Thursday, February 24, 2011

411 W. Maple St. - Those Places Thursday

In 1911 my grandmother Iva Williams, who was visiting her uncle in Spencer, NC, sent this off in the morning post to her mother in Johnson City, TN telling her she would be home the next day. Not today's instant communication, to be sure, but pretty fast.



The picture on the front of the card is of the Williams' house in Johnson City - 411 W. Maple Street. After Iva's parents died her older brother Argil and his family lived there. I have vague memories of visiting his widow, my great-aunt Mae there in the 1960s. Aunt Mae died in 1971 and the house was sold out of the family. My parents took the picture below about 1990 on a hunting history trip.

411 W. Maple St., Johnson City, TN c. 1990

7 comments:

  1. My family was from near Johnson City back in the late 1700s and early 1800s. I have some distant family still in the area. Sure is a beautiful home! Have you tried using Google Earth to look at this house today? (Sigh...I'm totally obsessed with looking at stuff on Google Earth. I'll probably go and see if I can see this house myself, LOL!)

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  2. Now that is too cool...then and now photos.

    I would love to have some of those. So far, all my "then" photos are of homes that are no longer there.

    Go you...

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  3. Well bummer, only the largest roads in Johnson City have street view. Could only see the roof! :-(

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  4. This is another contract post. It's nice that your parents took the picture, and you have the old post card to make comparisons. Nice piece of history. So love the fence.

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  5. I do that too Lisa, go look at google to see if i can find even strangers houses. Looking at the two photos I see the neighbors moved quite a bit closer.

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  6. This is our home! We bought the house in 2009. It had been a rental home for many years prior to our purchasing it. I am thrilled to have found your site while searching for some history on the home. We are currently restoring the house and would LOVE to hear about your family who lived here. Laura

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  7. Laura, What a joy! Please email me or find me on Facebook and we can talk. Check the right hand column for links. Susan

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