52 Photos Week 17: Building

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I don't know how to add photos here.

this link includes an explanation of how to include the photo in your post. But first you have to click on the link above (2.add a photo that fits the theme to this weeks free-space gallery.) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:52_Photos_Week_17_Building
Added a picture of my Great Grandfather's sod house from around 1890 in New Mexico.


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+19 votes

This building was my grandparents house in Sheklung Hong Kong 

The try to rescue themselves  after a hurricane in 1912,

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.9m points)
edited by Susan Laursen
wow isn’t that amazing the boat on the photo are very old

The drawing actually look like the boat, that my grand parents had when you are finish I like to se it very much
Fantastic photo, Susan. I like the boat, too, Those are long oars!
Thank You Laurie interesting I did not know that how sweet of you to tell me much appreciated
Susan, what a lovely home. I hope it wasn't damaged from the hurricane. It looks like a lot of the bushes/trees were blown over. Thank you for posting this.
Thank You Robin yes the trees look like they are all blow down must have been a terrible experience

It is my grandmother in the middle Alice

Glad my grandparents survive

Thank You for comment my photo Robin you are sweet
Susan, where is Sheklund?  I can't seem to google it.
Hi Lynn Sheklung  is in Hong Kong, the name are on my mothers birth certificate too.

Thanks!!  I have learned my "one new thing" for the day!  smiley

+18 votes

I built a 12 foot catboat out of quarter inch plywood.

by L. Ray Sears G2G6 Mach 4 (45.6k points)

she sailed beautifully

Amazing what a fantastic work
I love your sailboat! My Dad built two when I was a kid. The first was a punt that doubled as a sailboat and the second was a 14-foot Falcon.
Beautiful workmanship! I hope you enjoy many hours in your boat. Thank you for sharing this picture.
That’s way more talent than I have, Ray! Beautiful looking on the lake!
+16 votes

This is the building where my great-grandfather had his typesetting business, founded in 1905. It was at 17 Patrick Street, Melbourne, Australia. The building and the street no longer exist, having become part of the Melbourne Central precinct.

17 Patrick Streett

by Rob Judd G2G6 Pilot (102k points)
I like this photo very much also it is history because your great grandfather had his business

Sad the shop and building don’t excise anymore but you are very lucky to have the photo
+16 votes

This is an old postcard I have at home. The building on it is San Tirso church, in Sahagún, León (Spain).

One of the branches of my family tree comes from Sahagún and I've always been told that, some of the people in front of the church and on the windows are some ancestors of mine.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (17.5k points)
wonderful postcard what a fantastic church

Yes, it is a very beautiful church. And in the bars of the entrance door you can still read the name of my great-great-grandfather, Emeterio Díez, who was the one who forged them.

Both photos are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing them.
This photo are amazing too how wonderful you can read your G G grandfathers name
+12 votes

My mother, Frances Lee (Peasley) Robinson and other volunteers building the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Raymond, Washington about 1965.

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (365k points)
+15 votes

This is the ancestral home of my 4th GGparents, William Matthews and Martha McConnell Matthews, who came from Ireland in 1786.  The land was purchased in 1799, and the house was build between 1814 and 1819.  William died  while it was being built, and his son William had to take over the project and finish it.  As far as I know, the house still stands.

by Lynn Bensy G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
edited by Lynn Bensy
A beautiful home in a beautiful setting. Thank you for sharing these photos.
What a fabulous photo. Hope it is still there and being well taken care of.
It IS pretty.  I wouldn't mind living there, myself.

Alexis, I wish I knew the address... I'd "drive by" on Google maps street view and check it out.  If I ever do get back up there, I'm going to try to find it. cool

this is a wonderful house, Lynn imagine your gggg grandparents use to live there. How sad your gggg William died before the House was finish.

Are you going to visit the house one day to se if it is still there?

Thank You for sharing
Yes, I plan to, if/when I get back to Pennsylvania.  I have no idea where it is, so I have ppl in that county looking for it as they ride around.
+17 votes

My great great uncle,  Virgil White was an inventor, machinist and an engineer with only an 8th grade formal education.  He built stuff.

