I Am Freakin’ Out, Man! Freakin’ Out!
In 1929 Scout Mouse, Sr. purchased the Cross House and partially converted it into apartments. I do not know if he and his family lived in the house.
In 1950, his son, Scott, Jr., turned the house into the Palace Motel:
Today, Lindy Mouse Whetzel, the daughter of the dashing Scott, dropped off a zip drive of images from the family collection, which her sister, Merryl, had laboriously upload. Well, my heart stopped! Cruelly, it was hours before I could plug the zip into my computer to stare in abject wonder at the many images.
Fewer things cause me greater excitement.
All the images were a thrill, but one FREAKED ME OUT:
In the motel image the house is painted white. As it remained for decades. But in the Studebaker image the house does not look white. I wonder what the colors were?
Note also the roof shingles. The pointy tower is wood. The main roof is (and still is) diamond-shaped Asbestos tiles. The octagon roof is octagon tiles (asphalt?). I am uncertain what the porch roofs are.
Also note the finial on the octagon tower. This is no longer extant, but I have the original drawing of it, and plan to have it recreated this year by W. F. Norman.
Well, I am now going to spend hours blissfully staring at the newly found image of my big old house.
Thank you Merryl and Lindy, thank you!
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