Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The house that Charles built..........

Charles Thomas Burgus, younger

Charles Thomas Burgus, older, died in 1949

I found this photo among my parents things and it is the house that my Grandfather Charles Burgus built. It stood northwest of Murray and was built in the early 1900's. Their first child was born in 1902 so it had to have been built years after that. I don't know that much about the place. They had ten children and they sold it and moved to another farm nearer Murray. The main reason, I was told by family members, was to move closer to town so the older girls could go to high school there. My grandfather actually bought two different farms after he had sold the one on which this house was built.

I have many questions about the place as my grandfather had 12 brothers and sisters and I wonder if any of them help him to build it. I wonder if his own dad, my great grandfather was alive and helped with the job. I really can't believe that he would move out of it but I guess when they moved the older children were moving out and they would be able to go to a smaller house. A lot of these questions will go unanswered as all ten of the children are gone now. The house itself was a traditional style that was built back then but also it reminds me of the ones Sears and Roebuck sold in kit form.

I don't know the date of this photo but it is later in time and newer than the photo above it. This photograph looks like it came from a Kodak camera owned by one of the family.

My first cousin Joan tells me that the house has been moved into the town of Lorimor. I will either have to get in contact with friends in Lorimor, or go over there myself to see if I can find it.

Another task that I realized that I must do is locate some dates of birth and deaths of my Burgus grandparents and great grandparents. I have found so much out about my mom's side this past two weeks that it is overwhelming. I am glad to discover the family tree and it just makes you become more anxious to find more.

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Nancy said...

It's a beautiful home. I hope that you are somehow able to find out whether the sons helped build the house. My great-grandfather was a carpenter as was his father and several of his sons. I have a photograph of a house he built in my hometown and I, too, would like to know if his sons helped him build it. Have you been inside the house in the photo? It probably doesn't look the same inside as it did when it was firt built but it would be interesting to see it.

L. D. Burgus said...

As a kid in the 60's we drove by the house as a family. I know my dad's older sisters were high school age, so my dad may not have remembered that much about it as he was young when they moved.

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful house your grandfather built, I do hope you can find out who helped him. Would there any any official records that you could search.

Kat Mortensen said...

Wow, Larry! I had no idea that Sears and Roebuck sold houses in kits. (My husband, when asked this question said that he knew that; where have I been?)

It's a shame when we have all these questions we would love to answers for and noone alive who can give those answers. I know exactly what you mean.

At least you have the great photos.


Kat Mortensen said...

P.S. Charles Thomas was a handsome man. You must take after him.

Far Side of Fifty said...

It could have been a Sears and Roebuck house..whatever.. it is a lovely old house..big and roomy. I hope you are able to find out more info about it..and lucky you if you get to visit it!! :)


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POCBOOKS said...

The the pictures and this blog makes us think of earlier times in such a fond way. As someone all already mentioned, it is good that you daved these pictures.