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Old 10-12-2012, 08:46:33 PM
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You're very welcome Shane!
I'm glad you got so many offers of help etc...
A big Sandwich is a worthy project.
Very few oil burners where I live, mostly natural gas. Sounds like your house has seen a lot in its day. A guy I graduated with is just building a new house.
He spent a little more (maybe a lot?) and all the cabinets and woodwork are mission style quarter-sawn white oak. It is unbelievably gorgeous, and looks like it's been there for 100 years. It's just about like this:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-o93er3WcT...s320/trim2.jpg

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BTW, that Kettering connection is a real piece of history in itself!
Wasn't he credited with spray painting cars rather than brushing, and also the electric starter? I don't suppose the light plant is still in the family?
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Shane, thanks for taking the time to reply to me.Reading it, I don't think your Grandpa deliberately set out to mess up the house, he was doing the best he could at the time for his family. In the same way, you have altered the house to make it better for yourself. I don't really think you can compare house improvements made for the sake of a better life to the restoration of an engine and truck, done for a hobby.My house has gas fired heating, it has double glazing and insulation in the roof space. ( our walls are made of brick and cannot be insulated ), but when the window frames rotted, I had new ones made of wood, in exactly the same way as the original ones were. This means that our village carpenter still gets to practise his skills with hand tools and the appearance of the house is maintained for future generations to see. In the same way, making your axles of timber retains historical skills and shows future generations how things were done. Just my 2 cents worth!!

Can I take this chance to also thank Kevin Pulver for his information about Solomon Butcher. This is great stuff, google came up with some wonderful pictures. As to the settlement of Nebraska, I can only say that 2000 years ago, when the Romans invaded Britain, they built the main street through our village. Over here, we have plenty of history, I feel that you have a chance to preserve a tiny oiece of the history of your country.
Sorry to go on for so long, I have a bee in my bonnet for history. Thanks for reading my ramblings, Phil
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Can I take this chance to also thank Kevin Pulver for his information about Solomon Butcher. This is great stuff, google came up with some wonderful pictures. As to the settlement of Nebraska, I can only say that 2000 years ago, when the Romans invaded Britain, they built the main street through our village. Over here, we have plenty of history, I feel that you have a chance to preserve a tiny oiece of the history of your country.
Sorry to go on for so long, I have a bee in my bonnet for history. Thanks for reading my ramblings, Phil
Phil, I cannot IMAGINE our original main street being built by the Romans!
I recently was able to show a small (like most of them were) reproduction sod house to some friends from Mississippi, 1000 miles to the South of here. They were astounded at such a thing, and had never heard of it. I guess they had plantation homes for their pioneers!
Regarding Solomon Butcher, I only recently learned of him at all, and that he is somewhat of a "big deal". Our public schools do a very poor job of teaching local history. If you click here:http://www.lincoln-highway-museum.or...266-Index.html and scroll down to the picture of the motorcycles, it describes an event that took place in 1915 to promote the use of motorcycles during WW1. It was sort of a "pony express" on motorcycles from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. I have a photo of my Grandfather riding in it, and the photo is marked "Butcher Photo". It was only recently I found out what the photo was about, and about the photographer.
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Kevin, that link to the Lincoln Highway illustrates exactly my attitude to history. By taking the trouble to preserve old artifacts and display them, even highways, our future generations will know where their roots lie.We do not publicise our Roman main street, we have so many of them, but we do take care of them and keep them either in use or preserved. For other things it is a constant battle for funds to keep museums open and to obtain new exhibits, but somehow we seem to keeo doing it.
As regards photographs,try google with " Francis Frith". He photographed pretty well anything in England that would stand still!!

I hope we have'nt hi-jacked Shanes thread too much, I can get very carried away with history! Phil
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