Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Home Sweet Home

The Wind

I am done with everything but this business
of recalling what is human --
faint letterings insane, this burning leaf
or a curtain blooming in a still room --
all I know of eternity.  How it burns me, how borderless I become in the wind

Evaporating like the sweat on fingers
 and blown blindly over the blind ocean --
 no mark will tell the wind of my presence
 my feet will fail to remember you
dancing in a dark room
O my love how how the windows shudder.

 ( by Alison Croggon (I owe her a Quarter for this))

I hesitate writing about these old leavings:  sad  places now -- once filled with smells, sounds, livings, dyings, happiness, dancing, music, all of the living passed and over now.
 From a plat map I have seen, the land on which this house stands has been in the McCall family since 1856 Callaway County, central Missouri when  a lot of the population were black slaves and probably lived in a part of the house.  Hard to tell how long the house has stood without going through an abstract search.

This another leaving of a Doctor Offitt of Readsville, Missouri who practiced about the turn of the centeury and died  in 1903.  Going to rack and ruin-- a good roof helps keep it up.  I think that this was
the waiting/operating room since there was a drug room with shelves way in the back.  ( There are four structures still there)

This seems like the living quarters, still in pretty good shape with nice wood trim inside and a pump house out back.

This a newer place abandoned a few miles to the East of Readsvlle.  I am told the family raised 3 kids on 40 acres here probably in the 40's or 50's.  It is being kept up by, I guess, some of the kids or hired out (grass is kept cut).
In the past,  Sears sold house kits -- this may have been one of them:   http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/index.htm

Barn and out buildings across the road.

The old places still survive.

 People are gone, except in memories.


  1. Though far more urban my friend, i can relate so easily to the abandoned places and the families that made them homes filled with everything human and real.

    The Detroit media this morning was trumpeting how our current mayor's administration has torn down it's 10,000th abandoned house.

    Of course he is under federal investigation for bid rigging, and there are still an estimated 60,000-75,000 more to go.

  2. Much history between the walls of those old, abandoned buildings...sadly never to be revealed.

  3. Wonderful photos and I, too, wonder what we missed in places haunted in memories.

  4. Evaporating like the sweat on fingers

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  6. I absolutely loved this post - old houses with nobody home... they had a life once. Our 100 year old house has good bones, and I wonder what tales its walls would tell us if only they could...

  7. I, too, wonder what we missed in places haunted in memories.