52 Photos Week 10: Home Sweet Home

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)

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This is My grandparents home in sheklund China, from left is my grandmother Alice then mt grandfather Boile with my mother on his knee 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
What a wonderful photo - so much to see.  Dad is wearing his leather boots, cigarette in hand, Ma is wearing a wristwatch, and I see birds in a cage in the background.  Don't you just love old photos?
Lovely pic, Susan!
Such a lovely photo, Susan.  I too like your grandfather's boots and all the clothes they are wearing. Thank you for this.
Thank You SJ I love old photos I never notes thebird before because the photo are very small, the bird  certainly has a big cage

Thank You SJ for comments on my photo
Thank You Pip
Thank You Robin for being kind to my photo
+19 votes

The second wife of my 3x great-grandfather after my 3x great-grandmother died.  After my 3x great-grandfather died, his widow Margaret (Cooley) Baty retired to this cozy home.

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
If my kids ever get bigger houses, this would tune the only size noise I’d need! Great pic, SJ!
I love this photo, SJ. The house with the beautiful flowers looks so cozy and peaceful. I'd love to live there.
Gorgeous house and photo of Margaret

Sorry had wrote here SJ but WiFi on Tenerife are not very good.

Margaret look wonderful sitting there
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This is a pen and ink drawing an artist did for me of the house where my grandfather was born in Gaston County, North Carolina, in 1889. The house survived into the early 2000s when it was torn down.

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Pip, pic not showing.
This is the one thing I can’t figure out how to do... copy a pic from a profile and paste it here! Darn it!
Right click the actual photo, then "copy image address."  The click the photo box when you're making your comment/answer and add the address in the URL box.
Great drawing, Pip. Another house I think I'd be very happy in. Thanks for sharing  it.
Gorgeous drawing Pip amazing house thank You for sharing
It is a great pen and ink drawing. Well-captured by the artist! Thanks, Carol (Baldwin-3428)
+18 votes

This is a 1918 photo of my Great Uncle Harry McCleery wishing he was back in Home Sweet Home with his girlfriend and not away in WWI. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McCleery-121This  is a 1918 photo of my Great Uncle Harry McCleery [[McCleery-121| Harry McCleery]] wishing he was back home with his girlfriend and not away in WWI.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
edited by Alexis Nelson
Did you create this? Pretty cool!
That is a great question! I have always wondered about this photo from my grandmother’s album. It is her brother, and it has always been this exact picture. I am surprised that they did this type of phography in 1918. He married a woman three years after he came home, and I would like to know if the picture in smoke is his wife. Thanks for liking it.
Wow what a fantastic wonderful photo of your great uncle Harry he look absolutely dashing thank You for sharing
Thank you Susan. He was married a couple of times, but he never had children. I am on a search to find the maiden name of his second wife, but I have hit one of those brick walls.
I did some World War I research last year, and I saw several photos like this, with sweethearts' faces floating in cigarette smoke. It must have been a thing they did sometimes at the camps. So cool that your family has one!
Thank you Jessica for your good information. I always wondered what the story was on this photo.
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My parents bought this house the year I was born and lived there for the rest of their lives.  It was less than 900 square feet and had only three very small bedrooms, one bath, a tiny living room and eat-in kitchen.  I shared a bedroom with my two older sisters and my two brothers shared the smallest bedroom.  My parent's bedroom was only big enough for a double bed, so they always slept close to one another.  They almost doubled the size of the house in the late 1960's, but that only added a family room and a workshop for my dad.

Although the house was in Florida, I can still remember waking up cold in the middle of a winter night and moving to the hallway to sleep on the carpeted floor (along with my older siblings) in front of the hall furnace to get warm.  We never thought of it as a hardship and these types of memories make me smile and miss my "Home, Sweet Home"

by Bonnie Guadalupe G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)
Bonnie, thanks for your story. It reminded me of my own childhood home in California. Four kids, about 900 sq. ft., two bedrooms. My parents solution to the bedroom problem was unique, and probably not considered acceptable today, but we all grew up happy and never thought of it as a hardship either. Thanks for sharing this.

I love that car!!!

Bonnie, I remember doing the same thing when I get cold. I moved to the nearest vent: in the foyer with my blanket.

+16 votes

This is the Shaules Hotel in Kendall, Montana in 1904 -- and lived in by William Shaules and his wife. William was my husband's grandfather. It was built almost entirely of bricks and boasted running water as William discovered a spring while building and piped the water into the hotel. It was also claimed to be fireproof. Not only did the Shaules family call this home, but many others who were mining in the area or travelers who were passing through. Today the hotel is gone and the town of Kendall is a ghost town owned by the Boy Scouts.

by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Robin Shaules
i wonder why they tore down sure a sturdy structure.
Pip, I think the town died when the mines played out and nature took care of the rest. William and his wife split, he migrated to San Diego and started a new family and new building projects.
Gorgeous photo Robin I absolutely love it

Thank You for sharing


fascinating article and they talk about your family and the hotel 

Thank you, Lyn, for that. I'm looking forward to reading the article. It was kind of you to add this to the information on the hotel, the family, and the area.
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I am going to tell the story of my uncle and aunt's home, as they are now both dead, and the house has been recently sold, and will probably be torn down. It is a story well-worth the telling. I worry a bit about going overboard and boring everyone, but this house meant a lot to me. My mother and her brother were very close, and we would visit as often as possible. I lived with them for a year when my grandfather was dying. It was like a second home.

