Horton Citizens Building Many New Homes
Never in a good many years has there been as much building done in Horton as during this summer, and it will probably not close until Christmas, as several new homes have not been started yet. People have awakened to the fact that Horton is as good a place to invest their money as they can find. Lots are not very high and good locations are plentiful. They can be built with the convienences that one could that one could have in a much larger city and these same convienences cost less. There has been a great demand in the past year for modern cottages by renters who are willing to pay a good price. By the first of the year there will be over a dozen cottages which will bring at least $20 per month rent and any number at $15. John McCormack's cottage on North Main street is well on the way to completion and the plasterers will begin immediatly. This cottage was designed by J. N. Trimble, the contractor. It has five large rooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and two bedrooms, besides a large pantry, bath and two clothes closets. The living and dining rooms are practically one large room separated by a grill partition. They are each 14x16 feet. In the living room are two plate glass windows, and in each of the bedrooms and in the dining room is one plate glass window. The floors are hard pine and will be nicely finished. The house will be fitted with electric lights. A good sized porch extends almost the full legnth of the house.
Oscar Duff has let the contract to Mr. Trimble for a cottage to be built on the lots north of the new McCormack house. The plans for the interior of these cottages are very similar, but Mr. Duff's house will be built on the bungalow style, the porches and house proper being all under one roof. The building will be begun just as soon as the materials can be hauled. Farther down on Main street is the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Fair, which includes seven rooms and bath. The parlor is a large room, 16x16 and the dining room is the same size, the kitchen is small, and the bedrooms are 12x12. It is a story and a half house with room for four bedrooms upstairs, 14x16 should they wish to furnish them. The house is built on a very pretty plan and two sides are surrounded by a handsome porch 8 feet wide and 76 feet long. All modern convienences have been put in the house, including electric lights. Mr and Mrs. Fair will make the place a permanant home. Ross Bros. built the house. This makes three fine new houses on one street.
Of the larger houses which are under construction the Wisehart home is probably the finest. It is entirely new. It is a model of the architectural ability of Ross Bros. and is a handsome home. It is located on East Florence street, two doors east of the Methodist church. The house contains eight living rooms and bath. The basement is finished under the entire hosue and contains furnace room, cellar room, and laundry, fitted up with stationary tubs. The walls and floors are cement. On the first floor are the reception hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry. The hall is 10x12 feet and contains a handsome open staircase, hand paneled. The living room and dining room are practically one large room. The full room is 30x32 and occupies the whole east side of the first floor. The kitchen is 12x14 and the pantry of moderate size. From the kitchen, back of the reception hall, a tier of stairs leads down into the furnace room. Upstairs are four sleeping rooms 12x15, and a large bathroom. The floors upstairs are hard pine polished. The doors throughout the house are paneled and finished in the natural wood; upstairs they are of oak and on the lower floor of cypress and Georgia pine. On the lower floors white maple is used and the boards are set together in log cabin style so straight boards border every side of the room. One of the nicest features of this house is the windows. Every window, except one, is 40 inches wide. This makes the room extremely pleasant. In the dining and living rooms each is one large bow window, hand paneled, each affording a large window seat, finished in white maple. In the bathroom are stationary cupboards and drawers and in each bedroom contains a good sized closet. A fine heating plant has been installed. It is a hot air furnace and in each room is both cold and hot air shafts which affords the best kind of heat. This furnace can be turned on or off with an apparatus placed in the dining room wall, without obliging one to go to the furnace room, as is the case with most furnaces. A handsome porch extends full across the front of the house, 25 feet long and 12 feet wide. It is of colonial design and presents a fine appearance. The house is now complete except for the finishing of the floors on the first floor. The rooms are all papered and the house has been painted for some time, so that everything was in readiness for Mr. and Mrs. Wisehart to move in on Monday morning.
Another very fine house is the one which Walter Scott has remodeled directly across from the home of F. E. Hovey. The house was a four roomed cottage and Mr. Scott has had it raised a full story with a new room added down stairs making seven large rooms besides a bath. On the first floor are the extra large living and dining rooms and a kitchen. The living room is 18x18.5 feet. Out of this room is an open stairway. Separated from the living room by a large archway on the south is the dining room, which measures 12x19 feet. One can enter the upstairs from the kitchen or the living room either one as they both lead to the same landing, which is another short flight of stairs one enters the upper hall. On the second floor are four sleeping rooms 12x13 feet and a large bathroom. The house will be finished in natural wood, oiled and polished, as will the floor also. The walls will be alabastined throughout the house, with stenciled borders. The bathroom is exceptionally pretty. The lower half of the walls in this room are cement finished in white enamel. The upper half is alabastined in a beautiful shade of terra cotta. The house will probably be completed inside of a month. Nice large windows abound in every room. In the living room there are two large plate glass windows and two in the dining room, also. A porch 18x12 will extend the full width of the house and altogether it will be oone of the finest homes in the city. Ross Bros. are the contractors.
W.W. Mellor has let the contract for a six room, modern cottage to be built opposite the home of Fred McKercher, where the old feed barn stood. The barn has been torn down and operations wil begin as soon as possible.
Dr. Gorbutt will soon build a bungalow on the lots just south of the Episcopal church. It wil be one of the finest homes in town. A bungalow is a distinctly pretty style for a house and as there have been bone built in Horton as yet, this house will probably attract Horton people very much.
The homes of A.C. Ayers and Ed Henney which are being remodeled are not completed. The Ayers house will have nine large rooms and bath. On the first floor are four bedrooms, store room, and bath. The heat will be hot water and all other moderen convienences will be placed in the house. Ed Henney has added three large rooms to his home. They are: dining room, two bedrooms, and bath. The dining room is extraordinarily large and has a beautiful finished maple floor. The bedrooms and bath are on the second floor. With the addition of these, the house now contains ten rooms besides the bath. Electric lights and hot water heat have been installed. Both of these homes when completed will be among the nicest homes in Horton.
Among other Horton people who have improved thier property recently are: W.W. Wood, C.M. Lambert, and S.E. Friend. Mr. Wood added a kitchen, two fine porches and a bath to his house on North High Street. Several partitions were enlarged, steam heat, electric lights, and fine maple floors were put in.
Mr. Lambert has his house on East Florence Street raised a full story, which includes three bedrooms and bath and Mr. Friend bought the E.T. Wells property, raised the house, built a hall, new porch and bath.
If Horton continues to build and improve the next year as it has the past year, it will soon be known as the town having more beautiful residences for its size than any town in the state.
September 16, 1909
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