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Kirk Remembers: The 1948 Addition to Our Building at 110 Glenwood Avenue

I think it was in 1948 that the first addition to the original house was added. That addition included only what is now the front room, and extended to what is now the back wall of the room that has most of the artist colors in it now. [For those not familiar with our building layout, this is the long narrow room that curves around to the right as you come in the front door.]

One Sunday, between Sunday school and church service [at nearby Hilliar Memorial], my grandfather said that he wanted to check on the men working on the addition. We went (walked?) the three blocks from the church to the store location. I remember seeing some of his men standing between the floor joists measuring for the subflooring. At some point, while he was checking out the construction, he was looking at the outside of the addition. He said, “We are going to have to cover the building with something.” He was still recovering financially from the Depression and didn’t want to spend too much money. One of the men said, “Why don’t you use asphalt siding? I’ve seen asphalt shingles last 10 or 15 years and they are inexpensive.” As an afterthought he said, “For all I know they might last a lot longer.” The shingles stayed there for over fifty years before I had to replace them.

At the same time, granddad looked at the step up required to get in the front door. He remarked that we would need a stepping stone to get in and out of the door. Again one of the men said, “Mr. Askew, you remember when we did that work for ______? He had a stepping stone laying in a field beside his house. At the time he wanted to get it moved from his property. I bet it’s still there and you could have it if you asked.” That’s how we ended up with the door step. Granite wears well.