Cindy Catanzaro

A day trip to the West side of Cincinnati

A day trip to the West side of Cincinnati

You’ve heard the old saying…….”You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all”. Not so with Sears Houses.  With over 350 models offered over the 32 years that Sears, Roebuck sold houses as kits through their mail order catalog, there’s pretty much no way a researcher can say they’ve seen them all.  Heck, with 99 of those models […]

A Sears Americus in Dayton

A Sears Americus in Dayton

You all know I love old newspapers.  I find all kinds of cool stuff when I am doing searches for kit houses in Ohio.  What always amazes me is what shows up today, might not have shown up when I did the very same search a while back.  Or…..sometimes I stumble across something while researching […]

A Sears Bedford in Richmond, Indiana

A Sears Bedford in Richmond, Indiana

My last blog post (yikes, almost 2 months ago) was about a few Sears Houses I located in Richmond, Indiana from newspaper research.  I promised an update when I got back there to do actual mortgage research, which happened on October 8. Columbus Day My research partner here in Ohio, Marie, had Columbus Day off […]

Richmond is almost in Ohio…..

Richmond is almost in Ohio…..

I’ve been ignoring this little blog of mine about Sears Houses in Ohio.  Well…….maybe not ignoring it……but I definitely haven’t had much time to share here.  Summer has been crazy busy for me, and I’m behind on work projects, but early in August I did get to Richmond, Indiana with a couple of friends for […]

A Sears Cornell and a Sears Fullerton in Oxford

A Sears Cornell and a Sears Fullerton in Oxford

I love finding Sears Houses through mortgage records. A couple of years back, I made a trip to the Butler County Records Center for that very purpose, and ended up with a bunch of new finds.  Several of the houses I identified were in Oxford, Ohio, which is home to Miami University. Ever since then, […]

A Sears Trenton in Columbus

A Sears Trenton in Columbus

In my last couple of blog posts, I shared information about my mortgage research project in Montgomery County (Dayton and vicinity).  It took months of work and hours of my free time, and I loved doing it, but I have called it pretty much complete. So……what’s next? I’ve been trying to decide where to focus […]

Stats for Montgomery County- part 2

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 […]

Stats for Montgomery County- part 1

Stats for Montgomery County- part 1

If you’ve been following this blog, you know I have been working through the process of identifying and documenting Sears Houses in Dayton and vicinity.  After procrastinating for several years, last November I visited the Montgomery County Records Center. With information from Tina, who heads up the Center,  I started working my way through on-line […]

Wardway Homes in Kettering

Wardway Homes in Kettering

I’m finishing up the Montgomery County mortgage record research project that I’ve been working on since last November.  I’m down to a few pesky parcels that have complicated legal descriptions, which take a lot more time and resources to track down.  When I get those finished, I will do a blog post here about the […]

A Sears Albion in Miamisburg

A Sears Albion in Miamisburg

Onward with my search of the Montgomery County mortgage records! A while back, myself and several other serious Sears House researchers spent many an hour going through on line records for Hamilton County (Cincinnati and vicinity).  One of the things we noticed was that there were mortgages and Mechanics Liens for Sears house kits that […]