder if there are any more kit homes in Perry?   I drove around via google street view and nothing caught my attention.  If so, you may email me at searshomes@yahoo.com or contact me on facebook here.

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Oklahoma’s Tower House On The Prairie

The Gordon Van Tine company from Davenport, Iowa  introduced house plan #143 in 1912 as “Our new tower house, a little gem, something new, something original.”
Much to my surprise there is one in Oklahoma, located on north western prairieland that was an area of the last land to be opened for settlement. The county seat of Harper County in Oklahoma, Buffalo, is home to one of Gordon Van Tine’s “little gems” the #143!

I would like to thank Dale Wolicki for confirming that 1912 date for me! The 1912 catalog is one I am missing.

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The Number 143 from the Not-Ready Cut catalog 1916

The Number 143 from the Not-Ready Cut catalog 1916

 

 

How in tarnation, hey when you are in the land you speak the language, did I ever find that “gem” you are likely wondering! If you looked closely at that catalog page you see a few testimonials and one of them is from JW Blanchard of Yelton, Oklahoma.

1916 Not Ready Cut Catalog testimonial of JW Blanchard

1916 Not Ready Cut Catalog testimonial of JW Blanchard

 

 

I set out to find that house last week and I couldn’t find a town by the name of “Yelton”! I was able to find GPS coordinates for it so I located where it USED to be. I didn’t see a rail line anywhere! I did eventually learn that Yelton was a cattle stop along the Fort Dodge – Fort Supply Military Trail. But, where was the Tower House on the Prairie I wondered? A genealogy search for JW Blanchard didn’t turn up anything as far as a possible location. I had no clue what-so-ever!  I felt like I was out on a wide open prairie on a cloudy day without a compass.   I had no idea where to go now.    For those of you who know what I mean by wide open Oklahoma prairie you understand where I am coming from LOL.   All I could think was I MUST FIND THIS HOUSE!!! I looked in nearby Buffalo thinking just maybe it was on the north side of town because Yelton is, was, just north and west of Buffalo. Then I did an aerial search of the town, laugh but I found the 8th Sears Magnolia that way ;) . I didn’t even see a rail line!  Geeze.   I was discouraged and put the project aside and took a power nap. Those power naps work, seriously. I did the same thing for that Magnolia….kid you not! No luck, power nap and when I awakened I found it in no time. So, when I awakened from my power nap I gave it another try. Bingo! I found my little gem in the far south east corner of Buffalo. There it sat looking like a true gem, largely original, other than an addition to the back and the turret roof being replaced, I was extremely happy. I can’t get an exact address but I have a few google screen shots and I am hoping that someone will read my blog and send me a few real, awesome, photos.

JW Blanchard's GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

JW Blanchard’s GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

 

 

New Tower House, A Little Gem........quite a match isn't it?

New Tower House, A Little Gem……..quite a match isn’t it?

 

 

JW Blanchard's GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

JW Blanchard’s GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

 

 Here is the floor plan for the #143

Here is the floor plan for the #143

 

 

JW Blanchard's GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

JW Blanchard’s GVT 143 on SE 1st St, Buffalo, Oklahoma

 

 

How about that? Isn’t that awesome? In OKLAHOMA! An internet image search turns up nothing, not another yet identified. Anywhere. I did look for the other testimonial 143’s mentioned and I found the house in Decorah, Ia.

TT Hagevoll  taught at a parochial school.  His little tower house is still a gem too!

TT Hagevoll taught at a parochial school. His little tower house is still a gem too!

 

 

The RR Martin testimonial house in Litchfield is MIA. I have looked on every street for it, three times. I looked in two nearby towns too. It is either gone or also rural. It also appeared in the Gordon Van Tine 1913 catalog. I would love to find it too!

1913 Gordon Van Tine #143  catalog image

1913 Gordon Van Tine #143 catalog image

 

 

When was Oklahoma’s Tower House on the Prairie built and by whom? Obviously it was built by JW Blanchard and I would love to see that photo he sent to the Gordon Van Tine Company.

I haven’t been able to find much out about JW Blanchard. I think his name was John and it doesn’t appear he lived in Buffalo very long, he moved east to Garfield county. However, I did find that he, along with three other men, invested $340 in capital stock and incorporated the Hanzel Telephone Exchange in Yelton in early 1914. The date the house was built? Well, the catalog testimonial is 1915/1916. I would say at least by 1914 based on that. I discovered that the rail line didn’t come to Buffalo until 1912. Therefore it was built sometime between 1912 and 1915, I’m going with 1914ish. I did wonder if maybe the house was originally built in Yelton and then moved later but there was no rail line in to Yelton at all. I want to thank Mark Hardin for finding me a map that shows just where the rail line did come in to Buffalo. And, it wasn’t anywhere near Yelton. In fact, it wasn’t too far from Blanchard’s land. I learned that the rail line, the MK&T I believe, was taken out of service and removed around 1970. It’s really strange to see the grain elevators and such and no rail road.  Yes, I google drove the town several times looking for other kit homes. You know it!
Buffalo is home to two awesome clay tile elevators however the train depot was torn down recently and all that remains is the outline of where it sat.

