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Surprise, Come Pick Up Your Workbench!

Back in July, my mom texts me and tells me her brother (my uncle) is putting his house on the market and he wanted to know if I still wanted my grandfather’s carpenter’s workbench. Whaaaa?! I have fond memories of that workbench. It practically filled the basement in my grandparent’s house in Toledo, OH and…

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1935 Roadhouse Fire Chain of Events

This post has been in my drafts for ages! I’ve always been meaning to post it, but somehow it never seemed like the right time. Since the 79th anniversary of this tragic fire happened just last week, I thought it was now time to finish the story. For a little background, five years ago I…

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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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2nd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

I’m pleased to join the Bungalow Blog Tour that StuccoHouse organized this year — be sure to check out all the bungalows on the tour by following the links at the bottom of each post. Welcome to our near-north suburban Chicago home! Here in the Windy City we do many things Chicago-style, from politics to…

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Friday June 24 1932

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the previous-POs, the Milke’s, who owned the house from 1932-1966. In honor of the 85th anniversary of their daughter Muriel’s birth, I give you this snippet that appeared in the local paper on this day in 1932: Mr. and Mrs. Leo Milke entertained 17 guests Sunday evening…

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Bungalow Art Glass

I don’t think I’ve talked much about our art glass windows. If you’ve read my blog for a while or have seen it on Houseblogs.net, you know my banner used to look like this: Nowadays I’ve taken a more subtle approach in the banner and just use a few elements from the windows, but there…

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Who was Thomas K. Valos?

In the Cook County Recorder of Deeds files, one name that kept popping up with many of the houses in the neighborhood was Thomas K. Valos. In later years of the logbook I noticed a reference to Valos Realty Company. This led me to believe that he was perhaps the developer for the neighborhood. His…

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Piecing History Together

As I mentioned the other day, I went downtown to the Recorder of Deeds in the Cook County building at 118 N. Clark to try and learn more about the history of our house. Down in the basement you’ll find large binders containing handwritten logs which recorded all of the transactions related to your house…

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Club Rendezvous Trajedy

I continued my research on our 1930 neighbor, who during Prohibition ran a speakeasy in his basement. I came across links to articles in various papers across the country: Reno, NV, Sheboygan, WI, and others. At first I thought, these must belong to another Elmer Cowdrey. Then I thought maybe he moved to one of…

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Roadhouse Hot Spot

The next chapter in our little neighborhood’s 1930 history continues. In the last post, after years of rumor and hearsay, I wrote about discovering an article in the Chicago Tribune confirming that our neighbor’s bungalow was, in fact, a speakeasy during Prohibition. That owner, Elmer (Al) Cowdrey, went on to own and operate Club Rendezvous,…

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