Cindy Catanzaro

On the south side of Markbreit Ave. (Cincinnati)

On the south side of Markbreit Ave. (Cincinnati)

It takes a group……..a group of dedicated Sears House researchers…….to locate and document homes purchased as kits from Sears, Roebuck. And the group I am in is just that. When we locate a new primary source of information, we are anxious to see what we find. But first, we have to figure out who is […]

A Gordon Van Tine No. 104 in Richmond, Indiana

A Gordon Van Tine No. 104 in Richmond, Indiana

Hello All. In my last blog post, dated June 12, 2022, I said I was going to try to hold to my original goal of having one post per month. I made it! At least I will if I get this finished and up by midnight tonight, July 31. I have been writing a blog […]

A Sears Langston in Urbana

A Sears Langston in Urbana

Hello friends and loyal readers. Well……I guess it is pretty hard for you to be a loyal reader when I rarely write anything! When I started this little blog, my goal was to do one post per month. Yeah………that never happened. And now, since I am officially retired, I have no excuse for not making […]

Follow the Money – Provident Estates Co. – Tallmadge

Follow the Money – Provident Estates Co. – Tallmadge

This is the continuation of my last post about The Provident Estates Co. in Summit County. Said company borrowed a whole lot of money from Sears in 1920 and proceeded to build kit homes purchased from the Sears Modern Homes catalog. Provident Estates Co. got three mortgages from Sears, with parcels from three different plats […]

Follow the money – Provident Estates Co. – Akron

In my last post, I said that Marie and I were working our way through the mortgage record books that I found on line for Summit County. And as I expected, it turned out to be a weeks long project. I started at the beginning of the alphabet, and Marie started at the end, and […]

Hello Summit County

Hello Summit County

It’s always fun to discover that an Ohio County has digitized old records and added them to their Recorder’s website. That’s what happened a couple weeks ago. As my research group’s total number of Sears houses in the United States approached the 14,000 mark in late November, I was super interested in finding enough houses […]

Why are there so many Sears Houses in Cincinnati?

Why are there so many Sears Houses in Cincinnati?

Recently I was asked how many Sears Houses there are in Cincinnati. I certainly didn’t have an answer to that question off the top of my head, because there are LOADS of them. So I spent a couple of days doing some maintenance on our “National Database of Sears Homes in the United States”. I […]

Another Aladdin Home in Alpha

Another Aladdin Home in Alpha

Long ago, back in 2016, I did a blog post in here about several Aladdin and Sears Homes in Alpha. I went back and reread it just now, and honestly, it was painful to read. I was still learning about how to use this website, and I think I must have used all my energies […]

Ten Aladdin Homes in Kenton

Ten Aladdin Homes in Kenton

There is no reason for me to tell you my story in order, is there? This could be like one of those confusing movies where they jump around in time and you have trouble keeping up. Then it all comes together in the end. Well…….ha! Who knows when my story will end. And every one […]

Some “Sears Houses” in Lima

Some “Sears Houses” in Lima

Summer is over. And as I look back on my own little blog here, I see that I never posted about any of the Sears Houses I saw over the Summer. Yes, I did the mini meet up in early June with Marie and Nigel. But hey! That was still Spring. Now, so much time […]