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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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Deeds and Chores

Well, I just spent the morning at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds poring over the history of our house. I found some interesting information, but I need to go through it all and sort it out before I can write about it. Pete and I did some early spring cleaning on Sunday too, so…

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Speakeasy or Not?

When I decided to start researching our 1930 neighbors, the first ones who came to mind were the inhabitants of the middle bungalow across the street. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you might remember that this certain bungalow was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition. The people who owned the house…

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Our 1930 Neighbors

I spent a little more time researching the Blasen family, whom it appears were the first owners of our bungalow. Their son Leo, who was 12 as of 1930, went on to marry and raise 10 children. It looks like they migrated to the western suburbs and retired to Florida. He has passed away, although…

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Who Was Here First?

With the realization that we are not the third owners of our bungalow as originally thought, but at least the fourth owners, it was time to discover who owned the bungalow prior to the Milke’s. Based on additional newspaper articles, it appears that the Milke’s moved to Morton Grove at least by the summer of…

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1930 Census Findings

The starting point for a majority of my house history research last weekend was the 1930 census. Although earlier censuses played a part as well, our house was built in 1928, so this particular census would be the first one in which our house was included. On Ancestry.com, my search for Leo Milke came up…

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House History

After reading about Bungalow Insanity’s recent house history findings with the help of Dawn over at Bungalowcious, I decided to renew my efforts on our house history. While I (jokingly) curse them for causing me to spend an entire weekend researching, I’m so glad I did it because I found some really interesting information, both…

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History Dead End

A few weeks ago I requested information from the Village about the purchase/sale/construction of our bungalow. Shortly thereafter I received a letter indicating that they did have that information and that I could visit the Building Department at any time. I was imagining finding copies of the original floor plan, the builder’s name, etc. But…

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