Monday, December 24, 2012

Grandma Myrtle's home in Puyallup, Washington

Ol' Myrt here did a little "Google Mapping" over the holiday break, and found this delightful picture of my real grandma Myrtle's home in Puyallup, Washington. (You can recognize a real Washingtonian if he or she can pronounce Puyallup correctly without thinking twice about it!)

Here's the picture and a link back to GoogleMaps with Street View. It was labeled 736 2nd Street Northwest, Puyallup, Washington, but as you can see from zooming in that the house number is actually 734.

PHOTO: Above and below from Google Maps

I remember the larger pink stucco 2-story home next door to the south, and the white modern rambler next door to the north. When Ol' Myrt here was a little girl, I visited and spent the night at Grandma's house and I just loved it! However, in the 1950s and early 1960s there was no white picket fence around the front yard.

From this aerial view, you can see where the detached garage is at the end of the driveway. The circled area was a large rectangular "victory garden" garden with dahlias and veggies. There was no circular blue above-ground swimming pool in my time. Pinpoint "A" below shows the roof line of the dining room addition. I remember the house before and after than room was added. The area to the left (west) of the north pointing arrow was nothing but a large grassy field where Dad, Mike and I would fly Dad's model airplane. The remote control was a simple handle with two fishing lines extending out to the plane. Once the model was airborne, the "pilot" would have to turn in circles to keep the airplane aloft.

The "X" in the photo above marks the spot where my grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player Severinson and her second husband Harold C. Severinson were standing with this picture was taken in the late 1950s. They are facing their property with their backs to their neighbor's home. I see the home is still painted white in 2012. Note the position of the two chimneys in the Google aerial map (above) and the photo below:

Have you used Google Maps to find out more about where your ancestors lived?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. I love using Google maps to travel from the comfort of my computer chair to far away places. It's how I was able to find where my great grandparents lived in New Bern and Morehead City, NC, long before I was able to travel there. I have since been to those places in person, but it was truly nice being able to see them on the computer first. Merry Christmas!

    1. Seeing the lay of the land makes it easier to find these tiny little places, doesn't it?

    2. I think it is the restaurant at the Village Inn and Suites. (checked Google Maps!)

  2. My Grandma was Myrtle too and she lived in a house very like that, but it was in Marysville, WA. You brought back memories.

    1. I love the little town of Marysville. I used to take Dad and Blanche up there to a restaurant not far from I-5 that head the BEST (and the tallest) lemon meringue pie!

    2. Ohmygoodness - that world's tallest lemon meringue pie - my dad would drive off the highway just to take mom there for the pie, in Marysville WA. Funny memory! Thanks for the use of GoogleMaps by the way!

  3. Sure is nice to see the familiar sights of Puyallup... one of my ancestor's was one of the original investors in the Puyallup Fair! Thanks for the memories tonight. ~ Jen

    1. Small world! I LOVED going to the Puyallup Fair as a child!