Here is his drawing of a bottle that he was awarded a patent for in 1902.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert
What a great photo of your great uncle, what a wonderful photo of the bottle he has patent on what a clever man
+17 votes

My birth family includes the Fry's who came to Oregon in the 1800s. This photo includes some 'cousins' around the early 1900s that were one of the many many children of my great grandfathers Abraham Elihu Fry and his brother James Millson Fry - who at different times were married to the same women. The Fry's (Frye's Frey's) started off as miners, became merchants and post masters (too lazy to dig!) and their offspring became loggers. This is a pic of Camp Tacoma in Curry, Oregon - a logging camp.

by Julie Novak G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)
edited by Julie Novak
I love this era, this photo, and your explanation. Thanks for sharing it.
How cool!  It looks very primitive, LOL  Those women must have been good sports (and fearless campers) to live like that!   Meanwhile, Julie, I'm *fascinated* by the story of the 2 brothers who were married to the same woman. DO TELL!!
thank You Julie for sharing this wonderful photo photo I really enjoy look at the photo.

Thank You for sharing
+13 votes

This is a photo of a home my husband's grandfather, William Shaules, built for his family in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego, California.

You can see that the area around the home is bare. Though I don't believe the home still stands, every inch of space in the area is developed today. William was the initial developer and many of the streets in the neighborhood are named after family members and friends including a Shaules Ave.

by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
What a fantastic house your husbands grandfather had built

Thank You for sharing
Thank you, Susan.

Love the decking on both sides of the house.

It would be a lovely place to sit on a warm San Diego evening -- what a view (then)!
+17 votes

This is a 1927 article about the Rex Arms, an apartment building owned and managed by my great uncle, Charles McCleery. It has 24 apartments that are completely furnished, including bed linens, silverware and cooking utensils for $45.00 a month.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (692k points)
edited by Alexis Nelson

This is my mother and me when we lived in the Rex Arms in 1946. We probably did not have to pay the $45.00 a month.

Thank you for sharing this photo. I recently moved to far northern California which is not far from Klamath Falls, OR. Do you know if the building is still standing? Perhaps someday I will get up there and if it still stands have a look at it.
Yes, I looked on line, and it is still there. The bricks have been painted white, and it has shingles across the middle and at the top to give it a more modern look. It says it is a multi-family home with 7,168 square feet. It also says it has a finished basement that makes it 10,752 square feet. It must be in a good neighborhood with good schools from what I can tell on line. Thanks Robin for your great question. Hope you enjoy California; I really loved living there.
This is just SO interesting!  You always have the best pix, Alexis!  It was cool that you have the article about the building being completed, but then to have a pix of you and your beautiful mom standing in front of it was just so unexpected.
Thank you Lynn, the second large one was a mistake. I still don’t very good computer skills. I found several photos, but this was the best one of the apartment building.
Alexis your mother was beautiful, the house look fantastic thank You for sharing
Thank you Susan for your sweet comment.
I was born and still live in Klamath Falls..... yes the building is still there and I have been inside of it many times. It is now called "The White House Apartments"
Thank you Stephanie for letting me know about the apartment building and your being inside. I would like to go to Oregon again.

Oregon is beautiful..... and Klamath Falls is only an hour South of Crater Lake National Park... I hope you get the chance to visit someday smiley

+11 votes

My dad never built anything that I know of. He was an accountant, not a builder. But he did work in a rather snazzy looking building for 17 years. This is the Dunedin City Council Building that opened in 1982.

Dunedin. New Zealand - NOT Dunedin, Florida!!


by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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This is my Grandfather Ralph Stewart Shane (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Shane-299), far right, and my Grandmother's brother, Henry (Harry) Johnstone Flintoff, Jr. (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Flintoff-159), next to him, on a beach holiday at New Dorp, Staten Island, New York in 1914.  The tent-buildings are fascinating.

by Susan Yarbrough G2G6 Mach 2 (28.5k points)
+12 votes

This building was destroyed several years ago, but was built in 1829 at Concession 14, Lot 12, Burford, Brant, Ontario, Canada.  It was the Free Methodist Church from 1829-1963.  In the early 1970's, my parents and I visited my grandmother's cousin, Bruce Hill, who had inherited the building many years before.  Bruce told us that the building had been moved into the town of Northfield to be used as the City Hall until such time as one was built.  His plan was to return the building to the original location and turn it into a Hill Family Museum (his basement was full of family heirlooms, including the family pew from the church.)  

