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The Sears Silverdale in Headache, Illinois

Well, that’s what my husband calls it. In fact, it’s Hettick, Illinois, a small town in central Illinois, about 60 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri.

When I told Hubby about the find, the West Virginia filters on his hearing translated Hettick into “Headache.”

The Silverdale is an interesting house, because it looks like every early 20th Century farmhouse on every rural route in the Midwest. In my travels, I’ve probably seen dozens of them, but discounted most of them, because it’s so hard to positively identify them.

Thanks to the gracious folks who own this house in Hettick, I got a tour of the inside and because of that, I’m able to say with 99% confidence that this is a Sears Silverdale.

This house in Hettick has several things distinguishing it as a Silverdale:

1)  Pre-remodeling, it was a perfect match to the Silverdale floorplan.

2) It’s in Hettick, IL, and on a line between Cairo Illinois (where the homes were milled) and Chicago (where Sears was located). In other words, it’s in the heart of Sears House-Land.

3) Inside, this house has Sears hardware. This is a biggie.

Do you have a Silverdale in your town? Please send me a photo!

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The Silverdale as seen in the 1921 catalog.

The Silverdale as seen in the 1921 catalog.

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1916 catalog

The Silverdale also appeared in the 1916 catalog.

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The Headache House (well, Hettick, actually).

The Headache House (well, Hettick, actually).

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Another view

Another view of the Silverdale in Hettick.

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Floorplan 1921

Floorplan for the first floor.

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Second floor silverdale

Second floor of the Silverdale. Note, there's no livable space over the kitchen. Back in the day, the room over the kitchen was considered uninhabitable, due to heat and smells that wafted from the kitchen below.

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house hosue testimonial

There are more than a few Silverdales around.

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house house house

Mr. Egan and Wife seemed to be pretty happy with their Silverdale.

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Typical

Typical hinge found in Sears kit home. This was found in the Silverdale in Hettick.

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Silverdale

An old glass window (with diamond muntins) has survived the remodelings.

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To read about the Sears Homes in Carlinville, click here.

To learn more about why I was in Hettick, click here.

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