S: House Memories
1: This is photo of Central Street in the late 1800s. Our house is at the end of the street on the left. The little pine tree is our huge pine tree now.
2: _ | _ | First we painted it blue....what were we thinking? Then we sided it white with dark red wood porch.
3: _ | _ | _ | _ | It all started in 1967. We bought our house from Mariah Morgan. It was white paint on wood. | Then we decided to build on....
5: Winter of 1978
7: When we were first married there were fences everywhere. Mariah had many flower gardens and a vegetable garden. She also had 3/4ths of the acre fenced off to pasture a horse. We raised a couple pigs and a steer for meat using the barn. Mariah had raised pigeons and maybe chickens in it.
8: In the room which we call the computer room and was Christine's bedroom was our original bedroom. There was a large walk in closet and the arch between the living room and the hallway was where the door to our bedroom was. I think in the original house where the walk in closet was the back door to walk to the outhouse. Our first major project was when Ray tore out wall at the end of the house and built the now guest room (Matthew's bedroom) which became our bedroom. Matthew's room was where the laundry is and Christine had her bedroom..... | About 1972
9: When we moved here in 1967 we had inside plumbing, but when the house was built this was where everyone used the restroom....I really can't remember, but I think it was a 2 holer! Ray hauled it away on the back of his work car. People use old outhouses for garden sheds now...oh well!
10: There were 3 large maple trees and a choke cherry tree in our immediate front yard. They all had to go!
20: We did a lot of the inside work ourselves. Jan did the brick work for the wood stove....Ray snapped the lines, but Jan mudded and laid the bricks. We finished it in the early 80s...notice the macrame and the pit furniture. We lived with scaffolding for a long time. Jan remembers sitting on the edge of the balcony in tears wondering if we would ever finish it.
21: A new septic tank was put in in the late 70s. Jan remembered that her dad helped that day. Nick Kellen put the septic tank in for us. Jan made a big dinner at lunchtime... memories from the haying meals her mom made many years before!
22: When we moved into our house in 1967 the kitchen had a black and white large tile kitchen floor. We kept the refrigerator, the stove and the chest freezer that Mariah had. The outside wall used to be on the southwest wall where the refrigerator is now. That is where the sink was with white metal cupboards. The refrigerator was on the northeast wall where the stove is now and the stove was between the two windows on the southeast wall.
23: In the 70s we put in yellow counter tops with dark brown cupboards. We got the "beautiful" flowered wallpaper. In the living room we added a wood stove and had a bright red shag carpet. Matt's room had orange and yellow shag carpet and Chris's room had bright green plush carpet. Chris put glow in the dark stars on her ceiling and Matt had dark brown paneling and a large war gaming table in the middle of his room that he built out of plywood. It was at that time we made Matt's old room into a laundry room. The washer and dryer was originally in the all season porch, then it went to the basement. Then finally they finally came upstairs in Matt's old bedroom and became the laundry room! | Smokey and Boots were our first and only inside kitties. We had outside kitties before. They loved to talk through the glass with visiting cats!
24: If you go into the basement you will notice a big thing in the corner under the old living room. That was where our fuel oil was stored and was delivered through a pipe by the oil truck. | Now we needed a new garage. At the end of the barn there is a one car garage, but it is far from the house and didn't accommodate all Ray's tools. To build a garage we had to tear down the old shed that housed the workshop for many years. This was originally a summer kitchen with an old wood stove...that we junked that would have been worth money now. It was grey with chrome!
28: About 2005 we built the gazebo. While we were building it there was one butterfly that hung around watching us. Jan told Ray that it was his mother because she always wanted a gazebo!
29: Our yard doesn't look like it had steers and pigs living in it. Matt and Chris planted a lot of the trees at the end of our lot. Many of the pine trees were little one foot trees that Jan's dad got for her.
30: Ray built this windmill from scratch. It tells us the wind direction in our back yard!
31: 2013 Ray built a beautiful deck on the back of the house. The house and garage are getting painted in the summer of 2014. The inside of the house is constantly getting updated. When you own a house you are never finished with construction or updates!
32: This brings us to the end of our book. I picked this picture because it shows the railroad crossing that went across Woosung Road. Woosung was formed because of the railroad, so all the streets ran parallel with the railroad tracks. When Ray and Jan got married it was and still is a constant battle for Jan to figure out what direction she is looking out the window. It is never just north or south. It is northeast or southwest.
33: The elevator in the picture is the same one that is there now only a lot nicer. The depot was on the northeast side of the tracks.