Originally Posted by Rosiemac
I was a key holder for the place if the alarm went off during the night, but my ex partner also worked here because there was no way i would come in here on my own in the dead of night because someones already said they've seen things
I don't blame you one bit. My own basement freaks me out at night.
I went to the archives last week, and it was just the coolest thing ever. I would highly recommend it if any of you are curious about your home's past life. I'm sure other cities offer the same resources.
There's this huge huge wharehouse full of marked boxes on super high shelves that require a fork-lift to access. You can view this from a viewing gallery. That stuff is more city related, I think.
The stuff that I was interested in at the time, was all available on microfiche and digitized maps on a computer.
So I sat there for hours totally engrossed in microfiches of the 1890s of the city directories. You could look up your address and see who resided there for each year. Then you could look up the occupation of the individuals. So fascinating.
Now, I have to go back to check the tax records so I can figure out who actually owned the property. They closed early at 4:30pm, so I had to leave. My house appeared to have tenants in it after it was first built, and I think the owner was a woman who was left the property from her father. Her last name was the same as my street name.
Unfortunatley, looking through records from the 1890's when a woman was involved, is very difficult. Women back then weren't given equal respect to men. So tracking their info is more difficult, especially if they didn't marry or were a widow.
Right now I know there was a barber who lived here for a year and worked at a barber shop around the corner on the main street (this address has been torn down since then). He moved to the east side of the city and worked as a stone cutter.
Next a widow moved in who moved out in a year to smaller house around the corner.
For the next while the house was occupied by a man who worked for the Bell telephone company. So cool. I had to stop at this point as it was 4:30.
When I was in the 1890 microfiche, I decided to look up the family name that my street is named after, just for fun (as a neighbour had told me that this family originally owned my house). Low and behold, a Miss ____ had my address listed as a business. So, I'm assuming she owned the house and rented it out.
My neighbour told me that this woman was left it by her father, never married and lived here until she died while renting out the two on either side which she also owned. Supposedly, it was very unusual for a woman to own property back then. I'll figure out the truth to this story when I check the tax assesment files.
Here's the spooky part. My neighbourhood went through a bad spell in the 50s-90s and most of the homes were owned by slumlords. In the early nineties, the neighbourhood has turned over and many of the old homes are being renovated, etc. Since that time, all three of the homes were purchased by single women (including myself) who live in their homes and are always striving to improve on them. One of these female neighbours passed away last year and sure enough the house was sold to an unmarried woman. (Also, all three of us own cats
My only fear is that there is some legacy here that means if I stay here, I'll always remain unmarried!!!!! and have lots of cats!!!! But I do have a partner, as does my new neighbour, as did my neighbour who passed away......
However, I love my house like crazy and buying it was one of the best decisions I've ever made, as the area is getting to be very popular, after years of neglect. I got an excellent deal on it which made me the envy of friends who were looking to purchase soon afterwards. It was almost like it was meant to be.
Sorry, this was a long post. Thanks for reading it, if you got through to the end. I just had to share my enjoyment of this type of research!
If I ever have a ghost in the house (which i haven't) I'll at least know who it is!