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Stats for Montgomery County- part 2

In my last blog post, I shared information about how many Sears mortgages I found, and how many houses I documented, while researching Montgomery County records.  In this blog post, I will share the number of each specific model that was built throughout the county, and the numbers for each specific area.

Please note!  These numbers are only for the houses I documented with Sears mortgages, and are NOT indicative of the total number of Sears Houses in Montgomery County.  Many houses were not financed through Sears, Roebuck and those houses are not represented in the following lists.

Models located and documented using mortgage records

  • Albion – 1
  • Americus – 4
  • Argyle – 1
  • Bedford – 1
  • Betsy Ross – 1
  • Castleton – 1
  • Chester – 1
  • Claremont – 2
  • Clyde – 3
  • Concord No. 114 – 1
  • Conway – 3
  • Cornell – 3
  • Crafton – 1
  • Crescent – 1 -owned by Montgomery County Land Bank – to be demolished
  • Dundee – 3
  • Elsmore – 1
  • Estes – 1
  • Farnum – 1
  • Ferndale – 1
  • Fosgate – 1
  • Fullerton – 4
  • Gainsboro – 1
  • Galewood – 1
  • Garfield – 3
  • Gladstone – 2
  • Grant – 6
  • Hamilton – 2
  • Hampton – 22
  • Hartford – 1
  • Hathaway – 2
  • Homewood – 1
  • Kilbourne – 1
  • Kimball – 2
  • Kismet – 4
  • Langston – 1
  • Lenox –  1
  • Mansfield – 1
  • Maplewood – 1
  • Marina – 2
  • Norwood – 1
  • Oakdale – 3
  • Olivia – 1
  • Pittsburgh – 1
  • Ramsay – 2
  • Rembrtandt – 1
  • Rochelle – 1
  • Rodessa – 1
  • Rosita – 4
  • Sheridan – 1
  • Solace – 1
  • Somers – 1
  • Starlight – 3
  • Sunlight – 17
  • Vallonia – 1
  • Walton – 1
  • Westly – 3
  • Wheaton – 1
  • Willard – 1
  • Windermere – 1 – owned by Montgomery County Land Bank- to be demolished
  • Windsor – 1
  • Winona – 1

What’s interesting to me in this list is the large number of Hampton and Sunlight models that were built in Dayton and vicinity.  Both of those models were basic one story home designs that were economical to build.  I’m thinking these 2 models were popular in Dayton because of the industrial base, as these homes would have been very affordable for working class families.

Sears Hampton image

image 1928

So where are the Sears Houses in Montgomery County?  All over, really.  Here’s a summary of the total number of houses by area.  Again, this is only the houses that I documented with mortgage records.

  • Brookville – 1
  • Clayton – 1
  • Dayton  – 77 in Dayton city limits, though many of these were not when they were built, but annexed later
  • Harrison Twp – 7
  • Huber Heights – 1
  • Jefferson Twp – 3
  • Kettering – 17
  • Miamisburg – 13
  • New Lebanon – 1
  • Riverside- 6
  • Trotwood – 10
  • West Carrollton – 3

The above numbers are the breakdown of the 140 Sears models I documented using mortgage records in Montgomery County.

I know this is kind of a boring blog post for most of you, but these numbers are important to serious researchers.

I should have included this little bit in my last blog post about how many mortgages were signed by the individual Sears Trustees, but I forgot, so here it is.  This mortgage record was all set to be signed by Sears Trustee Walker O Lewis, but he left the company in 1930 and was replaced by E Harrison Powell.  Apparently in 1930, the rules for mortgage documents were a bit looser than today, because instead of re-doing the paperwork, they just crossed out Walker O Lewis, and typed in  E Harrison Powell.  The mortgage was recorded with no issues.

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Sears mortgage dated May 24, 1930. Walker O Lewis left Sears and was replaced by E Harrison Powell, and this mortgage was corrected to show the new Trustee.

And in case you are wondering, here is the house associated with the above mortgage record.  It’s a Sears Mansfield, the brick equivalent of the Dover model.  This house appears to have had a couple of feet added onto the right side of the house at time of build.

S Mansfield 2039 Harvard Blvd Dayton OH (WOL)

Sears Mansfield at 2039 Harvard Blvd., Dayton, Ohio. Documented with a mortgage record. (Photo from Montgomery County Auditor’s website)

Sears Mansfield image 1930

If you want more information about specific models or my research project in Montgomery County, please contact me at cyn.catanzaro@gmail.com

I am always willing to share information with those that are interested.

Thanks for following along.

 

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3 comments on “Stats for Montgomery County- part 2

  1. Cindy, this is an incredibly impressive amount of research! Excellent finds!
    Judith
    Sears House Seeker blog

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  2. Great find, Cindy!

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