Thursday, June 30, 2016

Voices in the Paper....

Well, we got a ladder and that helped us get the ceiling down in the breezeway and that led to more paneling being removed...


That led to this message! You can see the Rev P.C. Rowe engraving clearly and the other message talks about a 25$ fine for the noise in the church. Sadly there was a date but just the "18" remains and my thought would be there would be more writings under the seven layers of paper...


When I pulled down a piece of paneling, a nice size of wallpaper fell off with it and I wanted to test my separation method. I was really curious to see the designs of the paper and I figured a sharp scraper and spray bottle should help me separate the layers. Well if you zoom in, I started to notice faint writing...Interesting I thought....

Then there was more!

Then...

Then...


A message from the pastor!! I can't make it all out, sadly...but what I can make out is (all your troubles....Jesus and he will...your wrong....and....everyday) dots are missing words....This was quite strong and sit shivers down me!

 

The more I scrap the more I find! Signatures from the Hayes family, Brown, Bankes, Ramsey....Just so many! This interesting message, "Silkie Scott The Mohawk Man better known as Fast Black". There is even a signature from I believe one of Salisbury's daughters dated 1917...It really is amazing!!


A sample of some of the papers, thought most have lost their color, you can still make out some of it and most of these papers are from Maxwell.

 
  

Finally I will leave you guys some flower photos!!!

And remember, you guys can always find me on facebook!!

It BURNT!!!

Well one thing about buying, a century plus old property and one that use to be the church on the other side of the tracks. There is no early history, all the original attendants are long long gone and everything is a mystery...


Here is another mystery! We had thought we could see the roof was chard but wasn't positive if it was just mold or a fire. We made a larger hole in the ceiling and I was able to raise the digital camera up and snap some photos...


Yep we can now conclude with a loss of words, the entire roof was burnt and something bad! This of course adds an WHOLE another level to the restoration plans of the church. It is just a gasp and loss of words. No one knows about this, or how it happened. Some research in a few of the history of Charilton County, tells me at the end of the last century, some nasty tornado's swept threw and then there was two fires. One was in 1882 and struck the west side of Broadway and caused 20,000$ in damage roughly 500k today.


Removal of the breezeway ceiling, shows more darkening of the wood. This project, I will hint at, was not fun!


During demo and before, the ceiling had ceiling tiles on it and of course lath n plaster. This was also one of the man living areas of racoon and squirrels. So you have a ton of poo and also blown in insulation. The smell was horrible! Along with the dust..

At the end, I will probably never know when the fire occurred or how. I can make an educated guess it was during one of the two fires the city seen last century but it really is just guessing. It will add another level of challenge to the restoration as well but its something we can't even focus on, until we get into the parsonage and can start demo'ing out the church more...


Monday, May 30, 2016

Mish Mash of Stuff.....

Oh boy, not really sure where to start! There is nothing really "new" happening at the moment, my partner opted to switch jobs as the one he got wasn't giving him the hours he was promised and now he is pretty much starting back from scratch at the place he was at in Arizona. He is finally getting hours and we may actually have extra money to put into things....Right now, its been pretty much "yard" stuff and "attempting" to get active in town. 

In the last post, I talked about, homes being demolished here and attempting to save them from the bulldozer and I suppose maybe I have this odd goal of starting a preservation society for the town of Salisbury. Here are some local homes that I found for sale, yes needing work but they are qualified for "Antique" status...


All three of these homes, are on the market for 10,000$!! I noticed a sign, stuck in front of one of the homes, the one with the car in front, was used as a nursery and the rear has what is left of the green houses. The other two, I heard have been "stripped" clean but at the price you are paying, one can either make a good home out of all three and have a large property or put 10-20k into each and rent them for 500-600$ a month and call them investment properties. I wish I had the funds to do it...



This one, just got a fresh new forsale sign on it. From what I have heard, the home still contains all the chair rails, tongue groove pine and/or shiplap in. It was supposedly just plastic'd over and then drywalled over that to try and insulate. The last owner, didn't keep the power on and didn't realize there was a subpump in the cellar...More then likely there will be issues from that....You can message me, and I can provide phone numbers!


Its mulberry season here, just started a few days ago and I have a white mulberry tree on the property...


I couldn't figure out what to do with the tree......It is really to tall to easily pick the berries and so I was thinking of topping it every year....but to day, I found out, I can bend the branches way down....IDEA!! I am going to tie blocks on the branches and train the tree into a bush forum, it will have all its branches bent down towards the ground...It will train it into a cool shape, that will create a fort under it and make berry picking easy....PLUSSSS...it would destroy the house...


Under the tree, is a Peony that has been there probably since the 40's it is called "Bowl of Beauty". Peony season is wrapping up here and this was the first one that opened. I caught a mud dubber in the act of checking it out. I will have to dig up the clump, this fall/winter/spring and move them into a sunnier location as the trees are just blocking to much sun..


Pretty big clump!




We went for a walk to the library, which turned into us walking down a gravel road and then to the local city cemetery. It is an interesting place, in a very gorgeous view and for me....the peonies were something amazing! Tons of really old varieties, that have been growing undisturbed for decades! I very selectively grabbed a few and brought them back and my thought was to get them Id'ed and be able to locate plants to add on this property. I wish I could get clippings from them, but they can only be divided by roots and I don't want to attempt to dig up them from the graves. The Iris's though, I did get cuttings as they are simple to get plants from just pull a flag. The two pictured are Edina and Flavescens both from the 19th century! I also got another orange and yellow iris but I didn't want to pick the only two flowers on the clump.


