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I think my great grandparents, Jo Desha Williams and Maxie Leah Meek, were very proud and very happy with their home in Russellville, AR. They took quite a few photos of it.

The home was on East Main Street, although I do not have a house number.

Thanksgiving Day, 1899

Later, they added to it.

And again.


Unfortunately, through a combination of being underinsured after the 1906 Russellville fire, and extending credit to too many folks, after nearly 30 years in business, the Williams Grocer Co. folded.

By 1920, the Williams family sold their beloved home, and moved to Little Rock.

This is a Sepia Saturday post.

Date: 2011-04-02 04:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I can see why they were proud of their house. The additions were worked in so well that I would never have known that it wasn't like that from the start. How sad that they had to sell it.

The House

Date: 2011-04-02 09:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hats off to the architect who made the extensions fit in so well with the original.
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Date: 2011-04-02 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It was a fine house indeed! Yes these days it seems you don't see people taking pictures so much standing outside their houses, not like in the old days....funny how things change....nice post and beautiful memories!

Date: 2011-04-02 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
from Betsy ~

What a lovely home! I'm glad you have photos documenting the renovations over the years.

Date: 2011-04-02 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
from Alan :
It almost looks as when the family had to sell up and move to Little Rock, it was the kind of house that they could have packed up and moved with them. Wonderful photographs.

from kristin

Date: 2011-04-02 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristin williams (from
It is a very nice house and the additions fit wonderfully. I wonder if people took photos outside in the past because most cameras didn't have a flash and needed the natural light. Made it easier to see what our ancestors houses looked like outside.


Date: 2011-04-02 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
How wonderful that you have the photos to show the progression. It was a lovely house to start out with, but they made some inspired additions. It is a gem and I'm so sorry they had to sell it.

Date: 2011-04-02 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Absolutely beautiful home and a great story. I love houses like that. So sorry about the end of the story.

Date: 2011-04-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The last photo shows a very nicely upgraded house - I love it! Jo

Date: 2011-04-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Houses have such personalities of their own, and this one was simply beautiful. The pride of place shines.

Date: 2011-04-03 03:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My home is a vintage house from 1914 that I have restored and I often wonder about the history of its alterations. This is great example of carpentry genealogy though photography.

Date: 2011-04-03 05:26 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What a stunning dream house. Love the porches!

--tattered and lost

Date: 2011-04-03 06:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Bob Scotney
Interesting to see the development of the house through the years.I like the horse and trap in the first photo too.

Date: 2011-04-03 07:42 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What a gorgeous house, I just love that porch and the details are beautiful. I am just learning more about a great great grandfather who was a grocer and postmaster before moving and opening a grocery and feed business and entering politics.

Date: 2011-04-09 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What a beautiful house! The transformations are so well done. And how lucky you are to have the pictures. K - Atlantic Roots


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