The Aladdin Pomona I found in North Enid has a very interesting story. The Aladdin Pomona was ordered in 1919 according to the Hattiesburg 1919 index. I only have the information from the sales index on this house. I don’t have the actual sales order so I contacted the Clarke Historical Library to see if it is there and discovered that all that exists for that year is that very index. Aladdin indexed their sales alphabetically and by the year. That index has been just as helpful as the sales orders. Like I have said before, all I need is a name and a City, State and I can probably find it. Aladdin was out of Bay City Michigan but had a mill in Hattiesburg Mississippi. I have a theory that the majority of the Aladdins shipped to Oklahoma came from the Hattiesburg Mill. This map shows the location of the mills.
I hope you enjoy the story of a farming family and Oklahoma pioneers as well as their journey to participate in one of our states’ land runs.
On December 28, 1892 Isaac Sherman Arnold married Mary (Minnie) Hill in Illinois. Soon after they were married he moved his wife to Iowa. They had two children whom both died in infancy, a little girl in 1893 and a little boy in 1896.
In 1893 Minnie’s family, her parents and older sister Margaret (Maggie), came to Oklahoma to take part in the Land Run of 1893, the area known as the Cherokee Strip. This post card dated September 10th 1893 tells of their plans.
In 1899 Isaac and Minnie adopted a baby girl, Grace. Soon Isaac and his wife and their adopted daughter left Iowa and traveled to Oklahoma to be closer to her folks and her older sister Margaret. This 1906 map of the Union Township shows land belonging to Margaret Hill. This must have been the land they acquired during that run.
The 1906 North Enid Township Map shows the land of Isaac Sherman Arnold. His land is a stone’s throw from Margaret Hill’s land so I am wondering if his land was acquired by his in-laws during the Land Run of 1893. Edward Hill passed away in 1909 and his wife Catherine is listed in the 1910 census with her daughter’s family.
I put the two township maps together to show just how close the two sections of land were.
And, as the story goes… Minnie passed away in 1908 leaving Sherman a widower with their 9-year-old adopted daughter, Grace, to raise and a farm to care for. I imagine that would be quite a task for a farmer. A single dad with a farm is a handful and maintain a household all along. Fortunately, according to the map, the school was very close.
In 1909 Isaac married Minnie’s 48-year-old sister Margaret. Maggie had never been married and always lived with her parents. Minnie and Sherman raised Grace. She vanishes from all of the census reports in 1920 as Grace Arnold. However, by process of elimination and a lot of piecing this and that together I believe she married about that time. I believe she married William H. Hole. There is a Grace A. Hole Young buried in the Kremlin cemetery. His family came here from Iowa too. I wonder if the family knew each other prior to their journey? Grace and William Hole lived in Union Township. I think they probably farmed her aunt/step mom’s land. Coincidence? Maybe. I believe this is our Grace! William died in 1945 so that leaves plenty of time for Grace to remarry.
I love old photographs. I could look through them all day even if I don’t know the people. I want to thank Gary Robertson for allowing me to use his family photos for this blog. I was able to contact Mr Robertson through Ancestry and Find-A-Grave. These photos make the stories more personal don’t you think?
Catherine Hill passed away in 1915. She was living with her daughter Maggie and her husband (Isaac) and daughter Grace. In 1919 Isaac placed an order with Aladdin for a Pomona. The Pomona was one of Aladdins most popular houses. As you can see from the catalog image below it was quite an attractive bungalow!
Here is the cover of the only records that exist from the Hattiesburg Mill in 1919, no sales orders were saved.
Here is the page of “A’s” from the 1919 Hattiesburg index showing an order for IS Arnold
I just LOVE this next photo.
Since Isaac’s address is listed in every census as “farm” and as North Enid in every directory I had to use the 1906 territory map as a guide. I often have addresses and when all I have to go by is “farm” I am a little more challenged to find the house. I was able to take the plat information and locate the property in the Garfield County assessor website.
The above photos clearly show that the house has been altered. According to the assessor’s information the house was remodeled in 1988. My guess is that is when that addition on the second floor was added. The porch has clearly been changed too. I know that North Enid has had a couple of tornadoes in the past. Did this house sustain storm damage and the porch was rebuilt? Those huge handsome pillars are gone now. This view is the opposite side shown in the catalog image above. I will post the side shown below. Aladdin gave the option of reversing the house and it is often noted in the actual sales order as well as anything else special. This is where that sales order would have come in handy!
I reversed the floor plan above for easier comparison with how the house was actually built. The assessor measurements are below for comparison.
This is the side shown in the assessor photo. Reversed.
The next few images are from the 1919 Aladdin catalog and show the interior of the Pomona. Maybe it was the interior images that captured Maggie’s attention. Those diamond muntin windows are very pretty and the Pomona had all diamond muntin windows.
I can picture the Arnolds and Mrs Hill around the table at meals.
I have more Aladdin homes in the “Strip” to write about. In the meantime you might be interested in more history of this area. If so do a search for the following topics.
Enid and the Garfield County area was opened during the September 13 1893 Land Run. That area is known as the Cherokee Outlet or the Cherokee Strip.
Enid was named for a character in Lord Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’. Enid was the second most fair lady next to Guinevere.
Enid was originally known as Skeleton Station. The original train station was located in north Enid before the land run. It was moved south and is the reason for the Enid-Pond Creek Railroad War. It is an interesting read itself.
Enid is known as the Wheat Capital of Oklahoma and is the third largest grain storage capacity in the world!
John Wilkes Booth was said to have escaped and eventually landed in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1903 he committed suicide by poison in the Grand Avenue Hotel. But, who knows? It is an interesting read too.
At any rate, Enid has a lot of interesting history! I enjoyed myself researching this house and family.
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Special thanks to Gary Robertson for use of his family photos! You can find the Arnold and Hill family on Ancestry as well as Find-A-Grave.
Correction/addition……….I WAS able to locate the sales order at the Clarke Historical Library, well they located for me upon my request to check again 🙂 They graciously scanned it and emailed me a copy.
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