A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Monday, August 8, 2022

The Storlies Neighbors

 Ambrose, North Dakota

There was no way to enter this house across the dirt road without breaking in.


My, look at that stenciled glass.

The back porch had completely collapsed.

Through a broken window I could get a couple interior shots.

That looked to be a heater.

The next house I came upon I couldn’t even get onto the front porch due to all rubble and vegetation.
But that old wringer washing machine was cool looking.

That back door was secured against entry.

The back side of the house.  That tank was leaking kerosene oil.
That answered my question as to what was inside these tanks on all these houses.

One photo through a window revealed the floor had collapsed in the kitchen pitching the stove forward.
A more modern-day refrigerator sat across from it waiting for its time to join the stove.

The garage and workshop out back.

Every cardboard box they came across was repurposed for insulation.

On the floor was a Montgomery Wards catalog.  
I could find no date on it anywhere and the covers were long gone deteriorated.

Judging by the women's fashions I guess this to be in the sixties?
What do you ladies think?

Backside of the garage workshop.

Standing on the back step looking across the yard to the work shed.  The occupants had to walk across the yard and around the right side of the shed to access the outhouse that stood behind.
Now imagine making that trip during the winter with wind, rain and snow.
In the dark of night.

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I welcome anyone who wants to research on their own more of what I post on the blog.  I would like to know more about the people and places myself and I don’t know of all the resources out there to use.


Debby said...

I would say your date on the women's clothing is right. The narrow skirts really came into their own then.

Such different eras. That old coal stove looks like it was a parlor stove. What you see there is the basic 'bones' of it. It could be kitted out with some very fancy nickle trim and decor. That, I'm placing at the end of the 1800s. That old stove with the more modern refrigerator in it really interested me. What are the stories here? The first house, I noticed a solo cup on the floor. Was someone 'squatting'? In a town of 17, it seems like that would be pretty obvious, pretty quickly.

I'm so curious. I don't have Ancestery.com, and would be very interested to know more, myself. This is really, really an interesting series.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Amazes me how the places are just left to rot

Barbara R. said...

OK, since I brought up the ancestry records, I guess I'm elected to find out about Mr. S... I'll go back another post to find his name, and we do have his address, at least the post office!
Thanks John, for the many photos that really make me sad today, thinking of how these people either moved away or just died off, leaving all their doodads the way they'd put them!

Kathe said...

Thank you for letting us go for a walk with you. Can't imagine abandoning those tools. My husband sees his cans of nuts and screws as Holy. Makes me sad to think these folks lived their lives and their relatives did not see the need to honor by cleaning and caring for what was left behind. Worse still, there was no one left to care. We need to learn from this.

Upriverdavid said...

Re: The shop. You never know when you may need a certain but or bolt. No Home Depot- Lowes down the street.
It's the same where I live, an hour to town, I have quite the assortment also..
Finding the needed item is another story. (;+).