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Are you interested in knowing who used to live in your home?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 22, 2013

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“Sure. My home is from 1926 so it’d be interesting to learn a little bit about it.”

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“Sure, why not.”

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“Yes.”

Comments

smitty 2 years, 1 month ago

At our library there are old city directories(1800's) that provide data on who lived at all addresses, income sources, women and men were labled with laboreer or worker depending on gender(can't remember which was wcich but a definite gender seperation), black was denoted but never white(assummed) , no indians were ever noted even though Haskell existed, and our numbered streets were named after president then.

If the JW decided to do an ongoing feature on this topic it would be fun and educational....don't forget to read between the lines to decern the past gender bias, racism bias, class bias, etc. Then know that in 100 years today's papers/news archives will also reflect the same type of discoveries of how we live today.

We are each of us responsible for the evil we may have prevented -James Martineau-philosopher and Unitarian Minister

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 1 month ago

I just came across that quote in a Dean Koontz book. It is one to live by and it can mean small things like speaking up to defend someone. I think we all have occasions every day to do this. Thank you for putting it in your comment.

FlintlockRifle 2 years, 1 month ago

No one, untill I built a home here a few years ago, this was a pasture, in fact when I was younger I put up brome hay on this ground, guess this is called progress.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 1 month ago

I think you are very lucky to have a house that you built and to own land. I would like to think that it will stand for a lot of years and that someday your descendents will be talking about how you built it. Think about it. We who are living now will then be ancestors.

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