Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Easter, 1969



Easter 1969 (which was on April 6), in the backyard of our family home at 8015 Sharpview in Houston, Texas.  In the back are me (age 12) and my sister Karen (age 11).  Seated in front are my brothers Mark (almost 9) and Brian (almost 7), and my almost-four-and-a-half-year old sister Mary.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Those Places Thursday: 3231 SE Bybee, An Ewald Pape Design

This house, at 3261 SE Bybee in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, was designed by my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), in 1937.



A plumbing permit for the house (obtained via PortlandMaps.com) was issued on July 12, 1937:



Six days later, on July 18, 1937, a brief article appeared in the Portland Oregonian entitled "Nilson Builds House" that stated, "Construction of a $9000 house at 3231 Southeast Bybee boulevard has been started by Emil Nilson, builder.  Plans were prepared by E. T. Pape."



A 2009 real estate listing indicates the house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, fireplace, and is 3,583 square feet on a 6,700 square-foot lot.

According to the Eastmoreland Historic District application, the house is of English Cottage style, with a projecting front room (visible in the first photo),  lead window above the front door, and flush face dormer (both visible in the photo below).



The historic distric application also indicates some minor alterations:  the "bay window [in the dining room] does not appear on 1950 Sanborn map; permits show that small bump-out addition [to the kitchen, to create a larger breakfast area] was constructed in 2015."  Both can be seen in the plans below for the addition, which were available in PortlandMaps.com.  It also shows that the house has a full basement under much of it.



The house is on the corner with Reed College Place, and has tall hedges along that side, obscuring views of that side and the back of the house.


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sentimental Sunday: "Indian Boundary Club - Controlled Shooting Area" - November 11, 1951

Last year, while cleaning out the study of my late father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), I found a number of old black-and-white photos from the early and mid-1950s.  Some of them appear to have been taken by his father, my Grandpa, Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), and may have been sent to my dad during his time in Korea.  Grandpa put numbers on the front of the images, and also wrote captions on the back.  This one had a very long caption:

Taken at Indian Boundary Club - Controlled Shooting Area 11/11/51.  In case you can't see them, there are 2 Cock Pheasants in my right hand. "Mine Boy" was on duty that day.  I had a hell of a time keeping him from getting out too far ahead of us.



The "us" referred to Grandpa and his friend, Bill Doyle (born 1889), who's in the photo below, also with two pheasants and with "Mine Boy," the family dog, Lucky.  This photo was captioned "Taken 11/11/51 My friendly enemy (Bill Doyle) The guy who always gets in my hair."



I'm not quite sure where the "Indian Boundary Club - Controlled Shooting Area" was.  The Indian Boundary Line itself was an old Native American trail that the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis designated as a boundary dividing the land between the Native Americans and white settlers.  It's the yellow highlighted line on this 1910 map of Chicago (where the city limits are marked in red):


The maps above and below are adapted from the The Rand McNally new standard map of Chicago.  The original maps--and the files--are from the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.


The map section above shows the West Ridge / Rogers Park neighborhoods of Chicago, where the eastern end of the northern Indian Boundary Line began (click on the map to make it bigger).  Besides the yellow highlighting of the Indian Boundary Line, I also added (the blue square) the location of the future Indian Boundary Park, which was established in 1916, and which was just down Lunt street from where my grandfather was living in 1951 (where the blue star is).

I don't think the controlled shooting area my grandfather refers to is anywhere near this Indian Boundary Park.  It's only about 13 acres in size, and by 1951, was completely surrounded by development.

Instead, I think the shooting area may have been near the Indian Boundary Golf Club, further southwest along the northern Indian Boundary Line.

Here is a map from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County of that area, dating back to the 1930s and 1940s (click on the image to make it larger).  I've taken the original (pictured just below it), rotated it 90 degrees to the right (to more closely match the orientation of the maps above), cropped and color-adjusted it, and highlighted both the Indian Boundary Line (in yellow) and the "tentative alignment of superhighway" (in blue).  The latter may have referred to what is now Interstate 294, which actually went in a little west of this, although there are Metra rail lines roughly in this area.  Hunting was not allowed in the Cook County Forest Preserve itself, but I'm wondering if this "controlled shooting area" might have been in some of the then-unacquired future preserve areas, or perhaps in the area where the superhighway was intended to go, if it was still an undeveloped area in 1951.


Above image adapted from image below: 
Control Plan, scale: 1"=400'FPDCC_06_01_0000_0015_015, Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.  Used with permission of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois.