Vintage photo of the Buffalo Train Depot

Vintage photo of the Buffalo Train Depot

 

 

I originally posted this on my facebook page a week ago. In a week’s time the post had almost 3,000 views and 30 shares! I dropped what I was planning on sharing next to research Buffalo and feature this house. I want to thank Forgotten Oklahoma for posting my facebook post because I am sure that is how I got all of those views!

I spent several hours reading about Buffalo and the town history, too much to ever share here, but that is what I often do with my discoveries. Every house is an adventure. I don’t want a list of addresses, I want to find them and learn along the way. For me it is about learning. A few things I recall about Buffalo. Buffalo was known as the City of Stone because of a city ordinance requiring all buildings in the business district to be built of stone because of potential prairie fires. As a former firefighter and my experience I can tell you that not much moves as fast as a prairie fire! Many of the buildings in the business district still stand today. They should have built the train depot from stone!
Buffalo is the county seat of Harper County, officially opened in May of 1907. That area of Oklahoma was some of the last land to be opened for settlement. I spent a few hours today looking through old land maps and I’ll share a few.

This map shows the Buffalo Creek area Land Treaties mid-late 1800's.

This map shows the Buffalo Creek area Land Treaties mid-late 1800’s.

 

 

The next map shows the Buffalo area as well as Yelton in 1911. Notice there is no rail line. The population of Buffalo in 1910 was just under 300 and 100 years later it increased by only 1000. Still very rural. I wonder if there are any other mail ordered kit homes in Harper County? I have found some along the Cherokee Outlet in Garfield County.

Harper County 1911

Harper County 1911

 

 

Do you know where there is another Gordon Van Tine #143? Do you need help identifying a possible mail order kit home? I have a very large collection of catalogs to reference. You may email me at searshomes@yaoo.com

Click here to find me on facebook. I post a lot more on my facebook page and more often. Check out my friend Rosemary Thornton’s blog here.

To see the website of Dale Wolicki, Gordon Van Tine and Aladdin historian as well as architect and architectural historian click here.

I hope you learned something! I used to tell my kids when I taught school that if you don’t learn at least one new thing everyday you have wasted a day! I know I learned a lot from this discovery. Fell free to leave comments below.

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A Rare Sears House in Bristow, Oklahoma … Route 66

On a trip through Bristow a few years ago I explored an area of town I missed, evidently, on other trips.  I have found a handful of mail order houses in Bristow and Bristow is the home to an absolute beautiful Aladdin Brentwood!  Bristow, Oklahoma is located along Historic Route 66.  In Bristow I also found a rare Sears 264P182.  Why rare?  The Sears 264P182 was only offered in the Sears Modern Homes catalogs between the years 1914 and 1916.  Another reason this house is rare is that at this time there are no other KNOWN 264P182’s!

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The Sears 264P182 as it appeared in the Sears Modern Homes Catalogs 1915-1916

The Sears 264P182 as it appeared in the Sears Modern Homes Catalogs 1915-1916

 

Here are a few photos showing all sides of the Bristow Sears 264P182. The fenestration of the Bristow house matches the catalog perfectly!

 This view shows the left side of the house.

This view shows the left side of the house.

 

 Here is the front view of the 264P182 at 402 E 3rd Bristow, Okla .   I wonder if the home owner knows they have a rare Sears house?   I doubt it!

Here is the front view of the 264P182 at 402 E 3rd Bristow, Okla . I wonder if the home owner knows they have a rare Sears house? I doubt it!

 

Since we are looking at the front of the house let’s take a closer look at those pillars, this is remarkable! The pillars are part of the kit with the exception of the bricks or stones used on pillars. Masonry, cement etc, had to be purchased locally because of freight charges. Often, as a result, details as seen it the catalog images get left out during construction. Not THIS house!

The rails are no longer there, I'd bet they were there when the house was built.  But, take a look at the brick work on the pillars!  W :-O W!

The rails are no longer there, I’d bet they were there when the house was built. But, take a look at the brick work on the pillars! WOW!

 

Here is the catalog image of the house only.

Sears 1914 264P182 image

Sears 1914 264P182 image

 

Now, my photo of the Bristow house. This is the best I could do to get the catalog view because there were several cars parked at the side. But, I think you can see that the fenestration, once again, matches the catalog floor plan.

 How about that?  This house would be perfect for a complete restoration!  It could be restored to look just like the catalog image and what the house once was.  It needs some love and work but I think it is quite doable!!!

How about that? This house would be perfect for a complete restoration! It could be restored to look just like the catalog image and what the house once was. It needs some love and work but I think it is quite doable!!!

 

 

So, are you convinced? Do YOU think this is a Sears 164P182? Hold on, I have a few interior shots thanks to a real estate listing! This was a happy accident….I just found these a few days ago! I spy Sears millwork inside, I KNOW this is a Sears house!

