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It totally made my day earlier this week to open up my inbox and see an email waiting for me from my friend Breanna, who just so happens to be a neighbor too. She is an internet history detective and had made some recent census discoveries while surfing ancestry.com. I’ve let her know before that I am very curious about my house, I myself have tried to dig through public 1940’s census data online to see if I could find any info on the house, but it appears that nothing was recorded for our address that year. Since Breanna is so fancy with her ancestry.com hookup, she did some digging on my behalf. She sent me 5 census documents from 1900-1940 and 3 of them have info on the people that were living in my home almost 100 years ago! Isn’t that so exciting?
I’ve already started to dig around on the internet looking for more info on these people. In the 1910 census document a family going by the name “Pillsbury” lived here (a pretty big name around these parts). I have no idea what the exact relationship to thee Pillsbury fam is, but hopefully, with that rather famous name I’ll be able to find some more info on the people who once lived here! According to our records the house was built in 1910, however, there is a date on the coal bin attached to the back of the house stamped 1907, so who knows really?
The other couple (from the 1920 and 1930 census) lived here at least 10 years, can you imagine? People living in my house for much, much longer than I ever have. I love all the history that comes with an old house. All these people have experienced their life living in this same place that I live now!, isn’t that so crazy? I don’t mean to get all deep and gushy about it, but that is pretty awesome! Maybe the 1930’s newspapers that I found behind the flour bin in the kitchen earlier this week were from that family. I just want to know everything.
I already like the notion that a family with two boys were the first to reside here, and I am curious to learn more! I’m thinking about signing myself up for ancestry.com to do my own unearthing. The more little clues I discover about the house the more I want to know.
Has anyone else solved the historic mystery of their house? If so how’d you do it?? I want to crack the case!
*Update – Breanna killed it and got access to the Minnesota City Directoires, she was able to get even more info for me on the people who lived in my house. I just started a membership with ancestry.com and am getting deep into this house detective work. I think I probably need to pitch the house detectives idea to HGTV, right?
Ellis W & Elizabeth M Drisko owned the house.
▽ 1911 – 1929 Ellis M was a painter at 457 Temple Ct
▽ 1915 Jessie Martin was a boarder with the Driskos and worked as a milliner.
▽ 1929 Jessie (Martin?) Bruehl resided/roomed here and was the widow of Charles W Bruehl.
▽ 1930 – October 24, Ellis Drisko Dies
▽ 1939 – November 29, Elizabeth Drisko Dies
Elizabeth A Carroll resided/roomed at there and was a clerk.
No known information
Thomas J (Father) & Mary E R (maiden name Stiles) (Mother) Burns owned the home. Children: Edward (Kevin), Jack, Mary K, Rita M, Janet J.
▽ 1944 – Thomas was a tractor operator for City Engineering
▽ 1946 – Edward K(evin)Burns resided/roomed here and was a member of the USMC (United States Marine Corps)
▽ 1948 – Thomas and Mary lived here and he worked as a tractor operator.
▽ 1948 – Kevin E(dward) Burns resided/roomed here and was a laborer for City Engineering
▽ 1950 – Thomas and Mary lived here and he worked as an operator.
▽ 1950 – Edward Kevin & Christine Burns resided/roomed in the house, and Edward was a student.
▽ 1952 – Rita M Burns resided/roomed here. She was an office worker at the Chamber of Commerce
Robert C & Marilyn J Oberle resided/roomed here. He was a tech(?) at the University of Minnesota. Also living there was Janet L Carol who was a maid at Northwestern Hospital.
If you have found yourself here after searching for any of the above names, I’d love to get in touch. E-mail me here, I’d be happy to share what I know about the house with you!