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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Those Places Thursday: 920 Westpoint, Lake Oswego, Oregon - An Ewald Pape Design

This gorgeous house on Lake Oswego (near Portland, Oregon), was designed by my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), in 1936 - but it took a little while for me to verify it.  Thanks to Terry Sprague of Luxe Christie's International Real Estate, the broker who currently has the house listed for sale; Kelley Woodwick, Anne Sjogren, and James Fugate of Fidelity National Title in Portland; and Marilyn Felipe, Steve Rauch, Linda and Laura of the Lake Oswego Public Library, I was able to figure it out.


920 Westpoint, Lake Oswego, Oregon, as viewed from the lake.  


This quest started with an article in the April 12, 1936 Portland Oregonian, on page 23, entitled "Fine Residence Being Erected at Lake Oswego":

One of the outstanding residential buildings of the year is under construction in the exclusive Lakewood drive, facing Oswego lake, for Leo J. Hanley of Cookingham & Hanley, attorneys for the Ladd estate.  Cost is estimated at $12,000.
The house, designed by E. T. Pape, occupies one of the most desirable building sites in the district.  It is of Cape Cod style.  Exterior will be of shake and stone.  It will feature four bedrooms, three baths, and basement shower and locker rooms.
Stone used in the house is from the old Oregon City courthouse and was quarried at Carver in 1884.  This stone also will be used in an 80-foot stone wall bounding the property on the lake side.
The house will be finished early in June.

The image below accompanied the article, with the additional information that the contractor was Fred Juhr.




The sketch looks a lot like this photograph, doesn't it?


920 Westpoint, Lake Oswego, Oregon, as viewed from the air.  


But I'm getting ahead of the story.  It took me a while to figure out that this was the house, because the newspaper article didn't provide an address, and I couldn't find any records (such as census or city directories) of Leo Hanley actually living in Lake Oswego.

All the article said was "Lakewood drive, facing Oswego lake."  There is not a street in Lake Oswego specifically called Lakewood Drive.  However, there is a neighborhood / subdivision called Lakewood, and I decided to start my search there.  I used PortlandMaps.com to search all the waterfront lots that still had houses on them completed in 1936 or 1937 (since sometimes the year of completion listed on that site is one year after the actual completion date).  I found a number of possibilities, including a house at 920 Westpoint that, in Google Maps Street View, looked a lot like the sketch from 1936.  But that still wasn't enough evidence.

I discovered that the City of Lake Oswego's public library had created an online index for a couple of local newspapers.  I did a search on Hanley and came up with two articles that seemed relevant, and submitted a request through their Ask a Librarian service to get copies of the articles from microfilm.

The first article was from the July 16, 1936 Oswego Review and was called "Leo J. Hanley Residence," with keywords "Leo Hanley house described."  This article repeated the story about the "hewn sandstone taken from the old Clackamas court house," noting that it was used in the first story of the house as well as walls fronting the building, terraces, and lake shore walls.  The article went on to say,

The building has fifteen rooms, among them a spacious living room, dining room, dinet [sic], kitchen, and recreation room, besides a full basement, there are five bed rooms, three baths, and closets, drawers, and shelving galore.  A highly finished three stall garage, with parking space for eight cars, has been provided.  The grounds have been beautifully designed and upwards of 2000 flowering plants and shrubs have been set out.  The home is equipped with every convenience known to science, and the site of the home is among the most romantic on the lake.

This story also mentioned Pape and Juhr, as well as the home's location on the "shore of Lake Oswego," but said it was on "Peninsula Drive."  There's no Peninsula Drive in Lake Oswego, and wasn't in the past, according to the city's librarians.  However, part of the Lakewood subdivision is often called "The Peninsula," and Westpoint is located in that area.

Here is a plat of the second part of the Lakewood subdivision, from 1925, obtained from the Clackamas County Surveyor Information System (CCSIS) - click on the image to enlarge it:



And here is an enlargement of the lower part of that plat, the peninsula, showing Westpoint Road:



I felt 920 Westpoint might be the right house, but I still wasn't sure.  The other article that I obtained from the Lake Oswego Public Library was called "Many Real Estate Transfers Take Place in this Vicinity," from the August 27, 1936 Oswego Review.  Some of its keywords included the phrase "Leo Hanley House."  It had this sentence:  

The palatial home of Mr. Leo Hanley, Portland prominent attorney, has been sold to an unnamed person.  A rumor is to the effect that Mr. and Mrs. Anderson of the Anderson and Cohen Hudson auto dealers in Portland were the buyers.

