It was a typical New England winter in East Granby Connecticut and most assuredly a Christmas that Anna Viets would remember forever.
The year was 1920 and Anna and Charles Palmer Viets had been married for 32 years. Anna and Charles had one son, Leon. Leon was married and had three young children. Charles was a cattle dealer and owned a large farm, almost 500 acres. His son Leon farmed along side him as he had be doing for years in the family business.
This Christmas was special for Anna because Charles would present her with a deed to her very own charming four bedroom bungalow! Their farm house was occupied by Leon his wife Grace and their daughter and two sons. I’m sure Anna was thrilled with her grandchildren but was in need of space.
And so the story goes…
This photo dated Dec. 14, 1920 shows a bungalow in a typical New England winter.
When I found this photo post card a few years ago I immediately recognized the bungalow as a Gordon Van Tine 517-B. I purchased the postcard for my collection and in hopes of finding it because, well, it’s my quirky hobby 🙂
This is the floor plan of their new Gordon Van Tine bungalow. Spacious for Charles, Anna, and Charles’ 80 year old mother Sarah.
Anna’s charming bungalow still looks pretty charming today!
A wider view of the Viet’s 1920 bungalow shows something very interesting! Let’s zoom in on that silo.
This photo of a unique silo is courtesy of the East Granby Parks and Recreation facebook page. LH Viets is Leon Hasting Viets, the son of Charles and Anna. The livestock business and farm thrived for several years. The city of East Granby now owns the almost 500 acre family farm. This mural was painted on the silo and the name was left as is. How cool is that?
This front view of the Gordon Van Tine sure resembles the Sears Hazelton doesn’t it? Gordon Van Tine was a competitor of Sears as far as selling lumber and kit homes. Gordon Van Tine started offering homes in 1907 and Sears not until 1908. The first company to offer kit homes was Aladdin in Bay City Mi. Gordon Van Tine also outlasted Sears Modern Homes!
The Gordon Van Tine 517-B in east Granby CT gifted to Anna Hastings Viets by her husband Charles Palmer Viets for Christmas in 1920.
I wonder when the silo was built?
Here we have Anna showing her husband Charles which house she wants.
When I saw this image in my 1915 Gordon Van Tine catalog I imagined Anna looking through a Gordon Van Tine catalog and choosing her charming bungalow.
The information on the back of the post card gave me enough information to locate the Gordon Van Tine 517-B and it made for an interesting blog as well!
CP (Charles) passed away in 1947 at the age of 84. Anna passed away in 1951 at the age of 88. The Viets were married for 60 years. Imagine Anna’s delight when she found the deed to her home in her stocking Christmas morning! The key to a long happy marriage must be a charming bungalow for a Christmas gift to the wife!
As the story goes…
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