 This image is from my Sears Building Materials 1912 catalog.  It was the buffet included with this model.  If you read the specifications in the catalog page at the top you will see the 264P182 included a buffet and you can see it in the floor sketch.

This image is from my Sears Building Materials 1912 catalog. It was the buffet included with this model. If you read the specifications in the catalog page at the top you will see the 264P182 included a buffet and you can see it in the floor sketch.

 

Here is the buffet from the Bristow house courtesy of the real estate listing and the buffet from my millwork catalog.....for comparison.  It needs to be restored but, doable!

Here is the buffet from the Bristow house courtesy of the real estate listing and the buffet from my millwork catalog…..for comparison. It needs to be restored but, doable!

 

One more photo…courtesy of the real estate listing. This photo gives us a view from the living room in to the dining room in front picturing the built in buffet. To the right through the door is the vestibule which you can see in the floor plans in the first catalog image. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that this is a rare Sears 264P182! And, it is in OKLAHOMA!!! The land of very few Sears homes or none depending on who you ask LOL

This photo was shot from the living room and shows the vestibule doorway, a look in to the dining room and the entry to the pantry/kitchen area.

This photo was shot from the living room and shows the vestibule doorway, a look in to the dining room and the entry to the pantry/kitchen area. The doorway to the far left leads to the hall and the back bedroom and the bathroom

 

To see more interior photos you can see the real estate listing here. I found this house a few years ago and wasn’t aware it was listed later….otherwise I would have gone to see it!

Do you know where there is a Sears 264P182? The catalog page says there were others built and I looked all over Watervliet, NY this weekend and no luck. I did find some other kit homes though.

How about a kit home? Do you have one to report? Do you need help identifying a possible catalog home? If so contact me here or at searshomes@yahoo.com

Do you agree that this house in Bristow, Oklahoma is a Sears 264P182? If so leave a comment….if not leave a comment and tell me why ;)

Now, if I may be excused, I think I will take a look in Indianapolis Indiana to see if I can find the one built there ;)

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The Sears #118, A VERY Popular Early Sears Modern Home

In all of my searching of Sears houses one of the most popular early models I have found is the number 118.  About two years ago I started reading through all of the Sears general merchandise catalogs.  I became very familiar with the millwork and homes.  How many people do you know that have read through all of the Sears merchandise catalogs?  Most I should say, all from 1900-1945 and here and there for other years.  When my collection of 118’s reached about eight I thought to myself this was a popular model for early Sears because they all dated between 1908 and 1911!

I’m not surprised that it was so popular, it was featured in the Sears merchandise catalog in Fall of 1908!

The Sears #118 was one of 40 modern home plans offered by Sears in 1908.  Did this center feature make it popular?

The Sears #118 was one of 40 modern home plans offered by Sears in 1908. Did this center feature make it popular?  Catalog page from Fall 1908 general merchandise.
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Since May of 2012 I have located FOURTEEN of the Sears #118’s! And, I haven’t really looked that hard, I used a few testimonials  but several I have just stumbled upon and recognized them.

In May of 2012 Addie Hoyt posted a blog inquiring if a testimonial house in Terrell Texas was still standing.  I took on the task and found it within an hour, easy.  Little secret I have, when looking at random start with the tracks, a water tower and or a grain elevator and work your way out :)

In May of 2012 “Addie Hoyt” posted a blog inquiring if a testimonial house in Terrell Texas was still standing. I took on the task and found it within a few minutes, easy. Little secret I have, when looking for kit homes at random start with the railroad tracks, a water tower and or a grain elevator and work your way out :)

 

See the water tower? I was serious! I found this house in a matter of minutes. 501 9th Str Terrell Tx

See the water tower? I was serious! I found this house in a matter of minutes.
501 9th Str Terrell Tx

 

I did a lot of research on Jocephus Autrey and his family that morning. I created a tree for him on ancestry.com and I still get updates for him once and awhile.   I used to create family trees for homeowners of kit homes and that became too time consuming.   The locals  now call this house the Felder House.

I soon discovered another Sears #118 in Fishkill, NY at 885 New York 82, Hopewell Junction.

I soon discovered another Sears #118 in Fishkill, NY at 885 New York 82, Hopewell Junction.

 

While perusing real estate listings I found really pretty Sears 118 in at 240 Blue Heron Lane in Matthews, Va  Image courtesy of Realtor.com  This house has several interior photos which I will share at the end.

While perusing real estate listings I found really pretty Sears 118  at 240 Blue Heron Lane in Matthews, Va

 

Image courtesy of Realtor.com This house has several interior photos which I will share at the end.

 

And courtesy of another real estate ad I was able to find this Sears #118 at 4031 War Creek Road in Thorn Hill, TN

And courtesy of another real estate ad I was able to find this Sears #118 at 4031 War Creek Road in Thorn Hill, TN

  Here is something you don't see very often in a real estate ad!  Sears #118 at 4031 War Creek Road in Thorn Hill, TN  How cool is that?

Here is something you don’t see very often in a real estate ad!   Sears #118 at 4031 War Creek Road in Thorn Hill, TN

 

How cool is that?