I searched for an Anderson in Lake Oswego in the 1940 Census - and bingo!  William M. Anderson, co-owner of an "retail automobile store," and family were on West Point Road - although there were no house numbers on the 1940 Census in that part of Lake Oswego, so I still wasn't sure.

Next I searched in the Oregonian again, this time for William Anderson, and found his 1976 obituary, which gave his address as 920 West Point.  Apparently he lived there for 40 years.  His daughter, Doris Mae Soller, died in 2012 and was living in Lake Oswego at the time.  I found references to 920 Westpoint associated with her name.  I wondered if she and her family lived in the house too, perhaps after her father's death.  I found her obituary and that of her son (who died in 2010), along with names of other relatives.

At that point, I was stuck, due to distance and lack of (free or low-cost) online access to the records I need.  I wanted to see if the home's current ownership could be traced backwards to William Morris Anderson and wife Eva Lulu Bischoff Anderson, and even better, back to Leo James Hanley and wife Fabian Rosche Hanley.  Then I would feel more confident that Ewald Pape did in fact design this house.

So I reached out to realtor Terry Sprague, and he was very interested in helping me.  He contacted Kelley Woodwick, who in turn put Ann Sjogren on the hunt.  Ann was able to send me copies of the deeds that did trace the ownership back to Leo Hanley.  And, as I thought, Doris Anderson Soller (William's daughter) and her husband did own the house from November 1976 to June 1986.

The house at 920 Westpoint is on lot 263 and the eastern (left-side) half of lot 264, as shown on this 1988 survey from CCSIS (click on the image to enlarge it):



And on this topographic map, from the same 1988 survey, you can see the footprint of the house at that time (click on the image to enlarge it):




Here is a photograph of the 1884 Clackamas County Courthouse, the source of the stone used on the house and grounds:




You can see the stones from the courthouse in the fence around the front of the property in the photograph below:



920 Westpoint, Lake Oswego, Oregon, as viewed from the street.  

Check out this video of the home, which includes interior photos and more views of the exterior.


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sentimental Sunday: "Old 'Droopy Britches' Himself" - Winona, Minnesota, ABT October 1951

Last year, while cleaning out the study of my late father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), I found a number of old black-and-white photos from the early and mid-1950s.  Some of them appear to have been taken by his father, my Grandpa, Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), and may have been sent to my dad during his time in Korea.  Grandpa put numbers on the front of the images, and also wrote captions on the back.  The caption on this one said, "Winona Minn Old 'Droopy Britches' himself."



That's Grandpa in the picture.  No idea what kind of car that is, but it's the same one as in a photo of my aunt, Marilyn Pape Hedger, that I posted five weeks ago.  Another photo from the same roll, also taken in Winona, is dated October 1951, so I'm guessing this photo is from the same time.  Marilyn attended the College of Saint Teresa in Winona around this time, so that is probably why they were there.


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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Happy Birthday to ME!



My birthday in 1960.


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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sentimental Sunday: "Fishing ? on Miss River" - Winona, Minnesota, October 1951

Last year, while cleaning out the study of my late father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), I found a number of old black-and-white photos from the early and mid-1950s.  Some of them appear to have been taken by his father, my Grandpa, Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), and may have been sent to my dad during his time in Korea.  Grandpa put numbers on the front of the images, and also wrote captions on the back.  The caption on this one said, "At Winona Minn fishing ? on Miss River Oct 1951."



The woman on the left is my aunt, Dad's sister Marilyn Electa Pape Hedger.  The woman on the right is her mother, my grandmother, Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000).  Marilyn is wearing the same outfit (and the background is the same) as in another undated photo of her and Grandpa, so this photo helped me date that one.

Marilyn attended the College of Saint Teresa in Winona around this time, so that is probably why they were there.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Those Places Thursday: 3733 NE 28th Avenue, Portland, Oregon - An Ewald Pape Design

 Here is another house that was definitely designed by my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), in Portland, Oregon, in 1931.  This one is located at 3733 NE 28th Avenue, on the corner of NE Hamblet Street.  At the time I viewed it, it was surrounded by trees in full summer foliage, so I borrowed this photograph from a 2015 real estate ad to better show the front of the home (click on each image to view it larger):




The first mention I found of the house was an article in the March 24, 1935 Oregonian, called "Six Permits for Construction of Homes Issued," about building permits issued the previous week.  It includes this:  "Two-story house costing $9500 at 3733 Northeast Twenty-eighth avenue to Frank A. Read."

