Let me tell you about Helen's House. We bought Helen's House in October 2013. Helen was our neighbor. She was born in 1921. Her mother, Mary Farrenkopf had tuberculosis at a young age so Helen lived with her aunt and uncle after the age of 4 and her mother eventually died in 1926 aged 31. She had two older brothers that were raised in her father's farm. Her aunt and uncle adopted her as their own daughter and raised her in the City. Here is her mother's obituary.
We plan to turn Helen's House into an Air BnB or Home away from Home rental. It is effectively a guest house at the moment but I need to get the water service line replaced because there is no water pressure. We are in the process of furnishing the place as well. We want to offer people a unique experience. Life in a 1940s and earlier environment. We bought the vacant lot next door to Helen's house and I am turning it into a Victory garden. I should add that Helen worked as a civilian at Wright Patterson Air force Base from 1940 to 1970 and began her career when the Air Force was the U. S. Army Air Corps. during WWII. Helen was no one special in the eyes of the world. She was a regular person with regular person stories. Which makes her all the more interesting.
Helen made me her power of attorney for her while she was alive and the executor of her estate when she died. She had outlived her brothers and most of her friends. She figured that the former mayor of Dayton would be a good choice because he would be under the watchful eye of the media. Helen died on March 24th after a fall on Christmas Eve 2014. I visited her every week in the hospital. She was sharp and alert until the end. The stenosis from her last fall deprived her of her muscles but never took her mind. So here is Helen. Aged around 18, 24 and 90. She never married. Supposedly the war took care of that. She never had a car. She never flew in an airplane and she never had children or a mortgage. She also never threw anything away!
I am now working on Helen's House. It is not the major undertaking that "This Old Crack House" was but is worthy of some posts. Stay tuned. There is more to come.