When my uncle Willis Stoner got out of WWll, got married, and came home, he had saved enough money to able to buy a corner lot on a man-made island (Treasure Island) in Alamitos Bay.


The island straight ahead (above) is Treasure Island. The lot they bought is the left corner, where the palm trees are. Because he was a veteran, he was able to buy lumber to build, during this era of conservation.


Above is a photo of my grandfather, Peter Stoner, framing the joists for the 2nd story, taken from under the body of my uncle Willis, probably by his wife.


Above is the framing for the original house; complete, or nearly so.


Above is a photo of Willis' wife, Katherine (Tindell) nailing the diagonal sheathing on the roof (this was before the days of plywood.)


Here is the original house complete, in 1947.

As my uncle's family grew, and his business was successful, they were able to add on to the house. In 1956, he hired architect Ray Kappe to design the addition. Below is the drawing he did, which fully incorporated the original house, adding a long, narrow, 2-story front to it, and incorporating a facade to make the original house look like a part of the whole.


Again, Willis and his father did much of the construction work. Below is his wife, Kathy, sheathing the roof, again.


Here is a photo of the house from the front:


Here is a photo taken from the patio, in the back, where you can see the original house, as incorporated into the final house, on the right hand side.


by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (68.2k points)
edited by Alison Gardner
Alison, do you have a picture of the finished house? Cool story.
Yep, just wasn't done yet. I live in a rural area with poor internet, and am in the habit of saving things in progress, so I don't loose them.
There it is! Unique, and I like it.
my folks lived in Treasure Island too but it is in Pinellas County near St Petersburg, FL.   My Dad also served on Treasure Island but that one was in San Francisco bay where his aircraft carrier was based.    I wonder how many  Treasure Islands there are?
It's a great name, and was a great book. Who wouldn't want to live on Treasure Island?
Thank you for the picture history. It is great that these photos and stories have descendants to tell them! Carol (Baldwin-3428)
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My great-grandmother, Elizabeth Louise (Cass) (McLaughlin) Barr, moved around a lot for her time, being born in southwestern New York, later moving to Connecticut, and finally ending up in Florida.  This picture shows her, her husband Charles, and her two children at their home in Miami-Dade.


by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (131k points)
Nice looking family. Know what year this was taken?
It would have probably been the late 30s. (My grandpa was born in 1923 and he looks maybe fifteen in the picture.  His half-sister was born in 1932).

Good guess! I’d have put it about that time period (lacking a car to pin it down laugh).

Charming photo; love the house. Thank you for sharing it.
I know-cars are such a help in dating photos.  Genealogists find the most interesting aids!
+12 votes

My grandfather John Smith and his brother Percy had fond memories of summers on their grandfather's farm in Williamstown, Vermont.  According to the family, my 2G grandfather Smith (in this picture) thought there was no better life than that of a Vermont farmer. Pride in the farm and the farmhouse is evident in this photo of John, Percy, and their grandparents, circa 1902.

David Martyn Smith and Lois Thompson Smith on their farm in Williamstown, Vermont, with grandsons John and Percy Smith

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
This is a wonderful photo Ellen thank You for sharing
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This is my 3x great grandparents homestead in the Oreti Plains of Southland, New Zealand. It was built between 1876 and 1900.

The original image is way to big for G2G so here's a link

by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (987k points)
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My maternal grandmother's family gathered on the porch of the Edwards homestead in Oregon.  The baby in the carriage is my grandma and seated next to her is my great great grandmother.


by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (193k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert
With a little bit of extra contrast, I think this picture would look noticeably better.  I could do that for you if you want.
Thanks R. Neff.  I would appreciate anything you could do to improve it. :)

I put it on the free space page for this G2G thread (full-size image). I also got rid of a couple spots that didn't look like they belonged.

Thumbnail here:

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This is a picture of my families home place on the hill overlooking the Holston River in Bluff City, Tennessee. I have been told that the inner core of the house is the original home built by Jacob Boy. It was inherited by my 2nd Great Grandfather Jacob Boy, Jr. This is my Great Grandfather John Aiken Boy and his entire family in front of the house circa 1910. After my Grandfather Rob Boy bought the farm from his older brother, they raised the roof and added full size rooms in the upstairs. At some point the porch on the side of the house was taken down and the front porch was screened in. My mother, myself and my brother still own the farm and the house. 

In the picture left to right: Alice (Boy) and Arch Maden, son Billy, Herbert Maden (on porch), Rob (in yard), Bonnie Maden, Alfred, Edelle, Lulu (behind Edelle), John Aiken (father). On the porch: David Clark, Harriet Giesler Boy (mother) and Lee (on steps).

Below is an aerial view of the farm circa 1950 when my Dad was taking flying lessons.