 

In Bayfield Colorado and on their Historical Walking Tour is the home of Dr EW Newland. The house is at 1543 Hwy #160 in  Bayfield, CO.

In Bayfield Colorado on their Historical Walking Tour is the home of Dr EW Newland. The house is at 1543 Hwy #160 in Bayfield, CO.

 

I would love to have a few good photos of this house!

 

Using this testimony I was able to find yet another Sears #118.  However, it wasn't easy!  Charles Dahms lived on a farm so I had to find the land plat and with the help of Mark Hardin we soon located this very rural home.

Using this testimony I was able to find yet another Sears #118. However, it wasn’t easy! Charles Dahms lived on a farm so I had to find the land plat and with the help of Mark Hardin we soon located this very rural home.

 

Thanks to the Scott County Assessor we can get a glimpse of the side of this Sears #118 located at 4910 296Th St in Dixon Ia,

Thanks to the Scott County Assessor we can get a glimpse of the side of this Sears #118 located at 4910 296Th St in Dixon Ia,

 

From the assessor records,  another beautiful  Sears #118  at 105 3rd Street NE in Mitchelville, IA

From the assessor records, another beautiful Sears #118 at 105 3rd Street NE in Mitchelville, IA

 

While looking through one of my favorite blogs about old houses I discovered and unknown Sears #118 at 200 E 1st North St in Mount Olive IL!   After several emails and even phone calls I'm not sure I had the realtor convinced, I know she was surprised. I am hoping that when Rosemary Thornton made a special trip to get photos of the gorgeous interior that she was convinced :) This house has a lot of potential. They show a 1903 date but I'm thinking 1908 or 1909. I was able to identify a lot of the millwork and hardware but not the art glass and a few other things. I wish the best for this beauty! It is one of my favorite finds.  Please take a few minutes to see the interior on Rosemary's blog! This Sears #118 is located at 200 E 1st North St in Mount Olive IL.

While looking through one of my favorite blogs about old houses I discovered and unknown Sears #118 at 200 E 1st North St in Mount Olive IL! After several emails and even phone calls I’m not sure I had the realtor convinced, I know she was surprised.

 

I am hoping that when Rosemary Thornton made a special trip to get photos of the gorgeous interior that she was convinced :) This house has a lot of potential. They show a 1903 date but I’m thinking 1908 or 1909. I was able to identify a lot of the millwork and hardware but not the art glass and a few other things. I wish the best for this beauty! It is one of my favorite finds. Please take a few minutes to see the interior on Rosemary’s blog!
This Sears #118 is located at 200 E 1st North St in Mount Olive IL.

 

This Sears 118 was a happy accident, I happened upon it in an image search for something completely different!  The thumbnail popped up and I'm like whoa, a Sears 118!  Upon investigation all I could find out was that it is Mexico.  Mexico, Mo that is.  LOL     I am hoping that someone will see this and send me a message with more information!   I tell people that I find houses in some of the strangest ways, I'm NOT kidding.

This Sears 118 was a happy accident, I happened upon it in an image search for something completely different!   That happens sometimes.  The thumbnail popped up and I’m like whoa, a Sears 118! Upon investigation all I could find out was that it is in Mexico. Mexico, Mo that is. LOL      I am hoping that someone will see this and send me a message with more information!
I tell people that I find houses in some of the strangest ways, I’m NOT kidding.

 

And very recently, last month or so, I stumbled on this lovely Sears #118 at 413 N Price St in Sweetwater, TN.  It is currently on the market.  They say 1908 and I think that is quite possible!  I have found other Sears houses built in 1908 and could verify that.

And very recently, last month or so, I stumbled on this lovely Sears #118 at 413 N Price St in Sweetwater, TN. It is currently on the market. They say 1908 and I think that is quite possible! I have found other Sears houses built in 1908 and could verify that.

 

Let’s see, I think we have four more left! I hope you are still with me. These houses are too pretty not to share.  And remember, it took me almost two years to gather them all up.

In 1910 Anton Korger built a Sears #118 in Eau Claire Wisconsin.  He even sent a letter to Sears.  Thanks to this testimony and some digging I was able to find his house.

In 1910 Anton Korger built a Sears #118 in Eau Claire Wisconsin. He even sent a letter to Sears. Thanks to this testimony and some digging I was able to find his house.

 

It's a little difficult to see through the landscaping.   Maybe someone in Eau Claire will read my blog and send me better photos! Anton's house is at 1403 Omaha St in Eau Claire, Wis. Anton and his brother Henry owned a tailor shop, Korger Bros at 100 N. Barstow. Henry lived next door to Anton. What a great discovery!

It’s a little difficult to see through the landscaping. Maybe someone in Eau Claire will read my blog and send me better photos! Anton’s house is at 1403 Omaha St in Eau Claire, Wis. Anton and his brother Henry owned a tailor shop, Korger Bros at 100 N. Barstow. Henry lived next door to Anton. What a great discovery!

