Saturday, June 19, 2010
The house on the hill, big pine tree.......
My father bought this house on South Kossuth street in Osceola, Iowa. It had been abandoned more years than I can guess. The property was willed to the Presbyterian Church in town and there it sat.
My dad had retired from farming and moved to town and decided to build a house. He found this property and the rest was history. In 1978 he build a ranch house on this site. Thankfully he did not take the historic tree.
I have many things that my dad had pulled out of that upstairs. A couple of photo albums and loose photos like the one above. I have a couple of things that will help me to identify the owners as there was a diary left in the house and some of the pictures have names on them. Very few have full last names but I really have not had time to work on it.
This being a history blog and a non family history blog, I wanted to share this photo. It reminds me of the early paintings done by Manet or Degas. I like the clarity of the photo and the clothing. I am assuming that these are some of the inhabitants of the house as the photographer was Swearingen of Osceola, Iowa. I may not have the name correct as the S could be a T or an L. I have watched a blogger friend in Minnesota dance around these old photos until she found out great details. I will start dancing but at a later date. I am thinking that this was taken in the middle 1800's or early 1900's. Thanks for stopping in today.
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