The land and the Hill Cemetery were donated to the town of Burford, but the building was never returned to that location.  Bruce had a live-in companion when he passed away in 1988 and since everything was left to her, my father was never able to get any information about the deed of Northfield Hall, the house, or any of the family heirlooms that we had seen in the basement.  So much history lost forever.....

by Bonnie Guadalupe G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)

My Grandmother's husband kept a lot of our family heirlooms from us.  When he died his family didn't even let us know so we ended up losing so much of our family history too.  I am sorry that you had to go through that. sad

Sorry for your family loss as well.  Based on my recollection, Cousin Bruce owned a lot of the land in or around Northfield and collected rent from a lot of people.  He showed me the "ledgers" that he kept and told me how he forgave debt when he knew people were in hard times because that was the right thing to do.  His records were actually kept on the reverse side of cereal boxes (he hated wasting paper) which I thought was really funny when I was a young teenager.  I think his companion was afraid that my dad and his sister would try to claim ownership of Bruce's property, but all my dad asked for was the family papers, photos, and a couple of family heirlooms.  I think my dad said he and his sister each received $1000, but they never got to see the will.
+11 votes

My dad's parents, Helen and Victor Stromsted, outside their Roeland Park, KS home in the late 1950s.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (137k points)
+9 votes

My g-grandfather, Jacob Sidney Underwood, was a builder of homes. I remember seeing a whole row of them (now gone) on Main Street in Mount Holly, North Carolina.


by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
+11 votes

My grandpa, Ben Mounts, was a general handyman and carpenter. When I smell sawdust now, I still think of my grandpa's workshop and his navy blue work coveralls.

He worked for a small hospital for almost 30 years, building and fixing anything that needed to be built and fixed. Early on, one of his job duties was to repair broken X-ray machines. That's probably not something that general building and maintenance staff does now! 

When I was a little kid, he made me - among other things -  a toy box with shelves and sliding drawers, and a rocking horse. Both the toy box and the rocking horse get a lot of love and use from my own kids today. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (32.6k points)
This reminded me of my dad. He was always in his workshop in the basement of our house building things. Thank you for the wonderful memory.
+10 votes

My Great Great Grandpa, Anthony "Andy" Omelia, had a store in Forreston Illinois in the late 1800s.  Here is a picture of the building.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
+12 votes

My husband's mother wrote on the back of this postcard that it was the ancestral home of her mother.

Here is a description of this house from a website of the house itself:

A fine Grade 1 Listed historic house situated near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Originally known as Standlynch Park, the centre ‘villa’  was built in 1733 for Sir Peter Vandeput by John James of Greenwich; Henry Dawkins MP acquired the Estate in 1766 adding the North & South wings – and the impressive Portico – by John Wood of Bath to many designs by Nicholas Revett, one of the founders of the British Greek Revival period. In 1813 Parliament voted to provide a suitable estate for the heirs of Admiral Lord Nelson and to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar – so, following the death of Henry Dawkins, the vacant Estate was acquired for the new 1st Earl Nelson and re-named Trafalgar Park.

The Nelson family remained at Trafalgar Park until 1946; since then it has been a family home to several owners – currently by Michael Wade since 1995 via the Trafalgar Park Trust which he founded.

by Karen Fuller G2G6 Mach 2 (24.9k points)
+11 votes

Some of the great grandparents or 2x greats, not sure who exactly - will need to check with Ma.  I saw this photo hanging on the wall my whole life.  It think it is taken in Minnesota after the family migrated from Sweden.  I'm guessing 1910-1925. Standing in front of what I think is the garage - a building for cars yes? wink

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+11 votes

My grandfather's sister's husband, Henry Secrist, was a building contractor. Here is a photo of him and his family:  Henry on the left, my great aunt Ella across from him on the right, their daughter Mae and son John.


This is the First Christian Church in Lincoln, Kansas, which was built by Henry Secrist. He hired his brothers-in-law George and Peter Stoner to help him.


This is the house that Henry Secrist built for his family at 2717 7th St., Long Beach, CA, after they moved out from Kansas in 1906. Henry and his son John are on the porch. The building is still there today, and can be found on Google Earth.


Henry's son John learned the building trade from his father. As an adult, in 1927, he moved up to Willits, California, where he primarily ranched. He also built houses, and he built his own portable sawmill, using the engine from his Model T, and milled lumber. In his later years, after a divorce, he moved to Pigeon Point, near Monterey, CA, and ran a small sawmill there.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 7 (70.6k points)
I really like your photos. The church is beautiful, but I especially appreciate the picture of the home in Willits. I've always been attracted to this style and you can still find many of them in California. In the Los Angeles area (and maybe in other areas) many of them have been divided up into duplexes and triplexes. I think I especially like the porches. Thanks for posting these.

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