318 W Ila, Fayetteville, AR

One of the houses on the Washington Elementary Tour of Homes (Saturday, May 10) is 318 W Ila. According to the Wilson Park Historic District survey, it was built in 1928, and is considered non-contributing to the historic nature of the district. (The house, shown below in a drive-by shooting, is not that tilty. It is, however, that long.)

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Joseph Taylor Strate, his wife Marie, and daughter Barbara lived there in 1930. He taught mechanical engineering, according to the census, so I expect he was faculty at the University of Arkansas. They were from Wisconsin and Illinois, and Barbara was born in Fargo, North Dakota (where Prof. Strate lived in at least 1910-1920). They moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado sometime before 1951, where Prof. Strate taught mechanical engineering at CSU, and eventually made department head. Both Prof. and Mrs. Strate died in the late 1980s.

Don and I will host this house, now owned by Rolf and Ceri Wilkins, for the early shift. Come by and say hi, if you want. Otherwise, come by and ogle the house. It’s for a good cause.

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