The Final Touches of a Career…

When I started the “Sears Kit Homes” group on Facebook in 2009 (thanks to Rachel for remembering!), I dragged 12 friends into the group just so it wouldn’t look so pitiful. As the years passed, the group grew in numbers and I was gobsmacked when we...

A Bonnie Clyde!

More than 10 years ago, Dale Wolicki and I went tooling around Ohio, looking for kit homes. That was a lot of fun. Dale was an especially patient driver, pulling over repeatedly, whenever I would screech, “STOP THE CAR!” Back in those days, I was more...

New Information on Schoper, Illinois

All ghost towns have a fascinating history, and Schoper, Illinois is no different. Located about eight miles from Carlinville, the town of Schoper (also known as Standard City) was originally Thomas Schoper’s 500-acre family farm. In 1918, Standard Oil of...