More House Genealogy

I am interested in how readers come to my blog.  The most common way by far is through houseblogs.net.  (Go there if you are interested in the genre of house blogs.  You won’t regret it.)  Another common way is to be a relative or friend of ours.  An interesting way is via searches.  Searches sometimes give me clues about other things that might be interesting.*  (That’s how I found out that Herman Tuck, Jr. was both a restaurateur** and a rock n roller.)  This week, I had a visitor find my blog by searching for “Bradley Kidder in Ohio.” 

While our house is not in Ohio, Bradley W. Kidder lived in our Apartment 3 in 1955, so I thought I’d see if I could figure out what happened to him.  The internet reports that a Bradley W. Kidder wrote “Goodbye, Tall Old Oak,” The White River Valley Historical Quarterly (Summer 1998): 3-11.  (Per a list of articles about Hanging Judge Parker of Fort Smith.)  In 2007, Bradley Kidder Sr. won the Walter L. Brown Award for Best Article, “Who Took the Trees?” in The Journal, Fort Smith Historical Society.  He also earned an M.A. at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR), and wrote as his 1996 thesis:  “Who Took the Trees:  A Review of Timber Trespass Litigation in the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas Under the Administration of Judge Isaac C. Parker, 1875-1896.”  In addition, the Rev. Brad Kidder Sr. does pastoral care at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Fort Smith.  So, I conclude that Bradley W. Kidder went into ministry, had a son (Sr.), went back to school as a grown-up person, and has spent at least the last ten years or so in and around Ft. Smith.  Maybe one day soon we’ll contact him and see if he is the same person who once lived in our house.  Or maybe he’ll Google himself and contact us.  We’d be happy to hear from him.

*Other interesting searches: 

  1. Is the Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan married? A: I don’t know, but he used to play with Ronny Hawkins.
  2. Fifteen centimeters is what part of a meter? A: 15%.  One hundred centimeters in a meter.
  3. Faucet quit working on one side. A:  So sorry.  Our current problem has been that Don can only get one side of any given faucet shut off.  That makes it either harder or wetter to decommision faucets or other plumbing.  We’re hoping that lubricant will help.  He has pulled three toilets out to date.  (Leaving two more.  One for us and one for the tenant.)
  4. Charles Bates in Kentucky. A: Might be the same as ours.  Rev. Charles D. Bates does seem to have lived in Kentucky, among many other places.  Let me know. 

** Why is there no N in restaurateur?  [Pause to find out.]  Well, there can be, but it may raise eyebrows.  Apparently, the N-less version is derived from the French, but the n-containing version restauranteur is now considered a standard variant. 

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One Response to “More House Genealogy”

  1. Babs says:

    I found it by looking up Herman Tuck trying to get a recipe for his tomato relish. Very interesting info about 1950′s Fayetteville. I grew up here in the 60′s and 70′s and I was never aware that Herman was a musician.

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