Vintage Houses from My Mother’s Childhood

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Gail with her father, Clarence McGhee, standing by the simple house provided by Phillips Petroleum for the workers.

My mother, born in 1924, moved a number of times during her childhood. The photo above shows a rather flimsy house provided by the Phillips Oil Company for its employees in the Kansas Flint Hills.

The man in the photo is my grandfather, Clarence McGhee, and that’s my mother by his side at age 3. I’m thinking it would be called a shotgun style house. The exterior looks like board and batten.

The drawing my mother made (below) shows the interior of this 3-room house. It had an eat-in kitchen, a living room, and a bedroom which was shared by the parents and their young children.

Drawing of House

Floor plan of a house from Gail Martin’s childhood.

Photos and sketch from my mom, Gail Lee Martin’s, family archives.

The second house that she sketched above is labeled Green Camp House. It is larger with two bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, and 3 other rooms plus a porch. They would have lived in the Green Camp House in the early part of the Great Depression.


The Green Lease house (Clarence McGhee and daughters, Melba and Gail, on the sled)

Do you have pictures of homes from your childhood? Could you draw a floor plan after all these years? I suggest that you do. It makes a great memory jogger.

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