 

If you need a place to stay in Lennox, SD I recommend this lovely Sears #118 that is also a bed and breakfast!  The Steever House Bed and Breakfast in Lennox is absolutely gorgeous!  Tell them I sent you.  Oddly enough, another bed and breakfast told me about this house possibly being a Sears #118.  A shout out to a gorgeous Sears Alhambra, The Triangle Ranch, for the tip.

If you need a place to stay in Lennox, SD I recommend this lovely Sears #118 that is also a bed and breakfast! The Steever House Bed and Breakfast in Lennox is absolutely gorgeous! Tell them I sent you. Oddly enough, another bed and breakfast told me about this house possibly being a Sears #118. A shout out to a gorgeous Sears Alhambra, The Triangle Ranch, for the tip.

 

Here is an updated photo of the Steever House Bed and Breakfast which is also a Sears #118

Here is an updated photo of the Steever House Bed and Breakfast which is also a Sears #118

 

This Sears #118 was built in 1909 and is located at 1006 N Main Str Poplar, Mo.  Any chance a reader out there can send me a few photos?

This Sears #118 was built in 1909 and is located at 1006 N Main Str Poplar, Mo. Any chance a reader out there can send me a few photos?

 

The Sears #118 from my 1908 4th edition Sears Modern Homes.

The Sears #118 from my 1908 4th edition Sears Modern Homes.  Click image to enlarge.

 

This Sears #118 is a very rural farmhouse and the best I can do is a view from my Bing airplane!  Hey, I find them that way too, I found a Sears Magnolia in my Bing airplane :)   This large farm is located at 48779 290th Ave in Rolfe, IA.   Who can run out to Shimkort Farms and get photos for me?  :-D BTW, this one took a little work.

This Sears #118 is a very rural farmhouse and the best I can do is a view from my Bing airplane! Hey, I find them that way too, I found a Sears Magnolia in my Bing airplane :)
This large farm is located at 48779 290th Ave in Rolfe, IA. Who can run out to Shimkort Farms and get photos for me? :-D
BTW, this one took a little work.

 

Lo and behold, I was looking in the Pocahantas County WV assessor files and NOT the Pocahontas County in IOWA assessor files!  Here is a photo, not the best, from the county assessor files.

Lo and behold, I was looking in the Pocahantas County WV assessor files and NOT the Pocahontas County in IOWA assessor files! Here is a photo, not the best, from the county assessor files.

 

FOURTEEN Sears #118’s, that’s quite a few! See why I believe it was a popular early model? I’m looking for number fifteen. I would love for it to be here in Oklahoma! I have a few more on my radar but they aren’t in my backyard like the awesome Hollywood is!  It is quite possible that there is one here in Oklahoma given that these fourteen are pretty spread out.

But, I’m not the only one who has found a Sears #118! Oh, yeah, there are more! Rosemary Thornton has found a couple too!   There is one in Alton, Ill.  And in Westfield, Ill.  And this Sears #118 is in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   Flickr is another good source to find kit homes.

I have interior photos of some these homes that I have matched up with images from my building and materials catalogs. I think you will enjoy seeing all of the similarities from house to house. I’m going to take a “blog break” for some lunch and let’s hope I don’t stumble on another Sears #118!  I’ll be back after while with more to share.

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A Perfect Sears Hollywood…………..in Enid Oklahoma!

I can’t even begin to explain my excitement when I discovered a Sears Hollywood in Oklahoma.  Within a couple of days I made the two hour drive one way just to see and get photos of this awesome house!  Why so excited?  At this point there are only a few known and documented Sears Hollywoods.   Sears homes in Oklahoma are few and far between and to find such a perfect and rare model is unbelievable.

This beautiful bungalow is in Enid, Oklahoma.  Enid’s history runs deep, back to the days of the Land RunEnid is the county seat of Garfield County and also in an area known as the Cherokee Outlet.  I hope you enjoy this beautiful and rare Sears bungalow.

This Sears Hollywood/2069 was built in 1918

This Sears Hollywood/2069 was built in 1918

 

The Sears Hollywood from my 1918 catalog

The Sears Hollywood from my 1918 catalog

 

You may have noticed that the larger catalog image and the actual house don’t really match.  Good eye!  Let me explain.  The Sears “Hollywood” was first offered in 1914 as model 264P234.  It was a copy of a bungalow pattern from the west coast by possibly an architect named Jud Yoho.  Jud Yoho has this same bungalow as early as 1910 and I have found examples of it in Los Angeles in a neighborhood developed in 1911 using his patterns.  It is definitely not a Sears original!  In 1918 Sears began giving their homes names instead of numbers and it became the “Hollywood” … perhaps because of its ties to Los Angeles?   The house had a slight external makeover and a new dormer but  the floorplan remained the same.   Sears gave that alternate model a number, 2069.   The Sears Hollywood in Enid is the alternate version of the Hollywood, number 2069.

The Sears Hollywood alternate 2069 was first available in 1918

The Sears Hollywood alternate 2069 was first available in 1918

 

 The Sears 2069 (Hollywood) in Enid is a PERFECT match!

