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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sad, sad, sad

I wrote about this house earlier this year, in March. It was far too cold to prowl around, so I linked to a very good article about its history.

Today I received a comment to moderate that simply said this house burned to the ground today, and gave me a link.

A beautiful house, for you to look at one more time:

Firestone family home to be relocated

  • Published: Sat, August 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.
Crews are preparing to move an Italianate-style home owned by the Firestone family, known for its tire empire, just east on Lipply Road in view of Pine Lake. The house is currently next to the Firestone tire-testing facility.
Tom Ellison of New Springfield said he purchased the Firestone house partly as a way to create work for his company, Tom Ellison Excavating.
By Ashley Luthern

A piece of local history will have a new location — albeit only 900 feet from where it has stood since 1880.
Crews are preparing to move an Italianate-style home owned by the Firestone family, known for its tire empire, just east on Lipply Road in view of Pine Lake. Tom Ellison of New Springfield purchased the home, and his company, Tom Ellison Excavating, and Stein House Movers of Cortland are transporting the house.
“Too often we munch and crunch these old buildings,” Ellison said.
Ellison purchased five acres on Lipply Road through David A. LoGiudice, a real-estate broker and appraiser with Boardman-based David Realty, and first expressed interest in the house in October.
Ben Strawinski, supervisor of the 400-acre Firestone tire-testing facility that is next to the house, called the situation a “win-win.”
“We would have recycled parts of the house, but that was a last resort,” he said.
The Firestone company has maintained the house since the last occupant, Beatrice Webber, a Fire-stone family friend, left about six years ago, Strawinski said.
The space where the house is will be turned into a parking lot for visitors to the testing center.
Strawinski said the home was used by Harvey S. Firestone’s sister.
Visitors to the testing site still can look across the street and view the area where Firestone went camping with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison and the remains of a horse track where Firestone first tested his rubber tires.
The Firestone Homestead where Harvey S. Firestone was born and grew up was moved to Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., in 1983. The homestead, which included a barn, was built in 1828.
Ellison said he owns several older homes and rental properties and acquired this home partly as a way to create work for his company.
LoGiudice said by moving the house down the road — and avoiding crossing state Route 7 — the task of temporarily disrupting electric service was made easier. Ellison added the house likely will travel “at a creep” down Lipply Road in about two weeks.
Once there, Ellison will renovate the house and make a circular driveway. But the house isn’t for him — “I already have a home on the other side of the lake” — and Ellison said he will sell it.
“This house will be a thing of beauty,” he said.
Harvey Firestone introduced vulcanizing of rubber; he, Henry Ford and Charles Goodyear gave us cars with tires.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's happening

Good bye 1988 bathroom.
My house was built in 1940.
The downstairs bath is seven by eight feet.

The demo begins.
Jim, in the red shirt.
He's bailed us out of the problems of earlier substandard contractors.
Mike, his young helper, on the right.

My old bathroom, in a dump truck.

More for the dump truck.

More to come down.

The Plan B problem.
That's the shower drain, in front of the water pipes.
It needs to relocate about a foot south (Plan A).
Unfortunately, a foot south proves to hold the heating duct.
Jim's solution is Plan B. Later.

A completely unexpected problem.
The diagonal planks are from 1940.
They should have been repaired in 1988.
That carpenter was Bill, a friend of Mom's.
I hired him on her recommendation.
She stayed out of sight the day I fired him.

End of day one.
Jim and Mike even reset the the toilet,
So this old lady could still sleep in her own room yet tonight.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

And in conclusion,

I finished the last two sections of heddles this morning,

Then threaded the reed.

Tied onto the cloth beam, or take up beam.
Cloth beam because it's where the woven cloth accumulates.
Take up beam because it takes up the woven cloth.

And began weaving a length of M's and O's.
Look at those excellent selvages!

M's and O's is a block weaving pattern.
Etymologists say the name came out of Finland, which has a very long history of weaving.
For undiscovered reasons, its Finnish name turned into an Anglo-Irish name for drunkards who stay up all night and come home with the owls. That's as much as I remember.
It makes more sense to me than M's and O's, as I've never seen either.

This length has a long way to go to see how well it can become a scarf.
The kind my stylish friends wear in loops around their necks.
To test how it fulls, this length will probably stop at four or five feet, not six or eight,
and become a pretty little moebius neck drape.

And now, Fanny Price and I will quietly leave the room.

Am I the only one of us who know who Fanny Price is?