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Posts Tagged ‘previous owner’

Thankful for Old Drywall

I just saw an article today that insurers are dropping homeowner policies if their house was built using Chinese drywall. How horrible for these poor people who unwittingly bought a house with this imported drywall and then had to move out because it was causing health problems, not to mention corroding pipes and emitting volatile…

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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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The PO’s “New” House

On Sunday Pete and I were invited to the PO’s house. As I’m sure you know by now, the PO was our neighbor for over 17 years (even longer for Pete since he lived in our previous house before I came into the picture). We never really socialized much while he lived here outside of…

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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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Mystery on the Border

Last week I stopped by the Village Hall to fill out a Freedom of Information Act form requesting any information about the purchase, sale, and construction of our bungalow. Yesterday I received a letter saying that they do have that information on microfiche and that I can make arrangements to view it and make copies.…

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The PO Visit

Yesterday we had the PO and his wife over for lunch along with a neighbor couple from across the street. We first really got to know this neighbor at the PO’s wedding a couple years ago and they’re a lot of fun. The PO always managed to get the husband, who is retired and old…

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Bellying up to the Bar

As he plans his own basement entertainment space, southsidandy over at Building a Better Bungalow asked me for more details on our basement bar, so instead of emailing him about it I thought I’d write a post if it can give others some ideas too. The PO hired someone to finish this half of our…

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Heating Update

Our heating guy came out on Monday to see what’s what with our system. For one thing, whoever redid the pipes put a smaller pipe from the boiler to the larger heat pipes, so the water velocity is diminished right from the start. That would probably explain why it takes over four hours for the…

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