My friend Merikay reminded me to put some time-capsule type notations in the wall to the people of the future. We had done this in previous homes we had lived in every time we did some remodeling or construction. I'm glad she reminded me to do it.
To the people of the future:
We found this calculation sheet in the wall in 2021 when installing this new window. There was never a window before in this section of the wall. The sheet must have been from the late eighteen hundreds or early nineteen-hundreds when this section of the house was built.
We love this home and have been restoring and updating it since we purchased it in April of 2019. We are Steve and Karen Pfundtner.
We bought it from Warren and Peggy Burton. They purchased it in 2015 and did a lot of updating.
Previous to 2015, for many years it was a rental home owned by Melva Heise, Widow of Lloyd Heise. They lived here in the 1950s and started raising their family. That is when the structure to the south was joined to the original structure on the north. We never found out the location of where the structure was moved from. Lloyd built the newer foundation and the fireplace, as he was a practicing Mason. As their family grew, they moved to a new farm out on Highway 22 near Little River. That is when they converted this home to a rental unit. It had a rough life and was quite beat up until 2015 when Warren and Peggy Burton bought it. .
Prior to that it was owned by a Donald and Grace Allen, and they had a son named Douglas. That was in the 1940s.
Prior to that, the first owner I can find on record was a Mary Bateman, a widow, 77 years old in the 1930 census. We were told she had a big chicken shed out on the back foundation and raised chickens to support herself. We were told she died after a small fire in the kitchen area, where there was a wood stove at one time. We found the burned wood remnants underneath the flooring when we did work on the laundry room.
That is all I know about the home, because the records are incomplete prior to that. The home and property were part of the township and not the city of Oconto. No records got transferred at the time of annexation.
Steve and Karen Pfundtner -
Sept 15, 2021
- -the header across the top to help support the joists,
- -and then the King studs and Jack studs on each side
- -and the cross framing and lower wall for underneath the window.
I don't have the shutters yet because, like I said, we're still under quarantine. I usually keep an eye out at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for shutters of the right size that I can paint to match. Maybe later next week I can pop in and see what they have.
That is enough for tonight. I am cooking some ribs in the pressure cooker, baked taters in the oven, and crispy garden salads to finish it off. Tomorrow we will have some socially distanced front porch visitors.... Merikay and Craig are here in town at the local RV park. They WERE supposed to be camping in our driveway and visiting with us these last three days. But again, the danged covid put the kabash on those plans. They had boxes pre-shipped to our house for them to get during the visit. We will sit far apart on the front porch and avoid any contact. My quarantine officially ends today, but Steve's is until the 22nd.
Again, we are soooo glad we had the vaccine, so this breakthrough covid was mild and we handled it well. Please get your vaccine and help stop the spread of this awful pandemic! Be safe. Be well.