On a recent trip to Noble County, OH with my aunt, we made a stop in SUmmerfield to try and identify a couple of ancestor’s homes as they stand today. While we were unable to determine the location of the Osborne home, the home of A.A. Staats seems all but certain based on the photo evidence. For one reason or another, I haven’t spent much time at the Noble County Recorder’s office, but deed research will be able to confirm these findings.
The first photo is the earliest photo of the home that I have. Based on estimates of the children’s ages, I would guess that this first picture was taken around 1895. As you look at this photo, pay attention to the trim at the top of the windows. This photo was taken much closer than the other photos here.
The second photo is later, although how much later, I don’t know. You can see that the porch has been expanded over the first set of window on either side with four posts in a line in front. This photo also shows an addition which had been added to the side of the house. I believe from conversations I have had that this was the office area where Dr. Staats saw his patients.
This most recent photo, taken yesterday, 5 Aug 2009, was taken from the road through the windshield. I cropped it to make it as similar to the other two as I could for comparison purposes. The house is a little further away than the other photos, but you can clearly see that the expanded porch and beams are the same, as well as the window header trim. A pitched roof has been added to the porch, and the addition has been torn down. Obviously the whole horse pens are also a new feature.
Thank you Aunt Sandy – that was a fun trip, and I enjoyed hearing about your adventures in Caldwell!