Thursday, September 8, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Grandparents' House

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.
  • Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.

My grandparents Estel and Alta Dillman lived at 1603 Pearl Street in Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota for several decades.  It was a small pink house with two bedrooms on the main floor.  It had an eat-in kitchen with a door to the driveway.  The living room was also on the main floor, and there was one bathroom.  The living room had a large picture window that looked out to the street, and a door to the sidewalk, but no one used that door, they all came to the kitchen door on the side.  The major items in the living room were the console television and an old upright piano.  The basement was open with concrete block walls.  It had two beds, a dresser and an armoir in one corner for a makeshift bedroom, which was where my brother and I slept when we visited.  My parents had one of the main floor bedrooms.  The laundry was also in the basement, and some storage space. 

There was a single-car detached garage.  The garage and driveway were adjacent to the neighbors' driveway and garage, making for a pretty big space to be cleared after snowstorms.  The yard wasn't huge, but was decent.  There were several trees in the back yard, and my grandmother always grew flowers, most notably tulips, in several areas around the house.  She took after her mother in that.

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