||[Mar. 7th, 2010|05:10 pm]
A community for Old Houses
I've been looking through the county historical tax records (which are available ONLINE! I love the 21st Century!), and have discovered our lot and the lot next door were originally owned by a J.E. Paschall and first recorded in county tax records in 1928. I suspect the house was built in 1928, as well, because that's the date on the old cast iron coal bin door in the cellar (the coal bin itself and the furnace it once fed are long gone, thank heavens). In 1930, the lots became jointly owned by J.E. Paschall and Verna Horn. Ms. Horn stayed on as owner or co-owner until at least 1939. The tax records for 1940-1943 for our subdivision aren't available on line. By 1944, two different women owned the property, a Mrs. Bonnie Leith and Edith Rae Atkins, along with a J.B. Hollingsworth. In 1946, Mrs. Leith went away and a Dr. E.A. Isbell took her place. No tax records online for our subdivision for 1948-1963...hmm. In 1964, J.B. Hollingsworth shared ownership with C. and Sybil Majure, and remained that way to at least 1977, which is where the online historical data ends.
Although I wish the rest of the data were available, and I'm curious as to when the ownership of the two lots went their separate ways, it's not necessary for me to know the names of everyone who ever owned this house. The main thing I was after was the original owner and the date of construction. I'm quite satisfied to have that.