On the house genealogy front, I’ve found two living grandchildren of the man who was the general contractor and built our house, Benjamin B. Brumwell. Besides the first owner’s daughter-in-law, this is the first semi-direct link. Maybe they have photos of Benjamin. If I feel up to it, I’ll make some calls tomorrow. Here’s hoping!
I’ve also found some other random information. For instance… the third owners (Shade family)… Well the father and son (William R. Shade Jr. and Sr.) died within 2 days of each other in 1979. We found the son’s girlie magazines and a school paper doing demo in the attic. He would’ve been 13-15 at that point. I wonder if they were in some sort of accident together. The mother, Hope M. Shade, died in 1991.
The internet is a crazy multitude of information, if you know where to look!
Here is the latest version of our house ownership timeline.