It's a beautiful town. We commented many times over a period of three days how well manicured the landscaping was, how clean the properties appeared, showing evidence of great pride and hard work. Many businesses I was familiar with in the 1970s and 1980s are gone, but have been replaced by thriving businesses, updated and attractive stores, shopping strips, and modern enterprises. This is totally contrary to the town in which I currently live.
We took a half day to re-visit the homes we've previously lived in and photograph them.
When my brother and I were born, my parents bought a lot at 22nd and Jefferson and built this basement house. They were popular in the post-war days.
When my dad re-married in 1951, he and my step-mother Phyllis built this home above the basement house. The basement was then used as a rental.
During my high school years, this is the appearance of the house at 2201 Jefferson in Great Bend.
Upon our visit last month, we found the house has been very well taken care of.
From 1949-1952 we lived in Hoisington, Kansas with our grandparents while our dad was a single parent. Grandpa and Grandma Margheim lived at 114 E. 6th St.
In about 1950 Grandpa built two bedrooms onto the house as a second story:
And at the back of the lot was a garage and "shop" for tools and storage.
When I was married in 1971 my first husband and I purchased this little two bedroom brick home at 1435 21st.
In 1973 we moved to this larger 3 BR home with a full basement at 3713 23rd St.
After our son was born, we built this new home at Bissell's Pt. in Great Bend.The appearance today is beautifully enhanced by the growth of all the landscaping on the lot.
Our trip down Memory Lane was perhaps the social highlight of our visit back to our hometown. We don't expect to have occasion to return, so we were grateful for this opportunity to revisit our familiar neighborhoods and reminisce with our grandchildren about our "Family's history".