Dayton

A Sears Gainsboro in Dayton

A Sears Gainsboro in Dayton

Have you been following along?  If you have, you know I’ve been busy researching in Montgomery County (Dayton and vicinity), by slogging my way through their on-line Abstract Books. Well…….after spending hours doing just that from the comfort of my own home, over the Winter, I realized I could make much better progress if I […]

A Sears Walton in Dayton

A Sears Walton in Dayton

Way back at The beginning……. when I did my very first mortgage research, I discovered that my County (Clark) had 36 mortgages for houses purchased as kits from Sears, Roebuck.   Most of the mortgaged parcels were strung out all over the County, but nine of them were located in one small platted neighborhood.  Garden Acres. I’ve been […]

A Sears Lenox in Dayton

A Sears Lenox in Dayton

Last weekend, I made a day trip to Cincinnati with my newest research pal, Marie.  We were hoping to go see the Sears Lenox I located there back in January, but due to the flooding conditions on the Ohio River, we decided to stay well north of Cincinnati proper. Then this week, thanks to the Abstract […]

10 Sears Clyde models (Dayton)

10 Sears Clyde models (Dayton)

Do you ever wonder where Sears got the name for their house models?  I do!  Some, we know, are named after cities in Illinois, where Sears was based.  A lot of them, in fact.  And some are named after cities where the style of a particular model was popular, like “The Pittsburgh”, and “The Norwood”. […]

It’s getting closer…….in Dayton

It’s getting closer…….in Dayton

You would think that with over 1600 Sears Roebuck kit homes already identified in Ohio, I wouldn’t have any trouble finding one to show here. But when one of them tugs at your heart strings, it deserves a repeat blog post. A while back, I stopped and took pictures of a nearly catalog perfect Sears […]

Three Sears Houses on Alton Ave (Dayton)

Three Sears Houses on Alton Ave (Dayton)

A few weeks ago, I gave a talk about Sears Houses at the 29th Annual Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop in Dayton.   I was honored to be asked, as the workshop is a big deal in the local area, and it gave me the opportunity to show off some houses that are outside […]

Saying Goodbye to a Sears Winona in Dayton

Saying Goodbye to a Sears Winona in Dayton

Wayne Ave. is a busy four lane thoroughfare in Dayton.  Loads of cars zoom down the part of Wayne that connects Downtown to it’s closest southern neighborhoods of South Park and Walnut Hills.   A good bit of Wayne Ave. in that area is older business  and multi-family buildings, but there are some single family […]

A Sears Fullerton in Dayton

A Sears Fullerton in Dayton

And my quest continues……..to locate and identify houses purchased as kits through mail order catalogs. About once a week, I hop onto Zillow and check out the new listings in various cities around Ohio, in the hopes of spotting one of the Sears Roebuck models I recognize.  (No, I don’t know them all.) Several weeks […]

A Sears Avalon on Avalon Ave

A Sears Avalon on Avalon Ave

In 1920, Sears Roebuck offered a new model, The Avalon, in their Modern Homes catalog. Sears stated “From California comes the idea for this delightful bungalow”. About that same time, some homes were being built just outside the Dayton city limits (now part of Kettering) on a new street named Avalon Ave.  And one family […]