The Winthrop was another one of Aladdin’s popular bungalows. And since Aladdin professes that a bungalow should always be set close to the ground it is no surprise to find one on Oklahoma farm land! Those of us from here know how flat our land is, for the most part.
The Winthrop from my 1919 Aladdin catalog.
Sometime between 1900 and 1906 Frank Atherton and his family moved from Illinois to Oklahoma. Frank was an Illinois farmer. His wife Alice and their family including daughter in-laws and one grandson probably loaded up all of their belongings in a covered wagon and headed for Indian Territory. It’s quite possible Frank came to Oklahoma beforehand and acquired his land during the land run when the Cherokee Strip was opened. Frank and his wife Alice, oldest son Fred and his wife Phoebe and their son Ralph, son Will and his wife Inez as well as Frank and Phoebe’s three youngest children Eddis, Artie (their only daughter) and Joe are all on the 1900 census in Illinois and by 1910 are residents in Waukomis, Oklahoma. This 1906 map shows the land of Frank Atherton. I think the family probably all came together and settled here to farm.
This Waukomis Township 1906 Pre-Statehood map shows the land of FP Atherton
Frank soon became a prominent figure in the Waukomis community. He was a prominent stockman and farmer as well as Vice President of the Farmers State Bank and he served several years as the president of the town board of trustees.
Frank obviously knew the value of a good hard-earned dollar when he turned to Aladdin in May 1919 to order his bungalow, the Winthrop.
This 1919 sales order shows the Aladdin Winthrop that Mr. Atherton ordered in May. It was shipped in June. (Photo credit C. Catanzaro)
Mr Atherton had a few special instructions for his Winthrop. He asked for a mullion check rail window in place of the fireplace. He asked for a buffet and a colonnade. Those cost extra of course.
Aladdin Homecraft Built In Buffet in Oak 2A-35 $41.75 plus $1.45 for the casings, base blocks and cap trim totals the $43.20 shown on the sales order
The Homecraft Bookcase Arch is shown above. In oak 3A-1 at $40.50 and the side and head jambs and casings were an additional $3.65 which is shown as $44.15 in the sales order.
The Athertons also requested that their Winthrop be reversed. This was common and there was no charge to reverse your house. Here is the Atherton’s Winthrop as shown on the assessor website.
When I saw this I thought, well that’s not reversed! Then I realized that the dining room bay windows were missing. Did I have the wrong address and house? So I went to the address 302 S Main St to investigate. I looked around the sides and even an aerial view.
I really REALLY need photos of this house! For now all I can provide are google screen shots.
Do you see what I see? There is that window in place of the fireplace and there is the dining room bay window! It should be on the opposite side of the house. They reversed the house from the dining room and master bedroom back! They didn’t reverse the living room or front porch.
I decided I had better double-check so I looked from above the house to see the roof and check all of the windows for room placement in the house.
I decided I had better double check so I looked from above the house to see the roof and check all of the windows for room placement in the house. They were all correct.
I then used my editing skills and reversed the back half of the house and compared it to the catalog image to show you how the Athertons built their Aladdin Winthrop.
Aladdin Winthrop Floor Plan showing the Athertons customization.
There was only one more thing to compare and that was the measurements and footprint. Here is the foot print from the assessor.
This drawing shows the measurements of the Athertons house. They all check out okay.
That’s the house, it is at 302 S Main St Waukomis, Ok . I sure could used good photos of all angles if anyone is in Waukomis 🙂
What became of Frank and his family? Well, Alice passed away in 1926 and Frank remarried about a year later. He and his new wife were wintering in Pasadena California when the ailing Frank passed away on January 28, 1928. Three of his sons, Will, Eddis and Joe, were present at his death. Mr Atherton was brought back to Waukomis and his funeral was held at the Waukomis Christian Church which could be seen from his house. The church is still there as well. He was buried in Waukomis Cemetery where his wife Alice was buried two years prior. Frank and Alice’s children remained in Waukomis and farmed the land, at least for a while. There are several Atherton’s buried in the Waukomis Cemetery and some may have moved to nearby Enid.
I love the cemetery sign! How fitting. It makes me wonder how many early Waukomis settlers are buried here and I imagine that is exactly how they arrived to Waukomis Township, Indian Territory in the late 1800’s early 1900’s.
I can’t help but wonder if there are any descendants out there of Frank Atherton and if they know the story of his Aladdin Winthrop. Maybe one will read this and contact me!
Do you live in an Aladdin Winthrop? Here is the catalog image again, untouched this time.
Aladdin Winthrop 1919