Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our house, is a very very very old house

Well, we're in the middle of a lot of projects over here at McCurdy house! The master bedroom ceiling plaster was replaced with drywall last week. However, in the process, they ruined the floors (which were already 95% ruined), so now we're looking for someone to refinish them! I (Becca) thought I could do it myself, and really, probably can, but may as well get some quotes, right?

Other then that, a lot of painting, sanding, and general cleaning has been the norm around here. I'll post pictures once there's an exciting "after" shot. Right now, it's just a mess :)

However, my awesome mom used her private investigator skills to rustle up some information on the former owners! Seriously, if mom ever quits her day job, the FBI could use this woman. She knows things....maybe too much, if ya get my drift...

She found out that the house was originally 1354 Armstrong Ave, not Thompson place. We've wondered if the current "side" door is actually the original "front" door. Still not sure, but this does make it interesting!

Here's the list of all previous residents with only a couple gaps left to fill in. Owners are above, with the years owned in parentheses

Coykendall "era" (1901-1916)
1903-1904 Edward Coykendall, manager of the Fountain Head Railroad (aka the "Dummy line" or the railway that ran between Downtown and Fountain City!)
1905- Strangely, C.M. Allen (engineer at H.W. Curtis- on this listing, the address is also referred to as 130 Thompson Place) is listed as the resident, but in 1906, it returns to Coykendall. A renter for one year?
1906-1912- Edward Coykendall
1913- L.F. Thompson (the road's namesake? Interesting...)
1915- Vacant
1916- J.F. Fonville- travelling salesman

Hahn (1916-1932)
1921-1932 G.R. Hahn (dispatcher for the Southern Railroad)

VanHoosier (1932--?)
1933-1943- Mrs. G.H. VanHoosier (assistant manager for Lerner Shops)
*1936: 2nd floor is rented to C.Halladine Kerr- a salesman for Albert Burkhart Furniture. This is the first listing for the "2nd floor"--does this mean the house was divided in the 30's?? :)
*1941- 2nd floor is rented again, to Jason Crawford

1944- W.J. Hale (U.S. Navy) and renter C.F. Black (listed at 1354 1/2)
1947-1949- C.R. Mahood (student), Miss Pauline Jones (registered Nurse) and Dr. and Mrs. Margaret Harvey (also a registered nurse)
19??- 1951- T.R. Ousley (salesman)
1952-1962- Miss C.B. Sweeney (teacher at West High School)
1963-1964- Miss Ethel Vinson
1964-1965- Vacant
1965-1968- B. G. Johnson (cameraman at Knox Blueprint and Supply Co)
1968-1970- Vacant
1970-1971- Mrs. J.S. Bean (nurse technician at St. Mary's)- 2nd Floor Vacant. (This is what the listing says, however the house is currently divided in half, not by floors...hmmmm....)
1971-1974- Vacant
1974-1977- K.W. & Catharine Clayton (teacher)
1977-1983- Berean Bible Church (Sunday School Annex!!! I love this!!)
1983-1984- Joe and Mary Castillo (commercial artist)
1984-1993- Marshall Cabell, Anthony Krakoviak, and Steven Scagliotta (owners)
1993-1994- Brenda Jarrard (owner)
1994-1997- Dennis and Patricia Earl (owner)
1997-2000- Mark and Susan Davis (owner)
2000-2008- Michael Branam and Thomas Havesy (owner)
2008-2010- Patrick and Caroline King (owner)
2010 - ? - us!! :) : ) :)

So, some interesting tidbits from this list: First, the longest ANYONE haslived in this house is 10 years. That's not very long! Second, it was vacant quite a few times--I'm wondering if the attic fire was in 1971, causing the 4 year vacancy immediately after.

And in closing, I have to tell you that as I type this, it is MONSOONING. This is unfortunate, as I painted the porch this morning :( Wonder how long after painting a porch can be rained on? Heck.

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