The Sears 2069 (Hollywood) in Enid is a PERFECT match!

 

As you can see in my photos it was cold that day, brutal cold. As I was taking pictures the homeowner came outside to see what I was so excited about. When I told him I had driven from Tulsa just to see THIS house he invited me to see the inside! My heart skipped a beat. Not only did I get to see the outside but the inside as well. It is absolutely gorgeous. The woodwork is original and not white. To see the interior go to the album I created for this house on facebook.   Continue scrolling to see more exterior photos!

The Sears Hollywood/2069 in Enid Oklahoma

The Sears Hollywood/2069 in Enid Oklahoma

 

I came equipped with zoom lens so that I could get the back of the house from the alley or the side street. However,  since the homeowners were very gracious in showing me their home  I didn’t have to shoot from the alley!   The catalog doesn’t show the floor plan for the second floor and only mentions a sleeping balcony. I just had to get that sleeping balcony!   I really appreciate my tour because I now know what the second floor layout is, that is not seen in ANY of the catalogs! The Hollywood was discontinued in 1923. I hope you enjoy the following photos that I would never had been able to get without the owners permission. Contrary to popular belief, I only shoot from the public right of way. I do NOT enter on to the property without the owners’ permission…EVER.

A rare view of the Sears Hollywood/2069. The sleeping balcony is directly above the sleeping porch.  Now THAT's MY kinda house :)

A rare view of the Sears Hollywood/2069.
The sleeping balcony is directly above the sleeping porch.  Now THAT’s MY kinda house :)

 

I LOVE this sleeping balcony!

I LOVE this sleeping balcony!

 

I got this great shot of an eaves bracket while standing on the sleeping balcony!

I got this great shot of an eaves bracket while standing on the sleeping balcony!

 

Here's a close-up of that second floor dormer.  That second floor room is awesome!

Here’s a close-up of that second floor dormer. That second floor room is awesome!

 

Those eaves brackets are common on Sears kit homes.

Those eaves brackets are common on Sears kit homes.

 

Columns on the Sears Hollywood

Columns on the Sears Hollywood

[caption id="attachment_1839" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hollywood Porch Column

Hollywood Porch Column

 

 Hollywood porch column on the fireplace side.  Notice the small window, that was a change made in 1918.  The early model didn't have that small window or the bench seat under it inside.

The Hollywood porch column on the fireplace side. Notice the small window, that was a change made in 1918.  The early model didn’t have that small window or the bench seat under it inside.

 

Isn’t that the most beautiful and perfect Sears Hollywood ever? Look at the next few images to see where the Sears Hollywood originated, where Sears “borrowed” the pattern. This was common. In the early years kit home companies often used patterns from other architects.

I’m one of those people who analyze everything. Everything!

The Sears 1914 model 264P234.  The first year this model was offered.

The Sears 1914 model 264P234. The first year this model was offered.

 

Jud Yoho #466 1910-11

Jud Yoho #466 1910-11

 

Is there anyone in L.A. that would get some photos of this 1911 house for me?  :)

Is there anyone in L.A. that would get some photos of this 1911 house for me? :)

 

These two houses *might* be Jud Yoho. I know they aren’t from Sears!

Is there anyone in L.A. that would get some photos of this 1911 house for me?  :)

Is there anyone in L.A. that would get some photos of this 1911 house for me? :)

 

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Sallisaw, Oklahoma

***UPDATE!***  a reader came across this blog while researching their home and has some interesting information to share about their Radford #553.

Yesterday I drove 80 miles to get my Cherokee Nation car title and tag for my car. Eighty miles? you ask. Who drives 80 miles to get their car tag renewed?  I could have gone someplace much closer, yes. However, I made the drive to Sallisaw which is south and east of Tulsa for another reason. Sallisaw is the county seat for Sequoyah County and they have one of a handful of the Cherokee Nation Tag Offices. I went the extra miles for the adventure! I loaded up my camera and gathered  my documents and set out to see what I could find.

The Cherokee Nation Car Tag is a beautiful tag!  I've always wanted one but I didn't live within the boundaries until they were expanded a few months ago.

The Cherokee Nation Car Tag is a beautiful tag! I’ve always wanted one but I didn’t live within the boundaries until they were expanded a few months ago.

 

I took a quick drive through the main thoroughfare of town since I have never been to Sallisaw, that I can recall.  On one of the main streets, Wheeler Ave, I found a perfect example of a Radford Design No 553!  I was excited.

William A. Radford had an architectural firm in Chicago, Ill in the early 1900’s.  He published several carpentry books and he was the editor of the trade journal American Builder.  His homes are often mistaken for “Sears” houses.  And, actually the mail order companies did use some of his patterns for their kits in the early years.  I’m just as excited to find a Radford pattern home as I am a mail order kit home!

Radford #533 at 321 S Wheeler Str in  Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Radford #553 at 321 S Wheeler Str in Sallisaw, Oklahoma

 

Radford No 533 from 1903

Radford No 553 from 1903 publication.  GW Ashby Architect

 

Isn’t that a beautiful home? I wonder who lived there? I wonder if the current homeowners know what it is?

