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1900's Orange QuestionComments (3)You might also search for orange history, adding Redlands, Mentone, or Yucaipa. If you're anywhere near Riverside, this museum might interest you; perhaps someone there could help you: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649 My great-grandparents had a small orange grove in Mentone from about 1905-10. After my great-grandmother died in 1957, it was sold. Unfortunately I was too young at the time to remember anything about the orange grove. The giant orange stands apparently started in the 20's (I do remember them from the 50's and early 60's). http://www.giantorange.com/Old-Fashioned-Burgers-Hamburger-Stand-Sacramento-CA.html A bit of 19th century orange trivia for you: in the 1880s Southern California land rush, unscrupulous folks tied oranges to Joshua trees and sold desert acreage to ignorant Easterners as orange groves. (I'm guessing you're writing a mystery, and the body will be left in the building you're looking for the name of.)...See More
Florida home landscapes in the early 1900sComments (28)Julie The Coconut seems to have originated in Africa but there seems to be at least a little reference to them in Columbus second diary. It seems they were at least on Cuba They have always been a food plant so were frequently moved by humans. Cook identified them in Hawaii as well as Magellan in the Phillipines, but definitely not native to either area. Obviously Coconuts can and do sprout on their own in PB county and they are notorious for floating from island to island. There was human habitation here no later than 9 000 years ago . Coconut has always been a valued food plant and has always been moved by humans anywhere within it's range. So if these inhabitants came from the south sure seems logical they brought them with them. Obviously PB county is on the northen limits of survivability. "Native" would be open to interpretation. Given this it's certainly possible the coconut was here but certainly not native. Royals on the other hand can not tolerate saltwater so spreding the seed accidently would be much tougher The famous Fairchild pic . I believe taken in the everglades of a royal may or may not prove they were native . How could you be certain they were not brought from Cuba by native Americas?? As to the species I believe there are six. but you sure need to be a botanist to tell them apart lol. In my own experience the seeds of Royals sprout very easily but have yet to find one that sprouted entirely on it's own. Though mostly all it needed was some supplimental water and then only as a seedling. To my knowledge they are not nor ever have been used as a food plant. which would really cast doubt they were seeded by natives. ornamental agriculture seems to have been centered in Europe and Asia. since Florida was onre of the first discovered explored and settled what is "native" is always going to be debated. I find palm Beach county particularly interesting as it's definitely on the edge between tropical and temperate. Almost anything could have happened....See More
1900 twin houseComments (5)I should have clarified. I think "Twin" is largely a PA or even a Philadelphia area term. Friends from NJ or NY usually have no idea what I mean when I say that, and I was just thinking I haven't really seen very many twins (or semi-detached, also called duplexes, but the side by side kind) outside of my area. But yes, you're right. You buy half the building. These homes were built this way...they weren't once one big house that was divided. Many of them around here are very old and charming. I live in a 1920 Tudor-style stone twin now, actually, which I love but it's just getting too small for us (around 1300 sq. feet). So, we looked at the 1900 twin linked above last night, and WOW, does it need work. We are fully prepared to do things like remodel the kitchen and bathrooms and other repair work, but not restore a house that has been neglected in this way. The owner has lived there for 43 years, and it looks like he rushed around and did the bare minimum to sell it after neglecting the home for the entire time he lived there. The roof is new in 2004, but from the looks of the plaster on the 2nd and 3rd floors, he ignored years and years of heavy water damage. If I could reach up to the 9 foot ceilings, I'm sure they would feel spongy in places. Stains everywhere. All of the plaster on the top floors would have to be ripped out...no way around it, and then who knows what else we'd find that would have to be fixed. I'm sure the kitchens and baths are original. It's a gem of a home for someone who has the funds and patience for a complete restoration job. But that's not me (mainly the funds reason...for my husband it's the funds and the patience factor!). But thanks to all who had a look! Thanks, Happy, for the link. Our search goes on! I'll chime in again when we look at another old house! - Mando...See More
what do I do around this fireplace? make an accent wall? built ins?Comments (34)To answer questions, yes we gutted and opened up this home. We want our family room just inside the front door as it functions well for watching children playing outside. (Rather than a formal living room, but we want to create a NICE space) The dining room has the fireplace and is open to the kitchen, which has an amazing 10’ island with a bar height side with 4 seats and then a counter height end for food prep. We’re loving the kitchen tho still waiting on light fixtures and backsplash. The flow is working well for us but the furniture placement and how to highlight the fireplace and it’s area is the challenge! Thank you BTW we DO have another room that would serve as the formal dining room but we don’t have that need at this time and are using it as a lovely home/mom office and playroom, so toys stay in there and not all over the house....See More
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