Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


I got a letter!

Remember last month when I found those clothes in the wall and looked up the family who lived in my house when those papers and clothes were stuffed in the wall and I wrote a letter to the lady I guessed must have lived in my house at that time?  Well she wrote me back!!!

I was worried she wasn’t the right person or didn’t want to talk about her past or didn’t remember anything since she was so little.  But none of these things turned out to be true!  She was excited to hear from me, remembers lots of details about the house, and is going to share some of her photos with me when she gets back home (she’s spending the winter down south) at the end of April. 

Here are a couple excerpts from her letter:

“It is surprising how much I do recall of the house – I remember where each room was & some of the placement of furniture. Yes, I do recall a built-in buffet or cabinet in the dining room with windows above it on the south side of that room. I also remember the living room and fireplace, the enclosed front porch, kitchen, bath and 2 bedrooms.”

“We had a cherry tree in the backyard & also a goldfish pond, which my Dad filled in because he didn’t want me to fall in and drown.”

Pretty neat, huh? I’ll keep you up to date about what I hear from her.

Oh, and… I haven’t finished the bathroom sink yet. I don’t have an excuse. I don’t have an explanation. I can only tell you that I slept all weekend. I wasn’t sick, just needed to catch up. (shrug)

[tags]neighborhood history, bathroom, correspondence, old photos[/tags]

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4 Responses to “I got a letter!”

  1. March 3rd, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Jenne says:

    Wow. I read this and got motivated and sent a letter to a previous owner of my house. I just stamped it and walked it out to the mailbox. Thanks!

  2. March 4th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Jennifer says:

    How exciting! It’s very cool that she wrote you back. I can’t wait until she sends pictures!

  3. March 4th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Fred@OneProjectCloser says:

    Very cool! We still keep in touch with the original owner’s of our current home – we hit it off so well with them during the sale.

    Perhaps you can do some period-specific updates based on her pictures…

  4. March 5th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Stacy says:

    That is pretty awesome! Definitely share pictures with us if you have the chance… it’s great seeing this unfold!

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