Sunday, October 25, 2015

You can count the steps!

Several folks have inquired why the re-positioned Duncan House is sitting so high up off the ground. The answer is in 1862 it originally was sitting up that high. When it was moved to the other side of the block in the early 20th century, it was placed very close to the ground. We are attempting to restore its original appearance. This old photograph should help explain the height issue. It was made in 1914 on the steps in front of the Duncan House, before the house was moved. If you count the steps, you can get a rough idea of the house's 19th Century height.

In 1914, the house was owned by W. Thomas and Lillian Young. and the two adorable girls are Estelle and Marjorie, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Young.  Estelle was about five years old and Marjorie was about three when the photo was taken. Descendants of the Young family owned the house for well over 100 years.

Estelle grew up and married Buddy Vaughan, and 'Telle and Buddy had three daughters; Lillian Vaughan Yoakum, Rosemary Vaughan Tweedle Aldridge, and Janet Vaughan Krohn. The three girls grew up in the Duncan House.

Thankfully, Janet is interested in history and has the brainpower to keep it all straight. She has been and will continue to be a great resource for information about their old family home. And, yes, we thank her for sharing this cute photo of her mom and aunt.  

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