Keith’s, grandmother, Amarilla Urton died in 1942 and he got a little money from her estate. I wonder if that money was used to remodel our house in north King County. My parents were savers having gone through the depression and were experiencing the rationing of World War II, so I am sure they planned this carefully.
They purchased the house on 24th Avenue in 1942 with a FHA mortgage and moved there in order to start their family. It was not a big house and probably was one of the war houses? Yes, he saved all the paperwork about the house even the for sale sign. Apparently the house was damp and needed these improvements for health reasons.
Keith, my dad, not only invented things, he also did carpentry, plumbing and house remodeling. He didn’t do this all by himself, he had help from my Uncle Boardie and my grandfather Robert Boardman who were plumbers by profession. They were his in-laws.
He also hired a H.K. Rowe to do some of the work like finish the interior of the house, electrical, insulation, sewer and the furnace. Mr. Rowe was our neighbor. It looks like Ace Construction Co. was also employed to help in the remodeling.
This house remodeling was done in three phases:
- Raising the house and building a basement in April 1944 for which he had to get approval from the mortgage company. I find this fascinating that they were brave enough to do this raising of our home.
- Move the utility room to the basement to enlarge the kitchen which will improve the usefulness of the house.
- Move the chimney to the south side of the house with consideration for future enlargement of the living room.
- Later the fixing up of the room below the living and dining room and making it a rec room with an extra bedroom.
Adding on to the south end of the house increasing the size of the basement and upper floor which would expand the living and dining room area and move the kitchen eventualy result in a rec room and bedroom under the dining and new kitchen area. This work was done late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Fixing up the interior was a big part of this project.
Building a garage and elephant pit (for working on cars from below) on the north side of the house mid 1950’s.
In about 1947 the City of Seattle began the process of improving our streets with branches and lateral sewers which involved assessments to be paid by the homeowners. In 1947 a notice arrived about a trunk sewer system with 3 pages of description about where these improvements would take place. It listed the streets on one page, in detail, and then the additions on another. This was a huge improvement based on Resolution #14168.
The public hearing would take place on September 9, 1947 at 2 pm in the City Council Chambers, Room 513 County-City Building. Petitions and protests needed to be filed the day before and would go to the Streets and Sewers Committee for consideration at the open meeting on the 9th. If you wanted to know more you went to the City Engineer to see the details of the plan. Total costs would amount to $60,000.00 which would be contributed from the Seattle Sewer Bonds 1946 Fund.
The blog Wedgwood in Seattle History has a nice post on How Wedgwood came into the city limits of Seattle, August 20, 2012 with some cool annexation maps of various neighborhoods acquired by Seattle. Hayes Park was annexed by 1941. However the city limits of Seattle were at 85th then later moved to 145th where they are now butting up the City of Shoreline which was incorporated about 1995.
In 1950 the property owners received notice for adding fire hydrants only – Resolution #14265 and the public hearing would be held on March 8, 1950 at 10 am.
The next phase of improvements was paving the streets adding sidewalks, with parking strips. I remember the big water hoses and the sprinklers to cure the cement, I highly recommend not riding your bike over the hoses it might prove to be painful.
Yes, I remember the rough roads, lots of rocks, puddles and mud. I went everyone in my pedal push car resisting learning how to ride a bike till later.
I did not remember they widened the road…love the mailboxes in the street.
Paving improvements started in about 1955 with a public hearing before the Sewers and Street Committee on Tuesday, September 20th, 1955 at 2 pm. The total estimated cost would be $419,051.82 of which $31,900 would come from the City Street Fund and $950.00 from the City Water Fund.
Two meetings followed in 1957 amount paving improvements with hefty assessments of $565.65 cents which could be paid by the property owner in installments. Hayes Park and Wedgwood appear in the first listing and then Wedgwood disappears in the next listing for Additions, which I find a bit confusing. I get the feeling they were re-evaluating the assessments so I don’t know for sure if the amount above of $565.65 was the final amount or only a portion?
Then in July of 1958 another announcement came for the same “by paving, together with sewers, water mains and hydrants, grading, drainage were necessary and constructing sidewalks.” Public hearing would be July 15, 1958 at the City Council Chambers. Not only did the City Treasure send a bill but the mortgage company also got involved.
If my memory serves the paving took place in the mid 1960’s for our area in North Seattle. I do have full copies of the City Notices if anyone is interested, just leave a comment.