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  1. Michael Marks
    October 15th, 2018 at 14:22 | #1

    Hi Rose.

    Hope you’re doing well. This is Michael Marks from the Texas Standard, the daily, statewide radio news show.

    I’m interested in learning more about Sears homes in Texas for a possible story. I found your site, and wanted to see if you had some time tomorrow or Wednesday for a conversation. My schedule is fairly flexible, and I think the conversation would take around 20 minutes or so. Is there a time that works for you?

    Let me know if you’ve got any questions or concerns.

  2. October 17th, 2018 at 19:50 | #2

    Hello - I love your site! Our home is a Gordon-van Tine #603 and I see that you have a picture from the catalog of that model. I have been searching for a jpeg of this catalog page so that I can print and frame it. I would like to hang the picture in our home to give some character / history to the house. Is it possible to get an electronic copy of that photo? Thanks!

  3. Valerie
    October 20th, 2018 at 21:21 | #3

    I am so excited to find your website. I have been researching my home in St. Petersburg, FL and found it in the 1926 Gordon-van Tine book, it’s house No. 616.

    It did have a fireplace installed in the living room when it was built. I had many questions as to what other alterations had been done to the floor plan over the years, now I know!

    We are planning an update and restoration, many horrible decision in decor done in the kitchen and bathroom. I would rather have had the original rooms and worked from there.

    Hope to take it back to it’s former glory and put a small addition on the back. This will help me make historically correct decisions so it looks like it was always there! If you would like a photo email me and I will send you one.

  4. Jim Donovan
    October 24th, 2018 at 14:18 | #4

    I bought a house from a neighbor’s estate and updated a number of items.

    I came across a Sears Homart Automatic Water Heater Repair Parts List, Installation, and Operating Instructions book in very good shape.

    Hate to dispose of it. Is there anywhere that might be interested in this?

  5. Richard Vestal
    November 5th, 2018 at 17:18 | #5

    I have a Sears home in Williston, ND - came in by rail and was installed in 1906. I haven’t found my home in a catalog though - I wondered if I could send you a picture if you would be able to identify the model and direct me to where I might find a catalog with this model in it?

    Thanks so much!

  6. November 11th, 2018 at 14:37 | #6

    Hello all … am pleased to have found this site. I am the happy owner of a Winona over on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Have been restoring this little bungalow for past two or three years. Fortunately most of its elements, architecture and parts were still intact. Original light fixtures were in storage or mis-hung here and there. Original bathtub and bath fixtures still remain. Anyway … I look forward to sharing enthusiasm and technical details with others.

  7. November 11th, 2018 at 15:01 | #7

    Mine is the three-bedroom model.


  8. Patrick
    November 20th, 2018 at 15:30 | #8

    I have an American Four Square that I’ve been unable to find online thus far. I’ve been told it was built in 1918 out of a Sears Magazine and would love to find the original listing to frame. It is two stories with a 4 column porch covering the entire house. We think there were 6 bedrooms upstairs originally and there are 6 fireplaces total. It’s an absolutely beautiful house and I’d love to share pictures. Thank you for any help you can provide.

  9. November 23rd, 2018 at 23:09 | #9


    Yes, I agree. It would be wonderful to be able post pictures of our homes and see images of others’ homes. Is this a possibility, Rosemary ?

    ~ S.

  10. Gemma
    November 25th, 2018 at 06:54 | #10

    @Patrick — Have you been to the County Clerk’s office to get the original information?

  11. November 26th, 2018 at 09:41 | #11

    Hi Suzanne,

    If someone wants to send me photos, I can post them on my website. If you send me photos, please include a line that says, “I give specific permission to Rosemary Thornton to reprint these images on her website.”

    You can send them to


    November 27th, 2018 at 11:26 | #12

    Hi Rose. Heard the Podcast and I am fascinated. My grandmother who is now 101 still lives in the Sears home they built in 1937.

    Beside her house, is my great grandmother’s Sears home, built in 1936. I am sure my grandmother must be one of the oldest living people in her Sears home, for now 82 years.

    She would be happy to talk about it, and I am happy to send photos, I do not believe these homes are currently on your registry. If you are interested, please contact me via email. Thank you. Valoree

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