Since I have been focusing my mortgage record research on Franklin County lately, you are probably expecting to see a post about the number of houses, which models, where they are, blah. blah, blah, in the Columbus area. You know. The boring blog post.
Running the numbers.
Well………this blog post is about running numbers in Columbus, but it ain’t about what you think it is.
A while back, like in late 2017, a comment from a homeowner right here on this little blog, pointed my nose to a Sears Colchester model in Columbus. I remember when I looked it up on Google maps thinking that it was really out of place on the street where it was located, as most of the houses surrounding it are stately old brick four squares that look to have been built in the early 1900’s. Further down the block, on the same side of the street, are some ranch style homes that look like post World War II builds. But there is was, a nice little Sears Colchester, built in 1934 or 1935, sitting pretty on its lot. Huh. You just never know where a Sears House is going to show up.
I added the house to “The List”, and shared the info with my little research group.
Shortly before this past Christmas, the same homeowner commented on Andrew’s blog, Kit House Hunters, and he then shared that info again with our little group, not realizing the house was already on the list. When I looked it up, as I always do when a house in Ohio comes to our attention, I recognized the street immediately due to that odd mix of architecture.
Between 2017, when the homeowner contacted me, and 2018, when the homeowner contacted Andrew, I got access to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper archives, and decided to do a search for the address to see if I could find anything about why the house was built in that particular location.
Well…..that was a long shot, I know…….but what I DID find were some really cool things about the history of that particular house.
Here’s a photo of it from the Franklin County Auditor’s website.
The first “hit” on my search by the address was dated 16 March 1935. The first owners, and probably the folks who purchased and built the house kit, were mentioned in the “Births” section of the newspaper. A son!
Timothy D and Shirley D Treadwell are listed as the property owners on the Historical Parcel Sheet found on the Franklin County Auditor’s website, so I know I have the right people. The Treadwells bought the lot in Aug of 1934 and the house was complete and assessed for taxes in Dec of 1935.
A couple months after his son was born, our Mr Treadwell had a little trouble with the police.
See. I TOLD you this blog post was not going to be about what you thought it was!
In 1936, our Mr Tim Treadwell again made the newspaper about his “number” house.
Busted again in 1937!
And then…..the little wife is wanting a divorce. But why, Naomi? He makes a LOT of money!
Well…he has been “consorting with other women”. Oh, Tim! Say it isn’t so!
I guess she needs some of that money to maintain her lifestyle! And buy clothes.
She got what she wanted.
Well, then…….never mind!
I guess our Mr Tim was pretty certain his business was legit, because…..Merry Christmas!
And a Happy New Year!
Business as usual for a while, I guess, then…….the divorce thing….again
This doesn’t look good. 14 indicted in Numbers Racket
Oh yeah. He’s in that group all right.
While waiting on what comes next…..he gets married again!
And look! He claims he a farmer!
Guess she knew what she was getting!
And then, history repeats itself. A son!
Arrested 25 times! Oh Tim.
It’s a raid! And not the Pokemon’ type. Ha Ha.
Columbus Dispatch 18 May 1944
He brought a “bag full of money” to city prison.
Now Tim is not feeling well!
He got a little more time in jail this time.
After articles mentioning 30 days in jail, twice, in 1945, something kinda big happened.
This story is still making the news a few days later……..the reporters must have loved this guy!
Uncle Packy is another farmer.
Guess they must have got him on something, because he ended up in in court over the whole deal. No comment from Tim……..smart. And no jail time either!
All is quiet, until 1952, when our man Tim made the newspaper twice. Once for this!
Wouldn’t you have loved to see that Sears Colchester with 1,000 tulips blooming in the yard? I know I would!
And then for this….back in business! But with a new location.
Well…. now he has a bit of trouble with the IRS……..
A few years later…….more trouble with the Feds…….you would think he would know better by now. Buy the stamp!
Now that the Feds are involved, the fines and sentences are much harsher.
And with a five year probation in place, I think our man might have to lay low.
Unfortunately, Tim never made it to the end of his probation period. He passed away in 1964, still living in the Sears Colchester he built in 1934. This is the first mention of him owning a restaurant that I have seen! Maybe that’s what he did after he “retired”.
It sure looks like Tim Treadwell had an interesting life. I’ve got to admit I had a great time following his story, after finding out he owned a Sears Colchester in Columbus. I was hesitant, at first, to put this blog post together, because I think he still has family in the Columbus area, but since all this information is readily available to anybody with a Columbus Library card, I decided to go ahead with it. These are just the facts, as reported during his lifetime. I haven’t added anything except a small bit of commentary about the news items.
Well…….I guess I have to add this…..
Thanks for following along!