We started our "test" veggie garden, my partner got me a tomato and strawberry plants....so I had to start something...then I bought some seeds...I made a trellis for the green beans out of sticks and this has brought up a lot of love. One person wanted to know what type of tree we were planting and a others have been saying what a neat idea...Man I am a pioneer around these parts! Just give us more time, and see what we do!! Also got another planter made out of rubble, and I am attempting to get the mirrored one up and the area cleaned up....but the weather has been all strange and then stricken with a cold....I haven't gotten back to it...


An Ameryllis bloomed today, well two for a total of four blooms. I was kinda shocked to see them bloom....I planted a lot of seeds, in just random places and so I will also get some summer flowers....Some day, will have a whole yard of blossoms like this!




Sunday, May 22, 2016

I'm WIREDDDDDDD!!!!

Well not technically from coffee...but I am wired to the internet!! Whooooo!!! Things work so fast, I am scared of this! We got the 25mbps package, which is expensive near 80$! but man its so fast. I am shocked really, that we can get in this small town of Salisbury Missouri speed packages up to 300mbps! That is crazy, we are supposedly so rural, that this isn't suppose to happen. Even on Page, Arizona...The tourist mecca of Arizona supposedly, we could only get...if lucky 3mbps at roughly the same price and I believe...That we have a ton more opportunities then there...


Well lets talk about Salisbury, well lets talk Missouri in general....All I have to say, is you folks are missing an amazing part of America....For living that is!!

I can't understand why more east cost folks, don't discover Missouri....I am death struck on why so many people are rushing to buy cheap homes in Detroit, Ohio, North Caroline and even New York...I mean yes I found this place by total chance, and a property that was originally listed for 55k. Searching revealed only expensive properties, 95k, 180k, 40k...crazy prices....But when I looked on Google Earth...I seen so many vacant homes and the first trip up here....showed me total ghost towns...but why?

Well as I become a local, I find out things and not for the good! I learn that a lot of these small homes are only valued at 4k, 5k and these are inhabited. How can that be? Well taxes are super cheap in this town, lets say two...two bedroom houses the property tax is 500$ a year!!

Ah taxes! Well it seems like, in these small town America communities. The folks are old, so old....most have turned to dust! literally! and their homes just sit...no one to maintain them. Taxes become due and no one pays them. The city, forecloses on the properties and unlike large cities, there is no auction on city hall steps. Instead, the city simply pays to have the homes demo'd and then maintain the lots. What??? Do you know how many people would die for a cheap home?? 

So all you Detroit freaks or people addicted to Nicole Curtis aka Rehab Addict...There are other places in America, turning into Detroit, communities turning into lots...and many many many lots..

I sit right here, with a view of 6!! empty and abandoned homes...



This one's come down in the next few days, and I have been preaching to the new buyer to NOT demo it and the reasons why. He thinks that these older homes are a blight to the community and as long as they are standing no one will buy around here and build anew. But that isn't the case, if you look around town...or frankly right across the street...you see many many empty lots...

The fact is, that the town doesn't warrant the building of new homes, there just isn't any resale value for anything....because why? There is no shortage of homes or land...why? Because the older generation is turning to dust and there isn't anyone younger to repopulate this town....Why?? Because no one knows how cheap homes can be had here...



Look at this poor beauty, just gone...the porch is slowly collapsing and look at that unique redbud tree?

 

Just browse the town with Google Earth, there are so many of these just abandoned homes....I heard last year, this town tore down 70 homes and they are awaiting a grant to tear down 70 more. A few towns over, they are demo'ing over 60 homes! I am told, you drive threw town and just look for the huge red X's on the buildings...WOW really??? Why not offer them for sale???

My understanding, is pretty much...you just find a home you like....go to city hall, ask who owns it....get a phone number, tell em you want to buy it...if not already owned by the city....and say hey, I have XXX in cash right now....

So this is Salisbury! A town, slowly being demo'd into a field not of dreams....I told the guy on the corner, the more of these homes that are demo'd....The more of the community that will be lost...As no one is building a new home on all these empty lots....I say soon, we will be the only ones on this whole block....surround by just over grown lots...

You may there we are in the boonies, no local towns? No jobs? Ah that is a misconception....The large town is 24 miles away...the next bigger town 20 miles away from that...there are towns to the right, to the left and everywhere in between....There are factories...Kansas City is a two hour drive...you may think OMG?? That is long....umm no!! I would spend three hours in traffic to get to San Francisco which was 25 miles from my home!! Plus there was toll! There is no toll here, no traffic....just country...You may be shocked because so n so will only pay you 10$ an hour....Really?? You just bought your home for 4000$, your taxes are maybe 10% of that....Water, Sewer, trash collection and electricity only cost us 80$ a month! Food?? You can grow every imaginable vegetables, fruit and poultry right in your own front yard...,Yeah you also get a yard!! In California, I was paying 1200$ a month for a two bedroom house in the ghetto...Where the city would tell me, where I need to put my trash cans!!

So you see, even if you take a huge pay cute, you don't need to worry because you just cut your cost of living down 90%....You don't have to give up the internet, you don't have to be out of the big cities and you don't have violence! The closets thing I have had, to crime...Is a drunk guy wondering over, wanting to talk for a few hours....I'll take that over a drive by any day!!

My god people, MIGRATEEEEEE 

We went for a walk, to the local cemetery to visit with the dead, just look how beautiful....Green grass, Blue Sky, Trees! OMG we even have fireflies...Do you know how amazing it is to watch the fireflies dance at dusk?


As usual, you can find more about me on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/stlukeamechurchsalisbury/

Since I have the internet, and I am wired!!! I will be able to hopefully get more neat stuff posted....but oh boy how I wish people would join me, in my little commune named Salisbury Missouri....Imagine the world, enough of us could make if we all just flocked together!!