I happened upon one in New York a few years ago that is across the street from a Sears #118. It’s a real beauty too! This google screen shot is the best I can do.

Radford 533 in New York

Radford 553 in New York

 

 The #533 form Radford publication 1903

The #553 from Radford publication 1903

 

 The #533 form Radford publication 1903

The #553 from Radford publication 1903.  That’s quite a house!  I LOVE it!!!

 

I spent some time trying to see what I could find on the house, nothing on the internet. I don’t know who lived there. The census doesn’t list addresses in Sallisaw only Wheeler Road.   The house is not on the 1904 Sanborn Fire Maps but is on the June 1909 Sanborn Maps.

June 1909 Sanborn Map shows the house as the second house from Ida and Wheeler.  BTW, that corner house was gone by 1914.

June 1909 Sanborn Map shows the house as the second house from Ida Av and Wheeler. BTW, that corner house was gone by 1914.

 

Upon close review of the Sanborn Maps I saw something I’ve never seen before, the house was notated as (from plans)!  I looked at the entire town of Sallisaw and this was the only house with this note.

June 1909 Sanborn Map shows the house was built from plans!

June 1909 Sanborn Map shows the house was built from plans!

 

If you travel I40 through east Oklahoma  take a drive through Sallisaw and you will find this beautiful home on Wheeler Ave.

If you travel I40 through east Oklahoma take a drive through Sallisaw and you will find this beautiful home just a couple of miles north of I40  on the west side of Wheeler Ave.

 

A Radford 533 in New York.  It's beautiful as well.  Notice they have concrete statues at the steps?  LOL

A Radford 553 in New York. It’s beautiful as well. Notice they also have concrete statues at the steps? LOL

 

Fortunately it was on the corner so I could get a good shot of the side and back.  This is the south side of the house and faces Ida Ave.

Fortunately it was on the corner so I could get a good shot of the side and back. This is the south side of the house and faces Ida Ave.

 

 Here you can see the north side of the house.   A perfect match on every side of the house!

Here you can see the north side of the house. A perfect match on every side of the house!

 

I enjoyed my adventure to Sallisaw and love my new Cherokee tag.

Do you know of another Radford #553? If so send it to me at searshomes@yahoo.com and I will post it here. Do you know of a Sears house or another mail order house? I can be reached here by comment, at that email address or on facebook Check my photos out on Flickr or Pinterest

***UPDATE!***

Dear Rachel,
I stumbled upon your blog today as I was searching for information  on Radford Homes.  Two years ago we purchased for $500 at auction a    2 1/2 story, 1904 farmhouse and moved it 60 miles to a small parcel  of land we had purchased near Lake Park, MN.  There is a nearly  identical house on the main street of Wadena, MN (the city we  currently reside in), so that led us to believe that the house plans    for those houses were in one of the popular plan books of the time.     A few weeks ago, while my son was looking for treasures in the  attic, we found the original Radford American Homes Specifications  booklet for our house, #553!  We were so excited to finally know    what plan it was, and to be able to look up the original floor  plan.  Our house was built with only a back staircase – no pretty   open stairway near the front door – in order to turn the what was  supposed to be the front hall into a bedroom.  Our house was also  built without the second story balcony over the porch, and instead  of a bump-out on the back, there used to be a bump-out on the side  of our house.

Our farmhouse was in the same family for over 100 years;  we are the    first non-related owners.  I have been told that one of the former    owner’s relatives has the original blueprints and am hoping to    convince them to hand them over.  We are considering adding a front  staircase and it sure would help to have the original plans!

Our house move was filmed for an episode of HGTV-Canada’s “Massive    Moves.”  Here is a link if you would like to watch it:  http://www.moepipeorgan.com/house.mp4

The video takes a few minutes to load and is best viewed in a window  less than full-screen.

Thanks for sharing your discoveries on your blog!  It was really  neat to see other versions / color schemes of our house.  Our house  was originally painted rusty red but at some point it was painted  all white and the porch was enclosed.  I would like to put some  color back on it, and we are planning to rebuild the porch this  summer.  I have attached a few photos for you.  You are welcome to  use them on your site if you like.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Moe
Wadena, MN

Thanks to Suzanne for providing the following photos of  TWO Radford #553’s!

Our Farmhouse original location - near Georgetown, MN (20 minutes north of Moorhead)

Our Farmhouse original location – near Georgetown, MN (20 minutes north of Moorhead)

A vintage photo of the original farmhouse a Radford #553!

A vintage photo of the original farmhouse a Radford #553!

This is GREAT!  Who says you can't move a 100 year old house 60 miles?

This is GREAT! Who says you can’t move a 100 year old house 60 miles?

And there she sits in all her glory.  A 100 year old Radford #553 made the 60 mile journey to her new location.

And there she sits in all her glory. A 100 year old Radford #553 made the 60 mile journey to her new location.

And on Main Street in Wadena, MN is ANOTHER Radford #553!

