We have been doing a little antiquing this weekend. We found a Beautiful fireplace screen in El Paso, IL. While we were in the mood, we made a trip to the “Illinois Antique Center” in Peoria. They had original pages from a “plat” book circa 1900. We bought the “Sand Prairie”, and “Circleville” maps for about 30.00. They are very frame-able…. And this leads right into my next section.
We went to the Pekin Library tonight…. And did a little investigation of our new property. The first recorded photo of our house (that we could find) was in 1910. Believe it or not, the picture does not look very different from today. There were not many trees planted around the house at that time, so I believe it to be pretty close to the build date. This photo, and later photos said that the house was owned by Otto (Myers) Meyers. A photo from 1954 shows the Otto Meyers home with Tons of trees and out building. It was kind of a shocker. I will post a scan of this 1954 photo later. It is a black and white Xerox, and the quality has something to be desired. Pekin Historical Society has the original source books for these photos, so I hope they will let us look more deeply. I will be posting more data on the Myers/Meyers clan as we get into this. The original ancestors came to “Circleville” in 1822 from Switzerland.
You may be wondering what all this has to do with us… Since nobody has come up with a name that befits the acreage, I am forced to look at other options! Plus, we want to have a little of this history in the Foyer of the house when everything is cleaned up.
We had lunch with Pete and Marie on Saturday… The idea of “Oakwood Farms” was brought up. We kinda Like it! For those that do not know, Oakwood was the name of my Great Grandfather Fugate’s farm in Fairbury.
Did I mention the Doctor yet? I went to the doctor today. I had a killer Ear-Ache! So bad that I broke my string of 10 years without seeing a doctor! You know what it was? “Swimmers Ear”! I mowed last Thursday, and it was really blowing! I had so much dirt and dust in my hair and ears, that afterward I must have cleaned myself a little to well! (See Erin, I knew what it was last Friday!)
Timmy’s 2, house cats Zero. We have seen the Tim’s with at least a rodent each in the last week. So they are doing their job.