The brick house at the bottom of the picture was the house of Horton and Ruth (Boy) Stone. Ruth was my Dad's 3rd cousin. At this time most of the farms along the road were still owned by descendants of Jacob Boy. The house is currently owned by cousins on my mother's side and the family cemetery is on that property.

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (119k points)
edited by Emily Holmberg
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The house my grandfather built, this is the back yard. The house was extended (on the left) when my grandmother upgraded the heat and cooking to gas from the coal stove the house had originally. The small building to the right is the garage. Here are the memories from [Maher-274] :

My father, Matthew Jerome Maher Jr. [Maher-275|Matthew Maher] was working at the time as a carpenter and lather. Lathers installed the wood strips that held the plaster on the walls and ceilings. That was before they invented sheetrock plaster wallboard. He was working for Southard Estates in Baldwin where they were developing an area where they had dug canals in the meadows below Atlantic Ave and built up the surface with what was dug from the canals. It was called the Parsonage Creek area. Parsonage Creek runs north and south between Middle Bay and Foxhurst Road and is the dividing line between Baldwin and Oceanside.

It turned out that my father was able to make a deal to buy one of the houses they were building on Parsonage Pl., for $3,000. This was between the first and second canals south of Atlantic Ave. Our street was surrounded on three sides by water. It was just a sand street to begin with, and we had wooden boardwalks in front of the houses on our side of the street. All the houses were identical bungalows on 40’x80’ lots. We had a kitchen, two bedrooms and a living room and a bathroom. We also had a separate garage. The kitchen stove was a big iron thing that used wood or coal. My mother cooked on it, heated water to do laundry and for washing and bathing. In cold weather it also heated the house. We had a coal pile in the back yard.

One of my earliest memories is of my father jumping down onto the ice-covered canal and spearing for eels. He chopped a hole in the ice with an axe and jabbed the eel spear all round whatever parts of the bottom he could reach. Eels are very slippery and had to be skinned to cook them for dinner. After practicing it for a while it’s not too difficult to do. My mother cut the eels up into about three-inch pieces and fried them. It was fun to watch because the pieces would wiggle around in the frying pan as if they were alive.

by Karen Fuller G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)
edited by Karen Fuller
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Aha - I see I am not the only one to choose a tent or a camper for the "Home Sweet Home" theme.  

Here's my mom in the VW camper we loved so much. (Circa 1968-ish)


by Jaki Erdoes G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)
Those are worth good money now, if you kept it...
Great photo! My husband and I are calling a tent trailer "Home sweet home" right now til our new place is ready. Thanks for sharing this.
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This was my great-uncle's farm.  Both of my grandfathers died before I was 7, so I thought of him as a grandfather.  We would visit this farm a few times a year, not far from the badlands of North Dakota.  We would roam around, sometimes drive his three-wheeler (before three wheelers or ATVs were common, this was built from a kit and had a floor made from the running board of a Model T).  I have great memories of the place.  My dad took this picture after climbing a nearby butte.

The house was built by my great-grandfather with my great-uncle helping.  It was built into the hill a bit, which helped keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.  The red road is made of scoria, a local rock made of burnt clay, as I understand it.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 7 (75.7k points)
Side note: he was a bachelor uncle, as I think another thread is discussing now.  He did have a female friend in town, a widow, but they never married or lived together.  He was tall, about 6'2", 6'3", a gentle man.
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Holly Hill or Rose Valley

This is Holly Hill, located in Friendship, Anne Arundel County MD.  It was the home of the Scrivener family for almost 100 years.  Holly Hill was originally built about 1698 by Richard Harrison with additions in 1713, making it one of the oldest structures in Maryland. William Boswell Scrivener purchased the home in 1856 and the family called the place Rose Valley.  It was sold out of the family in the 1930's.  Holly Hill or Rose Valley

by Anne Agee G2G6 Mach 1 (13.9k points)
+9 votes

Here's my grandmother, standing outside the house where she grew up.

22 Finlay Street, Albert Park, Victoria

by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 9 (98.7k points)
+11 votes

This was my Great-Great Grandfather's home in Goshen, New York; his Great Grandfather built the house in 1810 and behind it is a long barn where an employee of his, who was also an undertaker, kept his hearse; there was also a train track nearby and my 2nd Great Grandfather would have food available on the back porch for the traveling hobo's:

by Keith Cook G2G6 Mach 3 (39.8k points)
edited by Keith Cook
Thank you so much for the home AND the wonderful back-story. Carol (Baldwin-3428)
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I don't know who they are (maybe some of my ancestors), but I do know where it is: It's the "caserío" (hamlet) where my great great grandmother was born in Elorrio (Spain).

I like the barefoot men, the farming tools and the family coat of arms on the wall.
I don't own the original of this photo, but my godmother does and she sent me a copy some years ago.
by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (17.3k points)
+11 votes

This is an easy one for me. I just discovered this photo in my collection. It is of my great-grandfather and his family outside their partially constructed home in Western South Dakota. I've tentatively dated it at 1897 because of the approximate age of the youngest (6th of 10 children) shown. It is mislabeled as Frances Rowley and Should be Francis Eastman.


by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Pilot (124k points)

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