Another Radford #553 at 703 Jefferson Street in Wadena, MN

Another Radford #553 at 703 Jefferson Street in Wadena, MN

Isn’t that fun? I am so happy that Suzanne found my blog. To my knowledge it is the only information that shows up on an internet search for the Radford #553.

Thanks so much for sharing two more wonderful Radford homes with everyone!   I love Radford’s designs and this is one of my favorites.

Make sure you watch the video of their house being moved.  It takes a few minutes to load but it is just AWESOME!

Looks like it made the news as well!

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Fire Station #30, Firebird Sculpture

Fire Station #30, Firebird Sculpture.

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Sears

Sears catalog page has been updated!  See the covers of over 40 catalogs published between 1908 and 1940.  Links to helpful websites and Sears Indexes and recommended reading.

A few of my favorite Sears catalogs

A few of my favorite Sears catalogs

I plan to update the other pages soon.

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Two of the Earliest Aladdin Homes

A few months ago I wrote about one of the first Sears houses built in 1908.

Tonight I want to share with you a couple of the earliest Aladdin Homes built. They are not only the earliest Aladdin Homes but the earliest kit homes built! Probably not actually THE first but in the first to be erected.

The Aladdin Company in Bay City Michigan was the first to offer kit homes, actual ready cut kit homes. Aladdin began in 1906 and their buildings were pre-cut from day one, Gordon-Van Tine in 1907 but not pre-cut until 1916 and Sears in 1908 but not pre-cut until 1915.  Aladdin made sure that everyone knew they were first!

Aladdin made it known in their 1911 catalog that they were the original knock down houses and first on the market!

Aladdin made it known in their 1911 catalog that they were the original knock down houses and first on the market!

 

All of the catalog images in this blog are from the earliest Aladdin catalog in my collection, 1911. The early years are hard to come by!

A very rare Aladdin Houses  Spring 1911

A very rare Aladdin Houses Spring 1911 Catalog

 

What comes with an Aladdin House?

An Aladdin House at a Glance-What You Get

An Aladdin House at a Glance-What You Get

 

About the Aladdin lumber.

Ever wonder about the lumber used in a kit home?

Ever wonder about the lumber used in a kit home?

 

About The North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

About North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

About  The North American Construction Company-Aladdin Houses

 

An Aladdin House will last for generations. Yes, it will! I have found two Aladdin homes that were built in 1906. In my 1911 catalog there is a two page spread that features several testimonies. I was able to find one of the homes still standing! When I figured out where they were located I was pleased to find TWO of them side by side.

Wilcox Model M-2 in New Haven, Conn Built in 1906

Wilcox Style M-2 in New Haven, Conn
Built in 1906

 

Here is that Style M-2 today, 107 years later! The photo is from the New Haven assessor files.

Charles  Wilcox Aladdin M-2 at 91 Parker Pl in New Haven Ct.

Charlie Wilcox Aladdin M-2 at 91 Parker Pl in New Haven Ct.

 

It appears it has lasted for several generations just like they said an Aladdin house would!

According to the 1910 Census Charles Wilcox was a civil engineer for the telephone company. He was married to Julia and they had no children, yet. They were both 29.

Imagine my pleasant surprise to find this 1906 house right next door to the Wilcox’s!

ANOTHER Style M-2 at 95 Parker Pl in New Haven Conn.

ANOTHER Style M-2 at 95 Parker Pl in New Haven Conn.

 

You can see the Wilcox house on the right side. Here is a photo of the house on the left which shows the second house’s left side window arrangement.

Notice the windows of the  house on the right in this image and how they are the same as Wilcox's M-2

Notice the windows of the house on the right in this image and how they are the same as Wilcox’s M-2

 

The second house is at 95 Parker Pl. It was the home of Bertus Powers 36, his wife Elmira 35 and their 12 year old son Ralph. I’ll give you ONE GUESS where Bertus worked! That’s correct, he was an engineer at the telephone company as well! I’m betting that these two houses were ordered by the telephone company. Aladdin sold a lot of houses to companies for employee housing.

Here is the Style M-2 from my 1911 catalog. I think it might be the opposite side of Charles Wilcox’s house.

Aladdin 1911 Style M-2

Aladdin 1911 Style M-2.    Looks like the Wilcox porch roof has been altered or maybe replaced through the years doesn’t it?  The top of the chimney matches the Power’s M-2 chimney.  This might be the Power’s house as the catalog image.  :/

 

The interior of Style-M.  I wonder if I could get a current photo of that?  Wouldn't that be cool?

The interior of Style-M. I wonder if I could get a current photo of that? Wouldn’t that be cool?

 

The floorplan for the M-2

The floorplan for the M-2

 

What were Aladdin’s terms? Cash or credit? They made that very clear as well!

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn't get yourself in debt with Aladdin!

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn’t get yourself in debt with Aladdin!

 

Terms, plain and simple. Cash with a 5% discount if paid in full upon order. You couldn’t get yourself in debt with Aladdin! I like that. But, then again, I’m frugal.

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