Here is the plumbing permit from PortlandMaps, dated March 29, 1935.  The house originally had two bathrooms:



This house is listed in the Oregon Historic Sites Database and the City of Portland Historic Resource Inventory as the Joseph P. and Mildred Tarvola [sic, it should be Tarola] House.  Tarola owned the Tarola Motor Car Company (a Chrysler Plymouth dealership) and his daughter Mary Jo was a beauty queen and actress who later married movie producer and alleged mobster Pat DiCicco and then baseball star "Hammerin' Hank" Greenberg.  The Tarola family lived in the house through at least 1943, but had apparently moved by 1950.

The Inventory categorizes the Tudor Revival house as architecturally significant, and lists the following special features and materials:

Hip roof with gabled pavilion.  Mock half-timbering and brick exterior.  Brick corbeling on chimney.  Tudor arch door opening.  Casement windows.

The photo below is from the Inventory and was probably taken about May 1981:



As mentioned above, it was hard to photograph this house for all the trees.  Here is one end of the home, where a bay window is visible on the main floor.  The house has approximately 3,002 square feet and sits on a 5,800 square-foot lot.



This is a view of the home from the Hamblet street side.  In April 1936, Joseph Tarola applied for a plumbing permit to add a third bathroom above the garage.  At some later point, a half-bath was added in the basement, and in 2017 a shower was added to that.


This property overview is from the aforementioned real estate listing (which also includes some interior photographs) of February 9, 2015:

Elegant Tudor in prime Alameda location! Formal entry with gorgeous staircase,amazing natural light thru out. Spacious floor-plan with grand rooms. Original character including leaded glass,built ins, hardwood floors. Coveted floor plan with 3 bedrooms up and 4th or den/office on main. Lower level family room with fireplace. Lovely outdoor patio, garden, beautiful camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and flowering crab apple.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sentimental Sunday: "My two Sweetie Pies" - Winona, Minnesota, October 1951

Last year, while cleaning out the study of my late father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), I found a number of old black-and-white photos from the early and mid-1950s.  Some of them appear to have been taken by his father, my Grandpa, Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), and may have been sent to my dad during his time in Korea.  Grandpa put numbers on the front of the images, and also wrote captions on the back.  The caption on this one said, "At Winona Minn Oct 1951 My two Sweetie Pies."



The woman on the left is my grandmother, Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000).  The woman on the right is my aunt, Dad's sister Marilyn Electa Pape Hedger.  Grandpa referred to her in other pictures as "Sweetie Pie."

Marilyn attended the College of Saint Teresa in Winona around this time, so that is probably why they were there.

I'll be sharing more of the images in the future.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Those Places Thursday: 4510 NE Alameda, Portland, Oregon - An Ewald Pape Design

Here is another house that was definitely designed by my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), in Portland, Oregon, in 1931.  This one is located at 4510 NE Alameda St, on the corner of NE Wiberg Lane (click on each image to view it larger):




The first mention I found of the house was an article in the May 20, 1934 Oregonian, called "Four Projects Advance," about building permits issued the previous week.  It includes this:  "Frank A. Read will build a two-story house costing $7500 at 4510 Northeast Alameda,...Plans were prepared by E. T. Pape..."

Here is the plumbing permit from PortlandMaps, dated June 18, 1934.  The house originally had two bathrooms.



This house is listed in the Oregon Historic Sites Database and the City of Portland Historic Resource Inventory as the Frank A. and Mae Read House, although it doesn't appear that they ever lived there.  The Inventory categorizes the Tudor Revival house as architecturally significant, and lists the following special features and materials:

Steeply pitched irregular hip roof.  Mock half-timbering and brick exterior.  Leaded-glass windows.  Gabled dormer.  Brackets.  Curvilinear arched entrance.  Stepped chimney.

The photo below is from the Inventory and was probably taken about May 1981:



Despite its location on a corner, it was hard to see much of this house, due to the landscaping, including a tall hedge along the side.  An article in the July 23, 1939 Oregonian indicated that P[ier] D. Rollandet (who lived in the house from about 1938 to about 1942) won first prize in the amateur division that week in the Oregonian's "Outdoor Living" contest.  The article stated,
Mr. Rollandet's terrace is located next to the back porch of his home and is bounded by a tall hedge.  A short flight of steps leads from the terrace to stepping stones on the broad lawn.  A feature...is a tall, perfectly shaped tulip tree, which provides shade for the terrace.


A real estate ad in the February 1, 1942 Oregonian indicates that the house had four bedrooms, one downstairs and three upstairs, with a bathroom on each floor, and a "spacious entry."



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